Broadband speed slow at home? Test BT's wifi solution that also works for Sky and Virgin
Broadband speed slow at home? Test BT’s wifi solution that also works for Sky and Virgin
TVs, lightbulbs, thermostats, security cameras, doorbells and even fridges can be hooked up to the web and controlled via your smartphone.
It’s all clever stuff but, if your wi-fi signal can’t cope with the strain, these smart home gadgets are as much use as a tap without water. Even if you have the very best broadband beaming into your home, the one router that’s likely to be tucked behind your TV can struggle to broadcast a wi-fi signal to where it’s needed. There’s plenty of devices that claim to boost your connection but these are often fiddly to set up and don’t actually provide a hugely improved signal.
Now BT is trying to help get more homes fully connected via its Whole Home WiFi. This system launched earlier this year and it’s just received a huge price cut, making it a more affordable addition to your house. Whole Home WiFi includes three circular broadband boosters which should be enough to fill most family homes with a fast and reliable signal.
Out of the box, set-up is incredibly simple with a step-by-step guide meaning the system is up and running in under 10 minutes. Once working, users simply disconnect any gadgets from their current router and reconnect to the new BT network.
BT Whole Home Wi-Fi
Internet from the loft to the cellar. And every room in-between.
Superfast, super-reliable Wi-Fi for every room. Whole Home Wi-Fi puts what matters most at your fingertips. It talks to all your gadgets to make sure they’re always automatically connected to the fastest and strongest signal.
And it’s bristling with brilliant controls that put you in charge of a supercharged home network. This is Wi-Fi at its finest.
This wi-fi system certainly works well and you shouldn’t have any black spots once installed. However, it is lacking some of the features found on other boosters such as Google WiFi.
This latest system from the internet giant has a swathe of extras including the ability to prioritise certain gadgets so they get better speeds when everyone is home and there’s even the option to switch on a guest network which means return visitors will have to ask before munching through your data. BT’s version is far more simple and, for some, that will actually make it a more attractive option. Having used it for the past few weeks we’ve been left hugely impressed by Whole Home.
It looks good, is easy to use and means every nook and cranny in your home has internet access. THE VERDICT A reliable way to fill your home with broadband.
It’s not as feature-filled as some other boosters but, if your internet connection is letting you down, it’s certainly worth a look.
TrustedReviews – 4/5
The BT Whole Home Wi-Fi outclasses any normal router when it comes to Wi-Fi coverage – and for a tempting price. It requires an existing router, though, and other whole-home systems are faster and more feature-rich. PocketLint
BT Whole Home Wi-Fi joins a growing selection of options in the Wi-Fi space, with a growing number of big-name brands. BT is obviously a known brand in the UK, although there’s no need to be a BT customer to use it, unless you can benefit from any deals or discounts. While we’re talking about discounts, BT Whole Home Wi-Fi launched at GBP300, but is now only GBP200.
That price correction makes BT Whole Home Wi-Fi competitive: Google Wi-Fi is GBP129 for one unit or GBP229 for two, making GBP199 for BT’s three a good deal. Overall, it’s difficult not to be pleased with the performance of BT Whole Home Wi-Fi as it simply solves the problem of weak Wi-Fi patches in the home. As we all have more connected devices and rely on more and more internet services, good Wi-Fi is becoming worth its weight in gold.
And BT Whole Home Wi-Fi gets a gold star.