Updated November 2018 with new Smart Hub information
The BT Smart Hub is packed with the latest technology to give it the UK’s most powerful wi-fi signal.
BT has tested the Smart Hub against products from its competitors and analysed the strength of the wi-fi signal over different distances.
Testing took place at BT’s Adastral Park research facility and at Sagemcom Bocholt Germany. Each location was free of wi-fi interference, with rooms comparable to the size of a standard brick house. To read more about BT’s testing methods, check out the full test results.
BT Smart Hub vs Sky router
BT Smart Hub vs Virgin router
Results of download speed testing in Mb/s
Room 1: 1 brick wall and 2 internal walls away
The BT Smart Hub connected to a MacBook Pro at 116.5Mb/s, and to a Samsung Galaxy S4 at 63.13Mb/s.
Sky connected to the MacBook Pro at 68.5Mb/s and to the Samsung Galaxy S4 at 45.87Mb/s on the Sky Fibre Hub.
Virgin connected at 94.3Mb/s (on the latest Virgin Media Hub 3.0) to the MacBook Pro and 52.2Mb/s to the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Room 2: 2 brick walls and 1 internal wall away
The BT Smart Hub connected to the MacBook Pro at 94.2Mb/s, and to the Samsung Galaxy S4 at 38.33Mb/s.
Sky connected to the MacBook Pro at 34.78Mb/s and to the Samsung Galaxy S4 at 14.3Mb/s.
Virgin connected at 58.8Mb/s to the MacBook Pro and 17.3Mb/s to the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Room 3: 3 brick walls and 1 internal wall away
The BT Smart Hub connected to a MacBook Pro and downloaded at 8.55Mb/s, when connected to a Samsung Galaxy S4, download speeds were 8.78Mb/s.
The Sky Fibre Hub’s wi-fi signal wasn’t strong enough for either the MacBook Pro or Samsung Galaxy S4 to connect.
The Virgin router connected to the MacBook Pro, downloading at 0.13 Mb/s, but couldn’t connect to the Samsung Galaxy S4.
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