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Virgin Media Hub 3 as a modem. Which Router?

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Hello I received a Virgin Media Hub 3 today as my old Hub (1.0) died. The device is simply horrible. Doesn't allow custom local IP addresses, you are limited to 192.168.0.* Also, the interface i… Read More
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5m, 2w agoPosted 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Hello

I received a Virgin Media Hub 3 today as my old Hub (1.0) died.
The device is simply horrible.
Doesn't allow custom local IP addresses, you are limited to 192.168.0.*
Also, the interface is simply a joke.
It takes minutes to change a setting, then the page locks or Chrome asks to kill the task.
After spending 1 hour over the phone with the customer support, it turns out that their support isn't much better than their Hub.
So I am looking to use the Hub 3 as a modem only, and buy a router.
What I want is to be able to assign static IP addresses for the devices in my LAN, and to be able to do port forwarding.
Ideally, I'd like something with more than 4 LAN ports and, of course, WiFi.

What device should I look for?
Anyone with the same setup to suggest a working solution?

TIA.
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5m, 2w agoPosted 5 months, 2 weeks ago
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#1
A number of TPLink routers can be used in the "EWAN" mode you need, I had had several TPL routers going back to "G" spec, and always been very happy with them.

A few can probably even replace your VM modem as well, but as I have never been a VM customer, I cannot say which models, I know they do a range of "Cable" routers.
#2
Thank you for your very prompt reply.
Do you have a specific model to suggest?
Also, should I be looking for a "Cable router"? I don't even know what these devices are called, and I don't want to risk getting a router that's for ADSL...
#3
I`m with Virgin and found the Super Hub 2 just as bad and poor wireless with multiple devices connected (10+).
I use my hub in router mode and use a Netgear R6250 as the modem.
The wireless with the Netgear is very good, excellent range & no dropouts. Lots of advanced features.Highly recommended.
#4
Thanks for the reply.
I'm looking to use the Hub as a modem, so it's the opposite to your connection though.
#5
I've had my Hub 3 a couple of months now with no issues, WiFi is better than my Hub 2 was.
#6
Maybe you're lucky.
Have a look here, it's a well known issue, even to VM.
#7
Sorry for the confusion! My superhub 2 is in modem mode and the Netgear R6250 is the router...
#8
Oh, ok, that makes sense now. I'll check it. Thank you.
#9
aian
Thank you for your very prompt reply.
Do you have a specific model to suggest?
Also, should I be looking for a "Cable router"? I don't even know what these devices are called, and I don't want to risk getting a router that's for ADSL...

Assuming you are on Virgin Medias Fibre equivalent, it is a cable connection, however, having a quick read of a VM forum, they read the MAC number off of the router and can get narky if you try and replace it with someone elses; so set it in modem mode and connect a WiFI router to it.

Depending how much you want to spend, there are hundreds to choose from, this is one of the cheaper TPL models, but as mentioned, other makes do them, and the higher up the ranges you go, the more bells, whistles and occaisionaly WiFI speed, you can get.

TP-LINK TL-WR841N = £18 via Google Search

Its an old, but reliable model, if you need the WIFI to go through lots of walls, this is pretty good, you can also replace the antenna with bigger ones to improve the range.

5GHZ models get you higher speeds, but only fairly close to the router, I get better speeds on 2.4GHz than 5GHz through 2 bedroom walls over ~ 10m.
#10
Get back on phone and request a super hub 2ac, one of the best ISP routers on the market. Just say the 3 isn't fit for purpose and they will send you one or free of charge.
#11
Will this allow custom local IP addresses and port forwarding?
#12
fritzbox rule like draytec just simple to use in normal everyday language., amazing but around 150
#13
I want a replacement of my hub, but Virgin said they only replace it if it dies. Well, looks like mine is dying soon..
#14
My Hub 2 doesn't have very good wireless at all, I've put and order in for a Hub 3 hoping to improve that.

Interesting about the IP range, I wasn't aware of that. I hope there is a way around that as I'm using a different IP range myself.

If you want a Hub Upgrade then try this link, doesn't actually work for me it says it doesn't know who I am but may work for others.

http://www.virginmedia.com/hubupgrade





Edited By: myapps on Dec 08, 2016 16:20
#15
I recently turned my Virgin hub in a modem and now use this as my router:

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/networking/network-routers-and-switches/routers/asus-rt-n66u-wireless-cable-fibre-router-20876901-pdt.html

It even runs custom firmware although the official one is fine. It can run as a VPN client as well as a server meaning you can VPN ALL you traffic which I believe more and more people shall want to do now 100s of government agency departments (inc all police) can request to see your internet traffic.
#16
Another Superhub 3 user here - totally agree with you with putting it in Modem Mode and getting another router.
TBH, I've done that since I had a cable modem back on Telewest.... !

Personally, I've found the Asus range of routers excellent for home usage - great features and rock solid (never need rebooting).
They have a good selection of routers depending on your budget - any of the 'RT-AC' models basically, the more you spend, the faster processor and more aerials / greater WiFi range you'll get.
The majority of the feature set is the same between all the models (same slight tweaks, but nothing major unless you need line bonding, etc.) and whole-heartedly recommend flashing the Merlin firmware on (which Asus actually approve / support over their own!) for even more features, stability, etc.

Personally, I have a RT-AC66U, but I'm saving up for a RT-AC88U as I want the more beefier processor for a dedicated high bandwidth VPN connection and greater WiFi range.

Amazon and Currys are normally equally priced, and there's always Flubit for another ~4% off if you're not in rush.
#17
jimmyd4ng3r
I recently turned my Virgin hub in a modem and now use this as my router:

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/networking/network-routers-and-switches/routers/asus-rt-n66u-wireless-cable-fibre-router-20876901-pdt.html

It even runs custom firmware although the official one is fine. It can run as a VPN client as well as a server meaning you can VPN ALL you traffic which I believe more and more people shall want to do now 100s of government agency departments (inc all police) can request to see your internet traffic.

Ha, what he said ;)
#18
Thank you all for your replies.
I find it hard to believe that you pay for a service which should include the equipment, and they give you the worst equipment possible. The technician who came to check the issue was excellent, but there's only so much he can do with the hardware limitations.

I ordered a TP-LINK Archer C2 AC750 which will arrive tomorrow, then I'll see how this goes.
I really liked the idea of the Asus RT-AC88U, but the price is way too high for my needs.
Plus, I do see some bad reviews, but then again that's something one sees even for Kinder eggs, isn't it.
#19
Just buy a cheap router that supports dd-wrt. Are you just running the one wifi router or are added access ports to it ? If you're running multiple computers and and transferring data between them then I recommend buying a switch as well to minimise stress on the router.

Edited By: kester76 on Dec 08, 2016 17:41

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