BT claims to have become the first UK ISP to offer 802.11n wireless technology as standard in its routers.

"The new [BT Home] Hub will give you up to twice the wireless range of our competitors - giving our customers much more coverage in the home, even in those 'difficult-to-reach' areas, and more freedom to use their broadband wirelessly from wherever they want – whether in the living room, bedroom or even in a garden," said John Petter, managing director of BT Retail Consumer.

"The 'N' standard technology also helps to prevent your wireless connection from annoyingly disappearing by providing a much more efficient wireless signal. Put simply, our new Home Hub reaches the parts other hubs cannot reach," claimed Petter.

BT Home Hub

The new BT Home Hub router, which doubles up as a fully-featured Dect phone, is free to new customers who sign up to a BT Total Broadband Option 3 contract. It's also included with Option 2 online orders. BT said the product is worth £90, but existing customers can upgrade for £45.

Other new features include a Power Save mode which allows customers to programme the Hub to turn off the wireless function when it's not in use. BT said this could lead to a 20 percent power saving compared to leaving it on while not in use.

The company also claims to have gone some way to address security concerns surrounding the BT Home Hub. "The new Hub comes with improved security with the latest WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) technology enabled out-of-the-box to ensure the best possible defence against potential wireless hackers and snoopers," BT said.