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priyp
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BT Homehub 5/6 ... vertical or horizontal ???

Hi.

 

Is it important to have Homehub 5 placed horizontal or vertical ?? And is the same important for the Homehub 6 ??

 

Sadly our BT master socket comes into the house through our kitchen back wall ... where the builders put in all the kitchen cabinets.

 

In order to have the home hub out of the cupboards, we have to lay it on its front (so the Ethernet cables can be plugged into its back). I am guessing this is far from ideal ??

 

We suffer from poor wireless signal upstairs ... do the built in antennae benefit from being vertical ??

 

I guess the important question is would a HomeHub 6 perform better than a 5 in this situation ??

 

Thanks in advance for yr thoughts.

 

Seasons Greetings to all

 

priyp

 

 

 

 

 

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licquorice
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Re: BT Homehub 5/6 ... vertical or horizontal ???

You can test for yourself, unplug the cables temporarily and re-orientate the hub and see if the signal strength changes, also try changing channels. I would be very surprised if a Hub6 gave any better wireless performance. A third party router with external moveable aerials would be a better option. You could always improve the signal upstairs by means of homplug hotspots such as these

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licquorice
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Re: BT Homehub 5/6 ... vertical or horizontal ???

Use a signal strength analyser app such as InSSider for a laptop or wifi analyzer by farproc on an Android phone to get a proper view of signal strength rather than just the strength bars on a Windows device.

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imjolly
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Re: BT Homehub 5/6 ... vertical or horizontal ???

just to add that I have and use a HH6 and compared it against a tplink VR2600 with 4 external aerials which I have and the wireless signal using a wifi app on android gave very similar signal strength results all over my home.  So having 4 external aerials does not always provide better coverage  the tplink does have far more facilities though



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