back to article Virgin Media's blighted SuperHub NOW comes with extra squeal (oink)

If Virgin Media's SuperHub could speak it might well be saying: "Please put me out of my misery, Mr Boss Man". And now the modem/router combi networking box has indeed started to whine, whistle and squeal – perhaps about its inadequacy – to the telco's long-suffering customers. The company has admitted to The Register that …

COMMENTS

This topic is closed for new posts.
  1. The BigYin

    Mine does this, and has done since day one

    If the telly and radio are off, I can easily here a high-pitched whine from the SuperFlub. Sounds exactly like a transformer on the way out. I'd really prefer to connect my own router rather than have to rely on this sack of crap.

    Will VM ever relent and approve some other routes for connection? Why can't I just connect a standard cable-type router/modem - is there some deep technical reason?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Mine does this, and has done since day one

      Stick it in modem mode, connect your own router, job done!

      I did this as soon as I got the damn thing (before it had modem mode there was a set of steps on the forum on how to make it behave as a modem) and I can't say I've noticed any problems.

      Many wall wart PSUs are crap, in Germany they tested a lot of them and quite a significant number failed safety tests or weren't able to deliver the current they claimed. It's a problem you can have with any DC powered device. Perhaps if EU CE testing rules weren't so strict then more devices would use internal power supplies of a decent quality.

      1. danielwalewis

        Re: Mine does this, and has done since day one

        It's still going to make noise in modem mode

        1. Canonymous Howard
          Thumb Down

          Re: Mine does this, and has done since day one

          Mine does it, sounds like a capacitator is going to explode in the PSU. I put up with it as my superhub is in a cupboard under the stairs, but I do wonder what would happen if it did decide to explode... it's about a foot away from my fuseboard and 3 feet from my gas meter!

      2. Ian McNee
        Meh

        Re: Mine does this, and has done since day one

        Agreed, we can use modem mode but that still means we have paid for this lump of electronic crap. VM may say is comes free when you upgrade beyond a 20Mb/s service (the limit of the old Motorola cable modems) but we still had to pay for it to be "activated" even if we installed & configured it ourselves and there will be something factored into our bills to cover the cost as well.

        With the TV service VM give us the option to having a simple digital STB or paying extra for a Tivo so for our broadband give us the option of a small-footprint low-power modem that will run at 100Mb/s+ or paying extra for an all-in-one modem-router-switch-ap.

        Assuming the rumours are correct that VM execs are mulling this over does anyone know the best place to comment to have a small chance of influencing this decision?

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Mine does this, and has done since day one

          "VM may say is comes free when you upgrade beyond a 20Mb/s service (the limit of the old Motorola cable modems) but we still had to pay for it to be "activated" even if we installed & configured it ourselves"

          Not anymore ... when I checked to see if the speed doubling had reached our area at the time they predicted (it had) I found a message on my VM account page offering me a free SuperHub to access the new speeds (I'd been a holdout on 20Mb XL due to the issues I'd read about SuperHub). No upfront cost at all - and no activation fee.

          N.b. first thing I did was to put it into modem mode and connected it to my existing router!

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Mine does this, and has done since day one

          You're probably a bit late now if a final decision is actually going to be made at this meeting

          However, the best way to ensure it is noted as another dissatisfied customer is to submit a formal complaint and a notification to Ofcom.

          You can send the complaint to:

          Complaints

          Virgin Media,

          PO Box 333,

          Matrix Court,

          SWANSEA,

          SA7 9ZJ

          or by using the form at contact.virginmedia.com making sure you click the "Complaints Code of Practice" option and type "Formal Complaint" as the first line of your message.

          Let Ofcom know at https://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/tell-us/formal-phone-company but make sure you tick the box allowing yout "details [to be] disclosed to the phone company or Internet Service Provider"; you don't care about Ofcom knowing, but you want the fact that you've told Ofcom to make it back to Virgin.

          That'll make it into the official statistics given to the management team.

      3. Hairy Spod
        FAIL

        Re: Mine does this, and has done since day one

        does sticking it in modem mode mean that you don’t need a noisy power supply anymore?

      4. The BigYin

        @AC Re: Mine does this, and has done since day one

        FFS, I wish people would shut the hell up about "Modem mode" as if it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. It's still going to be running, it's still going to be making a noise, it's still going to be drawing power and it's still going to shit it's little pants because it it UTTER CRAP!

        I do not want to use their garbage, I want to connect my own modem/router. Is there some technical reason (and I do mean "technical", not "business") that VM do not allow this?

        1. Badvok
          Meh

          @The BigYin

          "it's still going to shit it's little pants because it it UTTER CRAP!"

          Maybe you think this because you haven't actually used modem mode. Modem mode uses less power and hence is less likely to stress the PSU (I certainly haven't noticed any noise), it does work a LOT better and in my experience never requires any form of intervention (caveat: I haven't actually had mine running till the end of time but I've not had to reboot it or do anything to it since I got it and immediately put it in modem mode).

          Yes, it is still just a workaround for the POC that is the SuperHub but it is a viable workaround.

          "I do not want to use their garbage, I want to connect my own modem/router"

          BT fought and lost the same battle about letting people plug any old rubbish into their network. Until Ofcom force VM to allow it VM won't, primarily because they'll have to harden all their nodes against potentially dodgy hardware that doesn't conform 100% to the spec as VM run it.

          1. miknik

            Re: @The BigYin

            "Until Ofcom force VM to allow it VM won't, primarily because they'll have to harden all their nodes against potentially dodgy hardware that doesn't conform 100% to the spec as VM run it."

            Like the Superhub.

      5. Blitterbug
        Meh

        Re: Wall what??

        You have warts on your wall?? WTF? Actually, I love these 'merkinisms. After all, it's so confusing and lengthy to say PSU.

  2. Paul 25

    Their engineers hate the NotSoSuperHub

    I had some issues with my cable service recently. Both engineers who came out to sort it (both excellent), we quite surprised that not only was my super hub not the cause of my problems. but that I didn't have any issues at all with it.

    Both said that the SH accounted for at least 50% of their callouts, normally due to its woeful WiFi performance in many older houses (which we have a lot of here in Bath). I seemed to be unusual in having a good signal.

    They need to ditch and replace them all ASAP, it must be costing them a fortune in callouts and helpdesk time, and it ruining what is (at least for me) an otherwise excellent service.

    1. Law
      Thumb Up

      Re: Their engineers hate the NotSoSuperHub

      Ours has poor wifi performance... it's an old house (110 yrs old).

      Other than that, it's been not a bad experience with the superhub. There was a spate of updates resetting my wifi settings in the beginning, but since then not much. :)

  3. Anonymous IV
    Unhappy

    "...customers may be able to hear a subtle noise whilst in use"

    Love the use of the word "subtle", rather than "infuriating" or "suicide-inducing".

  4. Lee Dowling Silver badge

    I think just about all power supplies do this, but at different frequencies and different volume levels.

    Both my last two laptops have audible power supplies - when they are used you can actually hear a fizzing / buzzing from them. If you increase power usage (e.g. run a game), it raises in volume. But literally, I have to have my ear next to them to hear it, it's so low-level.

    And almost all electrical appliances do the same, even without considering things like fridges with moving parts. TV's buzz, hum, chirp, whistle, click, and thrum. So do DVD players even without a disc. So do games consoles. So do mobile phone chargers. It's just a matter of whether you can hear it from your usual usage position or not.

    Personally, this is one of the reasons I lock electronics away out of sight. Because I *can* hear those sounds if I listen for them. They are actually my principle point of diagnosis. I can remember phoning up an engineer years ago for a Sparq drive (a sort of Zip drive, but 1Gb and much faster) - we spoke for ten minutes discussing which sounds were different so he could narrow the problem down. You feel a pillock but it's a large part of knowing how a machine works.

    And power supplies, I *know*, make buzzing sounds. Some cheap ones even reflect individual disk actions in their sounds (so when your disk is busy, you can have a changed pitch which sounds like a hard disk clicking coming FROM the power supply as it's current changes). You'll know if you use a lot of machines that a lot of cheap laptops actually pick up even mouse-motions from the display on their sound card (I have a model in the room next to me connected to a projector and speaker system that DRIVES ME MAD because as you move the mouse around the screen, you hear a FFffrrrrppp sound on the speakers).

    Power supplies buzz. Maybe the buzzing has changed with the firmware update, but they have always buzzed. I'm just amazed that anyone in this day and age has a house quiet enough to hear it without their ear next to it. I have what is possibly THE quietest house I've ever lived in, with double-glazing and zero internal noise, and I do hear my laptop power supply but ONLY when it's by my ear (the plug socket is behind the sofa and the power supply rests on the top of the back of the soda).

    I don't doubt it buzzes. I just doubt that it's actually a problem for anyone at all.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Careful, you'll be claiming to be able to sense WIFI next and have that banned.

      1. Reading Your E-mail
        Coat

        That's nothing, he can hear pudding!!!

        1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge
          Boffin

          Hum

          All but a truly perfect transformer will hum/buzz/squeak/make noise to some extent, it's fundamental electromagnetic physics of how they work:

          http://www.aip.org/pnu/2004/split/690-1.html

          The linked article relates to large transformers (power substation-types) but the little ones in the power supplies will have the same basic effect, just scaled down (in size and volume).

          But of course there will also be some element of build quality coming into play. Depending how well the thing is put together and anchored, plus also how much other magnetically susceptible material is close by that could get attracted/repelled by the changing magnetic field then all sorts of noises could probably occur. If the frequency causes bits in the supply to vibrate, then it'll sing merrily to itself and anyone who is nearby.

          And if the current draw changes, then so will the current flow in the transformer, hence it's electric and magnetic fields thus also the noise it makes.

          So VM could be using a cheap or dodgy batch of transformers which may not be adequately mounted or secured. What are the chances of that? :)

          1. TRT Silver badge

            Re: Hums

            Maybe it feels good about working for Virgin?

          2. Peter Gathercole Silver badge

            Re: Hum

            It's interesting. Large transformers for dropping AC voltage do hum to a greater or lesser extent, especially if they are rectangular in shape (it's the way that the core is laminated). But this can be significantly reduced by careful design, or almost completely eliminated using toroidal transformers.

            But this should be irrelevant in these days of switch-mode power supplies which do not use transformers to step down the voltage. All electrical power supplies should really be switch-mode supplies nowadays, because they are significantly more efficient.

            I know it would technically invalidate the guarantee, but if it was bothering me, I would probably buy a better quality stabilised switch-mode supply from any number of suppliers, and use that in place of the one provided.

            1. Vic

              Re: Hum

              > I would probably buy a better quality stabilised switch-mode supply from any number of suppliers

              It sounds like you could buy a better-quality PSU from eBay for £3...

              Vic.

    2. tony72
      Flame

      Let me paraphrase your lengthy post; "I've heard a quiet buzzing noise from power supplies, and therefore it's completely and utterly inconceivable that any power supplies anywhere could possibly buzz significantly louder that the ones I have personally experienced. The fact that people are finding the noise from their SuperHub supplies a big enough problem to complain to VM can't possibly mean that some power supplies might make a lot more noise than I have personally experienced, so therefore those people must be complaining about nothing."

      I'm not going to tell you what I think of that, because I don't want to be rude, but I think it speaks for itself anyway.

    3. Mr_Blister

      It depends on how good your hearing ability is because these power supplies make my ears really sore and painful, even if it seems low in volume level. I always try to spend more on better quality and higher rated supplies to avoid this problem. However the worst offenders for severe ear pain in seconds are mechanical IDE, SATA or SCSI hard drives, followed by CRT TVs and monitors which operate on the same frequency as those teen dispersal mosquito alarms!

    4. Danny 14 Silver badge
      Holmes

      there also exists the possibility that your hearing is shit and perhaps other peoples hearing isnt as shit.

      1. Mr_Blister

        No not at all because I can point out certain sounds and the people around me shrug their shoulders and say they cannot hear it. I can still hear those frequencies above 15K to around 17K I think (need to do another test as last time was a couple of year ago). I also put this down to having better trained ears, due to years of listening very deeply into multitracked mixes of songs. You have to be able to do this to identify sounds or problems, that occur when certain frequencies and sounds overlap. This is both a blessing and a curse because being able to hear everything, means you hear both the very good and the very awful! Most people do not listen that intently or deeply to music to hear everything going on in the mix, plus it depends on the quality and setup of both their audio system and their listening environment.

    5. Mr_Blister

      Totally agree with everything you have highlighted as I have exceptional hearing ability too, maybe because I have been more aware of the need to protect my hearing from loss with ear plugs etc. The sounds you mention from those devices often cause serious pain and soreness of your ears, and within seconds from some devices like hard drives. So I have bought plenty of hard drive silencing enclosures and everything else goes in cupboards, or as far away to the back of shelves that I can manage without causing them to overhear and die.

      I know what you mean about interference being picked up and fed through your soundcard; as a long time musician and private home studio owner it drives me crazy hearing those sounds. I guess much of today's hardware is not properly grounded and shielded from interference, and computer manufacturers probably do not give a toss about such matters; I also suspect that the majority of the public have smashed their hearing to pieces with nightclub noise; home TV systems at full blast; personal media players pumping high volume dance music direct into their earphones and a whole lot more.

      Oh and WiFi devices like my internet radio pickup interference from my PC hardware, which is more of a buzzing scrambled sound rather than a high pitched whine. Not sure what I can do about this if anything, apart from moving the radio well away from my PC gear.

    6. Vic

      > And power supplies, I *know*, make buzzing sounds

      A modern switch-mode supply should be as close to silent as makes no difference.

      There is a little circuitry at the front end running at mains frequencies - but a decent design will keep the noise from that to a minimum.

      After that, it's all at *very* high frequency, and you won't hear the fundamental. I've got excellent top-end to my hearing[1], and if I can hear a PSU, I know it's shite.

      So any noise you hear will be something vibrating in response to excitation from the fundamental - i.e. at a sub-harmonic. And that usually means something's physically loose, which is one of the principle signs of it being utter shite.

      Vic.

      [1] Shame about the mid-range. It turns out that I didn't know more about the effects of big speakers than my elders after all...

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Typical Americanism

    "...these units are correctly powering the SuperHub and not impacting performance".

    How about the standard, "not AFFECTING performance"?

    I *hate* Americanisms.

    1. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge
      Flame

      Re: Typical Americanism

      Be glad they said "impacting", if an American had tried to be standard they'd probably have said "effecting" which is far, far worse than (ab)using "impacting".

      1. Steve Knox
        Coat

        Re: Typical Americanism

        Be glad they said "impacting", if an American had tried to be standard they'd probably have said "effecting" which is far, far worse than (ab)using "impacting".

        No, I think you'll find that stating that the flaws in these devices are not effecting performance would be surprisingly accurate...

        1. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge
          Thumb Up

          Re: Typical Americanism

          Can't argue with that :)

  6. This post has been deleted by its author

  7. An-D

    When they started upgrading our area to 100 Meg I was under the impression that I'd need the superhub to 'get the best out of it' Never got round to asking for one, but seems to work fine with my old moden and Belkin router anyway. Lucky I was so lazy I guess!

  8. Louis Buxey-Softley

    My power supply has a audible hum too.. but as its in the next room i dont get irritated by it.

    The superhub's are failure in a shiny box. Which is amazing as every other netgear router I have owned has been faultless.

    1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

      That's interesting. Every bit of Netgear kit I've ever bought has been crap. That's only a sample of about 3 or 4, 2 routers and a few WiFi cards/dongles, but enough that I won't buy any more.

      Mostly it's been erratic failures, that act like over-heating, but could equally be software bugs or other hard to diagnose stuff. Although my cards/dongles just seemed to stop working after a few months.

      1. Louis Buxey-Softley

        I am using an old adsl router for my wireless, which has not been power cycled in months.

        I have never used there dongles or cards.

  9. ACx

    Never had any problem with my superhub. Nothing.

    Seriously, Yeah I get weirdo outages, but thats further down the line. I have many problems with VM shitty support, throttling, etc. But never the superhub.

    Part of me feels left out....

  10. squilookle
    Mushroom

    Haven't heard anything from my Superhub, and I'm well acquainted with the power supply on my Superhub as I have to unplug the bloody thing every other day to get anything that resembles a usable connection.

    Definitely the most frustrating bit of kit I have ever encountered.

  11. Crisp Silver badge
    Coat

    "in some instances customers may be able to hear a subtle noise whilst in use"

    WWWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    IS IT ON? I CAN'T TELL!

    IT'S WHISPER QUIET!

  12. Nathe
    Thumb Down

    Netgear...

    Every piece of Netgear kit I've ever owned (either coming free from a broadband supplier or, to my detriment, being paid for out of my own pocket - SC101 I'm looking at you) has either failed within 6 months or been woefully inadequate to do the task it was bought for.

    I am a Virgin broadband user, but thankfully as I'm only on 10mb I've not had to endure the SuperHub, as soon as I'd heard they were Netgear products this kind of news piece was only a matter of time.

    1. Tom Wood

      Re: Netgear...

      In my experience Netgear make ace network kit. As someone else commented the fact they make this SuperHub and that is not very good is somewhat surprising.

      Their "business" kit in metal boxes is superb, but even the consumer stuff I've tried has worked flawlessly.

      "been woefully inadequate to do the task it was bought for."

      - is that the fault of the product, or the person who bought it? Netgear publish detailed specs on their website and their stuff tends to do what it says it will.

      1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

        Re: Netgear...

        Well, my experience is the same as the OP above. Although I've never bought professional networking kit. Both the Netgear domestic routers I've had, have needed regular reboots to make them work - and seemed to suffer from erratic problems that required reboots (either heat or bugs). Both the WiFi dongles/cards I've had from them have died in under 18 months. I guess I had all this stuff 5 years ago, obviously I've not touched their stuff since. With such a small data-point bad luck is obviously possible.

      2. Nathe
        Joke

        Re: Netgear...

        Maybe the problems are my own fault, I must have missed the line in the instructions for my Netgear Rangemax router that said 'Even when the device is placed in a well ventilated area, please reboot the device at least once every hour as failing to do so will cause the WiFi radio in this model to stop working.'

        Or the instructions for my SC101 that must have said 'While we market this product as a Network Attached Storage device, please be aware that any file transfers to this device over a wired or wireless network that are larger than a single mp3 will likely fail'.

        :-)

  13. s. pam
    FAIL

    Customers have a bigger worry than this

    All the crappy adverts with Inane Dolt in them do nothing for their image. Our PS has always done that, I don't really care - but I'm seriously fucked off with no broadband upgrade even though they're selling 100mbps on my road (and can't deliver it)!.

    Their network engineers are laughing behind the scenes as the real debacle is which cost centre will pay for upgrading all the remote cabinets. Turns out the take up rate on their HD cable has been so high that 1st and 2nd generation remote cabinets is more than a year behind.

    What you as the punter, ahem mug, ahem customer see is that Broadband AND Video are on the same local switch. This is why we've just received out FIFTH in 10 months delay to 100Mbs letter & email. Virgin has to upgrade to latest generation cabinets so that video can buffer and 100Mbps can be delivered.

    Until then, committee by committee and team meeting by team beating is happening on many levels one would suspect. "Flubber Hub Crap Sub-Committee" and "Home Less not-so-Broadband Sub-Committee" meetings with plenty of tea and biscuits but no action will continue.

    I'm at the end of my 18 month contract on Virgin, and seriously considering my next move. Our problem is where we live in Area 31 (usually known to their engineers as Area 51) is right on the edge of BT's POTS and we're unclear if they've upgraded FTTC or not.

  14. Ally 1

    I hate the Superhub, even in modem mode it cuts the router off quite frequently. My 50MB is less than 0.5mb wireless in the next room of a fairly new flat, even in router mode. It's funny I live in a block of flats and the signal from the next room turns up near the bottom of a list of 20 signals sorted by strength

    1. NotesDev
      Windows

      Simple thing to improve your VM Superhub

      It was a right pain when I first got mine - reading forums and alike I've now put the power supply on a timer, so that the thing has a 30 minute break every morning at about 5.00am... And I've now got a mini-hub hanging off one of the UTP cables providing wifi in the house, with the SH wifi switched off... It's a bit of a mish-mash of a solution, and I shouldn't really have to do it, but I'm happier with both speed and wifi, which I wasn't for the first 3 weeks of owning the thing. The previous CableTel modem & minihub worked for the best part of 11 years without an issue...

      "Don't make them like they used to..."

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    I heard a constant whine in the corner...

    ...which confused me as I don't have Virgin.

    Then I realised it was the Wife.

    Hey, someone had to.

    1. This post has been deleted by its author

    2. This post has been deleted by its author

    3. The BigYin

      Re: I heard a constant whine in the corner...

      "...which confused me as I don't have Virgin."

      But with an attitude like that you are a virgin, aren't you?

  16. the-it-slayer

    VM should just stop buying Netgear altogether

    Although parts of their products work very well, I've always found a major flaw in all the Netgear stuff I've ever owned. Especially one of the cable routers that was notorious for crashing and the routing on it was awful with crap download speeds.

    VM should stop buying junk from Netgear full stop. Glad I refused the 20Mb > 30Mb upgrade which would of forced me to give up my Asus RT-N56U which was amazing.

    1. Gordon 15
      Meh

      Re: VM should just stop buying Netgear altogether

      Why would you of^h^hhave been forced to give up your Asus router? I've got the same router (and I too think very highly of it) and mine works perfectly well with the 30mb upgrade with all the routing features of the SuperHub turned off.

      I've yet to hear the noise from the router's PSU. However, with a 5-year-old in the house then hearing myself think is usually more than I can wish for.

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    transformer hum - an anecdote

    I once built of components from the Maplin catalogue a transformer so a Japanese radio-cassette player could run off UK mains.

    I handwound the transformer and the thing didn't buzz when in use - it positively rattled.

    The person I made it for was very polite about it, and didn't really comment but I suspect they were less complimentary about it when I was out of the room.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: transformer hum - an anecdote

      Silicone bathroom rubber is your friend here, though I would be more inclined to use superglue for mains use.

      When I was working on a (classified) project many years ago the prototype transformers were made using a standard coil winding machine but the wire feed went through an ingenious mechanism which coated it with a UV curing adhesive, and as each layer was deposited the adhesive was zapped with UV. The transformers had to be absolutely silent. They were.

    2. Vic

      Re: transformer hum - an anecdote

      > I handwound the transformer

      Why?

      COTS stuff is readily available, and likely to be more efficient. And quiet.

      Vic.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: transformer hum - an anecdote

        240 volts (UK) to 100 Volts (Japan). Not a common ratio in the Maplin catalogue at that time

  18. garden-snail
    FAIL

    I had VM broadband installed last month, and as soon as the engineer powered up the SuperHub the PSU started howling. Not the gentle, barely audible whine that all wall warts make, but a really loud, annoying squeal. I questioned the engineer, who said it would "settle down" after a few days.

    Needless to say, the noise is still there. It's good to hear that VM are admitting there's a problem, because I was dreading calling their CS...

  19. John Sims
    Megaphone

    Hub Noise

    My SuperHub makes high pitched noises and whines and has audible changes when the lights on the hub flash. The power brick is actually quite quiet in comparison. It's a bit like listening to a tape loading with a ZX Spectrum speeded up 50x but at a lower volume. My parents Virgin Netgear Hub (not the super hub) does exactly the same so I made the assumption this was just the standard quality of Virgin branded Netgear equipment. All the non Virgin branded Netgear equipment I've used in the past has always been nice and quiet.

  20. pctechxp

    Other Netgear kit too

    I have a DGN2200 v1 ADSL modem/router which I purchased from PC World and it does exactly this.

    I went back to PC World and they swapped the router and exactly the same thing happened, went back a third time and was told this was normal for Netgears.

    Router itself is rock solid though

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Meh

    Noise ... ?

    I can't hear if my Superhub is making noise because of the insane afterburner like din of the various fans in my PC. Not least my twin GTX580 GPUs that are quite possibly slowly propelling my house down the street.

    I've had other transformers that hum, whistle and squeak though ... it's usually the mountings being a bit loose. Putting something heavy on standalone transformers (the typical plastic black brick) usually works.

  22. Hellcat
    Thumb Up

    My superhub PSU is silent...

    ...ever since it made an annoying noise at about 2 months old, for a couple of days, then went pop and stopped working. Dug out a PSU from another router or modem, which had the same socket and about the same amp rating and has been working ever since.

    Sending the old one back to Virginmedia just seemed too much hassle at the time, and waiting for a replacement would have meant days without internet.

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Much as I'd love to upgrade from my rather slow 20MB VM connection the SuperHub is one of the reasons I won't. I love the solid VM connection but I can make do with 20MB as I get a simple modem which I stick my own locked down DD-WRT custom router into, I know what's going on all the way to the modem thanks. As for squealing, no thanks!

  24. Scott 67
    IT Angle

    why couldn't it be linksys...

  25. g7rp0
    Angel

    Cant hear anything out of mine

    but there again there are 5 fans running on my desk, (3 in the firewall and 2 in the switch) not to mention the 5 in my PC so if its there its drowned out by the other noisy stuff

  26. Timbo
    Pint

    Won't a AMBIT or CISCO cable modem work?

    I had a VM account until recently (when I moved). I had the Samsung V+ box (for TV) and for broadband, I was provided with an AMBIT cable modem and Netgear WNR2000 Wireless-N router.

    (These worked well until the AMBIT failed and they sent me a CISCO 2100 as a replacement).

    Can anyone confirm if the AMBIT or CISCO will work above 20Mbs ? If so, then these are available off ebay for around £10-£15 - then just connect up to any standard router (not an ADSL type).

    OK - it doesn't resolve the SuperHub issues, but it's a work around until someone at VM or Netgear sort out these issues.....

  27. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Dear VM...

    When it comes to writing the spec for Superhub 2, please include the word "simultaneous" on the dual-band requirement.

    That is all

    1. Ess Mohican
      Thumb Up

      Re: Dear VM...

      1000x this.

  28. Elliot Mackenzie
    Alert

    shittyhub

    How the heck did SuperFail stick? ShittyHub has so much a better ring to it. Plus it actually makes clear what it is.

  29. jeremyjh

    I have one...

    ...and I know this isn't going to make me popular, and is tempting fate but it's working fine.

    It does reek of crapness, though. For something that a lot of people are going to wind up lumbered with right next to their telly, it has appallingly bright LEDs. And there's one on the side, illuminating VM's logo very badly. I am looking forward to correcting this with tape.

  30. Si_D
    FAIL

    ...shoulda gone to D-Link instead! Much better kit.

  31. VFR3000
    Happy

    Send the boss a email if you are not happy!

    How about DIRECT action as I know from PAST experience it works!

    Neil Berkett, Chief Executive

    EMAIL

    neil.berkettATvirginmedia.co.uk

    Here is a really useful site if you need the BOSS to email.

    w w w.ceoemail.com (remove spaces)

    And YES good post and extremly valid - I did not take up VM's offer to pay £10 for their brain damaging box as it could seriousley affect my health, my wallet and definately my wifi.

This topic is closed for new posts.

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019