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Poor/No WIFI signal in so many different parts of the house

Hope everyone is keeping well!

Been an oomph customer for approx 2+years now and still only managing speeds of like 30mbps in a lot of the rooms in the house. Wifi Hub is placed in the living room (where i receive great speeds) but rooms such as kitchen, all the bedrooms on the first/second floor receive speeds around 20-30mbps. Not great considering I pay for 600mbps. 

What can I do to improve overall house speeds?

  • Do not want to change router location as no other ports around the house IMO
  • I have tried pods/boosters (useless and not worth a penny)

 

Please do let me know if you have some suggestions!

Thank you

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Re: Poor/No WIFI signal in so many different parts of the house

You could invest in some good quality wireless equipment.

Get either a…

Mesh System, (2) Wireless router, (3) Wireless access point (4) A combination of (2) & (3).

With Wif6 for maximum speeds and Triband will help too

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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.
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Re: Poor/No WIFI signal in so many different parts of the house

Thanks. So replace the current hub/router, with a new better one? And use the mesh system to improve speeds around the house?

 

Any names you could recommend please?

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Re: Poor/No WIFI signal in so many different parts of the house

Yes, put the Hub into modem mode (you still have to use the VM Hub as a modem) and then connect up whatever you like the look of that meets your needs. I have posted this before (below) , just look through it to give you some idea what to start looking at. Ask back here and i'm sure others will give personal recommendations too.
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The cognoscenti will always say (correctly) that the best thing to to do is connect Wireless Access Points directly to the Hub or your own better router by ethernet cables. However some would say a good Mesh will be the best/simplest/most flexible for most average users who dont want to run ethernet cables.  A Tri-band Mesh system is better for the "backhaul" and for users on high speed packages and umpteen simultaneous connections. Wifi6 is future proofing too and best for enabled kit (like my iPhones/Macbooks).

It depends on your requirements for... better routing features, your house layout, size, construction materials, your tech abilities, and of course, budget, ~£60-80 will get a decent introductory wireless router but 'may' not alone solve the wifi in your house, but spending ~£500 (or more!) will get the “Rolls Royce” solution of a high-end Wifi6 Router & WAP's or a top end Tri-band Mesh system with WiFi6. You'll probably want something suitable - somewhere within that range - I reckon ~£100-150 is around the “sweet spot” for most standard users, and where you would probably need to start for a standard 2/3-story house if it has brick walls. Less for a one-bedroom modern build flat, more for a stone built 8 bedroom mansion

Good options for Access points/Wifi routers/Mesh systems come from Ubiquiti, Asus, TP-Link Deco's M4/M5, Linksys Velop's, Netgear Orbi's (and others) – I would stick with these companies whose business this is - rather than “newcomer” and data-driven” companies like Google, Amazon, etc. Also be sure the router or Mesh specifically says that they have 1GB ethernet ports - some of the cheaper ones only have 100Mbps ports. WiFi6 is also future proofing for faster connections.

Recently, just as an example... three of my friends who all live in brick built 3/4 bed semis, just got TP-Link Deco M5 3-packs (~£150) and all said it is - “absolutely brilliant with excellent wifi speeds in all rooms, the attic and the garden, and the App is a doddle to use”. The first Mesh unit becomes the new router - you need to check whether the one you look at has all the "features” you need. Ethernet ports are usually limited to 1 or 2/unit , so you “may” need to add in an unmanaged GB port switch (<£20) in there as well. My mates also get "full speeds" from the ethernet ports on the Deco's in the remote locations. Finally if you get a 2/3-pack of any Mesh system, which doesn’t cover dead spots everywhere, you can just add in extra unit(s).

Take a look at what fits your needs, tech ability, house layout and budget. Use sites like Techradar & Techadvisor for reviews of "Best Routers" or "Best Mesh". Post again if you want personal recommendations from others on your short list


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