BT's new Smart Hub boasts improved wireless hardware over its predecessor, and is due to launch this summer as a free upgrade for new and renewing Infinity customers.
Telecommunications giant BT is continuing its one-upmanship in the home broadband stakes with the announcement of a new router, the Smart Hub, which it claims boasts 'the UK's most powerful Wi-Fi signal.'
The 2.4GHz band is given a 3x3 multiple-input multiple-output MIMO array, while the 5GHz band gets a 4x4 MIMO array.
Sadly, other areas of the design remain unchanged: the upright low-footprint box still has only four gigabit Ethernet ports to the rear for wired devices, alongside a single USB slot and BT's trademark pull-out tab containing the default login details for both the Wi-Fi network and the administrative interface.
'It s packed with the latest Wi-Fi technology and is the only router from a major UK broadband provider to offer seven antennas which offer unbeatable Wi-Fi range,' he added, in an apparent effort to squeeze the term 'Wi-Fi' as many times as possible into a short soundbite.
The Smart Hub is due to go on sale some time this summer, priced at £129.99; new BT Infinity subscribers and those renewing their contracts will be given one free of charge, while those on BT Broadband ADSL connections will be charged a £50 fee.