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Phillips Hue Bridge Killing Network Speeds

by dv8withn8 / August 24, 2017 8:52 AM PDT

I recently installed Hue bulbs in my living room and the required bridge is plugged into my Airport Extreme. Hue controls my lights just fine. But since the install, my network speeds have plummeted to border line non-functional. (From 120mb/s to 5mb/s)

I've found that if I simply unplug the Hue bridge from the router, my speeds return to normal. Any idea what the deal is? Is it the bridge? A router configuration issue?

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Article gives the nod to changing your WiFi channel.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 24, 2017 9:24 AM PDT
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Philips Hue Bridge Speed Issue
by NaderHussain / August 24, 2017 8:03 PM PDT

A Philips Hue Bridge should not slow down an Internet connection delivering 120 mbps to your router. However, this holds true if you are connecting the Philips Hue bridge to your router with an Ethernet connection. A wireless connection will not work well. If your Philips Hue bridge is connected wirelessly, your download speed of your Internet may be going down to 5 mbps due to the connection medium. Try connecting your home router to the Philips Hue Bridge using an Ethernet cable. You should see a big difference in Internet speed.

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Please Read Before Posting
by ZigZugZig / October 11, 2017 11:25 AM PDT

This answer is completely unhelpful. Nader clearly did not read the OP carefully, and doesn't know what they're talking about. First of all, he said the hue bridge already is plugged into the router using an ethernet cable. Secondly, the Philips Hue Bridge(Hub) can ONLY connect via ethernet. It has no ability to connect to a network wirelessly. Third, even IF it could, there is no reason why connecting wirelessly would affect the network speed of the router as opposed to connecting via internet. It would have an affect on the speed the Bridge/Hub can communicate, but shouldn't have an effect on the router's speed.

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All answers are welcome.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 11, 2017 12:27 PM PDT

Please avoid dis'ing on members. They are really trying to help.

-> Instead, add your ideas on how to possibly solve this one.

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Phillips Hue Bridge Killing Apple Router
by isharehow / December 18, 2017 4:22 PM PST

I have recently noticed that this hue is killing my entire AirPort AP connection. Once unplugged the Apple Airport starts working again even without restarting it. Not only like you said is slowing the network but it is also crashing it.

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Philips Hue and Wireless Connectivy
by ryanmwatts / December 27, 2017 6:02 PM PST

I have been dealing with wireless connectivity for about 3 weeks now. Unfortunately, I moved, changed ISP's, installed a new POE Switch and installed the Hue Bridge so troubleshooting has been rough. I have finally discovered that when my Hue Bridge is connected to my network, my wireless devices are having issues connecting to the Internet consistently. If I disconnect and reconnect, I lose Internet connectivity to the devices. My Echos, phones, TP Links Smart Wifi Plugs and computers all intermittently go offline and then reconnect again. I have 20 Philips Hue Lights and now I cannot use them properly. This is only affecting WIFI and all wired connections have been working with any issues.

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Same issue?
by RK2213 / January 17, 2018 9:04 AM PST

Hey Ryan - Have you been able to figure out the issue? I have ATT with their gigapower speed and recently connected about 12 hue bulbs with the bridge. Everything was working fine for a week, then out of nowhere all of my home devices started losing internet connectivity via wireless. ATT came out and they can't find any issues at all. It is bizarre. I also have an Echo and it has been going in and out of connectivity as well. I am stuck and hoping you have made some progress.

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If I had this problem.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2018 3:40 PM PST
In reply to: Same issue?

I would put these devices on their own Wireless Access Point.

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I noticed a different problem....
by cyber_collins / March 20, 2018 7:09 PM PDT fact, I found your message while trying to research it. I find it drives the DHCP on my NetGear Orbi system insane. I've got a bridge in my room, hardwired to my orbi slave (quite similar to your setup. Suddenly, when I come home from work and connect to my wifi, it gives me a crazy IP address. Typically, on my LAN, behind my router IP addresses are of the typical variety - 192.168.x.x. Currently, my IP address as served up my Orbi is - which is nowhere anywhere on my LAN. Bottom line, something is very bad, and it started when the light bridge was enabled.

I'll post when i learn more.

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I have big problems with my router
by kasperbirk / July 21, 2018 2:19 PM PDT

This is so crazy. When iam controlling the lights my router restarts

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