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BT whole home wifi system review

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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.

national stationery week | 24th to 30th april

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stabilo pointmax pens

sticky notes from mustard - oxford ruler

stationery! as an illustrator myself, and i can say on behalf of many creatives i know – we all love it. in some cases it quite literally facilitates our work, other times it’s a product we make and sell, and on a base level – if its well designed it’s often pretty to look at too.

if you didn’t already know, next week from the 24th april to 30th, is national stationery week. rejoice!

one of the main messages of national stationery week is actually to encourage people to write more, especially children. a worthy cause i think. writing is a wonderful thing. like at christmas, there’s a ‘seven days of stationery’ which goes as follows:

monday – pen and pencil day
tuesday – get crafty
wednesday – world stationery day
thursday – thank you thursday
friday – fountain pen friday
saturday – signature saturday
sunday – write a letter day

i am genuinely curious …when was the last time you actually wrote something that wasn’t a quick note or a scribble of ‘happy birthday’ in a card? something like a letter, journalling, or even writing out your blog posts in a notepad? i used to journal a lot, but not so much anymore – definitely i want to start doing again as it can be so helpful and therapeutic, as well as getting myself to physically write.

also: do you have a secret stationery draw or stash? i think you’re lying if you say no, ha.

ola studio notebook - national stationery week

lovely notebook ℅ ola studio

edding pens - national stationery week

ola studio notebook and card

as i love to share the love a bit, i thought i would share a few favourite (and a few new to me) stationery sellers so you can fill up your heart and baskets with stationery galore! this is by no means an exhaustive list, so if you are a shop selling fantastic stationery, feel free to get in touch and i’ll add you in. if i can do my little bit to share the stationery love i’m happy!

the stationer | present and correct | papio press | fox and star | paperchase | ola studio | papersmiths | tom pigeon | not the kind | | rooi | not on the high street | kikki k | jetpens | sticker stack | oh squirrel | choosing keeping | mighty paper shop

now you have no excuse – get writing! ;)

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rhs cardiff 2017

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yellow and red tulips - RHS cardiff

pink, layered tulips - RHS cardiff

a couple of sundays ago, i went to RHS cardiff in bute park. laura from side street style invited me along – how could i say no? we actually went together last year too.

when spring comes around after a seemlingly endless winter, it’s always wonderful to see flowers come into bloom, trees begin to bustle with leaves and the skies are blue. as much as i enjoy seeing flowers and nature in general come back to life, it’s always going to be a special treat to go to a flower show, a place literally dedicated to flowers, gardens and nature!

purple and pink cineraria flowers - RHS cardiff

amazing red fringed tulips - RHS cardiff

giant wicker ant - RHS cardiff
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