BT Press Releases

DC13-145                                                                                       May 7, 2013

The UK’s most reliable broadband connection from BT’s new hub

First smart dual band wireless router from a major UK ISP

BT has unveiled its new, smarter Hub 4 wireless router, designed to offer broadband users the UK’s most reliable connection from a major Internet Service Provider (ISP).

BT says the new router, being rolled out from May 10, 2013, gives customers the best connection because of its smart dual band wireless technology. It combines Smart Wireless and concurrent dual band wireless (dual stream 802.1n MIMO technology simultaneously at 2.4GHz and 5GHz), which helps avoid interference to give the most dependable connection . It is the first router from a major ISP in the UK to offer this.

The new slim-line design of the BT Hub 4, at just 116mm high, 236mm wide x 31mm deep, means it will fit through most letter boxes, putting an end to frustrating trips by customers to pick up their parcel from the local sorting office or mail depot if it is delivered while they are out.

The router’s integral “smart setup” makes it simple for the customer to set it up with any device without having to load a separate CD.

Two Gigabit Ethernet ports (WAN and LAN), 5GHz 802.11n and a new faster processor make the BT Hub 4 the ideal partner for BT’s fastest Infinity fibre services providing a superfast connection that can be fully harnessed by a complete range of devices via the Hub’s superb connectivity options.

Packaging is made from 100 per cent recycled card with non-petrochemical inks and the latest intelligent power management technology monitors hub functions and puts them individually into power save mode when not in use.

John Petter, managing director of BT’s Consumer division, said: “This is our best ever home hub. We’re once again providing our customers with cutting edge technology to give them a better connection than any other major UK broadband provider. BT’s the first major ISP in the UK to offer such innovative smart dual-band technology that avoids interference for an ultra-reliable connection. It’s at the heart of our broadband packages.”

Ofcom’s recent report on broadband speeds shows BT customers are getting faster speeds than ever before with BT Infinity giving the most reliable experience. It revealed BT is much more likely than others to deliver the same speeds in evening peak times when people most value their connection. Some ISPs restrict internet traffic or limit how much users can download or upload, so at peak times of day customers may experience slower speeds. BT’s unlimited products really are “Totally Unlimited”, never slowing customers down. The strength of BT's network combined with the new Hub 4 means BT customers can enjoy the best possible speeds, on the most reliable wifi connection.

Notes to editors

The new BT Hub 4 product specification

Ports and Sockets
• ADSL network interface for BT Broadband
• 1x RJ45 Gigabit WAN interface for BT Infinity
• 4x RJ45 Ethernet LAN ports
• 1x Gigabit Ethernet
• 3x 10/100 Base T Ethernet
• 1x USB 2.0 master socket x1

Buttons
• Wireless: WPS
• Reset (Pinhole)
• Restart
• On/Off power button

LED
• Power
• Broadband
• Wireless

Weight & dimensions
• 301 (gms)
• 116 high x 236 wide x 31 deep (mm)

Wireless
• Dual band concurrent wireless
• 2.4GHz: 802.11n dual-stream 2x2 MIMO. Back compatible with 802.11 b/g
• 5GHz: 802.11n dual-stream 2x2 MIMO. Back compatible with 802.11a
• WPS wireless connection
• Smart Wireless – automated channel selection in 2.4 & 5GHz
• Wireless channel operation
• 2.4GHz: 20MHz (default), 40MHz supported
• 5GHz: 40MHz (default), 20MHz supported
• Up to 64 simultaneous wireless users supported

Wireless encryption
• 2.4GHz: WPA & WPA2 (default), WPA, WPA2 and WEP 64/40
• 5GHz: WPA2

Wireless Transmission speed
• 2.4GHz wireless: up to 300Mbps
• 5 GHz wireless: up to 300Mbps
• Up to 150 Mbps (20MHz)
• Up to 300 Mbps (40MHz)

Power consumption
• Latest intelligent power management; hub functions are monitored and individually put into power save mode when not in use.

Other features
• Packaging designed to fit through typical UK letter box
• Smart set up – new CD-less installation
• Support for BT Wifi
• Packaging is 100 per cent recycled card with non-petrochemical inks