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New super-connected, super-reliable, whole home wi-fi system from BT

Press Release   •   Jan 17, 2017 11:06 GMT

BT has launched Whole Home Wi-Fi, a new advanced system and the first of its kind in the UK, which gives customers a complete wi-fi network covering every room in their home.

The system consists of three 165mm repeater discs of a sleek contemporary design that are placed around the home, each with four powerful dual-band antennas, to give the strongest wi-fi coverage.

Whole Home Wi-Fi gives complete coverage and eliminates “dead spots” - where previously there was no signal. This intelligent self-configuring wireless network cleverly switches the user to the fastest, strongest and most reliable wi-fi signal when they move from room to room. It enables the family to enjoy all of their favourite programmes, music, games and films on multiple devices in every room. Users can even make a video call or stream a video as they walk around the home.

Whole Home Wi-Fi comes with an app that gives customers complete control over the system. A simple step-by-step guide helps the user find the best location for each disc to optimise wi-fi coverage throughout the home.

The app shows how the home network is being used and who is online. For key moments like teatime or homework, customers can “pause the internet” - temporarily stopping internet access, and giving the family a bit of time offline.

Users can even choose the level of brightness of the disc lights or switch them off completely, for example, to stop unwanted light in bedrooms and hallways.

Erik Raphael, director, BT Devices and BT Wi-fi, said: “We all know how important it is for people to get a great wi-fi experience at home and how annoying it can be when you don’t get that.

“Whole Home Wi-Fi is the first product of its kind to be launched in the UK. Its contemporary design will look great in any home and it leads the way in wi-fi technology and performance.

“The three discs create an intelligent network to extend your wi-fi to all corners of your home. And the app puts you firmly in control of your home network.”

Whole Home Wi-Fi is easy to set up, simple to use and works straight out of the box. One touch software updates mean customers always have the latest firmware and security.

Whole Home Wi-Fi is now available priced £299.99 from the BT Shop at: www.bt.com/whole_homeor at selected Currys and Maplin stores.


Notes to editors

Technical specification

Wireless

AC2533 (1733+800Mbps)

Dual-band concurrent Wi-Fi

IEEE® 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz–256QAM support

IEEE® 802.11a/n/ac 5GHz–256QAM support

Self-configuring network for maximum coverage

Antennas

2.4GHz – 4 transmit/receive 5GHz band – transmit/receive

Wi-Fi roaming: always connect to the best disc

Wi-Fi roaming – IEEE® 802.11k/v

Wi-Fi Band steering

Hardware

Powerful dual core CPU

1 x Auto sensing 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet WAN/LAN port

Wireless network settings card

App features

Wi-Fi location mapping tool

Pause the internet

Network status and topology

Self-diagnostics and troubleshooting tips

Smartphone software requirements

iOS 8.0 and above or Android 4.4 or above

Product dimensions

3 x 165mm diameter discs

About BT

BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services.BT consists of six customer-facing lines of business: Consumer, EE, Business and Public Sector, Global Services, Wholesale and Ventures, and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2016, BT Group’s reported revenue was £19,042m with reported profit before taxation of £3,029m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

For more information, visit www.btplc.com