For last two months I’ve been using Virgin Media Hub 3.0 and I haven’t found a single think to like about it. Part of it is that Virgin Media internet isn’t as good as promised – 200Mbps link gives this speed only during benchmarks to VM servers. Real world speeds usually hover around 20Mbps with up to 50-60Mbps when using multiple sources – for tasks like downloading CentOS images (I’ve testes many, many mirrors).
The things I do not like about the VM hub are:
- DHCP cache is reset every restart, so my systems get different IPs from time to time (BT Hub remembered all system correctly)
- UPnP doesn’t work. It is enabled, but I haven’t found any application that was able to set up port forwarding correctly
- Using the admin panel is pain in the back – (login screen the admin panel takes 13 seconds to load, main screen takes about 22 seconds to display!) – see screenshots.
- WiFi range seems to be less than average. I get the best coverage upstairs when the router is laying on a side.
I’m going to set the VM router into modem only mode and I’ll use BT Hub as my router instead.