Even if your home is in the best area for fibre broadband, and you’re paying for the fastest speeds, a cheap router can let you down. Slow and patchy wireless connectivity is commonplace in the UK, in part because internet service providers (ISPs) give their subscribers ropey hardware to plug into the wall. Virgin Media claims its new Super Hub 2ac will make a difference though. The combined modem and router offers both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless channels, with the latter supporting speeds of up to 1300Mbps. It leverages the 802.11ac wireless standard, though should you prefer some good old-fashioned cables there are also four Gigabit Ethernet ports waiting in reserve.
Virgin Media says it delivers “the fastest wireless connectivity of any UK broadband provider,” which is quite a claim. The company asked WiFi testing experts Farncombe to pit the new hardware against the Sky Hub 2, BT Home Hub 5 and TalkTalk Super Router, among others, and — surprise, surprise — they found that the Super Hub 2ac was fastest. All new Virgin Media broadband and “Big Bundle” customers will get one though, so we’ll let you be the judge of whether this wireless hub deserves such glowing praise.