Hi all. Long time no speak
We've had BT Infinity 80/20 with FTTP for about two years, using the HomeHub5 that BT delivered. It's never been great for stability compared with whatever router I was using before, but since Monday night this week it's been abysmal. After wasting the entire evening last night trying to work out why it wouldn't remain solidly connected to the broadband I've started to consider replacing it with a different router.
The HH5 is in my study in one corner of our house. I use it for ethernet connections (via an Asus 8-port switch) to my Plex server, workstation, printer etc. and 5.0 WiFi for my phone and tablet. It also connects to a Solwise homeplug that gives me ethernet into the opposite corner of our house, where I've got an old but solid Linksys WRT54G wifi modem/router that extends my wireless network (with a different SSID). That's the WiFi that my kids, guests and Chromecasts use, and the Xbox and home cinema plug into that router too.
After Monday night, when we had bad weather, the HH5 has been rebooting continuously and never locks onto broadband. It's inaccessble over WiFi and isn't providing a DHCP service to the (wired) workstation. I did a factory reset and plugged the workstation straight into one of the HH5's ports and it stabilised. By a process of elimination I've managed to work out that the HH5 is stable for wired connections (but not WiFi) until I connect the Linksys router into the Homeplug, at which point the HH5 goes into its reset cycling again. A factory reset on the Linksys hasn't helped and switching off Smart Start (or whatever it's called in the HH5 config) makes no difference. The HH5 lost all its settings and did its own factory reset twice while I was experimenting with the network, which was weird too.
Maybe the Linksys router is suddenly borked somehow and screwing up the network, but having had it for years and been happy with its stability I trust it more than I trust the [censored] HomeHub5. Or maybe the HH5 got a power surge in storm Angus and something fried.
At work we have a Draytek Vigor 2830n that is absolutely solid. It *never* has an issue, either with Infinity or with its WiFi. It has features that I'd like at home (such as two independent WiFi SSIDs that make guest access easy), and it's awfully tempting to ditch the HomeHub5 and buy a Draytek unit for stability.
- Is there an obvious reason why my HH5 has suddenly become unstable? (Was there an OTA firmware update this week or anything?)
- Which alternatives to the HH5 offer the best stability and features at a domestic price point (up to £200, I guess)?
Would be grateful for any advice!