on 29-10-2010 08:26 PM
I'm having problems with my Sky WiFi router and was wondering if getting a N+ ADSL router (stronger signal and goes further) might help.
If I do this, how do I configure it to work with Sky broadband as I can't see a page with the settings on anywhere?
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01-11-2010 04:04 PM - edited 01-11-2010 04:09 PM
Sky's policy is you can only use a Sky router to connect to Sky broadband, however you can use your own wireless router with the Sky router to boost the wireless signal.
To do this it is best to turn off the wireless on the Sky Router first. If you connect your PC by Ethernet to the router then open a browser window and type in the address bar 192.168.0.1. You will be prompted for a user name which is 'admin', and a password which is 'sky'.
When the page loads and assuming this is a black v2 router, select setup at the top left corner then find 'enable wireless access point' and uncheck it. You then choose apply settings at the bottom and confirm the wireless light on the front of the router has went off.
Now you will have to connect an Ethernet cable from the Sky router (which is still required for the modem connection to our network) to the wireless router you wish to use and ensure the corresponding Ethernet lights are on.
Now you can set up your PC to connect wireless to your own router and connect to the Internet.
Alternatively have you checked our help centre web page Improve your wireless signal which may save you the need to use another wireless router?
on 02-11-2010 08:17 AM
Thats a very useful reply as I have just purchesed a new router - the standard Sky one didn't stretch out of one room in my place (a normal 2 bed flat!)
I am obviously not IT literate.....will this method still allow the benefit of the new Router - Stronger Wireless signal?
As an aside - how do I obtain my "username" and "password" for my Broadband connection? I have the SSID - but have been informed this is different. I did call the help-line - and was surprised that the technician was reluctant to even try and help, gave me a number of different reasons as to why his supervisor couldn't do it that eve, and eventually lost his temper with me promising someone would call back!
Obviously no-one did or I wouldn't be still looking for assistance!!
02-11-2010 10:48 AM - edited 02-11-2010 10:49 AM
The above method is for using a different wireless router (if your looking to achieve a stronger wireless signal) with the existing Sky router used as the Modem. We do not allow non Sky routers to access the Sky broadband network of connected direct to the phone point and cannot provide the username and password for this.
on 05-11-2010 09:27 PM
Very confused and frustrated now.
1st thing - I am NOT very IT minded. I use PC's all the time but no idea how they work etc.
I managed to connect a new TP-Link router to the existing Sky router. For the 1st night it was working fine. Not sure how I managed it but it worked.
The next coiple of evenings, it seemed to work but only after turning off both the routers.
Tonight - the laptop is connected perfectly to the wireless TP-Link. The internet is working fine on the Sky router (I have connected via cable to Sky router to write this message). The problem seems to be that the internet is not making its way from Sky to TP-Link.
I have checked the cable linking the 2 - plugged in ok and the correspondng lights lit on each machine. The internet light is solid on the Sky - but not lit at all on TP-Link!
When I set it up originally - I connected the TP directly to the Splitter. Set up the name etc but then fell over with the Network name / password etc. Somehow though I was able to make it work 1st time aftger connecting to Sky!!
Appreciate it is hard without seeing - but can anyone offer any help??
on 05-11-2010 09:38 PM
I cant give the exact steps for the TP-link router but the basic idea is
You will connect the Sky router with the TP-link using the ethernet cable that comes with
the Sky router, the Sky router connects to the microfilter the TP-Link doesn't.
On the Sky router settings page all you need to do is disable the wireless access point.
On the TP-link you will need to go into the lan settings section, turn off DHCP and set
the routers lan ip address as 192.168.0.100 subnet mask 255.255.255.0
On the pc you make a wireless connection to the TP-link router and enter the key thats using.
on 07-11-2010 04:18 PM
Thanks for the advice.
Cannot get into the TP-Link system at the moment. Says to use http://192.168.1.1/ but am struggling with that.
Is there any reason why the set-up will sometimes work and sometimes not? I have 2 laptops...and the internet will sometimes work on one, then the other and then neither! The only thing I can try (given I cant access the above site) is to turn off both routers and re-start. This sometimes works - sometimes doesn't.
It is very frustrating and really shouldn't be THAT hard. All I wanted to do was increase the range of the Wireless signal. The Sky router literally stops working at a range of about 15 - 20 ft. I live in a 2 bedroom flat and to be honst - really expected the Sky box to reach all parts.
If Sky do not allow me to use a different Router directly - do they offer any other Routers that will be more powerfull than the initial one?
07-11-2010 04:44 PM - edited 07-11-2010 04:46 PM
In previous advice we have advised that it is possible to connect the two routers together.
However, while you are making configuration changes, the only cable connected to your wireless N router should be the one connected to your laptop / PC to make the change. once the ip has been changed, then you can connect them and leave them connected.
It is possible that both routers are using the same address and if they are connected together, then it could be confusing the laptop to which router to connect to, ending up with not connecting to either
Hope this helps
on 08-08-2011 09:52 AM
Hmmm well i have an email from the sky team telling me i can use another router because the one i have from Sky does not support open nat , i asked about this because me and my son both have an xbox 360 and both need to play online at the same time on open nat and i have the router that will allow that , so am i to assume ive been lied to on this matter as in my letter i stated that i would leave sky broadband if i was stuck to your equipment that doesnt meet my needs ?
on 29-11-2011 05:15 PM
not really no
on 16-12-2011 11:41 AM
Truthfully I do not see the point in the bog standard router Sky send you with the b/g offerings and not the Wireless N+ that most ISP's issue now.
I think it is a waste of plastic that needs to be melted down and used as a desk tidy for pens and the like on your computer desktop.
I joined sky in August whilst they were advertising the Wireless N+ [SAGEM] router to Broadband Unlimited subscribers, now my internet is as unstable as a toddler on a mountain bike constant dropouts and a downstream of 2mb.
It's piss poor, for a company as large as Sky, as I cannot even use Sky Anytime + due to constant buffering so it looks as if Virgin Media will be called again.
Now shall I call them for my Mac Code or what, decisions decisions
on 17-12-2011 10:47 AM
When you signed up for our broadband service what was the minimum speed you were quoted for your property?
If it was more than 2mb have you tried any of our troubleshooting to see if you can improve this?
Posting up your stats if possible could also help give us a better indication of what could be wrong.
on 06-05-2013 12:22 PM
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
I have struggled / wrestled with poor wifi signal from my annetenaless SKY router, despite calling SKY a number of times over 2 years.
I originally bought a wifi extender, which wasn't much cop, admittedly a cheap one.
Then an N-Series router fell into my lap, which SKY would not help me configure, they just wanted to sell me one of theirs. (Because the don't make enough money out of me already!)
However, your advice worked, easily and without complication.