Setup - BT Fibre to the Prem (FTTP), BT smart Hub 2, 4 wifi discs
Hi - has anyone else experienced this issues:-
Discs connect initially using 5GHZ band, then after a random period of time. (could be hours or days or weeks) I notice slower speeds, and check my system, only to find the discs are connected to the smart hub using the 2.4GHZ band.
Once utilising this band they never seam to revert back to the 5GHZ band automatically, and you need to force a reset of the disks.
The closest disk of probably 5M away (in a straight line) with the furthest about 15M max, and we live in a new house an not a house with thick solid walls.
The only way to get the speeds I pay for is via a wired connection, anything that uses the WiFi network is on the low double digits speed (~30Mb), wired I get ~900MB.
BT can you please provide an update on why this is happening, and how the system can automatically recover to the faster 5GHZ band? Or do I have a problem with my Smart Hub????
I don't have a solution but I think it's worth mentioning that the problem could be due to weak 5GHz signal coming from the hub.
Smart Hub 2 transmits BSSIDs which are used by the Black Disks for both frequencies and I have noticed on my hub using a WiFi analyser that the 5GHz signal has always been weak ever since I have had the hub although I don't use the Disks so it does not affect me. See below the analyser screen shot.
I think it might be worth an investigation by the Hub Team.
I believe this is quite a common problem, although not necessarily well reported. I had this issue too and came to the conclusion it may have been an issue with the Smart Hub 2’s built in DHCP sever, after looking at the hub logs. I managed to get my discs to connect reliably on the 5Ghz band by using a third party DHCP server, on a NAS unit, I have on my home network. However, after the last firmware update ( Hub - v0.21.03.07094-BT; Disc - 0.20.00.06221) the two discs I have started dropping to 2.4Ghz again, so I tried out the new hub firmware to see if there had been an improvement. To make sure the new firmware was fully embedded into the devices I did a factory reset on all devices first. So far they have maintained a 5Ghz connection for about a week.
When the devices have dropped to 2.4Ghz connection in the past I only power cycle them to get them back to a 5Ghz connection, but I did find that after several power cycles, one or both discs would not reconnect to the hub at all, continuous red flashing light, and I had to power cycle the Smart Hub 2 to get all to connect correctly. There does appear to be some form of memory cache in the hub associated with the disc connection that gets full and only a power cycle will clear this.
Hope this helps.
I have just reset by discs but cycling the power (on/off button) all discs come back as 5GHZ connected all with good connections.
I now get 140MB speed on my mobile device.
Its really annoying that they do not re-establish a 5GHZ connection after dropping to 2.4GHZ. When clearly the discs are in range of the 5GHz signal ( the initial connection speed).
Exactly the same problem here. I have two discs. When they first connect, they establish a 5 GHz connection with the router. This also means that they are capable of establishing a 5 GHz connection with other 5 GHz enabled devices. Give it some time, possibly a day or so, and they connect to 2.4 GHz and stay there forever. This then means that they are unable to establish a 5 GHz connection with other devices and results in a dramatic decrease in speed. The thing is that when they originally connect to 5 GHz, the connection is super stable and reliable. They are capable of transmitting nearly at the nominal speed. The router must perform some sort of optimisation and reconnects them to 2.4 GHz after some hours. This is obviously due to the algorithm. Maybe it looks at the traffic. Maybe other things, not sure. The same happens with my phone. When it first connects, it uses 5 GHz. After some time, it reverts to 2.4 GHz. You need to disable and re-enable wifi for it to latch to 5 GHz again. Perhaps when the phone is not in use, the hub considers it a device with little traffic, so switches it to 2.4 GHz? Not sure. We would need to hear from the firmware architect at BT to get an answer to this. In any case, this is an annoying malfunction. BT, please fix it!