My new BT Smart Hub turned out not to be that smart.
It suffered what is becoming common for that hub ‘The Green Light Of Death’, where it fails to initialise after a re-start.
Trying to be ‘green’ I returned my old Home hub to be recycled, so when the new Smart Hub failed, I had no Internet. BT are sending a replacement Smart Hub, but it will take 7 - 10 days. Luckily I have 4G with 3GB of data so that allowed me to do light use Internet.
I decided to do what I should have done when I first got FTTC, and was buy my own VDSL modem router. The ISP provided modem routers are ok I guess, but they are cheaply made.
Anyway, I decided I would get something that would be good quality, and fairly futureproof. I’ve ended up buying the [B]TP Link Archer VR2600[/B], which has the very latest in WiFi, and also comes with an ADSL/VDSL modem. It also has a 1Gbps WAN port, so its also compatible with G.Fast, and FTTP.
The performance of the WiFi is awesome, and I can even stay connected to WiFi about 200 meters away from the house.
The VR2600 also has 4x 1Gbps LAN ports, 2x USB3 ports, which either can be configured as print server, or a media server (the software to run these servers are built into the VR2600). I haven’t tried the print server, as my printer is already shared across the network. But I did connect an HDD to one of the USB3 ports and configured it as a media server. I have to say it performs very well in this configuration.
Last but by no means least. The VDSL modem in the VR2600 must also be of good quality, because my VDSL sync rate has risen from 41Mbps with the BT Smart Hub, to 46Mbps with the VR2600.
The only problem is. It isn’t cheap, but I guess you sometimes get what you pay for.