Another thought I had was to leave the Hub 5 as is (so default SSID and Password) and connect a mesh network in Access Point but with my existing BT credentials - thoughts??
@ChuckMountain thankyou so much for your help hereYes, you can do but a guess a counter-question is why or what benefits do you think it would give?
One problem with WiFi is that is it the client device that decides when to change to a different network SSID or access points. Some of the higher mesh\WiFi APs can encourage a client to leave and reconnect but this can be ignored. You can end up with a client with effectively 1 bar of access clinging to an AP when there is an AP much closer with "full" signal.
If you use different SSID then they are usually considered separate networks by the device even if we know they are not. You can also get interference between the two networks as they effectively compete for airtime, particularly if on the same channel.
I personally would want the same SSID for the same type of clients so they should be able to roam around the house. This is the same that businesses and universities operate too so the user gets a good service regardless of where they are.
@ChuckMountainWhat speed from VM did you go for?
You can try either way but if the current setup is working as you want at the moment and quick enough for your needs, I would personally disable the SH5 WiFi and leave it off. That way it won't compete for airtime or have a problem with WiFi channels overlapping with the mesh.
You don't say how many Access Points you have with the mesh or how big your house is but I would imagine that most mesh systems could outperform an equivalent single access point in terms of coverage. Possibly not in overall top speed but remember most devices don't need more than 50Mbps and often IoT will require a lot less. Chasing a 500Mbps connection for all your WiFi device is going to be expensive...
You can always add an 8 port gigabit switch to the SH5 if you need more connections e.g. the TV and that will cost you less than £20.
So disabling the Wifi on the SH5 puts it into modem mode
@ChuckMountainI will answer before @mickevh jumps in as he likes this particular question
So no just disabling WiFi on any Super Hub does not change the router mode. The rest of the device will function as normal e.g. the 4 ethernet ports, the firewall, DHCP (IP address allocation)
Modem only mode is a separate function completely and disables all routing, DHCP, firewalls and WiFi etc too.
There are some details here. Basically when you join O2 you should see the option of adding your VM details and it should apply automatically I think within 14 days.Cheers how goes that work?
I've just returned to VM after many years and it's great to finally be rid of ancient BT copper. They gave me a Hub 4 though and the fastest I can get out of it on WiFi is about 400mbit. On Ethernet that rises to 940mbit. I'm not complaining as compared my BT this is hyperspeed, but would I be right to blame the Hub 4's antiquated ethernet ports and WiFi 5 for denying me the full 1100mbit it says I should get on the contract?
I'm using CAT 8 by the way.
I wouldn't call 1gb antiquated.I've just returned to VM after many years and it's great to finally be rid of ancient BT copper. They gave me a Hub 4 though and the fastest I can get out of it on WiFi is about 400mbit. On Ethernet that rises to 940mbit. I'm not complaining as compared my BT this is hyperspeed, but would I be right to blame the Hub 4's antiquated ethernet ports and WiFi 5 for denying me the full 1100mbit it says I should get on the contract?
I'm using CAT 8 by the way.
No but their upload speeds are…I wouldn't call 1gb antiquated.