Streaming problems with the BT Home Hub
Generally ADSL modem/routers once set-up and running are forgotten about, but now and then something can happen and the only cure is to switch it off and back on again. Traditionally this has been down to number of simultaneous connections that some games or peer to peer applications have open. Now it seems that the BT Home Hub may have a problem with some sites that offer video streaming.
Darren Waters of the BBC has blogged about problems the BT Home Hub appears to have with the BBC iPlayer streaming site. Though according to posts on our forums it may not be a problem exclusive to the BBC iPlayer, as one user reports the same problem when streaming video over the XBox games console.
The BT Home Hub, while often cited as being needed for BT Vision to work, is not an absolute requirement, you can use other routers and the BT Vision service will work. What you cannot do currently is use BT Vision box via any other broadband provider. If using an alternate router the main part missing is the upstream QoS that the Home Hub applies, the downstream is handled by the BT network, but the Home Hub applies QoS to the upstream to avoid any uploads interfering with BT Vision communication.
As with many bugs it does not seem to affect everyone. There are people with BT Home Hubs able to use iPlayer with no problems, and even more interestingly there are indications that some other routers may be affected too. This may become a more widespread issue as the bitrates used for video streams increase.