BT's assault on the digital home

BT has taken the wraps off the latest lot of gadgets that it hopes will take off in the digital home.

This A4-sized device is the BT 'home hub'. It's essentially a wi-fi router but it links up to a number of BT gadgets, such as the telco's new internet radio and videophone.

Mimicking rival Wanadoo's Livebox strategy, BT will be giving away the home hub for free for customers on more expensive broadband tariffs, to encourage them to take up advanced services, although fat pipe tightwads can also buy the device for Ł30.

Also following in the footsteps of Wanadoo (now Orange Broadband), BT is getting into the home security market. A new package which lets worrywarts keep tabs on their home remotely using an internet dashboard is being piloted now and could launch this September. Kit is expected to cost around Ł220, with a monthly subscription of around Ł4.