I noticed a few months ago that the light on the front of my Hub had turned red, I wasn’t sure what this meant at the time but the Wi-Fi was not affected so I carried on as normal.
Over the past few weeks we have really started to struggle with connectivity which is very intermittent. My Ring doorbell drops out every day (which means I have to dismantle it and remove the battery pack to reset it) and I have been struggling with my other connected devices. They usually state that the device is connected but there is no internet or sometimes it just disconnects whilst it waits for the network quality to improve.
I am always in the house and often close by the Hub so I know this is not a Wi-Fi range issue.
I have reset the Hub several times and although everything connects back up, the red light remains and the connectivity continues to be intermittent.
I did read that it could be that it was overheating but it did not feel hot to touch. I moved the Hub away from the PlayStation and set top box into free air space anyway but this had no affect. I checked all the connections and the cables / wires are in good order.
I'm not sure what else I can do, has anybody else found themselves in a similar situation? I have just upgraded to the 350 package so would like to get this resolved to make the most of it.
VM will respond re the red light soon - but whilst waiting you could try this ___________________________________________________________
If you haven't done this already - try it first - it helps sort some Hub3/4/5 wifi issues for some devices. Go into the Hub’s settings. Type in http://192.168.0.1 into your web browser’s url box and login with settings password on the Hub's base sticker (or your own if you changed it). Then in Advanced>wireless signal >smart wifi - tick the disable “channel optimisation” box or “Smart Wifi” box and save settings. May be different pathways and wording on the 3 Hub types Then, go to advanced>wireless signal>security, rename the 2.4 & 5 GHz network ssid's. Just type over to change 'em to whatever you like and something that will differentiate them (e.g - Billybob2 & Billybob5) Try to avoid spaces and periods in the SSID names as they can cause issues with certain devices. Use the same password for simplicity, Then, apply settings and restart the Hub. Your 2 wifi networks will now be clearly separated - and you can then select the network you want each device to connect to… individually from the "available networks" list on each of your devices.
Note all your wifi devices will need re-connecting to the new SSID's and passwords. All things being equal, 5 GHz is always better/faster and subject to less congestion/interference (and is better for iDevice speeds than the 2.4 one - although the 2.4 one has the better "range" and will be needed when the 5 GHz drops out of range and some older/cheaper/dumber devices can only use this one.
You should also use a wifi analyser App (or Airport Utility on iOS) to check which 2.4 channels are being heavily used around you and move yours to one of numbers 1,6,11 that is least so, but it wont help if there is other interference. See if these changes help - you will lose any “seamless roaming” benefits but it may not matter and you can always change the settings back by doing a " pinhole factory reset " if you prefer the way it was - or it doesn’t help. ___________________________
-------------------- John --------------------
I do not work for VM. My services: HD TV on VIP (+ Sky Sports & Movies & BT sport), x3 V6 boxes (1 wired 2 WiFi,) SH2 in modem mode with Airport Extreme Router +2 Airport Express's. On VIVID200, Talk Anytime Phone, x2 Mobile SIM only iPhones.
Our Hub 3 has just developed the same problem - noticed today. Still seems to be connected, though perhaps more frequent drop outs in connections to other devices. It's in a well-ventilated position, not in direct sunlight. I've tried turning off and rebooting, but still showing the steady red light. It does feel quite warm to the touch towards the top of the unit, but it doesn't seem particularly clogged with dust. Can anyone from VM help, please? From similar posts it looks as though it needs replacing.
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I've been having the same issue (solid red light on the hub 3.0) for a couple of months now.
I've done all the usual checks and walked through with technical support (after several different calls on different days) to run diagnostics on the hub and my network (including pinhole reset) and they have put me on monitoring for the next 15 days as it is still showing a red light. I was told that the red light is ignorable and may be due to 5Ghz capacity issues (although we don't have many devices connected usually and there is still a red light even with no devices connected).
It doesn't feel like it's overheating but I'm not inspired with confidence by the conflicting messaging from VM with sources saying red light means overheating or device fault and phone support saying that I can ignore it.