BT Home Hub 5 & 6

What you need to do is to type into the address bar of your web browser, and this will take you to the router’s settings.

Now click on Advanced settings at the top. Grab the plastic Wireless Settings card from the back of the Home Hub 5 and enter the Admin Password printed near the QR code on the card, then click OK.

There’s a warning, but just click on Continue to Advanced Settings. Now click on the Wireless link.

A sub-menu appears; click on 5GHz. Click the No radio button next to Sync with 2.4GHz as this will allow you to change the Wireless SSID. You can  simply added 5GHz at the end or for the more adventurous you can make the SSID whatever you want but it is useful to end it with a 2 or a 5 so you know which is which. Leave the password unchanged, since this means people can still use the plastic card to connect to either frequency.  Click the Apply button at the bottom to save the changes and accept the warning that the Home Hub 5 will reboot.

Now, when you next scan for wireless networks from a Wi-Fi device, you’ll see the two networks (plus BTWifi-with-FON if you haven’t disabled it) and it’s easy to see which is which.

Home Hub 5 & 6: Parental controls and Smart Setup

One of the most annoying ‘features’ of the Home Hub 5 is that it forces every newly connected device to go through a setup wizard in a web browser.

This asks if you want to enable parental controls, which would be a good thing if it didn’t enable the filtering system for all connected devices, thereby forcing everyone to use a child-safe version of the web.

It can also prevent certain devices from connecting to the internet at all, particularly set-top boxes or any device with no web browser.

To disable Smart Setup, simply click on Home Network under Advanced settings in the Home Hub’s web interface as described above, then click on Smart Setup. Now click the ‘No’ option and then Apply.