BT Home Hub

BT are the largest provider of broadband lines in the UK. They provide a hub/router as part of the package. This is was my bliki page detailing my use and knowledge about the hub, we’re talking V2. here. I cleaned the page up in March 2010, when I simplified the content on this page, mainly be shifting the Vista & Wifi stuff to “filesaveas.com”.

On 13th July 2013, I upgraded to BT Infinity, and my HH was replaced with a V4 Hub. This page is completely outdated.

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I use the following internet sites/resources.

I have two (real) sites, the first opened in Sept 2009, the second in Jan 2010.

Vista & Wifi

Ben and my new Laptop have problems keeping their wifi connections. (Sue hasn’t complained, but she doesn’t move networks.)

I am documenting this in full, and asking for help at vista laptop gets limited access message (2) at filesaveas.com. Its the second thread because the first thread was hi-jacked. The first thread discusses suspend/resume, fixed addresses and anti-virus products, but Bramshot & Flanker both decide to move onto new hubs, as have I in London 8 Mar 2010. If you have knowledge to share, please go to that site and add a post.

In Hampshire, I use,

BT HH Software Version = 4.7.5.1.83 (Type B) 26th Dec 2009

Interestingly google: bt home hub limited connection wifi vista returns quite a lot, so loads of us have this problem, what does BT say?

My actions are to check if I am on the default channel (I did, but the default is auto, which I left in place in London) and document the state of the NIC DHCP BROADCAST flags.

What are the NIC DHCP Broadcast Flags set to?

I blogged on the 9th March 2010 about Window’s Alternate IP Configuration which was pointed out to me by my colleague Tim Reczek. Opinion be divided as to if this might help and I discussed it with “JM” at vista laptop gets limited access message (2) who recommends fixed ip addresses on the hub before alternate ip addresses on the laptop.

See also the Microsoft KB article : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/283676

I updated the file save us thread, and discovered that Dell Control Point Connection Manager might be a factor. I found a thread, Dell ControlPoint Connection Manager causes WiFi to drop connection which certainly describes the symptoms

BTCare & Twitter

I have asked for help on twitter, and in both cases, been offered too simple advice. See the comment dated, which starts “After the 18th Feb” below.

However, the twitter advanced search page will allow one to search for threads, http://is.gd/aLGPt is a short URL that queries for threads from me to BT Care. I constructed this by using the twitter form, but the reply page has a Show Conversation button, so if we keep replying, we get a forum like conversation trail.

Connecting the PS/3

This has intermittent failures as well, it fails to connect to the playstation network. I found the following links,

This is now fixed, forgotten how. Was this allocating a fixed address?

Hub Private Address

This is configurable. So if the default disagrees with your current switch/router/hub/gateway, you can change it. This is probably best done before you connect the second device. i.e. if this is not your first router, then the default address, 192.168.0.254 might not be what you have previously configured.

Is this realy the default. I turned the London hub off today, but was connecting to it using 192.168.1.254. Is there a new default? Anyway it can be configured, if you have a view then implement it before connecting the second device.

DHCP

This defaults to nearly all. I needed to bring my legacy rules forward and so initially constrained the pool in size, but I discovered that the BT hub permits the fixing of an address to a specific DHCP client which it recognises using the MAC address. The “Devices” panel has the switches. It seems much happier doing this than co-operating with statically addressed systems so I have configured my windows servers as dynamically addressed with a fixed address. See also How to implement dhcp fixed addresses using BT Home Hub and Windows XP and this seems to work. Before converting the Dell server, I had noticed that the hub manager did not recognise the Dell server on the network as connected. It had a static address outside the dhcp pool.

SSID

I have changed the name to have no meaning.

Port Forwarding

I had a problem with this which proved to be about the Gateway/DNS settings of the service host. See the 1st comment below. I wonder how diablo will work, although they have a canned rule AFAIK.

Complex Networking

Several people talk about complex networking by which I mean using a second hub/router in conjunction with the home hub.

ipodtouch and location

I documented this on my sun blog in an article called You’d think I know where I am when at home. The Apples use a service called Skyhook, and you submit your details at their submission form. You no longer need to calculate your Lon/Lat as they have a map-app that does this for you. You need to find your MAC address, which with the BT Home Hub is one the Wireless Configuration page.

Helpful Links

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Query IP from the Hub

I wrote a tcl script to check the ip address and force a renewal of the address. querytcpip.txt

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