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BT Universal Dual-Band N600 Wi-Fi Upgrade Kit
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- Upgrade your standard WiFi router and computer to dual-band WiFi for a faster and more reliable connection
- Works with all Broadband providers
- Reliable high speed data transfer for downloading music, multiple HD/3D Video Streaming, and playing online games
- Includes dual-band dongle and 5 GHz WiFi base station
- Easy set-up
- Simple push-button connection between dongle and router/WiFi base station
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Works with any Broadband provider
BT's Dual-Band Wi-Fi Kit 600 has been designed to work with any service provider make sure everyone can make the most of their Broadband around their home.
What does BT's Dual-Band Wi-Fi Kit 600 give you?
Upgrade your wireless broadband to Dual-Band speed and reliability and benefit from a faster and more reliable Wi-Fi on your devices. Easy set-up and install – Up-grade your wireless to Dual-Band technology in minutes! Only compatible with Microsoft Windows XP (SP2 & above), Vista, 7 & 8.
Everyone loves to be online; and why should you settle for anything other than the complete broadband experience? With BT's Dual-Band Wi-Fi Kit 600, you are able to upgrade your home broadband to Dual-Band wireless technology and connect all your wireless devices wherever and whenever you like. You can also use the Dual-Band Wi-Fi Dongle 600 to upgrade your wired devices to get a faster and more reliable wireless experience.
Ideal for HD/3D streaming, online gaming or faster downloads; BT's Dual-Band Wi-Fi Kit 600 supports all your online needs.
Simple to use
BT's Dual-Band Wi-Fi Kit 600 is easy to use. Simply plug the Base Station into your wireless router, and the dongle into any non-Dual-Band device, and you are ready to enjoy a Dual-Band wireless broadband experience.
What is Dual-Band wireless technology?
Dual-Band wireless technology is a second, different, wi-fi signal that your devices will connect to automatically if compatible. If not, use the Dual-Band dongle to take advantage of the improved speed and reliability on offer.
Make the most of your broadband
BT's Dual-Band Wi-Fi Kit 600 allows you to use the most up-to-date technology to increase the speed and reliability of your existing wireless broadband. Dual Band technology gives you a stronger short-range connection to ensure all your devices are making the most of your Broadband around your home.
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In short, this is a device which plugs into older-style wireless routers which are not "dual band" - ie. do not support the alternative 5GHz band instead of the more common 2.4Gz band.
If you find your wi-fi signal is poor/slow, it MAY be, in certain circumstances, that the 2.4GHz band may be crowded by lots of people nearby using it, or it may be interfered with by other household devices.
So, IF you have this problem and have an older router, then plug this into it and it will provide the 5GHz band signal your old router did not. You will then effectively have two networks to choose from, and IF the 5GHz happens to be better, then you can connect to it.
If your computers are also older and do not support 5GHz, then you also get a "dongle" to plug into a spare USB port which acts as an aerial to pick up the new signal.
Now I say this is a niche product because there probably aren't that many people this product will help. If only helps you if you have an older router and/or an older computer which don't support dual-band. If you only have an older router but a newer computer which can support dual-band, then it would probably be just as cheap to simply get a new router than to plug this device into your existing one.
If you DO have an older computer as well, then this makes more sense as it means you can use your old router AND old computer, which is probably a lot cheaper than upgrading your computer - that's the only type of user that could truly benefit from this product.
Now I have an older laptop at my parents house which only I use, and they have an older router, so I don't have 5GHz on either. Since I got this product for free under the Amazon Vine product testing programme, I decided to try it.
The packaging and instructions were great - it was a breeze to set up on my Windows 7 laptop. You just plug in the new router, connect it with the provided cable to a spare port on your old router, then on the computer you want to use, install the software from the supplied CD-ROM (or the instructions tell you how to download it from the internet if you don't have a CD-ROM drive).
Then plug the dongle into a spare USB port (make sure you have one before buying - some older machines don't have many and you'll need one free all the time you want to use this - another reason this is a bit of niche product!) and press the button on the dongle, the button on the router, wait till the router stops flashing and it's ready.
It set up perfectly for me with no issues - but clearly the issues I have with broadband aren't going to be solved with 5GHz, because the signal was only 50% as strong at best as my older router gave me, and often dropped out completely.
From what I have read, 5GHz is less crowded a frequency, but it is also less good at penetrating walls etc. which may explain why less people use it. My parents house is old with thick walls, so I guess this caused the problem.
The dongle on the side of my PC was also bigger than I expected and did get in the way a bit.
Overall - I have to give the device three stars as it was easy to set up and it did do what it claimed it would do - give me a 5GHz band without a new router and computer - but I suspect there's very few people in this position and even if you are, it's a gamble whether having 5GHz will help - and it's difficult to know if it will without simply buying the device and trying it.
I am no technical expert but I can only imagine that if you get a very strong signal from your existing router but it goes slow anyway, then that might mean it's not a strength of signal issue but that the 2.4GHz is overcrowded and/or being interfered with by other household devices.
IF those are your circumstances and you have an older non-dual-band router AND computer which you don't plan to upgrade anytime soon, this device may well help and it' well-designed and easy to use.
But I suspect there are very few people in this position that this device can truly help and I don't feel the packaging makes this clear enough to non-technical people. It just makes it sound like it'll give your old network a speed boost - it might, but in fairly limited circumstances.
If it's right for you it's great - but you need to be sure it is.
This Dual-Band hub connects to the Sky hub using a supplied connecting lead, or you can upgrade the cable for a better speed using a Cat6 Ethernet cable, whish is available at different lengths on Amazon. I actually upgraded all my cables to Cat6, which is the new professional standard cable now. After bolting on the BT hub you will now have two wi-fi findable signals. Please note that if your TV connects to the Sky hub by wi-fi, you cannot use the BT Hub as it is not compatable.
Connected to the BT 5G wi-fi hub, all our devices now run at full Fibre broadband speed, as per Speed Test apps - wonderful. Even the Sky TV connection to the slower Sky hub is faster, as it is the only dveice connected to it now. Be warned - Christmas lights, mobile phones, internal landline wireless telephones and even microwave ovens, affect the wi-speed to the Sky Hub alone.
List of known devices that will benefit from switching to the 5G wi-fi band.......
All Apple devices - i.e. i-phone, i-pad etc
Amazon Fire TV (Netflix now unbelievable)
All other devices that can recognise the BT N600 5G hub
I had hoped that upgrading to dual band would improve our speeds but for me connecting via 5GHz, somewhat bizarrely, was worse. The 5GHz connection consistently showed a 2 bar connection when the connection to the router would show 5 bars, and it also frequently dropped the connection to the internet altogether. Needless to say I ditched the "upgrade". I am not sure whether the problem is that the 5GHz network is more sensitive to thick walls than the 'junior' network (although conceptually I can't think why this should be so) or that the signal from the dual band unit to the dongle is weak, but either way there was a poorer connection. I will say that set up was very quick and easy.
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