Updated 19 Dec 2017

Vodafone

Ultra Hub

Bottom line: This dual-band router supplied by Vodafone has good incoming fibre speeds and OK VDSL speeds at 500m. Outgoing WiFi speeds are OK on the 5GHz band but leave a bit to be desired on 2.4GHz. This router had some trouble transmitting through a wall on the 5GHz band, but not on the 2.4GHz band.

Ultra Hub
Consumer score
56
Avg price

$0

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Test results

Overall score
OK
56
WiFi performance
Just OK
5.0/10
Ease of use and setup
OK
5.7/10
Security
Good
7.2/10

Good points

  • OK VDSL speeds at 500m.
  • Good fibre speeds.
  • OK WiFi performance on 5GHz.
  • OK to use and setup.
  • Good parental controls.
  • Excellent documentation provided.
  • Has a USB port.
  • Can be used with a 3G/4G USB device.

But

  • Just OK WiFi performance on 2.4GHz.
  • Just OK security.

How we test

Overall score includes:

WiFi performance (60%) – measured at 4m and 10m from the router with the router and laptop in line of sight from each other. We calculated the speeds, in megabits per second (Mbps), by timing how long it took to transfer a 1.1GB file from a network attached storage (NAS) device, connected to the router, to a laptop over WiFi. We repeated the test 3 times on each band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and at each distance. The speeds from both distances were averaged and scored compared to the speeds expected for the WiFi standards they were using.

Ease of use and setup (20%) – based on an assessment of set up and how easy the device is to use including monitoring and managing network access and changing default settings (service set identifier (SSID), network key/password, encryption and WiFi protected set-up (WPS) settings). We also looked at the ease of accessing advanced functions such as guest networks, virtual private network (VPN), attached external media and parental control tools.

Security (20%) – looked at whether the networks were encrypted, how easy it was to identify them by SSID, and the security of the network key/password.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$0

Speeds

Fibre
7.0
ADSL/VDSL performance 200m
6.3
ADSL/VDSL performance 500m
6.3
ADSL/VDSL performance 1000m
1.3
ADSL/VDSL performance 1500m
1.3
Vectoring speed increase
86%
WiFi performance 2.4GHz
4.5
WiFi performance 5GHz
5.5
Obstruction 2.4GHz
Nominal interference from obstruction
Obstruction 5GHz
Moderate interference from obstruction
Load test
Minor drop in load test speeds
Channel switching ability
Just OK at channel switching

Specifications

ADSL
Yes
VDSL
Yes
Fibre
Yes
WiFi bands (GHz)
2.4 & 5
Antennas
None external
Antenna placement
4X4 internal
Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]
243x47x184
Weight (g)
541

Features

MIMO support
Beamforming support
Ethernet LAN ports
3
VOIP/Phone ports
2
USB ports
1
Media sharing via USB
DLNA
Installation wizard
×
Quality of Service
×
Parental controls
Parental control features
Time scheduling and block websites.
Firewall
Guest network WiFi
No
WPS support
3G/4G passthrough
VOIP
Wall mountable
×

More Info

Notes
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