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New BT Home Hub Boosts Security & Wireless Performance
By: MarkJ - 14 July, 2008 (1:59 PM)

BT has launched an updated version of its famed Total Broadband 'Home Hub' routers, which integrates the latest 'N' standard wireless technology (officially, most existing Wi-Fi kit still goes up to 'G' [802.11g] @ 54Mbps). BT claims that it is the first UK ISP to offer ‘N’-standard wireless technology, although we haven't been able to check that claim.

A host of other new features have been incorporated into the distinctively curved new design – including a simpler set-up process, improved security and power-saving functionality. The new Home Hub, worth £90, will be free to new customers who sign up to a BT Total Broadband Option 3 contract. It’s also included with Option 2 online orders. Existing customers can purchase the new Hub at half price - £45:

John Petter, managing director, BT Retail Consumer, said: “The new Hub will give you up to twice the wireless range of our competitors - giving our customers much more coverage in the home, even in those ‘difficult-to-reach’ areas, and more freedom to use their broadband wirelessly from wherever they want – whether in the living room, bedroom or even in a garden.

The ‘N’ standard technology also helps to prevent your wireless connection from annoyingly disappearing by providing a much more efficient wireless signal. Put simply, our new Home Hub reaches the parts other hubs cannot reach.

The new Hub also comes with improved security with the latest WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) technology enabled out-of-the-box to ensure the best possible defence against potential wireless hackers and snoopers. The previous Home Hub model failed to do this, causing a few security hickups.

Another new feature of the latest Hub is the Power Save mode which enables customers to be more energy efficient when they aren’t using BT Total Broadband. Via their internet browser customers can programme the Hub to turn off the wireless function when it is not in use, saving around 20 per cent in energy compared to leaving it on whilst not in use.

The Hub is complemented by a fully-featured dect phone with High Definition Sound for crystal clear calls. The phone also has a number of inclusive features, for example, a socket to plug in an inductive neck loop for people who wear hearing aids, keypad numbers in a clear typeface for visually-impaired people and a much easier phone-to-hub fitting system for everyone.

In related news, BT’s IPTV platform – BT Vision, is giving away premium sports channel Setanta Sports 1 subscription free with its new Bronze, Silver and Gold viewing packages which start from only £14 per month.

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