20-02-2019 05:29 PM - edited 20-02-2019 05:38 PM
A couple of months ago I was ‘persuaded’ by an assistant in an EE shop that I should upgrade to fiber (I’d actually gone into the shop for a mobile problem).
The fiber BB was set up and everything was fine for the first week or so however, the connection now drops out multiple times a day. The status always shows as being connected but I have to turn the WiFi at my devices off and on again to get any data connection.
The range of the WiFi, when it is working is atrocious. My old bright box would let me use WiFi right at the bottom of my garden. The smart hub seems to have trouble getting the signal through one wall.
I have seen seen multiple topics for this on here and no one seems to have been able to solve this. It is driving be spare. This was sold to me as being a worthwhile upgrade but now I get the feeling that I was sold this just so the assistant could get his commission (sorry, that was probably uncalled for but i’m Just about at the end of my tether).
Is is it possible to get the line reverted back to an ordinary connection, or can I try plugging in my old EE bright box? Will that work on fiber?
Failing this can a buy a third party router, which I am guessing would be better quality?
Any help much appreciated.
20-02-2019 05:50 PM
Buy a third party router as the standard ones offered by most ISPs are poor.
It might be worth changing your WiFi channel to see if that helps.
20-02-2019 06:00 PM
yes i’ve Fiddled with as many of the router settings as I dare, including the channels too but no luck so far. I think i’ll Do a bit more research on a replacement.
20-02-2019 06:27 PM
can I try plugging in my old EE bright box? Will that work on fiber?
Which BrightBox is it? If it is a BrightBox 2 it will work on Fibre. Put it back in & you'll probably find it superior to the newer EE SH.
20-02-2019 06:42 PM
yes I think I’ll try that tomorrow. How do I know which BBox it is, just out of curiosity?
20-02-2019 06:49 PM - edited 20-02-2019 06:50 PM
It should have a label with its model on.If it just says Brightbox Router it's a Brightbox 1 & of no use to you. Else post a pix.
No! It's of no use.
20-02-2019 06:54 PM
On the Wireless Settings page of the SH there is a button (near the top I think) to Separate the SSIDs (or some such name). Turn it ON. Is the WiFi more stable now?
20-02-2019 07:04 PM
It’s so old it has the Orange logo on it so, yes BB router no good 😞
ive also split the SSID’s but no discernible difference i’m afraid.
20-02-2019 07:08 PM
What devices are you connecting to the SH? Do you know their wireless specs? Their 802.11's?
20-02-2019 08:12 PM - edited 20-02-2019 08:13 PM
All apple products, iPhone, iPad, MacBook plus sky and Amazon Fire stick. All should be ok. No problems at all before the fiber upgrade.
I think Sky is the only one we don’t have a problem with.
20-02-2019 08:25 PM
No problems at all before the fiber upgrade.
Actually it would seem you had no issue before using the EE SH.
What are the devices 802.11x specs?
20-02-2019 09:03 PM
I stand corrected 🙂
Ok, I think:
One iPhone se 802.11ac
one iPhone 6 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
One macbook no clue
one iPad Pro (2017) 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
amazon fire stick no clue
sky no clue
21-02-2019 01:35 PM
i have split the wireless channels again and have assigned different channel numbers, which has hopefully turned of the ‘smart’ function. I have also changed the name of the 5ghz connection slightly. I found both of these tips on another thread so thought I’d try that.
So far the connection has stayed steady while iv’e been in the house but, having gone out and come back in a while later, I have had to disconnect my devices WiFi and reconnect again. So at the moment it seems while I’m in range things are ok but I’m still being forgotten when I get back from being away from the router.
21-02-2019 02:18 PM
Also a quick question that someone might be able to answer...
if I buy a BrightBox 2 from ebay would I be able to use this on my fiber connection. I’m guessing that I’d have to set it up manually?
21-02-2019 03:07 PM
Yes, you may use a Brightbox 2 on any EE Fibre connection & all the better for it . I'm not sure whether the auto setup from EE's configuration management server will work. It will depend on whether it goes by your landline no. or the serial no. of the router. I have a suspicion it's the latter which is registered to someone else but you can always set it up manually.
21-02-2019 03:23 PM
Thanks @XRaySpeX I can pick one up for about a tenner plus postage. Worth a shot.
21-02-2019 03:29 PM
Thanks! You're welcome :)! Glad I could be of assistance. Good luck with it.