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New BT system extends wi-fi to 'all corners of your home'

Tuesday, January 17th 2017 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

BT has launched a new system to give you strong wi-fi coverage in every part of your house – but it will set you back £300.

Whole Home Wi-Fi uses three small ‘repeater’ discs that are placed around the home and reach those nooks and crannies where you could never get a wireless signal.

This creates what BT calls an “intelligent self-configuring network” which switches the users to the fastest, strongest and most reliable wi-fi signal as they move from room to room.

The system is controlled via an app, which helps you find the best location for each disc to optimise wi-fi coverage throughout your home.

The app shows customers how the home network is being and who is online, and even lets you ‘pause’ or temporarily stop internet access to give the family a bit of time offline.

Erik Raphael, director of BT devices and BT wi-fi, said: “We all know how important it is for people to get a great wi-fi experience at home and how annoying it can be when you don’t get that.

“Whole Home Wi-Fi is the first product of its kind to be launched in the UK. Its contemporary design will look great in any home and it leads the way in wi-fi technology and performance.

“The three discs create an intelligent network to extend your wi-fi to all corners of your home. And the app puts you firmly in control of your home network.”

The Whole Home Wi-Fi system is available for £299.99 from BT or selected high street stores.

'Declaring war on nuisance calls'

Yesterday, BT launched a free phone service to help protect its customers from nuisance calls.

The BT Call Protect service is expected to divert around 30 million unwanted calls a week to a junk voicemail box.

John Petter, chief executive of BT Consumer, said: “We’re declaring war on the companies that regularly pester our customers with nuisance calls on subjects such as PPI and personal accident claims.

“We’re leading the way and calling on other telecoms companies to up their game in the fight against this menace.”

In a statement, TalkTalk said it had been blocking nuisance and scam calls for three years, “during which time we have been the only provider to offer this service for free”.

“We now block 92 million unwanted sales, marketing and scam calls a month from reaching TalkTalk homes, which is double the amount we blocked last year.

“We’re pleased to see other providers follow our lead in taking a stand against nuisance calls as this is an urgent problem, which consumers shouldn’t have to tackle alone.

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