Virgin Media has announced its new Super Hub, a wireless modem and router provided to Virgin Media broadband subscribers in the UK, which outclasses all other modems and routers provided by other UK ISPs.
Independent research conducted by the University of Bristol and Farncombe found that Virgin Media new Super Hub outperformed the wireless hubs, provided by TalkTalk, Sky and BT, typically by about 6-9%.
Virgin Media’s new Super Hub uses dual band technology that enables it to provide concurrent access to both the 5GHz wireless channel, but also the 2.4GHz channel.
Both the 5GHz and 2.4GHz wireless channels have been around for years but the 2.4GHz channel is more well-known and is used in many more products. Just because 5GHz is a bigger number than 2.4GHz this does not mean it’s better. In fact under certain conditions it does not perform as well 2.4GHz, for example its range is generally shorter, particularly if it has to go through walls in the home.
By providing both channels Super Hub users will get the best of both worlds.
The new Virgin Media Super Hub will be available for free to all new customers on broadband speeds of 60Mb or more but existing customers on those speeds will need to request an upgrade to the new Super Hub, which carries an installation fee of £49.95.