Question Combining 4g and Fibre

adamdavi3s

Well-known Member
Hi All,

Does anyone have any neat solutions to combine two broadband systems.
We currently run plusnet FTTC through my R7000 and a BT whole home mesh at about 70/18

However we're about to move to a rural property with about 8-14/1 which is an issue for me working at home. The majority of stuff would be OK, but I do need to shift large files and I also run a few apps on a server I need to connect to when I am out and about. We're also thinking about dropping sky and going full streaming as well- no current dish on the property and we're fed up of the dodgy mini boxes.

Is there a way to use 4G but failover to fibre if the signal drops? I saw EE were proposing some sort of system for this about 18 months ago but seems nothing came of it.
Or do we just go for something like 3's unlimited 4g and I will get a business fibre line for the stability and broadcast it on a different wireless SSID but allow people to manually switch over if the 4G drops out....

Just looking for some general suggestions really!
 

daneccles

Active Member
I've dropped Virgin Media fibre completely and am now using 3's 4g service through a Huawei B525 LTE router. Download speeds vary from about 40mb/s to 70mb/s with upload speeds around 20mb/s. Upload speeds are better than Virgin with downloads comparable to their basic tier service. 4G dropped for a couple of hours yesterday but the modem switched to 3G allowing me to continue at reduced speeds, about 10mb/s down, 2mb/s up. This was the first outage I had for the three months it's been running. I had to reset the modem on two or three occasions. Other than that it's been rock solid. It costs £18 per month for unlimited data and calls (the router has a socket for phone) with no hassle so far with billing that I got with Virgin every other month.
I found that placement of the router was quite important and I used a signal strength program called LTE Inspecteur on a laptop to help find the best spot.
 

Mister_Tad

Member
I did 4G + some abysmal ADSL for a few years until FTTP was rolled out in my area... and may well be moving back to it as I'm looking to move house, and the likely candidates are sadly less than excellent for broadband speeds.


And for a much more detailed account - Networks - So, your ADSL sucks? (Trials and tribulations of wireless broadband)
 

Cracker73

Novice Member
Just picking up on this if I may...

I have BT ADSL (no fibre from them here yet) and I am thinking of ordering Virgin Broadband only and then getting a dual-WAN router to combine the 2 for fail-over (main priority) and load balancing (hardly likely to kick in).

I'm looking at two options to make this work:

OPTION A - there are routers with 2 x WAN ports (e.g. Vigor 2926) which means I would keep the BT Homehub

OPTION B - and also ones with ADSL "modems" built in (e.g. Vigor 2862) which would act as the modem for BT and I would simply plug the Virgin router into the additional WAN port.

Can anyone help with choosing between these solutions? I guess Option A has one less piece of kit but is also less future proof? Any other things I should take into account?

Thanks loads in advance
 

adamdavi3s

Well-known Member
Just picking up on this if I may...

I have BT ADSL (no fibre from them here yet) and I am thinking of ordering Virgin Broadband only and then getting a dual-WAN router to combine the 2 for fail-over (main priority) and load balancing (hardly likely to kick in).

I'm looking at two options to make this work:

OPTION A - there are routers with 2 x WAN ports (e.g. Vigor 2926) which means I would keep the BT Homehub

OPTION B - and also ones with ADSL "modems" built in (e.g. Vigor 2862) which would act as the modem for BT and I would simply plug the Virgin router into the additional WAN port.

Can anyone help with choosing between these solutions? I guess Option A has one less piece of kit but is also less future proof? Any other things I should take into account?

Thanks loads in advance
What way did you go in the end? I’m just picking this back up as our move might actually be back on... 4th time lucky 🤦‍♂️
 
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Cracker73

Novice Member
Hi @adamdavi3s

I went for the Vigor 2926 as I decided in the end I am likely to drop BT. Right now I have the BT Homehub into one of the WAN ports (acting as a failover) and I have Virgin into the other.

I also have a 4G dongle into one of the USB ports acting as third line. The signal is a bit weak here on that one so it's pretty slow when I test it by unplugging the others.

When I get time / inclination, I'll test some other SIM cards and see if I can get it quick enough to be the main fallback. If successful, then I will drop BT ADSL, and probably even the landline and put a simple VOIP box in and then have Virgin as the main and 4G as the backup.

I do wonder if it had been available in the UK if I should have gone for the Vigor unit that has ADSL and 4G built in - but then I like toys and flexibility, so not too bothered really...

HTH

C.
 

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