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Five - Hans Ramzan | Industrial Product Designer

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The next generation of home internet

Broadband router hidden in drawer

98% of UK households now own a broadband router. However, more than 3/4 of users prefer to hide away, rather than display them. The aesthetics of a router should be considered as much as a piece of furniture, ornament or household device. Five’s hub replaces the conventional router, breaking away from the limitations of existing physical broadband infrastructure. The move to 5G brings interchangeable SIM cards; allowing flexibility of network providers for the user.


sketches of problems with internet routers

Existing home broadband problems (from left: confusing, high cost, poor positioning, landline limitations, lack of infrastructure, network locks)

cmf board

Colours, materials, finishes and inspiration

sketches of internet router

Extracts from ideation and development sketches

blue foam modelling of internet router

Soft modelling with foam for form and proportion

CAD iterations of internet router

CAD mockups to test CMF

3D CAD front view of five router

Final design of hub

3D CAD collection of five router

The "five" collection

3D CAD of mesh network plug

Mesh network extender

3D CAD exploded view of five internet router

Exploded view of hub

3D CAD exploded view of five mesh network adapter plug

Exploded view of mesh adapter

3D CAD closeup detail of fabric on five internet hub

Closeup of fabric facade

Glowing five internet hub

Notification LED illumination

Five internet router in living room

Insitu render of Five hub

Prototyping internet router

Prototyping the product

3D prints of final design of internet router

Final prototypes

Retractable USB cable for internet router

Retractable cable

Packaging design for five wifi router

Packaging design

Closeup of packaging design

Packaging closeup of eco-foam

App design screen array

App design

3D CAD insitu of wifi router

Final design

Five’s hub replaces the conventional router, breaking away from the limitations of existing physical broadband infrastructure. The move to 5G brings interchangeable SIM cards; allowing flexibility of network providers for the user. In addition, the absence of a phone line allows freedom of positioning around the home. LED lighting allows visual diagnostic feedback.

The mesh networking wall plug helps users to increase Wi-Fi coverage across their home. Aimed at users within larger/older homes, where Wi-Fi blind spots may occur. Removal of the safety cap (protecting infants from electrical shock) creates an available socket for other devices. The integrated Ethernet port allows “Power-Line” connectivity indirectly with the hub.

A companion mobile application seamlessly guides the user through setting up their home network. The intuitive interface allows the user to; monitor network speeds, solve issues via live chat, manage devices accessing the internal network and wirelessly upgrade the hubs firmware. Furthermore, push notifications deliver live feedback on the status of five.

Acknowledgements: Co-Designer (Fleming, A), Prototyping (Fleming, C), Photography & Videography (Cate Castleton Photography)

Date: January 2021

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