Virgin Media’s new WiFi network uses customer routers

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Virgin Media’s turning its own broadband customers into WiFi providers. […] Virgin will open up its Super Hub routers to share connectivity. Using an as-yet unreleased app, Virgin broadband and mobile customers will be seamlessly connected to this new WiFi network whenever a hotspot is in range. As Virgin explains, Super Hub users needn’t be worried about poor personal service, since strangers’ WiFi traffic will be piped through a completely separate connection. However, even with this assurance your bandwidth won’t suffer, you can still opt out of being a part of the network if you choose. But, by doing that, you give up the right to use the new WiFi network yourself, so it’s a case of share and share alike. – Jamie Rigg, Engadget