Virgin Media broadband users could see a major upgrade
Virgin Media customers could be about to see an incredibly useful upgrade to their network.
The company has announced a major expansion to its UK Wi-Fi network that should see connectivity and speeds improved across the country.
However the new power of the network comes from an unexpected source that may leave some customers worried.
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That’s because the new Virgin Media Wi-Fi network utilises the power of your home router to boost the strength of its connection.
Over 100,000 homes with a Virgin Media Super Hub will have seen their devices connected by default to the new network.
Many Virgin Media customers have reported receiving emails from the company to let them know that their router is now broadcasting a public Wi-Fi signal, raising fears about possible security risks.
The new network is free to all existing Virgin Media customers, but you’ll need to download the company’s Virgin Media WiFi app for iOS and Android devices.
Non-Virgin Media customers can also log on to the network, but it will cost £4 an hour to use.
Virgin Media already offers Wi-Fi connectivity on the London Underground network
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If you’re concerned about your home internet speeds being affected by being connected to the new network, don’t worry, as Virgin Media says you shouldn’t see any slowdowns.
That’s because the Virgin Media WiFi network uses a separate connection on your Hub to access the internet than the one used by your home broadband network.
The company adds that data from your home network is completely separate from Virgin Media WiFi traffic, meaning the broadband connection you pay for is exclusively yours, and just as secure.
Virgin Media also says that your privacy won’t be affected if your router is connected to the new network, as users on the new network won’t be able to see anything on your home broadband network.
Likewise, someone using the home broadband network will not be able to see if anyone is connected to the separate connection in their Hub, or what they’re doing.
You can always opt out of the service through the My Virgin Media service, which can be accessed by the company website or Android and iOS app.