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missmouse
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home hub switch on/off?

Ive read that the small plug in wall transformers that power mobile phone chrgers etc & the bt home hub are a source of fire. Should I always switch off whin Im not using my computer? ( I always do actually!) & if this is correct, how would anyone be able to sit in their car outside my home & connect using BT fon  via my home hub?

Im actually bemused by the idea of this anyway as I cant connect to a laptop in another ROOM within my house let alone sit in a car in the road outside & get a wifi connection! LOL!

 

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Re: home hub switch on/off?

switching your router/hub off/on everytime you go to use it can be a problem if you do it often in a short period - may appear to the exchange as a line problem resulting in an increase in your noise margin and a drop in your connection speed.  however if you just switch it off at night before you go to bed then many people do without a problem - even though the recommendaion is to leave connected 24/7

 

you can always opt out of BTFON just means you can't get the benefit of wifi when out and about



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Re: home hub switch on/off?

Devices like the Home Hub are designed to be left running continuously, the amount of heat generated in the transformers is rarely a matter for concern unless you cover them and don't allow much air circulation. Transformers used in chargers will continue to draw a small amount of power if left switched on even when the phone is disconnected, it is not a hazard but might be considered environmentally unfriendly even though it is a tiny amount of power, I would recommend switching off at the mains when the phone is not plugged in.

As for losing access to FON/BT Openzone if you opt out, this is not the case, it just means your hub won't be transmitting an Openzone/FON hotspot so you and anyone else wouldn't be able to connect to your hub  through FON/Openzone. You'd still connect to your personal Wi-Fi connection and you'd still have access to other hotspots as part of your BT contract.

If you don't get a good signal whilst at home try setting a manual channel on the hub or moving the hub to a different location (if practical).

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Re: home hub switch on/off?


@somersetbob wrote:

As for losing access to FON/BT Openzone if you opt out, this is not the case, it just means your hub won't be transmitting an Openzone/FON hotspot so you and anyone else wouldn't be able to connect to your hub  through FON/Openzone. You'd still connect to your personal Wi-Fi connection and you'd still have access to other hotspots as part of your BT contract.

If you don't get a good signal whilst at home try setting a manual channel on the hub or moving the hub to a different location (if practical).



I you opt out of BTFON then your hub will no longer transmit the BTFON/OPENZONE wifi signal but by opting out you will no longer be able to access BTFON/OPENZONE when out and about,  You can still access any free hotspots provided by coffee houses/hamburger shops etc



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Re: home hub switch on/off?

The issue about hub on/off has been addressed for this poster in another thread and I think fully and exhaustively answered and concluded there.
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