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    Can I buy a router that works with DSL and cable?

    Hi basically as the question above. I'm currently with bt infinity with the home hub 5, WiFi is absolutely shocking on it and want to get a replacement. However virgin are coming to my area in the next few months so I will be switching. Can I buy a decent router that will work worth bt and cable? Not at the same time obviously but would also prefer it if it had a built in modem so I can do away with the homehub and also the virgin super hub when it eventually gets installed. Price not really a major issue but I don't mind a bargain

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    Dan

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    Cable router will do the same as what you do with virgin I think. Put the bt hub into modem mode and use an ethernet between that and the new router

    Original Poster

    Will have a read thanks

    Yeah what groppo said. Put your Virgin / BT router in modem mode and use a wireless router.

    I have Virgin Media. Wifi is TRASH, router is VERY buggy (especially Hub 3.0). I recommend the TP Link Archer C9 as your wireless router.

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    That includes neither a VDSL nor a cable modem so doesn't allow him to get rid of the superhub/home hub.

    @Danzab: I haven't really looked into it but as far as I know Virgin don't allow any modem to be used other than their own Superhub so you either use that or settle for having two boxes. Most reputable UK shops don't even sell cable modem routers.

    You can definitely get VDSL Modem Routers that also allow the use of an external modem so you could have a one box solution now and then carry it over to Virgin.

    Edited by: "EndlessWaves" 21st Jan

    You say your wireless is rubbish with HH5, I have HH5 and get maximum speed both on a laptop using 5ghtz and another using AC. Its more likely that the wireless card in your pc/lappy/tablet isn't set up right or it is a rubbish card. Check those out before spending loads on a new router.

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    st8mike

    You say your wireless is rubbish with HH5, I have HH5 and get maximum … You say your wireless is rubbish with HH5, I have HH5 and get maximum speed both on a laptop using 5ghtz and another using AC. Its more likely that the wireless card in your pc/lappy/tablet isn't set up right or it is a rubbish card. Check those out before spending loads on a new router.




    No its definitely awful. It's fine in the living room bit as soon as you walk into another room it drops off. Bought I couple of plug in WiFi extenders to try and keep the kids happy but I often have to restart the hub too due to speed issues, even with things that are plugged direct into the router

    Original Poster

    Thanks to everyone for the replies, only just got back from work so just seen them. Looks like I will have to stick the hh5 into modem mode and how it out of sight somewhere

    If only BT got netgear to make their home hub or better still just include a decent router with the package. I wouldn't thank anyone for a home hub and like most isps they are not going to give a top spec router for a 12 month contract. I just got fibre he was given a zyxel router by my ISP. It is crap on WiFi. In the same room as the router I get full 75 Mbps on WiFi. Go upstairs to the back bedroom and it's less than 1 Mbps. A distance of about 8 metres through one floor and one wall. I think the post above is the first one I have seen that actually gives any credit to the home hub.

    My BT Smart Hub is the only router I've been able to get wi-fi in my garden with, now all i need is some sunshine
    I did have a HH5 which was ok, fine around the house and very rare it would drop but the smart hub is much better.

    As an after thought, I did have my fibre connected through an openreach modem to a netgear dgn3700 router, it was good but nothing to write home about, as I am switching my wireless card to an AC on the 5ghtz band I thought I would try the BT5 first as it has AC, I was very surprised at the outcome, better wireless on both AC and N on 2 different lappy's, one with AC and one running on N, and I have been a netgear user on both adsl and now fibre.
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