Virgin Media Superhub 2ac
The Superhub 2ac is therefore only for those who want straightforward internet access; it’s now fast enough that you won’t need any additional kit to improve your Wi-Fi speeds.
Virgin Media last upgraded its Super Hub cable router two years ago, before the 802.11ac wireless standard was finalised. Now the super-fast Wi-Fi technology has started appearing in more devices, the company has decided it’s time for another update. The Super Hub 2ac is the result: a minor upgrade rather than a major overhaul, but the wireless speed improvements are certainly not to be sniffed at.
In our tests the router’s 5GHz performance was definitely superior to that of the outgoing model. We tested the router’s transfer speeds using a laptop with a built-in Intel Dual Band Wireless N-7260 adapter. With this setup we saw 167.8MBit/s at 10m and 79.6MBit/s at 25m – far faster than the 74Mbit/s and 13Mbit/s we saw from the old model, but nothing that spectacular. Those speeds bumped up to 181.8Mbit/s and 121.1Mbit/s respectively when we switched to a Huawei E367 external dongle, which is still middle-of-the-road performance.
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The Super Hub 2ac is a Netgear device underneath the Virgin branding, so we used a Netgear 802.11ac adapter for testing 802.11ac speeds. With this adaptor plugged into our laptop, at 10m we saw a superb 326.2Mbit/s, and 181.8Mbit/s at 25m was faster than we saw from 802.11n in the 10m test. This is a seriously impressive result and welcome news for anyone with 802.11ac hardware they want to connect to the router.