Ubiquiti Access Points Vs BT Access Points

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Why Choose Ubiquiti Access Points Over Bt Access Points?

BT is arguably one of the best-known Wi-Fi, broadband, and phone providers in the UK. However, bigger doesn’t always mean better.

Thus, we will compare all the features you can expect from BT Access Points with the lesser-known Ubiquiti UniFi Access Points to find out which solution might be the best option for you.

Who are Ubiquiti?

Before we start, let us introduce you to Ubiquiti in case you haven’t come across them before.

Ubiquiti was founded in 2003, aiming to manufacture and sell wireless data communication and wired products for businesses and homes. Their network designs are thoughtful and progressive yet surprisingly simple – a true multi-application network operating system that just works. Their most common product line is the UniFi brand, which focusses on home and business wired and wireless networking and includes a wide range of access point options to choose from. This also includes a UniFi Design centre, which allows you to customise your IT operations in minutes.

What types of UniFi access points can you install in your home?

There are many UniFi access points for you to consider which can suit all your requirements for WiFi in your home, including:

  • UniFi bestsellers: UniFiFlex HD, AP HD, AP SHD, nanoHD
  • Wi-Fi 6 – High efficiency: UniFi6 Lite AP, 6 Long Range AP
  • XG – the World’s highest capacity AP: UniFiAP XG, WiFiBaseStation XG
  • In-Wall: UniFiAC In-Wall, HD In-Wall
  • Mesh Points: UniFiMesh, Mesh Antenna, AP Beacon HD, Building-to-Building Bridge
  • AC range:UniFiAP AC LITE, AP AC Long Range, AP AC PRO, AP AC EDU

What are access points?

An access point is a device that is connected to a wired router, switch, or hub usually via an Ethernet cable, projecting that Wi-Fi signal to a designated area by creating a wireless local area network, or WLAN.

For example, do you have a large house or a home that has a significant Wi-Fi black spot? If the answer to this is yes, then you can install an access point in the area you require better Wi-Fi, which then connects to your main server.

How do access points improve your Wi-Fi?

Using access points in your home can significantly improve your Wi-Fi in a few different ways, the main point being that access points can extend your Wi-Fi signal to reach even the dark spots of your home.

Not only this, but it also increases its available bandwidth. This means that your Wi-Fi will be able to support more devices using the Wi-Fi at once without a drop in streaming quality. Users of access points can also benefit from the flexibility and freedom to move around the house without experiencing any network interruptions. Never again will you have to sit close to your router in the hope that it will improve your signal.

The advantages of using Ubiquiti access points to improve your Wi-Fi

Now that you know the general advantages of using access points to improve your Wi-Fi, here are the highlights of what Ubiquiti can bring to the table:

  • Supports more user access
  • Stronger ability to send and receive signals
  • Broader range of transmission
  • No need for cabling
  • Flexible networking
  • Multiple access points can connect together

On the other hand, here is everything you need to know about the BT Home Hub

The BT Home Hub, or BT Smart Hub as you may hear it be called nowadays, is a family of wireless gateway router modems designed for use within residential properties. As it is distributed by the internet giant BT, the catch is that it can only be used with their own products and services and approved wholesalers, and not with any other internet services.

In May 2021, the BBC reported that numerous BT Smart Hub 2 users have complained of connection issues between their wifi-enabled devices, as it disrupts their home networks. There are also many complaints that BT have failed to provide the internet speed and coverage that they promised consumers over the years.

With so many problems, and of course the hiked cost associated with the big brand names of the internet empire, you might want to consider replacing your BT Home Hub with a more reliable solution.

Why you should replace BT Home Hub with Ubiquiti

If you are having problems with your BT Home Hub, or fancy and upgrade, here is my you should replace your BT Home Hub with Ubiquiti:

  • Ubiquiti offers more options than typical consumer-grade equipment such as BT Home Hub.
  • These solutions are compatible with the majority of internet service providers.
  • Ubiquiti networks are modular, which lets you pick the right components for your individual set up by mixing and matching.
  • You can add new access points easily at any time if you want to expand your coverage in the future.

How to improve your BT Home Hub without replacing it?

However, it is crucial to note that not everyone may be in a position to fork out on a brand-new internet solution. If you cannot afford the time or money to replace your BT Home Hub right now, there are a few things that you can try to improve its coverage and connection.

When this is the case, you might consider using BT Wi-Fi access points. In the same way that other access points and Ubiquiti access points function, BT Wi-Fi access points extend the reach of your wireless signal right across the home. Compatible access points sold on the BT official website include NetGear, Cisco, and Dell, although it is always best to check before buying.

The disadvantages of using BT Wi-Fi access points

Here are the disadvantages of using BT Wi-Fi access points.

  • Single default SSID assigned to both wavebands
  • Not as fast as what is offered by other networks (or as advertised)
  • Expensive for a consumer-grade solution
  • Average to below average customer satisfaction

For more help about which solution might work best for your home, get in touch with Wifi Heros for expert advice. We know that every situation is different and that everyone has their own individual requirements for their Wi-Fi networks, so we can work with you to design a bespoke personalised solution to meet all your household’s Wi-Fi needs.

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