Our super new electronic train tickets

I have had one of the new electronic train ticket cards for quite a long time at the moment, but I am unimpressed by some of the system.

Every morning for the last 2 weeks this is what the electronic sensor at my trainstation looks like :

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It’s been rebooting for 2 weeks.

On the train the onboard staffs readers seem to be malfunctioning or out of battery more than 50% of the time. Even when they work they take 4 times as long to check as the old fashioned tickets.

Not terribly impressive.

BT home hub router and MacBooks

After renting a cottage with a WiFi router from BT (BT Homehub) – and having some initial problems connecting with it from 

– Our MacBooks

– The Google Home speaker

– The Amazon Firestick

(Yes – we really took all these devices and more with us on a holiday) a short writeup of the problems we encountered, and overcame, could potentially help others on the future.


Initially all of our devices had random problems connecting to the WiFI, and then at random intervals dropped off the WiFi network.

Pinging the hub and bbc.co.uk showed around 10-15% packet loss.

The problem turn out to be in this setup in the router :


The issue is the “Sync with 2.4 Ghz.

New mobile WiFi devices are built to rapidly move between access points when they find a new stronger (or as strong) access point. When the SSID’s are identical (as you might have in a house to enable you to move your iPad between rooms where you have multiple WiFi access points (we have 6 in the house as a example) they see the 2.4 Ghz and the 5 Ghz access points being advertised by the BT router as 2 different access points and start flapping rapidly.

Unticking the selection box, and making sure the 2 networks have different SSID’s (i.e. add a number 5 at the end of the 5Ghz network as a example ) solves the problems.


Another way of solving the same problem :

We usually bring a portable access point anyway, to let us connect all our devices to one login at hotels we stay at – this will solve the problem if you have a Ethernet cable to plug into the house / room router, or to extend the existing WiFi network. We use a TPLink wireless N nano router for this.