Virgin Media is upgrading clients to a brand new router with sooner WiFi speeds for FREE
It’s been a couple of blockbuster days for Virgin Media O2. Earlier this week, the newly merged company announced new benefits for customers using Virgin Media for their broadband and O2 for their cellular plan, including faster speeds at no additional cost, more 5G cellular data, and free roaming in 75 countries around the world. And now the company has started offering some customers an updated router called the Hub 5 that offers faster WiFi speeds.
So far, Virgin Media’s best router has been the Hub 4, announced along with the launch of its incredibly fast Gig1 fiber broadband plans. This upright design router – not unlike the Xbox Series X – is designed to support the 1,000 Mbps speeds available with Gig1 plans.
Virgin Media’s Hub 4 supports Wi-Fi 5, also known as 802.11ac, and proactively checks your network connections to make sure Wi-Fi speeds are fairly shared between devices – and amplifies the signal to any devices that continue away from the router and may struggle with speeds. Hub 4 supports both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.
According to the lucky few customers who were offered a brand new Hub 5, the updated router supports Wi-Fi 6. This is the latest wireless standard used across the industry.
If you’ve upgraded your smartphone, tablet, or streaming set-top box in recent years, chances are you already have a few Wi-Fi 6 enabled devices at home. If so, you should immediately see the benefits of switching to a new router with Wi-Fi 6.
First off, Wi-Fi 6 is capable of faster speeds. In laboratory conditions, Wi-Fi 6 can achieve downloads over a wireless network at speeds of 9.6 Gbps – that’s nearly three times the upper limit of Wi-Fi 5, which was a respectable 3.5 Gbps. Of course, you are unlikely to get those super-fast speeds on a single device.
However, the download speed of 9.6 Gbps is split between every device on your network. So you should see faster speeds with every gadget connected to the router.
Wi-Fi 6 isn’t all about speed. It includes a number of new technologies that will make juggling multiple devices on the same network more reliable. As we all add an ever-increasing number of Wi-Fi-connected devices to our homes, from smart lightbulbs to wireless speakers, Wi-Fi could soon become indispensable for those with an Alexa-enabled speaker in any room.
We’re still waiting for Virgin Media O2’s confirmation of its Hub 5 roll-out plans, based on comments on the popular cable forum, those with the aging Hub 3 router seem to be on slower packets – 50Mbps to 200Mbps / s – to be. the new router is offered. In addition to increasing speed, Hub 5 relies on next-generation WPA3 encryption to improve security. All in all, this looks like a very exciting upgrade for existing customers.
Express.co.uk has contacted Virgin Media O2 about the mysterious new hub. The newly merged company has confirmed that it currently has a new router with support for Wi-Fi 6. So if you’re a Virgin Media subscriber, keep an eye on your inbox for the next few days.