on 30-12-2011 23:55
My issue is I have a 50Mb internet by VirginMedia and I got a Virgin Media Super Hub which is a Netgear cable modem+wifi router all together without any antenna. So I have this broadband modem in the living room where the internet is fast and smooth but on the first floor everything is almost **bleep**. Even if 3-4 people would like to use internet in the house, everyone gets problems by the speed.
So I was thinking about to buy a new Broadband Wireless Router, but I do not know which brand is compatibility with the HUB? I also saw that the Hub has a "modem only" mode, but I just tried with my Belkin ADSL+ Broadband Modem Router and it does not work at all. In the office they said that because it is a modem+wifi router as well, I understood no problem, thats my fault.
So which broadband only wifi router should I buy?
on 31-12-2011 06:49
I'm also on the 50Mb broadband, and I can recommend the TP-LINK TL-WR941N wireless "N" router.
It can very easily operate at speeds of upto 300Mb. Since day one, I haven't had any trouble with it at all, and it has 1 main ethernet connection port to connect to your pc, plus a further 4 more ethernet ports to wire up further pc's / laptops...etc.
The wireless connection is very strong, as it has 3 large Omni-directional antennas.
Hope the info is of some help to you. Regards dozer167
on 31-12-2011 10:33
You need a wireless router suitable for cable Internet connections. There are dozens of models to choose from, ranging in price from approximately £20 - £200.
The following is a link to suitable routers from one particular online vendor. There are many more vendors to choose from:
Should you wish to spend some time researching router performance then this website is an excellent place to start:
on 31-12-2011 14:44
I am really appreciate your help, I got loads of useful informations. Thanks a lot to all of you.
One question to dozer: Are you using that TP-Link router with the Hub when it is in modem only mode?
Happy New Year to everyone!
on 02-01-2012 10:11
Yes I'm using the TP-Link router connected to the SuperHub in modem mode, and it works perfect without any faults. If I can help you out with any thing else related to this issue, just give me a shout, I'm only to willing to help. Regards dozer167
on 03-01-2012 14:26
Useful comments, but I wonder if I can just check a really basic question?
I have a Virgin Home Hub and it sends a wifi signal to the downstairs rooms in the house, but the signal does not reach upstairs. I have addressed the problem with a few plug in (home plug) routers that send the signal via the house wiring.
However, I have just got an iPad and you can't attach it to the home plugs.
What I am looking to do is to buy a new device (while keeping all the others) that sits on the first floor landing, picks up the wifi signal from my home hub and effectively acts as a relay to boost and send on the wifi signal to other devices on my first and second floors.
It looks like these devices you have mentioned attach directly/hard wire to the home hub and send out a signal further around the house than the home hub does itself, but that is not what I am looking to do.
The question, therefore, is - does the TP-Link Router act as the relay station I refer to above?
I have seen many comments that suggest I will need to contact their support service to make it work, however.
on 03-01-2012 22:37
I can't comment as to whether the TP-Link "N" Router would be fully compatible with the setup you describe, but having said that, I live in a fairly large house and have the TP-Link router setup on my 1st floor landing wired directly to my main (Host PC) on the ground floor.
I have no problem obtaining a strong wireless signal on the 1st floor in all rooms, 2nd floor all rooms, and my attic, and my ground floor area....and surprising my cellar where I have a workshop with laptop. My setup is: (1) Wireless laptop in attic. (2) Wireless laptop on 2nd floor. (3) Wireless connections to 2 laptops on 1st floor. (4) Fully wired connection to main (Host) computer on ground floor / with the occassional wireless connection to laptop. (5) Wireless connection in cellar to 1 laptop. I can also use my iphone wirelessly connected any where in the house with out any disconnections. I haven't had an ounce of trouble with this setup and it's always given me a good wired and wireless connection.
Hope the info is of some help to you. Regards dozer167
on 03-01-2012 22:40
Any router that does not have a ADSL or cable modem in it will work in modem mode.
Ideally you want at least a 4Port Gigabit Router and 1Gb WAN with 300Mbps Wireless and the wireless will only be as good as your card/usb adaptors you have.
For wireless range extender this will do and has a port to make any device wireless from that relay point.
on 05-05-2012 17:11
Similar question to 'davidpenston' - last month bought a new TPLink TL-WR300 Wireless n Router to replace my old wireless g router. It worked great and gave a decent signal all around the house. No problems.
A week ago my Virgin modem died and was replaced with a wireless super hub. It works just about the same as the TPLink Wireless Router - which is now effectively redundant. Or is it? . . .
Is there a way to use this brand new wireless router as a repeater / booster / extender?
Any help greatfully accepted.
on 04-08-2014 18:21
Just a quick question, what routers can we use instead of the superhub or do we have to link the box off it? I am not very clued about routers but I would like to buy a dualband router as I have the 152MB virgin media package but couldn't find any information about whether I could use any router or what.
Thanks for your help,