This is the fifth generation of BTs house Hub range of routers. It is arguably the biggest upgrade the line has seen to date as it combines 802.11ac wireless, upgraded Gigabit Ethernet ports and an integrated VDSL modem. For many years ISP-supplied routers have been well-known for being terrible. on paper the house Hub 5 could be the product to change that. BT house Hub 5: DesignOne of the most remarkable aspects of the house Hub 5 is, on the surface, perhaps the least interesting: its design. The house Hub 5 looks virtually identical to the house Hub 4. It has the similar upright format and slightly curved fascia, the similar spring loaded legs, the similar smart colour plan and the similar rigid construct quality and compact dimensions. It is the last of these points which really grabs out attention though. At 236 x 116 x 31mm and 290g the house Hub 5 is the similar size and weight as its predecessor, which makes it one of the smallest and lightest routers on the market still it packs a lot of new stuff inside. BT house Hub 5: FeaturesWhile several features vie for our attention, were going to start with the integrated VDSL modem. somehow BT has squeezed this into the house Hub 5 without any size or weight penalty. Not only is this a remarkable feat of engineering given the monstrous size of DSL routers like the Asus DSL N66U and Netgear D6300 but it also means BT Infinity customers finally have a neat, single box solution. Up until now all Infinity customers were forced to have a separate bulky modem that runs hot and was wired into either the house Hub 4 or a third-party router. The house Hub 5 does away with this and runs chilly and bashful. In addition the house Hub 5 also makes the leap to 802.11ac wireless. Unlike EEs ac and VDSL equipped smart box 2, which has a 2×2 arrangement of antennas, BT has equipped the house Hub 5 with full fat 3×3 MIMO antennas for both 802.11ac and 802.11n, which should give it an advantage at distance. The house Hub 5 does have a 2×2 arrangement for 802.11n/g, but at these slower speeds that doesnt really matter. Another feather in the hat of the house Hub 5 is its switch to 4x Gigabit Ethernet ports 1000Mbps. The house Hub 4 has 3x quick Ethernet 100Mbps and 1x Gigabit Ethernet ports as does the EE smart box 2 and this gives the house Hub 5 parity with premium third-party routers and Virgins 802.11n new Super Hub. It also shows up the Sky Hubs 4x quick Ethernet ports and Skys ridiculous decision to stick with that for its new Sky Hub review coming soon. One area the house Hub 5 could do better is the inclusion of just a single USB 2.0 socket, but otherwise it ticks all the right boxes with WPS and WPA/WPA2 security, BTs bundled Family Protection a better solution to protecting your children than the UKs flawed porn filter, IPv6 maintain and a CD-less setup process. BT house Hub 5: SetupBT is the first ISP weve seen to go the CD-less path following in the footsteps of Linksys, Asus and D-Link and the setup process is far better for it. Simply plug in your HH5, switch it on and connect to it either via WPS or using the password supplied on BTs bundled information card that is stored on the back of the router. on connection your default browser will open a new web page http://bthomehub.house/index.cgi which begins the setup wizard. One complaint we do have is BT by default sets up the house Hub 5 with a single SSID. This is an infuriating practice as users have no way of knowing whether they are connecting to the quick 5GHz 802.11ac/n band or the slower 2.4GHz 802.11bgn band. These bands should always be clear to the user most router makers use 2G and 5G endings to differentiate and it requires digging into the advanced settings section to change them. Another quibble is the use of a pre-set password. Linksys and Asus are leading the way here with routers that have no password but make you select one in the setup wizard. That makes far more sense to us, though BT’s approach is consistent with previous house Hub’s.Despite these points we have to say getting the house Hub 5 up and running is very easy and even technophobes shouldnt worry. The routers user interface isnt the most advanced weve seen and wont give Linksys industry leading smart WiFi sleepless nights, but it is simple to navigate. BT also deserves credit for shipping the house Hub 5 with a long 2m power cable, which gives a lot of flexibility when it comes to positioning the router. Wed like more router makers to follow this guide.