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Broadband with wireless hub

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9y, 7m agoPosted 9 years, 7 months ago
Any good deals out there for my father in law?
He is a silver surfer buying his first computer (laptop) and wants wireless broadband.
Speed not important but must have unlimited downloads as he will use it a lot.

An included wireless hub would be an advantage.

BT have some good headline rates but these are only for the first 3 months.

Any advice appreciated.
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9y, 7m agoPosted 9 years, 7 months ago
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#1
None that I can think of, but The BT Home Hub is a terrible piece of equipment. Lowsy signal, unrealiable and very badly made.
#2
sorry to disagree with simon g, but i have bt and never had a problem. I would suggest that he doesnt worry about download limit as i am on the cheapest option and NEVER exceed the limit set. Especially as a silver surfer he should be ok with this. If he goes for the next option up he gets free av and firewall which if he is not that proficient with computing may be worthwhile; it is what my parents have.
I also find that if i have a problem (of my own doing as having changed teh login and forgotten it!!) they are very helpful.
#3
I went through 4 of them in 3 months when I was on BT. All had intermittant connection problems and terrible signal strength. I was using the router and computer in the same room about 15 feet away from each other.

Manged to get out of my contract with BT due to the pathetic HomeHub and also as their supposed "Up to 8MB" actually only gave me 1.5MB even though on a differnt ADSL provider before BT I got 6MB down the line.

It did take me 3 months and 15 pages of correspondance note taking before BT Wholesale and BT Broadband Support would talk to each other and admit that there was a problem of course. Oh and the support people in India are simply useless. My missus knew more about broadband than most of them did and she hates computers!

But yes, the Homehub is a terrible and badly made peice of equipment. You may not have a problem with it, but doesnt mean that it is a decent piece of kit. Just remember that.
#4
why not get virginmedia bb:
unlimited downloads, on 2MB connection: its £9 for 3 months n then £18. You can probably negotiate it back to £9/£10 after the initial 12 months. Apparently the 2mb will be going up to 4mb later in the yr

+ separate wireless router (i bought mine for £40, but that was over a yr ago. pretty easy to setup, difficult if you fiddle with settings)
banned#5
ive got the bt home hub its fine and ive got 1 spare one im selling.
#6
aol offer free wireless router.also if his laptop is centrino it will have built in wireless so no need for an adapter.
#7
Have you got sky? why not sign up to their broadband, £10 for really fast, unlimited broadband with free wireless router - really good one if thats an option.

Or

Orange Broadband (im with these) - excellent service, livebox is brilliant, Im on the £20 pack but get it for £5 because I have a mobile contract with them, Im a heavy downloader and never get any warnings, livetalk and liveprinter is an excellent service you can use for free with the router aswell.

I wouldnt reccommend BT - I was with them when their bt home hub 1st came out - I hated it! Speeds were abismal and it dropped the connection all the time, but saying that BT have the best customer services than all of them, really freindly.

Bryan
#8
Simon_G


Manged to get out of my contract with BT due to the pathetic HomeHub and also as their supposed "Up to 8MB" actually only gave me 1.5MB even though on a differnt ADSL provider before BT I got 6MB down the line.


I got out of the contract early too - but Customer Services were really helpful, I was getting below half a meg speeds, although with my previous provider (tiscali) I was getting 2meg - now with Orange and getting 3meg, which is the best my line can support, the BT checker says it can go up to 1.5meg - they are so wrong lol.

Bryan

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