Vodafone broadband routers
By Aaron Howdle | Thursday, January 7th 2021
Mobile phone giant Vodafone also offers home broadband to compliment its other services. It has placed itself at the more affordable end of the market by offering a decent, but limited range of broadband packages. Its broadband packages currently comprise two mid-range fast fibre options.
A poor router can slow your broadband down at the last hurdle. Alternatively you may get great broadband speed, but the router’s wifi doesn’t reach every room in your home. Given this, how does Vodafone’s router fare?
How to get a Vodafone router
If you would like a Vodafone Wifi Hub, you need to sign up for a Vodafone broadband package. Vodafone offers a simple line-up of two broadband packages. Both packages come with a Vodafone Wifi Hub.
In most cases, you can expect your Vodafone router to arrive within approximately ten days of signing up to a new package, and you can easily set it up yourself.
Vodafone router features
Vodafone offers a very straightforward deal when it comes to broadband. You can choose from two mid-level fibre broadband speeds of 33Mbps or 66Mbps. Because of this, Vodafone offers one router for both services, since Vodafone doesn’t offer a 10Mbps ADSL option, there is no need for an entry level ADSL router in its range. All new Vodafone customers will receive its new Vodafone WiFi Hub.
Vodafone WiFi Hub
- Next generation wifi – Devices can connect using older wifi standards or with the latest 802.11ac wifi standard
- Smart channel selection – The Vodafone WiFi Hub automatically connects your devices to the fastest wifi channel and frequency available
- Dual band – Like many modern routers, this Vodafone router uses both the 2.4Ghz and faster 5Ghz bands
- Four gigabit ethernet ports – Four gigabit ethernet ports for fast, wired network connections to your computers
- Two USB ports – USB ports are a surprisingly useful addition, which is often missing from routers supplied by broadband providers. For example, you can plug in a hard drive, which can then be accessed by all computers connected to your network, or share a printer with your household over wifi
- Seven antennae with beamforming – The seven antennae in the Vodafone WiFi Hub help ensure good wifi reception around your home. In addition you can set specific devices up to receive beamforming. This is where the router targets your specified device with a stronger signal, beamed directly at the device in question
- Vodafone broadband app – This app lets you change the wifi settings on your router in ways which would normally require desktop access to the router’s control panel screen. You can set things like screen time for kids and see who is connected to your wifi, directly from your mobile phone. Another cool feature is the ability to prioritise a particular device for fast speeds. This can be useful when you want to download a large game or movie
- Guest network – Visitors to your home can use your guest wifi network so you never have to give out your main wifi password
If there are any unfamiliar terms you'd like a more in-depth explanation of, check out our jargon-busting guide.
Setting up a Vodafone router
Setting up your new Vodafone router is an easy process and should only take a few minutes.
First of all, if you have an existing router, unplug it and remove any microfilters from your phone socket and from extension sockets if you have them. Then take the microfilter which came with your new router and plug it into the phone socket. Next, take the grey cable and plug it into the microfilter, then plug the other end into the Vodafone router.
Now you can connect the power. Switch off the mains plug socket, then plug the power supply into your new router. Now insert the power plug into the mains power socket. You can now switch on the power socket followed by pressing the power button on the router to start it up.
You are ready to connect your devices to your new wifi network. Your wifi log-in details are on the back of the router.
Once your router is up and running, we'd suggest you start making it as secure as possible. Our guide to securing your wifi router can help.
Legacy Vodafone routers
The shiny new Vodafone WiFi Hub is not the only Vodafone router out there. Plenty of Vodafone customers are still using its older routers. So let’s take a look at the features provided by them.
- Huawei HHG2500 – This router featured The latest 802.11ac wifi, four gigabit ethernet ports, dual-band wifi (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz 802.11ac), two USB ports and five antennae
- Vodafone Connect router – This fibre broadband router featured the latest 802.11ac wifi, four gigabit ethernet ports, dual-band wifi (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz 802.11ac), and two USB ports
Frequently asked questions
Will I be able to keep my Vodafone router if I leave Vodafone?
If you decide to leave Vodafone, your router must be returned, alternatively you can pay a fee if you wish to keep it.
Can I get Vodafone broadband without a phone line?
Vodafone broadband is provided through a telephone line, so a phone line is required. However the line rental is included in the price of your broadband package.
What is the latest Vodafone router?
Vodafone provides all its new broadband customers with a Vodafone WiFi Hub. This is its latest router and the only router it currently offers.
Will I need a new router if I upgrade to fibre broadband from ADSL?
Upgrading from ADSL broadband to fibre broadband almost always requires a new router to handle the additional requirements of fast fibre. You will be sent a new router when you sign up to a fibre broadband package.
What is beamforming?
Beamforming is a feature of Vodafone’s WiFi Hub, which allows users to specify a stronger internet connection for a particular device. The router forms a wifi ‘beam’ which follows the device around your home. It is designed to maintain a good wifi connection for that device.