Virgin Media building a new Super Hub, out in weeks

The new device features access to 2.4GHz and 5GHz channels simultaneously.

Virgin Media is crafting a new Super Hub router, that the red-hued provider boasts will outpace BT's own Home Hub 4.

The revamped Hub can manage simultaneous access to both its 2.4GHz and 5GHz channels, and will sport four Gigabit Ethernet ports. It has a USB 2.0 port too, but Virgin Media told me this extra input doesn't have any immediate use -- it's just to ensure the router is future-proof.

CNET UK Editor Jason Jenkins told me that he uses the current Super Hub router, noting, "It's rubbish."

"I've had to put the existing Super Hub into modem mode and connect it to a better router after sorting out one too many problems," the embattled Jenkins continued.

Virgin Media confirmed to me that the new Super Hub will have a similar modem mode, and -- like the current model -- will be made by Netgear.

Virgin Media says the new box is being tested now, and will make its grand debut in the next few weeks. The provider couldn't tell me whether the upgraded hardware would be free for existing customers or not.

In October Sky released a new router, the Sky Hub , which it claimed offered better range than the routers on offer from any other major ISP.

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