bt whole home wifi
though our flat isn’t terribly big, it is long, which, amongst other things, means our wifi barely reaches to the living room from the front room where our router resides. there’s lots of ‘blank spots’, and if we’re in any room (away from the router) there’s times where we’ve had to balance our devices precariously if we want a decent download speed.
so when offered the chance to review the BT whole home wifi* you bet i took that opportunity!
in the spring and summer i love working in the garden. it’s right at the back of the house and the wifi *definitely* doesn’t reach that far. our garden is a drab and definitely needs perking up, but that’s a story for another post.
not all of my computer based work involves the internet, but if i’m writing posts, uploading images and that sort of thing, of course you need internet. i can confidently say i’m a lot more productive working in a light, natural environment with fresh air and minimal distraction. with these little magical wifi discs my garden wifi dreams have come true!
in the box come 3 discs, with separate power supplies and an ethernet cable for the first disc, which needs to be connected to your router. it’s ridiculously easy to set up, but if you need help there’s an app (itunes and the play store) which guides you through. after, the app shows signal strength info amongst other things. if the discs need moving, you can test the signal strength with the app in your desired area beforehand.
the BT whole home wifi system can be used with any brand router, and you don’t need to use all three if only two cover your home well enough. you could even share the spare with a friend or relative. the discs are slim and unobtrusive, and if you don’t like the look of them they could easy be hidden behind a plant or your curtains for example. the discs provide both 2ghz and 5ghz frequencies, so all your devices will be able to connect.
(unrelated photo of ava, but she was wondering around as i was taking photos – in the kitchen – where actually the wifi wouldn’t reach before! i had wanted to take photos in the garden, but as luck has it, it started to rain)
another bonus to having wifi in all areas of the flat, means the speed is actually faster, which is a huge bonus for me and people like me. especially when uploading videos to youtube and sending big files to clients. speed and general connectivity seems stable too, and i’ve not had any drop offs yet.
the only slight (totally minor) inconvenience i’ve found is that it essentially creates a new network, so you might need to disconnect from your old one because your device may automatically go to your preferred one. if you have lots of devices this might seem like a bit of a task to make them ‘forget’ your old network, but once it’s done, it’s done – then you get to enjoy a better, faster browsing experience.
disclosure: though i was sent the BT whole home wifi to review, all words, opinions and images are my own.