Super Hub test

Our new Super Hub is our fastest wireless router.


To make sure we deliver the best connected experience for our customers, we’ve been working with Farncombe Technology Ltd. They put the new Super Hub through its paces and tested it against the competition.

Farncombe’s testers put our new Super Hub, BT’s Home Hub 5, Sky Hub 2, and TalkTalk’s Super Router through some empirical in-home testing where our new Super Hub proved to be the fastest WiFi device provided by the UK’s ISPs by at least 24%.

The testing was done in a home like this:


Our new Super Hub comes with the latest 11ac wireless standard.

To see how the new Super Hub stacks up, Farncombe Technology Ltd tested how it performs when downloading against hubs from other providers across different locations in the home and, if you’ll excuse the pun, testing doesn't get more testing than this.

The average download rate across the different locations within the home in testing was as follows:

 

Short range
average download
speed (Mbps)

Medium range
average download
speed (Mbps)

Long range
average download
speed (Mbps)

Average
New Super Hub
is faster by (%)

 

2.4GHz
(default mode)

2.4GHz
(default mode)

2.4GHz
(default mode)

2.4GHz
(default mode)

New Super Hub

103.3Mbps

97.0Mbps

56.3Mbps

-

BT Home Hub 5

93.8Mbps

55.4Mbps

35.6Mbps

39%

Sky Hub 2

84.2Mbps

53.2Mbps

31.8Mbps

52%

TalkTalk Super Router

95.5Mbps

60.2Mbps

50.4Mbps

24%

Empirical testing undertaken by Farncombe was done in October to November 2014. Hubs tested from Sky can only transmit in the 2.4GHz band and hence cannot be tested for 5GHz performance. Testing done across multiple ranges using a MacBook Pro running OSX 10.10 using file sizes optimized for download speed. Channel bandwidth for 2.4GHz was HT20 and for 5GHz was HT80.

 

Short range
average download
speed (Mbps)

Medium range
average download
speed (Mbps)

Long range
average download
speed (Mbps)

Average
New Super Hub
is faster by (%)

 

5GHz
(default mode)

5GHz
(default mode)

5GHz
(default mode)

5GHz
(default mode)

New Super Hub

752.9Mbps

270.1Mbps

31.6Mbps

-

BT Home Hub 5

408.6Mbps

59.9Mbps

0.0Mbps

125%

Sky Hub 2

N/A

N/A

N/A

-

TalkTalk Super Router

360.0Mbps

191.2Mbps

17.1Mbps

86%

Empirical testing undertaken by Farncombe was done in October to November 2014. Hubs tested from Sky can only transmit in the 2.4GHz band and hence cannot be tested for 5GHz performance. Testing done across multiple ranges using a MacBook Pro running OSX 10.10 using file sizes optimized for download speed. Channel bandwidth for 2.4GHz was HT20 and for 5GHz was HT80.


To find out more about 2.4GHz mode and 5GHz mode, have a look here or see the film below:

Wireless performance isn't just affected by the Hub or router itself, it also depends on the users’ equipment and the home environment (building materials, furniture etc).

For more information on how to optimise wireless within your home to get the best performance, have a look at how to Stay Fast.

Find out more about the Super hub test    See the full results

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