I’ve spent most my day totally awestruck by two things, the first was London and simply just how incredibly busy the city actually is, secondly I was blown away by Virgin Media’s New Super Hub. In layman’s terms it provides really, really, really, really fast internet.
I got into London at 6:40 am this morning and, as usual, the first port of call was Starbucks,of course. It was mainly for the free Wifi instead of the caffeine fix, from there I went pretty much straight to the event. When we all turned up we were taken down to Virgin’s ‘Bunker’ in London. It’s an amazing space, kitted out with all the latest tech, filled with at least 30 devices, all of which run off the New Super Hub, at the same time. I want to live there, it was incredible. We were then plonked down on a sofa and the amazement began.
The Directors of Innovation at Virgin Media explained the story of the Super Hub, told us the ins an outs of the hub and Virgin’s network. So, here’s the importants stuff. They demonstrated that when you were connected to the hub via an Ethernet cable the Download speed was 122mb, then they used the WiFi, the speed was 111 mb! I’m used to my BT Home Hub crying every time I mention the word download.
Also, the Super Hub runs on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz at the same time which is great, it means that depending on your device you can choose to have around a 60mb speed or a 120mb speed, devices such as the iPad mini and the Samsung Galaxy range (except from Tab II) can run on 5GHz, but you have to set the default on your device on what one you want.
It’s not just the speed that amazed me, the range was incredible also. In true Virgin style they wanted to show this in an extreme
way. They opened up the curtains and there was a guy on the roof of another building on the other side of the garden, which was 80 metres away. They then decided to Skype him, using only that one Super Hub. It was amazing! This proved that the range was over 80 metres! I’m having a great day when my WiFi reaches the kitchen. We then decided to take it one step further, we all got some Kindle Fire HDs and started streaming and playing online games on the cloud whilst watching a programme on the BBC iPlayer, and monitoring the Bunker with 8 WiFi enabled security monitors and cameras, and getting a speed test. The test came back showing that the speed was 60mb, which I couldn’t believe. My BT Broadband can have about one and a half laptops connected before it decides that it has had enough.
I actually left the Bunker rather annoyed, knowing that I will be heading home to my terrible BT Broadband that will most likely make a massive deal when I try and sync some songs on Spotify, never mind run all my devices. Although on a positive note, I’m moving out in September and if all goes well I’ll remain out, then I could get my Virgin Super Hub and control the world’s devices from one place.