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    If you can get fibre direct to the premises from BT (or any other provider) then it's the way to go.

    Inside your house, it's fully up to you what you do. I don't use the BT supplied router, just the fibre termination point which is then attached by Ethernet to one of my Netgear Orbi mesh wifi points.

    900/100 mbps into/out of the house from the fibre, then the Orbi mesh system deals with wifi. Even in a big old Victorian house with 2 foot thick walls it's blindingly fast everywhere and is mainly limited by the wifi chips and antennas in the various devices that connect to it. This MacBook I am typing on runs wifi at a max of about 450mbps, but if you connect it directly via Ethernet it gets the full 900mbps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacal View Post
    I may go with NOW Broadband but does anyone know if you can add a Mesh system to it or will a basic WiFi extender do the job if the Wifi in my home is at fault.

    Cheers for all the help so far lads
    Yes, you can hang a home network from the Now router. The network can be as simple as a Powerline adapter across your mains wiring or a Mesh wifi network with multiple access points.
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    Thanks to everyone for all the advice, after taking your advice onboard and searching all the comparison sites I've decide to stay with Plus-net, they are sending me their new router out and hopefully this will work better but don't know about why it seems to go slower at certain times of day...Strange to say the least. The big factor in staying is that I can at least get in touch with them if the problem persists 'also' I have a 30 day trial, if it still acts up I'll start the whole process again.

    Thanks again to all, I'll now start my search for a reliable, reasonable cost Wifi extender.
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    Had the switch to Now broadband today. All went without a hitch. Woke up to see my phone was running on 4G which meant the old service had stopped. Flipped the routers and the Now connection was quickly established. Logged in on my personal phone then my work phone. All working, initially at half the advertised speed but when I checked a couple of hours later I am close to the paid for speed of 63 Mb/s over wifi.

    The only gripe is that the Now Hub 2 router (same as Sky Q Hub) does not have such a strong wifi signal. With the D-link router from Talk Talk I had a useable signal in the downstairs bathroom but less so with the new one. I guess the signal won't reach as far into the garden either. Not a big deal, my phone will just use 4G when listening to Radio 4 in the bathroom.

    Apparently, corners are cut with only 5 antennae compared to 7 in a better quality job. At £21 a month, can't really complain if the 63Mb/s is sustained.
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