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4.0 out of 5 stars Good upgrade over BT Homehub, 22 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Asus RT-N56U - 300Mbps Dual Band Wireless N Router. 802.11n, Hardware NAT, 5 Internal Antennas, Fast Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless HD content streaming, 3 Year Warranty (Accessory)
After having and getting sick of BT Homehubs (I have BT infinity ) I upgraded to this. Wish I had done it sooner. The Homehub regularly dropped connections and I got a replacement. That also dropped connections until I downgraded the security key setting. Wireless was slow though, with my IPad I got around 6mbps sitting fairly close.
This is dual band. The standard 2.4ghz and 5ghz. I can actually pick up 5ghz all over the house and still get a reasonable speed when it drops to 1 bar. 5ghz does not go through walls very well. However when sat in my lounge I am now getting 40+ Mbps so quite an upgrade on speed. Note- a lot of devices cannot use 5ghz though. All iPads can, but only iPhones from the iPhone 5 onwards. The Kindle Fire HD can, but not the older Kindle Fire. The new 2013 Nexus 7 can, but not last years's model. Apple Macs and laptops from last few years use 5ghz.
The 2.4ghz connection is a bit better than the Homehub in speed and reach but not a massive improvement, save it never drops a connection.
The throughput on my hard wired computers that connect via Homeplugs remains the same as the HomeHub, but that may be a limitation of the Homeplug.
Setting up is poor- the firmware needs upgrading, and it's not entirely straightforward getting it to work with BT Infinity- make sure you put something (can be anything) in the password box, and don't leave it blank.
Overall in summary if you have a broadband router with slow 2.4 ghz speed, poor coverage or dropping connections, this will be a good upgrade. If you have a decent 2.4 ghz connection check you have a device that can make use of the 5ghz band before upgrading. If you have a 5ghz device and only a 2.4 ghz band router, this will make an essential purchase.
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