BT Whole Home Wi-Fi, Pack of 2 Discs, Mesh Wi-Fi £99.99 Amazon
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BT Whole Home Wi-Fi, Pack of 2 Discs, Mesh Wi-Fi £99.99 Amazon

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Found 21st Mar
Back down to £99.99, missed them last time but just spotted them back at this price.

  • Two discs create a complete Wi-Fi network for flats and smaller homes with 1-2 bedrooms, removing Wi-Fi dead spots
  • Use the app to see who is online, pause the internet, schedule Wi-Fi access including bedtimes and create a guest network
  • Easy set up in minutes with step by step instructions in the whole home Wi-Fi app
  • Works with all UK broadband providers, AC2600 Dual-Band Wireless technology
  • Intelligent Wi-Fi technology automatically connects you to the fast and strong signal as you move from room to room (Wi-Fi roaming and band steering)
  • Comes with 2-years manufacturer's warranty
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Are these any good?
I have been reading a few Amazon reviews and I am not left with confidence in the BT mesh system.
shalton11 m ago

Are these any good?I have been reading a few Amazon reviews and I am not …Are these any good?I have been reading a few Amazon reviews and I am not left with confidence in the BT mesh system.


The BT Device forums has a few complaints about the latest firmware update. I have had my units a while now, all using a wired backhaul and they work fine.
Waiting for a deal on Google wifi. These don't have ethernet ports
batdroid21 m ago

Waiting for a deal on Google wifi. These don't have ethernet ports


They do have one ethernet port, but if you are using this for a powerline adaptor then you won't have anything spare.
Sanzai14 m ago

They do have one ethernet port, but if you are using this for a powerline …They do have one ethernet port, but if you are using this for a powerline adaptor then you won't have anything spare.


I see. Either way i have heard so so views on them
Argos price match, I shall give it a go at this price.
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Ordered from Prime Now for delivery at 10am.

Ive heard reviews both really positive and really negative so will see how I get on. If they are a pain can always easily return to amazon so not the end of the world.
Presumably I can use 2 packs and have 4 discs covering a bigger house?
paul11091 m ago

Presumably I can use 2 packs and have 4 discs covering a bigger house?


Yes you can. Google it (quite easy to do) but avoid the bad reviews when you are looking.
You can use a switch with these and add extra Ethernet ports - I've had no issues with my 2-disc setup and I've been though multiple AC repeaters, nothing has come close to these for reliablitly and performance.
Sorry, but am new to this mesh network thing. Sounds good on paper to me.

Just a couple of Qs if anybody can help.

1. I have Sonos set up with it's own mesh network - this was achieved by plugging my Play 5 device via ethernet to router. Will a separate mesh network such as this interfere with the Sonos mesh network? Can two mesh networks exist in the same space without interference?

2. Do these (BT or Google) devices work with fibre?

Many thanks for any advice. Might just tip me over to getting this or the google one based on the advice.
rebel15 m ago

Sorry, but am new to this mesh network thing. Sounds good on paper to me. …Sorry, but am new to this mesh network thing. Sounds good on paper to me. Just a couple of Qs if anybody can help.1. I have Sonos set up with it's own mesh network - this was achieved by plugging my Play 5 device via ethernet to router. Will a separate mesh network such as this interfere with the Sonos mesh network? Can two mesh networks exist in the same space without interference?2. Do these (BT or Google) devices work with fibre?Many thanks for any advice. Might just tip me over to getting this or the google one based on the advice.


We have a Sky Q mesh (one silver and three mini boxes) and we've had no issues with meshes interfering with one another, I just made sure the Discs and Q used different channels on both bands. These should work fine with any provider as long as your router/hub has a spare (preferably gigabit) Ethernet port - I use mine with Virgin.
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rebel16 m ago

Sorry, but am new to this mesh network thing. Sounds good on paper to me. …Sorry, but am new to this mesh network thing. Sounds good on paper to me. Just a couple of Qs if anybody can help.1. I have Sonos set up with it's own mesh network - this was achieved by plugging my Play 5 device via ethernet to router. Will a separate mesh network such as this interfere with the Sonos mesh network? Can two mesh networks exist in the same space without interference?2. Do these (BT or Google) devices work with fibre?Many thanks for any advice. Might just tip me over to getting this or the google one based on the advice.


Mine is set up with off my fibre home hub with no problems at all, I have switched the WiFi off from the hub.
In regard to running 2 mesh networks I cannot see any reason why you can't.
id have to agree with other people on this - i have 3 in my house and they all work flawlessly have done since 31/07 last year when i purchased them - i have had to do 2 reset since then and i have perfect wifi all over the house - and the boy even uses it for online gaming and has no connection issues - the 2 reset were after updates - just because i like to refresh
i even forget they are on most of the time
i just checked and currently have 6 devices connected to 1 disc and 7 devices connect to another - so plenty of connections and all just works well worth the money
my internet download speed using fast.com is always shown as 42 mbps regardelsss of where i am in the house - and that is even outside using an ipad and approx 20 feet from the disc
cant rate them enough
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Personally I'd never consider a system like this unless it features POE.
Cheap enough but having a power brick at every device limits location massively.
If it helps anyone I have a townhouse (3 floors) and one disc on each floor. Works a treat! Had it installed for around 6 months and only had 1 disc drop out in this time frame. All it needed was a quick power cycle to get it going again guest WiFi network is a nice feature - only been enabled on recent firmware update so if out of the box it doesn't have it as an option make sure you update!

Edit: good price as bought 3x disc bundle for £180 when on offer before and although a bit pricey then they have worked a treat. A steal at £99.99 IMHO by comparison.

+1 for disabling wifi on your main router after installing these.
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Personally I'd never consider a system like this unless it features …Personally I'd never consider a system like this unless it features POE.Cheap enough but having a power brick at every device limits location massively.


But then you would need to run an ethernet cable to each location. Negates the point of the mesh network. I have one up out of sight on top of my fridge, one under the desk next to my router and one in my loft. My house is fairly big and old and I get perfect WiFi all over. You don't need these wall mounted or within line of sight or anything. Also to answer a previous question, I run these alongside Sonos mesh and no issues.
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Personally I'd never consider a system like this unless it features …Personally I'd never consider a system like this unless it features POE.Cheap enough but having a power brick at every device limits location massively.


What is the drawback that we would experience?
DO NOT update your firmware when you install these, see this thread

community.bt.com/t5/…552
These have worked fine in our home (4 discs) until the firmware update. Since then they drop out about 5,times a day. Resetting sorts the problem but it does get tedious. If I could just remove the last update I wouldn't fault them but since the update its been a chore having them.
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MR112319 m ago

What is the drawback that we would experience?


Less flexibility in location with greatly reduced speeds.
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paul11091 h, 23 m ago

Presumably I can use 2 packs and have 4 discs covering a bigger house?


I've got 4 of these covering a house of 3700sqft. They work brilliantly (no issues with latest FW either). Even with solid brick ground floor construction.

Prior to this I had tried my Netgear R7800 with a TP-link extender, didn't work, at all. Terrible speeds, patchy as hell and drop outs all over the place.

Since? WIFI bliss. 10/10 for me.
castlemaster17 m ago

DO NOT update your firmware when you install these, see this …DO NOT update your firmware when you install these, see this threadhttps://community.bt.com/t5/BT-Devices/Whole-Home-WiFi-firmware-update-v1-02-04-build10/m-p/1831552#M2991


Thank you. Sometimes they auto update that's what I am worried about.
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skipperjonce19 m ago

But then you would need to run an ethernet cable to each location. Negates …But then you would need to run an ethernet cable to each location. Negates the point of the mesh network. I have one up out of sight on top of my fridge, one under the desk next to my router and one in my loft. My house is fairly big and old and I get perfect WiFi all over. You don't need these wall mounted or within line of sight or anything. Also to answer a previous question, I run these alongside Sonos mesh and no issues.


I'm not sure why you say that "Negates the point of the mesh network" as that's simply not true, it would enhance the performance.

For best performance there is nothing better than ethernet and powering over the same cable is a big advantage, you don't have to use it if you're happy with the lower performance of WiFi but would make the product more appealing to tech savvy people.
freakstyler48 m ago

We have a Sky Q mesh (one silver and three mini boxes) and we've had no …We have a Sky Q mesh (one silver and three mini boxes) and we've had no issues with meshes interfering with one another, I just made sure the Discs and Q used different channels on both bands. These should work fine with any provider as long as your router/hub has a spare (preferably gigabit) Ethernet port - I use mine with Virgin.


I use my only gigabit port to take an ethernet wire to an 8 port switch in my cinema room as I use sky q and xbox one s for UHD. Will these be okay on a 100mbps only port or do I need to upgrade the router too?!
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FunkiestMonkey2 m ago

I use my only gigabit port to take an ethernet wire to an 8 port switch in …I use my only gigabit port to take an ethernet wire to an 8 port switch in my cinema room as I use sky q and xbox one s for UHD. Will these be okay on a 100mbps only port or do I need to upgrade the router too?!


Depending if your ISP provides >100mbs or not.
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Personally I'd never consider a system like this unless it features …Personally I'd never consider a system like this unless it features POE.Cheap enough but having a power brick at every device limits location massively.


That really depends. I am in no position to run ethernet and nor are most people. However, I have power points all over the house.
deleted103252021st Mar

I'm not sure why you say that "Negates the point of the mesh network" as …I'm not sure why you say that "Negates the point of the mesh network" as that's simply not true, it would enhance the performance.For best performance there is nothing better than ethernet and powering over the same cable is a big advantage, you don't have to use it if you're happy with the lower performance of WiFi but would make the product more appealing to tech savvy people.


Agree this is preferred solution if able to rewire, and I was going to get Ubiquiti PRO which was on offer yesterday but could not justify extra cost and also not able to rewire without major upheaval.

Will disagree with one point you keep making...from other people's testimony on the BT Home, the wifi speeds are as good as direct from router using these so they do what you would expect.
MR112337 m ago

What is the drawback that we would experience?


Drawbacks:
You need a power brick (like on your TV etc).
You need to have a switch/router which supports POE (not sure how common this is in domestic situations).

Advantages:
You won't have a power brick coming out of the back of the thing so only one wire needed.

If you are after this then perhaps the Ubiquiti devices may be better suited?
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Depending if your ISP provides >100mbs or not.


I'm on 76mbps up and 25 or so down.
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I'm not sure why you say that "Negates the point of the mesh network" as …I'm not sure why you say that "Negates the point of the mesh network" as that's simply not true, it would enhance the performance.For best performance there is nothing better than ethernet and powering over the same cable is a big advantage, you don't have to use it if you're happy with the lower performance of WiFi but would make the product more appealing to tech savvy people.


The whole point of this system is that you can plug and play anywhere there is a power socket, last time I checked I had about 30 plug sockets in my house to choose from and zero poe points.

If you want to run poe all over your house thats fine, but this system is not aimed at that market and you need to look at different systems to this one.
Like some have already said these were faultless, I have 3 discs, until the last firmware update. Now they drop out multiple times a day and it has cost a small fortune with the kids using massive amounts of data on their iPhones. Think it is very poor that after about 2 months bt still haven’t bothered to sort the problem out or roll them back to the previous firmware.
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FunkiestMonkey11 m ago

That really depends. I am in no position to run ethernet and nor are most …That really depends. I am in no position to run ethernet and nor are most people. However, I have power points all over the house.


Just because you don't wish to run additional cables doesn't mean others don't or indeed have.
When we built our house we fully wired it with technology in mind and have to say it was a worthwhile investment.
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Just because you don't wish to run additional cables doesn't mean others …Just because you don't wish to run additional cables doesn't mean others don't or indeed have. When we built our house we fully wired it with technology in mind and have to say it was a worthwhile investment.


I was giving the counter argument to yours to balance out in case people are not as tech savvy and also to clarify why BT home is better for some and e.g. ubiquiti are better for some.
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FunkiestMonkey28 m ago

Agree this is preferred solution if able to rewire, and I was going to get …Agree this is preferred solution if able to rewire, and I was going to get Ubiquiti PRO which was on offer yesterday but could not justify extra cost and also not able to rewire without major upheaval.Will disagree with one point you keep making...from other people's testimony on the BT Home, the wifi speeds are as good as direct from router using these so they do what you would expect.


Depending what they mean about just as fast as from the router itself if the reference is to Internet speed only then it probably is, however if you require moving data between devices internally then huge differences will be seen with ethernet.
I can copy files between computers at 100Mb/s compared to around 20Mb/s using mesh WiFi. But as 20Mb/s equates to around 160mbs it's will handle the vast majority of ISP's data throughput.

Edit for the price these are they are much cheaper than my solution and a bargain.
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FunkiestMonkey21 m ago

I'm on 76mbps up and 25 or so down.


Unless you are moving data around between devices you will gain no advantage.
deleted103252021st Mar

Depending what they mean about just as fast as from the router itself if …Depending what they mean about just as fast as from the router itself if the reference is to Internet speed only then it probably is, however if you require moving data between devices internally then huge differences will be seen with ethernet. I can copy files between computers at 100Mb/s compared to around 20Mb/s using mesh WiFi. But as 20Mb/s equates to around 160mbs it's will handle the vast majority of ISP's data throughput.Edit for the price these are they are much cheaper than my solution and a bargain.


That is why I put an ethernet cable to my cinema room extension with an 8 port switch and I have an old router there creating a separate wireless network
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Just because you don't wish to run additional cables doesn't mean others …Just because you don't wish to run additional cables doesn't mean others don't or indeed have. When we built our house we fully wired it with technology in mind and have to say it was a worthwhile investment.


Thanks for your comments on this thread Cheapo. I converted a large barn with thick walls a few years ago and put cat6 everywhere however getting fed up having to manually switch between the half dozen access points. It looks like a Ubiquiti system would better suit my needs so will wait for a deal on them.
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MrConway3 m ago

Thanks for your comments on this thread Cheapo. I converted a large barn …Thanks for your comments on this thread Cheapo. I converted a large barn with thick walls a few years ago and put cat6 everywhere however getting fed up having to manually switch between the half dozen access points. It looks like a Ubiquiti system would better suit my needs so will wait for a deal on them.


In the mean time if you name the SSID on all access points the same they should auto switch.
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