If you’ve been a Virgin Media broadband customer for some time, you might have a Virgin Media Hub 4 or even older router. That’s since been replaced by the Virgin Media Hub the Hub 5.
What’s the benefit of upgrading your Virgin Media Hub and how do you get a new one for free? Find out here.
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What’s the difference between a Virgin Media Hub 4 and Hub 5?
The Virgin Media Hub 5 is a better router than the Hub 4. It supports Wi-Fi 6 and also includes a 2.5Gbits/sec Ethernet port for even faster wired connections. That could come up in handy as Virgin continues to upgrade its speeds beyond a gigabit.
It seems Virgin Media is now offering the Hub 5 as standard to customers who take or upgrade to Gig1 Fibre Broadband.
If you’re having trouble getting a reliable Wi-Fi signal across your entire house, it’s definitely worth talking to Virgin to see if you could benefit from the extended range of Wi-Fi 6. It’s worth noting that to take full advantage of Wi-Fi 6, you’ll need smartphones, laptops and other devices that are Wi-Fi 6 compatible, but most devices sold in the last year or so should support the new Wi-Fi standard. You can find out more about the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 here.
If Virgin tries to fob you off with a Hub 4, stand your ground and ask for a Hub 5.
How do I get a Virgin Media Hub 5 for free?
If you go to the company’s Hub Upgrade page, you’ll be given the option to sign and see if you can get an upgrade.
At the time of writing, the company appears to only be offering the new router to customers on its most expensive gigabit package, but you might be able to negotiate a router upgrade for free if you get through to the support team.
The prime time to strike a deal for a free upgrade is when your Virgin Media contract is coming up for renewal. If you’re about to renew, insist that the company sends you a new hub as part of the bargain. It’s always worth haggling at contract renewal time, as you’ll be amazed what discounts and free upgrades companies such as Virgin Media will offer to keep you on their books for another 18 months.
If you’re having problems getting a Wi-Fi signal in all parts of the house, the company might also be willing to send you a Hub 5 to see if that improves the situation and to get you off their support lines. They will doubtless try and sell you the Intelligent Wi-Fi kit first, but stick to your guns and see if you can score a free upgrade on the router before you resort to paying for Intelligent Wi-Fi.