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Hi I think the main problem appears to be your bt smart hub 2 cannot cope with the speed from the 900 gbs unless it is directly linked via an Ethernet cable I.e the Wi-fi from the hub to a device is always going to be significantly less than expected BUT BT can say that the hub is getting the estimated minimum speed. Personally I think although not deliberate is very misleading as in today’s world many people connect their devices via Wi-fi and not via Ethernet and this is not made clear in any of the literature or advertisements
The fact that Wi-fi is over promised but fails to deliver is common to most manufacturers. Wired will always be quicker and more reliable than Wi-fi regardless of manufacturer.
Broadband and communications technology is moving forward at pace and people’s expectations and knowledge move alongside it. Some of BT’s equipment lags behind what is available on the open market, take not being able to split the Wi-Fi on the HH2 as an example. A lot of the issues appearing on these forums can only be overcome by using non BT equipment but BT are seemingly not prepared to advise on these issues. Whilst you cannot be expected to have in depth knowledge of every piece of equipment your customers use it may help if you just say our equipment is not compatible rather than suggesting the opposite. Some people want technical answers to technical issues and those answers should come from BT technicians rather than relying on other customers to provide them.
Thanks for the post and welcome to the Community.
I think for the first time ever we are in a situation whereby the speed you can now get through Full Fibre outperforms the capabilities of many devices.
The Smart hub 2 does not come with Wi-Fi 6 but this is something we are looking to include in our next generation of Hub. I don't have any info as to when we will launch a new router by Wi-Fi 6 will bring some improvement.
As an example of what I mean in terms of devices not being able to support the full breadth of speed available on Full Fibre 900, take a look at the table below. This is just for a couple of Apple Smart Phones and Tablets along with popular Samsung models,
|Apple (Smartphones)||Dualband (2.4 & 5Ghz)||Theoretical Max speed on 2.4Ghz connection||Theoretical Max speed on 5Ghz connection|
|IPHONE SE 2020||Yes||135mbps||
|Samsung (Smartphones)||Dualband (2.4 & 5Ghz)||Theoretical Max speed on 2.4Ghz connection||Theoretical Max speed on 5Ghz connection|
|Apple (Tablets)||Dualband (2.4 & 5Ghz)||Theoretical Max speed on 2.4Ghz connection||Theoretical Max speed on 5Ghz connection|
|IPAD pro 3rd gen (Nov 2018)||Yes||135mbps||600mbps|
|IPAD pro 4th gen (March 2020)||Yes||135mbps||600mbps|
|Samsung (Tablet)||Dualband (2.4 & 5Ghz)||Theoretical Max speed on 2.4Ghz connection||Theoretical Max speed on 5Ghz connection|
Ethernet should ensure you get the maximum possible speed but I also appreciate that connecting this way is not always possible.
I myself am not yet in an area with Full Fibre, I get speeds of around 11Mb, although I can't complain really as I do leave quite rural. I have to suffice with looking at Cows and Sheep from my living room window instead of enjoying UHD content being streamed to my TV ☹️ I live in hope though.
Thanks Sean I accept what you say however if that had been explained to me by BT when I purchased the package and when the open reach guy fitted the new fibre line then I would have made two different choices
firstly I would not have gone for the 900GBs package as there appears no point because I cannot get speeds anywhere near that via Wi-fi with BT kit and so I would have gone for either the 300GBs or 500GBs options
secondly i would have had the fibre box put on the other side of the house which would have meant having an ugly black cable going across the wall but I would have been able to directly connect my sky box and tv to the router instead of now having to connect via Wi-fi . The open reach engineer didn’t say anything about this when he gave me the option