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Which wifi router (BT broadband)?

Lately, I'm getting increasingly annoyed by my BT Home Hub 2, with frequent wifi dropouts (especially on my iPad & my MacBook). Airport Express does not connect at all. In fact, the whole network crashes when I attempt to connect AE to the router. Even Sonos occasionally doesn't work properly.

I tried changing the wifi channel which sometimes helps but the problem returns soon after.

So I'm in the market for a wifi router with Gigabit ethernet.

Any suggestions? 

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RE: Which wifi router (BT broadband)?

Big,

Not sure about the Gigabit thing but our Belkin N600 works wonders through the solid walls/chimney breast and old associated defunct back boiler and pipework.  It is dual band as well if that is of use to you.  Less than £100.

I seem to remember reading somewhere that recent updates to aex do not always work well with other manufacurers routers.  Nothing to do with Apple wanting a mono-culture of course, just incompetant people like Belkin etc.

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RE: Which wifi router (BT broadband)?

You could try giving BT a ring, you maybe able to get a new version home hub for free.

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RE: Which wifi router (BT broadband)?

I have my Sky Router (wireless switched off) plugged into a Buffalo Wireless Router which works extremely well (two computers, Apple TV, two internet radios, NAS) so can't but recommend just buying the best Buffalo router in your price range.

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RE: Which wifi router (BT broadband)?

It would be worth considering the D-Link DIR 645 or the Asus RT-N56U

 

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RE: Which wifi router (BT broadband)?

Unfortunately, I'm also with BT, and had similar router-related problems.

After many exasperating phone calls and several skip-loads of manure-type excuses, an engineer was despatched bearing a Home Hub 3.

Not only is this device significantly more aesthetically pleasing, it's also very powerful. Sorted.

And after also moaning about my inconsistent broadband speed - which used to randomly lurch from 0.75Mbps to a none-too-heady 4.5Mbps - some "routine maintenance" *cough* at the local exchange has miracuously produced a consistent 16Mbps. Result!

 

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Hi I also had the same problem with my imac macbook and ipad. I spoke to BT about and they sent me a new home hub 3 for free (as i thretened  to leave BT and go with SKY). As soon as i started using the ne w hub all the problems were fix no drop out.

There are know problem with the home hub 2 with Apple products for what I have read on other forums.

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RE: Which wifi router (BT broadband)?

Hi again, I have just realised that you have the HH2 in which case you would be better off going for the HH3 with BT but they will not send you a HH3 until you have done all the tests and confirmed that the problem is still there

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So HH3 is better compatible with iPad & MacBook as compared to HH2? Hmmm... I'll speak to them again & see what they say. Thanks!

My iPad dropped connection twice as I typed the 2 sentences above.  |(

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RE: Which wifi router (BT broadband)?

Have you given the ipad a fixed ip address yet.Pound to a penny it is one of the things BT will ask you to do.

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Ravey Gravey Davy wrote:

Have you given the ipad a fixed ip address yet.Pound to a penny it is one of the things BT will ask you to do.

Ridiculous though (BT's requirement for you to do this, not your comment) - there's no reason why you should need to assign devices static IP addresses in a home network - any router worth its salt should easily be able to cope.

 

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I agree to some extent,"it shouldn't"  but I did find giving my Pure Sensia and HP wireless printer fixed addresses (plus my sons ipod) did help with connectivity.Could be coincidence,but heh ,the problem went way so I wasn't about to start an investigation.

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professorhat wrote:

Ravey Gravey Davy wrote:

Have you given the ipad a fixed ip address yet.Pound to a penny it is one of the things BT will ask you to do.

Ridiculous though (BT's requirement for you to do this, not your comment) - there's no reason why you should need to assign devices static IP addresses in a home network - any router worth its salt should easily be able to cope.

Thats what I thought as well. I'll give BT a call tomorrow & see what they say. The other similar thread has given me a couple of suggestions. I'll investigate that as well. Thanks!

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RE: Which wifi router (BT broadband)?

bigboss wrote:

So HH3 is better compatible with iPad & MacBook as compared to HH2? Hmmm... I'll speak to them again & see what they say. Thanks!

My iPad dropped connection twice as I typed the 2 sentences above.  |(

BB,I have a HH3 type b and have no problems with it at all. Have iPad,iPhone 4 Apple TV,2 HP Wireless Printers plus Imac and HP Touchsmart PC Oh and my Panasonic Viera Connect all on my home network .No problems experienced to date.If that helps.
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RE: Which wifi router (BT broadband)?

Just been on the phone with BT & they're sending me a new HH3. Hopefully my problems will get sorted!  :cheers:

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bigboss wrote:

Just been on the phone with BT & they're sending me a new HH3. Hopefully my problems will get sorted!  :cheers:

Excellent news BB.  Here's hoping your problems will be history.   Dance 4

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