Reuse a spare BT Home Hub as a Wireless Access Point

This article was rewritten and updated on 12th June 2016.

BT is a popular Internet service provider in the UK.  BT subscribers receive a free router called the “BT Home Hub“.  A new model of Home Hub is launched every few years, and as BT never takes the old ones back, many people have an old Hub tucked away somewhere, gathering dust.

This post explains how to convert an old BT Home Hub 3.0 into a second wireless access point (“AP”) on your network, strengthening and extending the wireless signal around your home or office.  Although the details are for that router, the basic procedure should work for other BT and perhaps non-BT routers.  In particular, notes have been included for the BT Home Hub 1.0 – these are indented and written in italics.  Many users have also had success in reusing Home Hub models 2, 4, 5 and 6 (BT’s latest router, also known as the Smart Hub). Continue reading