I have various frustrations with the Virgin Hub 3.0. Wifi seems to be the main one at the moment. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the performance of the Wifi versus third party routers. Ive been looking for details on performance over distance compared to 3rd party routers to no avail. What i really want to know is if i buy a half descent 3rd party router and put the hub in modem mode, will I likely have better wifi range. Or should i just buy a wifi extender instead?
Internet speed is fine. I just get terrible signal at the back end of my house. I would rather get a router as it will solve other issues I have such as port forwarding etc. But I want to know if that will make a significant improvement to the WiFi signal distance / strength. Thanks
You have to look at the environmental obstructions as well as the strength of the Router / Mesh System.
As an example a wall sized fish tank will have a massive effect on Wi-Fi strength because radio signals cannot pass through water. There are many things that can ruin a perfectly good Wi-Fi signal, so ensure that you look at your home and do some research.
Right. Will do. Not sure how to find comparisons to the virgin hub. Loads of comparisons for 3rd party routers. My house is old and has pretty thick walls, wifi is pretty dire with hub 3, was hoping I could make it better.
You can make it better with a mesh system or another router
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As Gary says a Mesh system may be the better option. The first unit becomes your router so see if the ones you like have the functionality you need. The other plus is that you can then add 1/2/3 extra units to extend coverage. Although extra units can "slow things down" but that not may actually matter if its delivers sufficient bandwith to the area.
However the "best" way to do it is to get a new wifi router that does the job and then connect as many wireless access points as you need, directly to the Hub by Cat5e/6/7 ethernet cables. It does rely on you being able to run those cables conveniently to the distant location(s) of course.
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