WHOLE HOME WI-FI

How to Boost Wi-fi Signal with BT Whole Home Wi-Fi

April 14, 2020
Chris W. | Author
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Improve your wi-fi signal at home

One of the biggest causes for concern among modern families isn’t the threat of a power cut, the freezer stopping working or even running out of chips, but poor wi-fi signal and connectivity. Ask any parents what one of the most frequent causes for arguments at home is and there’s a pretty good chance that they’ll tell you that it’s their children’s rapidly changing mood when the Internet connection drops out.

The modern world is increasingly reliant upon wi-fi networks and being able to access whatever we want, whenever we want, from wherever we want and on any device. Smartphones have changed the way we use the web forever and this means there's now an increasing reliance upon a strong, reliable wi-fi connection at home, at work and on the move.

What is a Mesh network, and how will it improve my poor wi-fi signal?

It might sound like a complex setup, but a Mesh network isn’t as complicated as the name might suggest. Essentially, a Mesh network involves a series of different connection points located around a premises. Such as a home or workplace. With a hierarchy and preference for connection which will then change automatically as you move around or use a different device in a different part of the property or premises.


BT Whole Home Wi-Fi is a highly effective form of Mesh networking that lets a homeowner install one central router in the home and a series of supporting routers in different areas or rooms which your devices will then connect to automatically as they come into range, thereby offering the very best wi-fi signal available.

Improve your poor wi-fi signal with BT Whole Home Wi-Fi

There'll always be connection issues when we’re out and about. But at home and at work we almost expect the Internet to be there, working away in the background ready to cater to our every need – and that’s exactly what BT Whole Home Wi-Fi has been developed to deliver.


In the not–too-distant past you'd often find homes where the Internet connection would drop out or where connection and download speeds were slower than other areas. Similarly to mobile phone signals, properties would have certain areas that wouldn’t allow the signal to reach your device (or devices), as seamlessly as we might like with the biggest issues relating to the positioning of the router and the materials used to build the property not allowing the signals to pass through from room to room.


As the name suggests, Whole Home Wi-Fi has been developed to provide fast and reliable coverage throughout the property. It's available in a range of different systems to suit your needs and the type of property you live in. Our Whole Home Wi-Fi Configurator is designed to help users enter details about their homes including the number of bedrooms and the style of property, and our configurator will advise you on the most appropriate system for you.

Why use the Whole Home Wi-Fi configurator?

Our Whole Home Wi-Fi configurator tool helps you to make an informed decision on which system to go for, making sure that your new, intelligent wi-fi system reaches each and every corner of your home. As we touched on previously, the configurator takes a range of factors into account to make sure that you have access to a supercharged network that eliminates deadspots and lets you to do your online shop, browse the web, check your emails, stream live TV or work from home safe in the knowledge that you’ve got the kind of wi-fi support you need.


So how do you use the configurator? It's easy, really. The Whole Home Wi-Fi configurator asks six multiple choice questions to help you find the right system:

How many bedrooms are in your home?

Giving you a choice of one, two, three and four or more bedrooms you can select the one which is most appropriate to you. So the configurator can make its recommendation based on the size of the property. From one-bedroom properties and studio flats to large homes and barn conversions with plenty of space, using the configurator here will make sure that you can access the web in each and every one of your bedrooms.

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How many floors are in your home?

Next you must select how many floors those rooms are spread over. Catering to those who live on one floor such as flats to two, three and even four or more stories we can help to make sure that you have perfect coverage whether you’re on the ground floor, in the basement or even in your roof conversion.

How many connected devices are in your home?

We said that times were changing with the web at the heart of things, and connected or smart devices are becoming increasingly prominent in modern homes. Ranging from smart plugs that let you control various devices with your voice or the touch of an app to smart light bulbs and even complete smart heating systems, homeowners are now able to control their homes without being home. Or without leaving the comfort of their warm bed in the winter. By telling us how many connected devices you have including your smartphones, tablets, games consoles and, of course, your smart speakers, we can advise on the system that offers the best coverage when you’re using so many devices at once.

Would you like to control how your children/guests use your wi-fi?

Using the Internet always has risks, but with BT Whole Home Wifi security settings you can control who has access to your Internet – and when. If you want your children’s access restricted so that they don’t visit any potentially harmful websites, or so that they come off the Internet in the evenings, you can set a series of rules. Similarly, if you don’t want anyone and everyone who comes into your home piggybacking off your excellent wi-fi connection, you can put a password on the network and only permit those you trust to go online.

Which of the following do you use at home…?

This question lets you select all that apply so that we can give you the most suitable option based on how you use the Internet. Some stream television for hours, others go online for around an hour each day to check their emails, so understanding your online behaviour helps the configurator pick the system that'll offer you the best performance and value for money.

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Tell us in more detail how you use these…

The final question relates to how often you use certain online features including streaming, downloading and online gaming. Each activity requires a certain level of Wifi performance to deliver the best coverage and our tool asks you to provide an answer ranging from never to a lot, and even a 4K option.

What happens at the end of the Whole Home Wi-Fi configurator test?

Having answered each of the questions our configurator will provide you with the most suitable Whole Home Wifi system for you and your home. Not only that, we’ll list a number of benefits of that system and explain why that particular system is the best option for you compared to the other Whole Home Wifi systems available.

How many Whole Home Wi-Fi systems are available?

At the moment, we offer three different Whole Home Wi-Fi systems.


  • Mini Whole Home Wi-Fi - The smallest of our systems but don’t under-estimate its performance. A great system for one-bedroom properties you get perfect coverage in the bedroom, living room and kitchen.

  • Whole Home Wi-Fi - Our longest-serving Wifi system, the original BT Whole Home Wifi system offers between two and four discs and enables users to download at super-fast speeds and stream seamlessly wherever you are in the house.

  • Premium Whole Home Wi-Fi - Great for larger properties and families who all use the Internet for different things, Premium Whole Home Wifi gives you full control over who uses the Internet and when so any gamers and streamers aren’t put in any danger. is designed to look perfect from any angle, ideal for larger living rooms.

How do I setup my BT Whole Home Wi-Fi system?

Once you’ve used the Whole Home Wi-Fi configurator and purchased the most appropriate model, setting up your chosen BT Whole Home Wi-Fi system couldn’t be simpler. In just four quick and easy steps you can start accessing your supercharged, superfast broadband all around your home:


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Download the Whole Home Wi-Fi app to your smartphone.

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Connect the first of our discs to your router.

3
Follow the guidance steps provided in the app. This will provide you with advice on exactly where to place each of your Whole Home Wi-Fi discs to achieve the best coverage and performance.

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Connect the remaining discs and your devices – you’re good to go!

Once you’ve used the Whole Home Wi-Fi configurator and purchased the most appropriate model, setting up your chosen BT Whole Home Wi-Fi system couldn’t be simpler. In just four quick and easy steps you can start accessing your supercharged, superfast broadband all around your home:

1
Download the Whole Home Wi-Fi app to your smartphone.
2
Connect the first of our discs to your router.
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Follow the guidance steps provided in the app. This will provide you with advice on exactly where to place each of your Whole Home Wi-Fi discs to achieve the best coverage and performance.
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Connect the remaining discs and your devices – you’re good to go!

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