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jbrennand
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Re: Strange networking issue

Some recent recommendations

ASUS £85

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

TP-link £70

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

ASUS £160

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

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rendez2k
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Re: Strange networking issue

Thanks! So let’s say I buy the TP-Link. How would I set it up?

Kind of reluctant to spend much more on the issue at this point unless I really need to. 

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Roger_Gooner
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Re: Strange networking issue

It makes no sense to buy a router without finding out what the fault is. For starters, connect your PC directly to the hub and see how reliable is the connection. Also, run some speed tests.

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rendez2k
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So PC has been connected to the router for 4 months directly. Very rarely have any issues except for occasional disconnects every now and then (not sure if that means anything?). Speed tests have been excellent when tested.

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Roger_Gooner
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You can now connect your PC to the hub by the 30m cable to see if it's the cable which is causing the problem. If all is still well, then suspicion falls on the Netgear.

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So the netgear is the replacement for a tp-link box I had. The 30m cable has also been replaced. Issue always remained.

Unless the cable and switch boxes some how had the same issue, I guess the only thing is the hub? Or the type of 30m cable (as I swapped like for like)

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Extra thought: I was watching a high-bitrate 4K file when it went down last night. Could anything there cause the issue? Could just have been a random occurrence mind. 

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Roger_Gooner
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Definitely worth trying another length of patch cable, perhaps from a different supplier.

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Re: Strange networking issue

I agree with @Roger_Gooner: try a different cable but if buying a new CAT6 patch cable, especially one as long as this one, be sure to buy one that's certified as CAT6 e.g. from a network cabling specialist such as cablemonkey. (NB I have no connection/affiliation with them whatsoever).

I read an article recently in which an American cable vendor tested and compared a variety of CAT6 and CAT6A cables bought from a variety of sources to see how they performed against spec. Only 10% passed unreservedly. Of the 10 longer cables they tested (50 foot) only one passed marginally at CAT6, another tested OK at CAT5E and all of the others failed to reach even that standard.

More here if you're interested: https://www.bluejeanscable.com/articles/is-your-cat6-a-dog.htm

Also, when running CAT6 cable make sure that it isn't kinked or bent sharply anywhere along its length. This can degrade its performance or stop it from working entirely. I know this to my cost, having had to re-route a CAT6 cable under my livingroom floor which stopped working entirely because it had become caught around a central heating pipe: freeing the cable reinstated the link.

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