BT whole home wifi system review

BT whole home wifi disc in living room

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!

BT wifi app on iphone

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.

surface pro 4 using BT whole home wifi

tortoiseshell cat on orange tiles

(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.

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  • Reply Molly 26/04/2017 at 21:38

    Ooh this is really interesting to read! We’re currently having a few issues with our WiFi so am looking into other options. Definitely going to add this to our list. x

  • Reply Alison 26/04/2017 at 21:39

    Yay to faster broadband! I am tempted to get something like this for our house as our wifi doesn’t QUITE reach to the back of the house!

  • Reply Alice 27/04/2017 at 18:22

    What a fab idea! We have problems with wifi as our house is long too (and one wall blocks it – grr). This sounds like a very sensible fix.

    • Reply laura redburn 14/05/2017 at 22:26

      it’s one of those things that’s so useful but people either don’t know about this kind of thing or put up with wifi only being in certain areas!

  • Reply Katie @Mummydaddyme 28/04/2017 at 11:02

    I honestly think fast broadband is the best thing ever when it comes to work. We have relatively fast broadband and it makes all the difference. We are moving to a bigger house soon and I might have to check this out if it isn’t as good for us. x

    • Reply laura redburn 14/05/2017 at 22:24

      unfortunately, ours is pretty slow as we can’t afford a higher speed, but at least it reaches further around our flat now and the connection is generally better!

  • Reply Polly Davies 28/04/2017 at 21:17

    oh i need something like this – most of my house is fine, but we struggle to pick the wifi up in the den!

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