A new helping hand – how your broadband can make your home run even smarter

EE's Smart Hub Plus means you can control the internet usage of every device in your home, and all at the touch of a button

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Every home is a multifunctional space. While that’s always been true, it’s become even more apparent in the past few years. In the era of working from home, juggling work and kids all in one space is increasingly tricky. In the space of a few hours, a sofa can be an office, a playroom, a home cinema, a bed and back again. If everyone’s at home, it can put a real strain on the broadband, with emails whizzing back and forth, virtual meetings, online gaming, streaming tv and doing research for homework. 

EE’s Smart Hub Plus can completely solve this. It’s the next step in making your home smarter, giving you total control over your WiFi so that you can tailor it to your family’s needs. 

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For example, you can have total peace of mind over your kids’ internet usage. You can see every device on the network and how long it’s spent online. Not only can you see this data, but you also can go into every device and change its broadband settings. That gives you unbelievable control over your devices. You can apply parental controls, pause WiFi, set up guest WiFi to ensure data protection, and boost your network when you need it. You can give kids in their late teens a little more freedom with how they spend their time online, while making sure that much younger kids are browsing safely.

However, don’t think that this level of control is just making more work. You can also make groups of devices and users. Rather than having to go through every single one of your kids’ devices - phones, laptops, iPads, game consoles - you can match users and devices together in one go and apply parental controls on all of them at once. You can place limits on all of your kids’ devices equally, or adjust them one by one, and do all of it in seconds.

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This control isn’t just for parental controls, either. It also means you can control when and where your family uses WiFi. If you want a WiFi free zone at the dinner table, you can make one. If you’re worried about your kids browsing the internet late at night, you can set up the WiFi to turn off at a certain time to make sure everyone is getting enough sleep.

It also means that you can optimise your network. If you’ve got a meeting you simply cannot miss and you’re worried your kids’ gaming is throttling your connection, you can control wifi traffic at a touch of a button using WiFi Enhancer and give yourself priority.

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Even small things are much easier with the Smart Hub Plus. For example, we’ve all gone through a tedium of giving a guest our WiFi password. They’re usually long, fiddly codes with lots of caps and numbers, and it can be a pretty awkward few minutes as you both fumble to get them online. That also means they have access to your network. If you’ve texted them a picture of the code - who hasn’t - it means that anyone can get into your WiFi. With an EE Smart Hub Plus, however, you can share your WiFi instantly with a QR code. That’s it.

EE’s Smart Hub Plus gives you direct control over your devices, parental controls, broadband speeds and much more. Together, they’ll make your home a little smarter, and bring a little calm to your work-life balance.

Alex David
Head of eCommerce

As Head of eCommerce, Alex makes sure our readers find the right information to help them make the best purchase. After graduating from Cambridge University, Alex got his start in reviewing at the iconic Good Housekeeping Institute, testing a wide range of household products and appliances. He then moved to BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, assessing gardening tools, machinery, and wildlife products. Helping people find true quality and genuine value is a real passion.