The free wireless router you get with Vodafone Connect will let you prioritise specific devices, letting you kick intermittent Netflix streams into shape.
Vodafone’s free WiFi AC router brings dual-band support, MIMO and beamforming technology to the table – all the right stuff you need on paper to get a decent wireless service around your home.
Where the Vodafone Connect router differs from others is that you’ll be able to have a greater degree of control over which devices get priority on your network via a mobile app.
Related: How can I get Vodafone Connect and how much will it cost?If there’s a particular thing you want to do at any given time – like watch a movie on Netflix or connect to Xbox Live – you can use Vodafone Connect app to prioritise traffic to a device on your network for up to two hours.
While you can already do this to some extent with port forwarding, Vodafone wants to take some of the hassle out of that with this so-called ‘Boost’ function.
As well as this, the ‘Beam’ control lets you manually link up devices that support beamforming with the Vodafone Connect router.
Beamforming, in a nutshell, is wireless technology that transmits a signal directly at a device. Typical WiFi signals propagate in an almost spherical shape but with beamforming, they’re more directed.
If you’ve got phones and laptops that make use of the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, you can use the app to manage connections and ensure that you’re freeing up that congested lower end channel.
Vodafone’s iOS and Android apps will also let you do things like change WiFi passwords, edit the SSID name, change frequencies and bands and create separate networks for guests.
You can remove or block specific devices from hopping on your WiFi again and parents can also enforce ‘family time’ by setting timers for when the WiFi signal will be on.
Vodafone has neither confirmed or denied that the new router will support WiFi Calling or let customers do things like leverage unused landline minutes, like you can do with Virgin Media SmartCall or TalkTalk Talk2Go.
As for the router itself, Vodafone hasn’t said who is making it, but has supplied a list of specifications:
Vodafone Connect router specifications
- 4 x Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)
- 1 x Gigabit Ethernet WAN (RJ45)
- 1 x ADSL2+ / VDSL2 (RJ11)
- WiFi 11ac: 5GHz 3×3 / 11n: 2,4GHz 2×2 dual band concurrent with MIMO and Beamforming
- 2 x USB 2.0
- DDR3 128MB + 256MB NAND FLASH
- ADSL2+ / VDSL2 (incl. vectoring)
- DLNA Certified
- Fibre-compatible WAN port
- Broadcom 63168/6303