Mesh WiFi is awesome for a few good reasons. Think about your current WiFi setup.
You probably have some areas in your house that are not getting great reception, or maybe worse: no signal at all, even with an inexpensive Virgin WiFi booster.
Mesh setups make this problem far less noticeable by providing multiple WiFi transmitters in a set.
This means that you can place many different WiFi units throughout your house so that each zone of your house can have a great signal. But wait, what about having to run all those messy cables?
Mesh WiFi is an excellent way to boost your wireless signal. It has multiple transmitters that allow you to have the best possible internet connection in every part of your house. You do not need to worry about managing messy cables since it doesn’t have any.
Activities like gaming, online shopping, and streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu will perform better than ever since the mesh network ensures that you have a strong WiFi connection.
Mesh WiFi has increased strength and range, and this allows you to have decent internet in some areas outside of your house. So if you’re having trouble with your WiFi out on your patio, this is a great way to remedy the problem without any cables needing to be run outside.
Do I need Mesh WiFi?
Users with Virgin Media hardware and services such as Virgin Superhub 3, Virgin Hub 4, Virgin 500mbps can all greatly benefit from a mesh WiFi system.
In many cases, what you can expect from a Virgin Media Hub is speeds of around 100Mbps in the same room as the hub and up to 200Mbps for one room away.
Mesh nodes will work better when used together, so try to use at least two nodes for best results. Of course, if you have a bigger home then you may need more nodes.
Mesh units typically have Ethernet ports so you can still manage them if they aren’t connected to your main router. This is essential because it means you can connect devices directly to your nodes if necessary, allowing you to administer them and get the most internet speed possible out of them when needed.
Why do you need a mesh router for Virgin Media?
The main reason people buy these units is that their internet can be weak, slow, or not work in some places. If this sounds like your current internet experience at home then you may consider mesh WiFi as your best bet.
You might need a mesh WiFi kit if:
- Your signal is bad at your home
- Your internet connection is slow
- Your internet disconnects without warning
your current wireless router is very simple and doesn’t allow for traffic allocation and QoS management, which means that each device that wants access to the internet will take as much bandwidth as it can.
This can lead to signals not being shared properly between devices and can lead to poor performance for some users in your home.
Mesh WiFi resolves these issues by sharing signals on a priority basis, giving everyone what they need to connect properly.
Below are some more Amazon affiliate links to my recommendations.
- Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 (Powerful WiFi 6 and excellent speeds)
- Amazon eero 6 (This has built-in Zigbee for smart home devices and WiFi 6)
- TP-Link Deco P9 (These devices have AV1000 Gigabit ports for power lines as well)
WiFi Mesh Summary for Virgin Media Broadband
You probably know by now that Virgin Media does not have a single ‘best’ mesh network. There is a mesh network that works for you.
You should take into account your needs, your home’s size, and how many devices you want to be connected to the internet.
In my own home and office, I have used TP-Link products, mainly due to their low cost and superior performance and not for any endorsement – they just seemed to work well.
My primary internet device was the TP-Link Archer MR600 since we did not have fibre or 5G where we lived.
My 4G+ device, therefore, has an incredibly fast and solid LTE connection. Because it works so well with TP-Link Deco X60 devices, I bring it up because it is mesh compatible.
The TP-Link WiFi 6 Mesh WiFi is another mesh-enabled beast that you can try if you are interested in trying WiFi 6.
Different manufacturers offer both budget-friendly and high-performance models.
MeshWiFi for Virgin Media: What have we learned?
Despite tons of information online, you do not need the most expensive networking equipment.
The right device can be found for your needs and budget without having to overspend on unnecessary features.
Whether you plan to use any WiFi 6 devices in the near to mid-term future is the most important technical consideration.
If you answered no, then you can very easily upgrade your home network with a device that came out within the last year or two.
Despite this, you will still enjoy super reliable internet, great speeds, and fantastic reliability.
Check out my suggestions above if you simply must have the latest and greatest gadgets. You’ll find the perfect device for you.
If you are currently having issues with your Virgin Media internet then be sure to check out our troubleshooting post here.
Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you next time.