Since I moved over to BT Infinity on 2 October (from a 2.5mB copper line broadband) I have been having repeated problems with the line dropping out. BT support has run repeated tests, told me several times that there is a problem at the exchange and sent two engineers, who have re-routed my internal wiring, installed a new main socket, confirmed no fault with the HH5a and checked all the external cabling to the cabinet (which is some distance away but we have upgraded cable as it runs through trees most of the way). Finally, I have been given the choice of living with the problem or reverting to copper broadband and told that this is to be expected as more people log on! So, I decided to live with it but the problem is getting worse and now drops out up to 2-3 times an hour, mostly without any warning lights on the hub and no record on the hub. I did check on the forum if a fixed IP address will solve the problem and a kind reply said no and advised a new hub but before I pay £100+ for this, I'm trying one last time to see if anyone has another solution.
Here are the result of various tests:
Quiet line test - silent. No reported broadband issues in our area.
BTW line test - download speed: 13.22; upload speed: 1.09; ping latency: 17.63
1. Best Effort Test: -provides background information.
|0 Mbps||12.61 Mbps|
Max Achievable Speed
| Download speedachieved during the test was - 13.22 Mbps|
For your connection, the acceptable range of speedsis 8.82 Mbps-12.61 Mbps .
IP Profile for your line is - 12.61 Mbps
2. Upstream Test: -provides background information.
|0 Mbps||2 Mbps|
Max Achievable Speed
|Upload speed achieved during the test was - 1.09Mbps|
Upstream Rate IP profile on your line is - 2 Mbps
We were unable to identify any performance problem with your service at this time.
It is possible that any problem you are currently, or had previously experienced may have been caused by traffic congestion on the Internet or by the server you were accessing responding slowly.
If you continue to encounter a problem with a specific server, please contact the administrator of that server in the first instance.
|1. Product name:||BT Home Hub|
|2. Serial number:||+068543+NQ52533172|
|3. Firmware version:||Software version 22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.11 (Type A) Last updated 02/10/15|
|4. Board version:||BT Hub 5A|
|5. DSL uptime:||0 days, 05:18:45|
|6. Data rate:||1173 / 13026|
|7. Maximum data rate:||1173 / 13886|
|8. Noise margin:||5.7 / 6.1|
|9. Line attenuation:||13.3 / 32.5|
|10. Signal attenuation:||13.3 / 26.2|
|11. Data sent/received:||158.9 MB / 2.7 GB|
|12. Broadband username:||firstname.lastname@example.org|
Apologies if this repeats several other posts and thanks in advance of any help.
Sound like your having a time an half with it 😞
"BT Home Hub 5 Type A"
That bit does stand out and it could be an area to look at if the line checks keep coming back with no fault found.
The hh5a absolutely played havoc with my line, despite the line having no fault found on every bt test.
The only known fix is to "front end it" with an openreach modem ( HG612 ,ECI ect ) being bt based, the modems "just work" even with the tv box which can be a headscracher.
You could thereplace hh5a all together and look at another other modem /router combo eg TPlink /Billion/Zyxel/Draytek ect.
I went down the unlocked* openreach modem route (*wanted to see the line info) after advice on here.
Now the line is stable for months
I'm not sure a static ip would make any difference to line stablity ?
As per your previous post, a static IP address would make no difference and in any event BT do not supply them on residential line.
If you are considering spending money on a new router, do not get another Homehub. Spend your money on a third party VDSL modem/router such as the TP-Link TD-W9980 which costs under £70.
Enter your phone number and post results. Remember to delete number. https://www.btwholesale.com/includes/adsl/main.html
Hi and thanks.
Just had to use BT Desktop Help to reconnect, all the time the hub showed OK and still no record in the helpdesk file
Here's the info:
Downstream Line Rate(Mbps)
Upstream Line Rate(Mbps)
FTTC Range A (Clean)
FTTC Range B (Impacted)
WBC ADSL 2+
Up to 2.5
1 to 4
WBC ADSL 2+ Annex M
Up to 2.5
Up to 0.5
1 to 4
Up to 2
1 to 3.5
WBC Fixed Rate
And thanks to the other replies with advice.
If you have BTDescktop Help installed I would recommend that you uninstall it. It can cause more problems than it ever solves and it is not needed for anything on your computer or to connect to the Internet.
Personally I'd try a two pronged approach by raising a fault* as your still (just) with in the 3 months of install and the speed on the on the cusp of 25% under impact range b & also look at getting a openreach modem to see that calms the line down while the fault is being investigated.
Decided to try the TP-Link modem as GG30340 suggested (my wireless coverage with the HH is not that great) and after returning the first as it wouldn't connect to VDSL and the TP-Link support people thought it was faulty, the second also doesn't connect. So phoned BT and surprisingly they say there is now a fault on my line (again!) which they are investigating, although the HH5 connects albeit with losses every 5-10 mins.
So, I await the next instalment. In the meantime have contacted other broadband suppliers but they don't seem keen to offer anything more than 2.5mB via ADSL but at half the price.
did you get the tplink 9980? did you change username to email@example.com and password BT?