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Link BT Home Hub 3a and 3b together

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Here's the how to connect a BT Home Hub 3a (primary) to a BT Home Hub 3b (secondary) to extend your wireless range and to create more Ethernet ports!

HH3a (primary) recommendations
Open a browser page and log in to the hub manager 192.168.1.254 or bthomehub.home

Change the default admin password

Click Settings, then Advanced Settings, then Continue to Advanced Settings

Click Wireless

(optional) Change the Wireless network/SSID to one of your choice ie. MyHub

Channel selection - select 1,6,11 or any channel with the least congestion (you'll need to use a wireless sniffer to see which is best)

(if device supports this) Wireless security - select WPA2

(optional) Wireless Key - change to anything you want but note that it:

  • is at least 10 characters long, but no more than 63
  • is a combination of numbers, upper-case letters (or ’CAPITALS’) and lower-case (or ’small’) letters
  • does contain punctuation, but no space.
  • is not a name or a dictionary word
  • does not repeat the same character one after another (e.g. aabbccdd00)
  • is not a commonly used key like ’abcd1234’, ’welcome1’, etc
  • is not the same as information given elsewhere on your Hub (e.g. your Hub Manager’s password, serial number or wireless network name/SSID)

Click apply

Click Home Network, then IP Address

(optional) Change the Lease time to 21 days and click apply

(optional) Click Port Forwarding, then UPnP and select off, click apply


HH3b (secondary)

 

Factory reset the HH3b by pressing and holding the reset button for about 15 seconds - NOT the restart

Make sure the wireless on the Laptop/PC is OFF
Connect the laptop/PC by Ethernet cable (NOT to the other hub). Open a browser. Ignore the not connected page.

Log in to the hub manager 192.168.1.254 or bthomehub.home

You'll be prompted to change the default admin password

Click Settings, then Advanced Settings, then Continue to Advanced Settings

Click Home Network, then IP Addresses. Change the IP Address to one not in use.
eg. 192.168.1.245 (NOT the default .254Smiley Wink) or one of your choice (192.168.1.**), click apply (ignore any warnings)

As the page reloads SWITCH THE HUB OFF, LEAVE THE BROWSER OPEN

Once the hub has rebooted, clear the address in the URL and type 192.168.1.245 or the one you chose

Click Settings, type in your new admin password, then Advanced Settings, then Continue to Advanced Settings

Click Home Network, then IP Addresses, under DHCP Server, Enable select No and click apply
(ignore the warning)

Click Wireless

(optional) Change the Wireless network/SSID to one of your choice ie. MyHubSlave

Channel selection - select a different channel to the one selected on the primary hub - the next least congested channel. If you used channel 1, try 6 or 11.

(if device supports this) Wireless security - select WPA2

(the wireless key will be removed)

Wireless Key - use the same key used on the primary

TURN OFF WPS, click apply
(ignore the waring)

Click Port Forwarding, then Firewall and select Disabled, click apply

(ignore the warning)

Click UPnP and select off, click apply

Unplug the Laptop/PC, close the browser

Connect the HH3b to the HH3a using an Ethernet cable or powerline adapters (PLA's), switch the hub3b off and on again and you're done.

You have now extended the wireless range of your home network and increased the amount of Ethernet portsSmiley Happy

 

Should you find that you don't get a connection, reboot the secondary to re-establish the hand shake to the primary hub.

 

Unplugging the HH3b will not affect your broadband connection

 

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Re: Link BT Home Hub 3a and 3b together

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DS,

 

Would you mind if I added your instructions to one of my help pages, with credit to you of course Smiley Wink

 

Thanks

 

Keith

 

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Re: Link BT Home Hub 3a and 3b together

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Of course you can Keith

 

I'll reset my 3b shortly and set up again just to double check my method as it was getting a little late/early

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Re: Link BT Home Hub 3a and 3b together

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a great tip DS thanks
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Re: Link BT Home Hub 3a and 3b together

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Guys, wow what a headache

 

Reset and couldn't get it to work.

 

The above edited post does work, tried 8 times myself and works every time

 

 

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Re: Link BT Home Hub 3a and 3b together

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Just to let any readers know, all devices that I've tested can connect to either hub with no issues:)

 

 

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Great work DS thanks
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Re: Link BT Home Hub 3a and 3b together

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@DS wrote:

Just to let any readers know, all devices that I've tested can connect to either hub with no issues:)

 

 


Does that mean that your instructions can now be added to my forum help page?

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Re: Link BT Home Hub 3a and 3b together

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DS,

Reading your last post, it seems that it all works, so I have added it as a link on my main help page.

 

The direct link is here

Link BT Home Hub 3a and 3b together and extend your wireless to another location.

 

I just did a cut and paste, so there may be a few extra line spaces that I need to remove, as the html code on Lithium is different to the code that SeaMonkey produces.

 

I can easily make changes if you want.

 

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Keith

 

Great, thanks for doing that:). At least you have it in a place that won't get lost with time:|

 

Nearly at 24 hours uptime and so far so good.

 

 

John, thanks;)

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