Virgin Media intros high-speed Hub 5 WiFi 6 router

posted on Thursday, 21st October 2021 by Steve May

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Virgin Media has announced the Hub 5 router, its first to support WiFi 6 technology.

This latest high-speed WiFi standard works with Virgin Media’s existing DOCSIS 3.1 technology, and provides optimum wireless speeds and lower latency for modern smartphones, laptops, tablets and next-gen games consoles.

Offering more WiFi antennae than its predecessor, the Hub 5 will be able to support more devices connecting at the same time, while expanding coverage and stability. It should also help reduce interference from neighbouring hubs and devices.

The Hub 5 has been designed to support multi-gigabit speeds and comes with a 2.5Gbps ethernet port alongside three additional 1Gbps ports. As part of a phased roll-out, Virgin Media will offer the Hub 5 to existing customers first at no extra cost. Eligible customers will be contacted and given the option of upgrading ahead of a wider launch in 2022.

Virgin Media O2 is the UK’s largest gigabit provider, and by the end of this year expects to deliver gigabit broadband speeds across its entire network of 15.5 million homes.

The company recently trialled next-generation 2,200Mbps broadband speeds to homes in Edinburgh and Birmingham.

As part of its goal to achieve net-zero carbon operations by the end of 2025, the Hub 5 is made from 100 per cent post-consumer recycled plastic. Since 2014, Virgin Media says it has has taken back 13 million pieces of equipment with eight million refurbished and reused with the remainder being recycled.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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