Saturday April 15, 2017

Virgin Media Starts Turning Customer Routers into Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

Virgin Media customers from across the pond may soon find complete strangers tapping into their Internet service, as the company’s "Super Hubs" (their fancy name for wireless routers) are being turned into public Wi-Fi Hotspots. While subscribers may opt out, Virgin Media has decided to opt in "hundreds of thousands" of customers by default. Will Brits be getting their doors kicked in for sharing illegal content they know nothing about?

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There are some curious differences between BT and Virgin Media's approach, though. For starters, it seems only Virgin Media customers will have access to this nationwide Wi-Fi network; BT grants free access to BT customers, but non-customers can pay for access (آ£4 [$5] per hour). The owner of that subverted hotspot doesn't get any of the money, of course. Furthermore, while BT customers must share their ADSL or VDSL bandwidth with any public Wi-Fi users, Virgin Media promises that "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."