23-05-2013 16h06 - edited 23-05-2013 16h31
Have just recieved my Home Hub 4 and now have it in and set up so heres my little review.
Its fast! Not only is it faster to power on and connect to the internet, my devices also connect to each other quicker ie: the little airplay icon pops up on my iPhone much quicker than it used to.
I dont know if the speed increase is down to the hub itself or the way i have it wired as i have had to change my configuration due to the new hub being too wide to place where i had the hub 3.
I now have the hub on a book case one end of my front room and now have 2 cat 6 cables run along the skirting board 1 into the modem for infinity and the other into an 8 port gigabit switch for the rest of the devices, previously everything was plugged directly into the hub 3 as it was closer to the devices.
Signal wise 2.4 performs about the same as the Hub 3 however due to the relocation the hub now has glass photo frames near it possibly blocking part of the signal, before the hub 3 used to sit on a speaker with clear line of sight to the seating in my front room. For the tests below i did plug the hub 3 in the same location as the hub 4 for benchmarking as the signal is weaker slightly in the front room due to its new location and the aforementioned photo frames.
Below is some signal and speed tests i have carried out, testing device was an early 2008 MacBook white core2duo with 4GB ram and full 802.11n dual band wifi built in, speed tests were done on Speedtest.net
Front Room where hub located
60% signal 11% noise
Main bedroom, room directly above front room where home hub located
50% Signal 11% Noise
50% signal 11% noise
Bathroom furthest point from hub in house
42% signal 11% noise
Speed Test Front Room/Main Bedroom 49mb down 12.4 up ping 31ms
Speed Test Bathroom fluctuates between 35 - 40 down and 12.4 up ping of 31ms
2.4ghz 61% Signal 10% Noise
5ghz 60% Signal 13% Noise
2.4ghz 54% Signal 10% Noise
5ghz 48% Signal 13% Noise
2.4ghz 49% Signal 10% Noise
5ghz 51% Signal 13% Noise
2.4ghz 42% Signal 10% Noise
5ghz 35% Signal 13% Noise
SpeedTest Front Room/Main Bedroom 49 down 12.4 up ping 28ms
SpeedTest Bathroom 47.7 down 12.1 Up ping 28ms
Ping is marginally quicker with the Hub4, but please bear in mind between switching hubs the openreach modem was unplugged due to rewiring everything around it.
Overall a worthy upgrade for those who can get it for free or £35, but not worth £109 however i doubt many will pay that price as they can get full N900 routers for less and for a few quid more a 802.11ac can be had.
on 23-05-2013 16h14
The only negative point about the new hub is that it comes with FON/BT Wifi enabled on both bands which i now have to wait to be disabled again.
According to FON i am already opted out but you can opt out again for the signal to be sent to the hub again, however it does take ages to be disabled.
23-05-2013 16h42 - edited 23-05-2013 16h52
Another thing that is a little annoyance on the Hub 4 but nothing major as most customers wont even use this screen is the Home Network screen where you name the devices dont allow you to use punctuation and spaces anymore.
For example on the HomeHub 3a and 3b my iPhone was called "Stuey3D's iPhone 4S"
on the Hub 4 it has to be called "Stuey3D-iPhone" i think this was the case on the older home hub 2 as well so a step backwards me thinks.
Its nothing im too bothered about but the OCD in me that likes everything neat doesnt like it as the names looked better with punctation and spaces.
Also for people interested the Hub 4 is made by SagemCom the same people who made the Hub 3a
24-05-2013 19h06 - edited 24-05-2013 19h08
on 24-05-2013 23h57
25-05-2013 8h07 - edited 25-05-2013 8h11
on 26-05-2013 17h43