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Simple objective to integrate an Airport Express station into my home network to allow us to broadcast audio to speakers in different parts of the house and then control the playlists using the new Remote feature on the iPod Touch. At the same time I was hoping to extend the network range by upgrading to the 802.11n wireless draft recommendation. My current network had a BT Home Hub router hard wired to a HomePlug to allow the range to reach my office in the farthest reaches of our large brick barn conversion.
Conclusion to this convoluted process is that it would appear with the lack of option for Repeater configuration with the Home Hub 2 there is no physical possibility for installing the Airport Express in a network powered by the BT Home Hub 2. So why have BT removed this configuration option anyway? I suppose their argument would be that with twice the range (up to 70m indoors) the new routers with 802.11n wireless do not need a repeater facility any more. Well maybe I just got a bricked hub from the outset but there is no way the new Hub was displaying that kind of improvement in range. Anyway I got a result in the end and have a happier household.
Nothing impresses guests more than flashing out the iPod touch to change the music playing on several speakers around the house! But I certainly won't be jumping through hopes to use the BT Home Hub 2 again and wouldn't recommend the additional investment that BT insist on charging long-standing customers for the development that went into constructing this brick!
Posted on Aug 11, 2008 at 11:14:49.
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