How do I stop my BT router being a hotspot?

Whether you’ve just signed up to BT recently or you’ve been with them for a while, you’ve probably noticed their BT Wifi networks all over the place. You can easily find them when you’re trying to connect to a public network.

The truth is that these public networks often piggyback off of your own wifi router at home. This means that when you look in your network tab (depending on what device you’re using), you might find some other devices in there that you don’t recognize.

These are all devices that are using your router, but not actually using your private wifi network. But even so; how can you stop your BT router being a hotspot for other people? Well, here’s the easiest way to do this.

How do I stop my BT router being a hotspot

If you want to stop your BT router for being a hotspot for other people, then you can do so in your BT account. Just head over to the My Extras section, where you can opt out from having your router being part of the Openzone network.

Bear in mind that if you do decide to do this, then you won’t be able to use Openzone yourself when you’re out and about. Plus, it won’t happen overnight – it could take up to a month for you to be disconnected from the service officially.

But, it’s very easy for you to opt out from the service. Before you do though, you should probably learn exactly how BT Openzone and the BT public wifi networks actually work. Then, you can make a more informed decision.

How does BT Openzone work?

Something that’s often misunderstood is how BT Openzone actually works. Many people think that the Openzone network is provided by the green electricity boxes on the side of the road, but this isn’t actually the case.

Instead, the BT Wifi/Openzone network actually piggybacks off of it’s customers routers, including yours if you’re with BT, to send out the BT Wifi signal. This is free for all BT broadband users, and is a good way to use wifi when you’re out and about.

But, doesn’t this affect my wifi usage?

It’s a common misconception that when you’re router is being used essentially as a hotspot for other people, that you might be charged for this. This isn’t the case.

Your private network is still completely separate to the public BT wifi network – there’s no crossover between the two. This means that there’s no chance that anyone logging into the public network can use your data. And more importantly, there’s no way that they could access your personal information.

If you’re struggling with a poor connection at home, then there’s a few different things you can try to fix this. One is to purchase a wifi adapter, which you can use to increase the connection between your router and your device.

Are people using my Plusnet Router as a hotspot?

If you’re concerned about people using your Plusnet router as a hotspot, then you’re in luck. None of the Plusnet routers that are actually available to the public can be used as a hotspot. So, for you folk, this is something you won’t have to worry about.

How can I tell if someone is using my BT wifi?

It’s very easy to see whether someone is connected to your BT router. You can do this by using the BT app, and checking your home network. If you go into Connected Devices, then you’ll be able to see all of the devices that have connected to your home wifi.

Does BT hotspot use my bandwidth?

No, it doesn’t matter how many different devices have connected to BT wifi via your router – this will still have no effect on the speed of your home network.

Why does my BT hotspot keep disconnecting?

If you’re out and about using the BT Hotspot, then there are a few different reasons why you may have been disconnected. Of course, the person who’s router you was connected to may have turned it off, but more than likely, you’ve moved out of proximity of the router.

How can I use BT hotspot for free?

Anyone who’s with BT can connect to a free BT wifi hotspot when they’re out and about. You just have to connect via the app to do this.


Honestly, in my opinion the benefits of having the ability to connect to BT wifi when you’re out and about completely outweigh the negatives of having other people connect to the BT wifi network via your personal router. These two aren’t intertwined, so there’s nothing bad that can really come of this.

But, for those who really don’t want anyone piggybacking off of their wifi network, then you can easily resolve this by just turning the option off in your account. This will make sure that no-one can use your wifi network as a hotspot.

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