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BT Home Hub 3 Reviewed

On this page, we take a closer look at the BT Home Hub 3, the latest incarnation of BT's home wireless broadband router.

BT Home Hub 3
The BT Home Hub 3



What is The Home Hub 3?

BT launched their original Home Hub in 2006, the Home Hub 2.0 in 2008, and the latest version, the BT Home Hub 3 in February 2011.

The BT Home Hub 3 offers the following:

  • Home Hub SideSlimline High-Speed Broadband Modem
  • 802.11n Wireless: Support for the faster 'n' wi-fi connectivity protocol - increased range (with suitable wi-fi hardware)
  • Support for BT Infinity, BT's new high speed network
  • Smart Wireless - For more stable wi-fi connections
  • Four Ethernet connectors - For wired connection
  • Power-save mode: Better green credentials - the Hub can go into a power-saving mode.



BT Home Hub - pricing and availability

Getting the BT Home Hub 3:

The BT Home Hub is available directly from BT:


What's new with the Home Hub 3

  • Improved Wi-fi - Smart Wireless auto-switches to the best wi-fi channel
  • Smaller size
  • Better green credentials
  • 1GB Ethernet port
  • Supports BT Infinity, BT's High-speed Broadband network
  • No longer supplied with a phone handset
  • No longer supports BT Broadband Talk


FrequencyCast Podcast IconREVIEW: Listen to a review of the Home Hub 3 in our March 2011 Podcast:

FrequencyCast Show 61 | What is FrequencyCast?


BT Home Hub 3 Review

Our team was able to get hands-on with the BT Home Hub when it launched. We also let our podcast team put together a first-look review - You can hear our review in our March 2011 podcast: FrequencyCast Show 61

The Home Hub 3 is much shorter and more compact than its predecessor, the Home Hub 2.0, as shown here:

BT Home Hub 3 and Home Hub v2.0
BT Home Hub 3 next to the BT Home Hub v2.0


At the rear of the Hub 3, you'll find 4 Ethernet connectors, the fourth of which is a 1GB Ethernet port.

The Hub 3 supports ADSL Broadband, as well as BT's new high-speed service, BT Infinity

BT Home Hub 3 and Home Hub v2.0
BT Home Hub 3, showing rear connectors


The Home Hub 3 has a handy pull-out piece of plastic that has the admin password and wireless WPS PIN - so you no longer need to scribble the codes onto a scrap of paper to get wi-fi set up on your computer.

BT Home Hub 3 and Home Hub v2.0
BT Home Hub 3 - Removable Hub Settings Tab


The software interface is broadly similar to that found on the BT Home Hub 2. As before, it's accessed through the web browser. Here's a screenshot of the wi-fi setup screen

BT Home Hub 3 Screen

BT Home Hub 3 Specifications:

  • Modem: ADSL (Broadband) and BT Infinity
  • Wi-fi: 802.11b / 802.11g / 802.11n (Supports WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK)
  • Dimensions: Width: 175mm , Depth: 88mm , Height: 182mm
  • Connectors: 3 x 10/100 Mbps Ethernet sockets (RJ45), 1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet sockets (RJ45), 1 x USB, ADSL In (RJ11), BT Infinity In, telephone socket


What's supplied with Hub 3

  • Power adapter
  • 2 x ADSL filters (Not supplied with Infinity, as not required)
  • Broadband (RJ11 cable)
  • Ethernet cable (RJ45)
  • Cable cover
  • User Guide and CD


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BT Home Hub 3 Questions:

Most common questions about the Home Hub can be found in our Home Hub FAQ. Below, you'll find questions specific to the home Hub v3, or our review.




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