Hi. I want to add a new router to get better wifi. ( not happy with hub3) I understand that I need to switch the hub 3 to modem mode and connect to the new router via ethernet cable. Once connected can I still access the hub 3 settings via wifi? also which router is best for wifi security cameras. Thanks.😁
The VM hub in router mode provides WiFi on 2 bands and 4 Ethernet ports. When the VM hub is in modem mode all your get is a modem, one Ethernet port that you then connect to your own router (the other 3 Ethernet ports are inoperative). If it’s a ‘standard’ retail type router, then it will provide the 2 WiFi bands and also the 4 Ethernet ports.
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If you need / want better wifi there are few options
get a new router and hope it covers the house better than the Hub. It almost certainly will, but if your house is large or has thick solid walls it may still not cover the whole house. I have an Asus AC86U and recommend it (high spec CPU, smart connect and 4*4 MU MIMO on 5ghz). You may be able to put the router in a better position by running a longer cable from the Hub to the router which is best high up and in the middle of the house but depends what else you need plugged into it
get a mesh system like a netgear orbi. This places several wifi units around the house. However they're not all equal and cheaper ones won't have dedicated "backhaul" i.e. separate wifi chips for the mesh units to talk to each other. Most of them can be connected via cable but that can constrain placement e.g. you need both power and lan cable where you want to put them
or go with a prosumer setup like ubiquiti devices - typically you'd have a wired only router, with a number of wifi access points. These need network cable but the cable does power them so typically the wifi access points will be wall or ceiling mounted
1 or 2 are simplest
If going option 1 and you think you might need more wifi coverage at some point then recent Asus models have the ability to configure multiple routers into a mesh. Connection can be wired or wireless but as they have no dedicated backhaul circuit wired is best. I now have 3 of them in a mesh as cover wasn't great in the conservatory / garden and in a converted garage
Thanks for the help. Could i disable both wifi signals in the hub3 and keep the devices I have connected via Lan and use a new router which would only require a longer ethernet cable for that? People say i must put the router into modem mode first. If my idea should work how would i connect to the hub3 settings after switching off both wifi signals.