Virgin Media wants to boost your broadband even if you use Sky or BT

Virgin Media wants to help boost the signal around your home even if you are using a competing Internet Service Provider (ISP) such as Sky, TalkTalk, or BT. The UK broadband provider just announced that it is working with a company called Plume to bring a bunch of bonus features to all UK broadband customers, even if they can’t or won’t use Virgin.

The smart service, called HomePass, includes many features such as a self-optimizing WiFi network that ensures the signal is always working at its best potential. For those with larger properties, there are booster pods that can be plugged into any room to ensure that every corner of a property has a solid connection to the web.

A Pod comes standard with customers who can then purchase additional boosters if they need them.

And that’s not all, as Virgin also promises that its HomePass smart home service can offer in-home motion detection for added security with instant alerts sent directly to a smartphone if something, or someone, is. spotted inside a property.

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There is also full device management so users can see who and what is connected to their network and you can create a guest Wi-Fi network with unique passwords to prevent visitors from having full access to your network. broadband.

Virgin says HomePass is also designed to protect users and connected devices from unwanted ads, hacks, or threats, including the seven most common types of cyberattacks.

The system will alert users when connected devices such as smart speakers, baby monitors, or doorbells exhibit unusual behavior, such as trying to connect to new, unknown connections, and quarantine at-risk devices to protect the home network and sensitive customer information.

Commenting on the update, Sigrid van den Houte, Director of Products & Proposals (Fixed & FMC), said: “By partnering with Plume, we are able to deliver a smarter, faster WiFi experience. and safer to everyone, even to people. living in areas where our services are not yet available. With HomePass plug and play modules and the multitude of smart home features, we’re excited to transform WiFi in homes across the country.

HomePass is available for an annual fee of £ 99 and comes with a SuperPod as standard. Additional pods are available from £ 99 each.

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