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Modem Mode Router Query

Hi.  My knowledge of routers is limited but I'm hoping someone can give me some guidance.

Previously I've had minor issues with my Superhub 3 but nothing that a quick reset wouldnt help.  Then I maybe had 5 or 6 devices connected at the time.

Since kidd have their own tablets, adding a number of google nests/homes and a few Phillip's Hue bulbs to the mix all my devices seem to drop connection/wont find the network, find the network but have no internet when other devices on the network are fine.  The situation is worse for devices the further they are from the router.  Im have to almost reset devices/the superhub daily.  Generally devices in the same room as router work ok 95% of the time.

I have maybe 15 devices connected wirelessly at anyone time but there could be more to follow.  We only live in a smallish 3 bed semi so wouldnt expect these issues.

Anyway ignoring the issues I've seen many people talk about using the Superhub in modem mode and using a 3rd party router.  Should this resolve my issue and if so for these type of requirements are there any decent routers around £100 that should solve the issue.  I dont think my requirements are complex but want something that can maybe handle up to 30 wireless devices.  I have a couple of devices on a wired connection but even these could be connected wirelessly if necessary.

One final thought whatever I use must be able to handle a VPN connection as this is required so I can work from home.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.  Thanks in advance.

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Hi there

i suffered the same issues as you both now in my own house and previously in my parents house as they were VM customers too. Same that it used to affect random devices- mainly kindles, where the WiFi would be connected but not have an internet connection.

i now run my super hub 3 in modem mode, with an Apple AirPort Extreme router, with repeaters throughout the house and I get my 100mb all over the house. Apple no longer make these routers but they are available on eBay for reasonable prices given their quality. Don’t worry if you’ve an android device- the setup utility is available there

 

many of the circa £100 net gear routers are good IMO but if you’ve a higher budget then ORBI routers are generally good too but a bit more expensive

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Some recent recommendations on here from satisfied users of mid priced routers, wireless access points and Mesh systems.

https://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Networking-and-WiFi/Hub-3-0-compatibility-with-Mesh-systems/td-...

https://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Networking-and-WiFi/Significant-WiFi-Improvement-using-a-3rd-pa...

https://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Networking-and-WiFi/Set-up-my-own-wifi/td-p/4142571/page/2

https://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Networking-and-WiFi/Hub-3-dropping-wired-connections-amp-what-a...

https://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Networking-and-WiFi/super-hub-3-WiFi-is-terrible/td-p/3965838

https://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Networking-and-WiFi/How-To-Set-Up-A-R8000-Nighthawk-Router-With...

https://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Networking-and-WiFi/Hub3-with-Asus-RT-AC68U/td-p/3975478/page/2

https://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Networking-and-WiFi/replacing-router/td-p/3923472

https://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Networking-and-WiFi/Confused-new-router-needed-or-not/td-p/3798...

https://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Networking-and-WiFi/Superhub-3-Wifi-Issues-please-help/td-p/392...

https://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Networking-and-WiFi/Hub-3-wifi-keeps-dropping-out/td-p/3972775

https://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Networking-and-WiFi/Positive-experience-of-using-BT-Total-Home-...

https://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Networking-and-WiFi/Best-router-for-Hub-3-modem-mode/td-p/37072...

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Thanks for the responses.  Much appreciated.

I kinda ignored mesh systems as these seemed unnecessary and for a house my size.  Maybe 100m2.

I thought a better router would be the best option and have been looking at asus routers such as the asus ac86u or ac68u which are around £150 but I guess what i am asking is in my case would say the ac59u which is almost half the price do the same thing.

I dont have an issue spending £150 if there is a benefit to me but if something half the price does the same job then I'd be happy with that.

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I cant fine an easy comparison table to compare asus routers so I can see what the benefit of each one is.  If I could find one that would help.

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Errrrr....

https://www.asus.com/uk/Networking/Wireless-Routers-Products/

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Another answer if you are mainly using WiFi is to hard wire a Wireless Access Point upstairs and one downstairs back to the Hub3, then turn off the Hub3‘S WiFi. I have something like this setup, although one WAP does adequately my house, to give full redundancy. 


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@AlexM1980 wrote:

I kinda ignored mesh systems as these seemed unnecessary and for a house my size.  Maybe 100m2.


You could get the one as a router plus a switch if needed

https://www.amazon.co.uk/ZyXEL-WSR30-EU0201F-MULTY-AC2100-TRI-BAND/dp/B07M8N4R5Q/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1...

 

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Hi,

We were having issues here with dropouts and intermittent speeds so I installed a Netgear Nighthawk plus one access point in my home a couple of weeks ago, running the Hub 3 in modem mode, it's been trouble free so far. With six of us in the house and three of us working from home, we needed a much more reliable service which we now have. It's not really a question of if you should get your own router, just when and what does your budget allow. There seem to be a lot of great suggestions here, just wanted to share what worked for me.

Thanks,

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