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10-02-2016 10:21 PM
Can anybody explain how the wifi hotspots works with the new Sky Q set up?
I have just ordered Sky Q Silver with two mini boxes and arranged for my broadband to move from BT to Sky.
My Broadband connection comes into the back of the house and wifi does not reach where the TV is. At the moment I use a Devolo power line setup to get Internet to my Sky HD box. I also have a Cat-5 ethernet cable run into the front of the house which has a Apple Wifi box feeding wifi into the front of the house.
I have read that the powerline won't work from day one on Sky Q and I am wondering how I should set things up.
I am wondering if my Devolo kit will clash with the Sky Q and also if the boxes will work with wifi not supplied by the Sky hub. Finally I am wondering how the wifi is repeated around all the Sky Q boxes (Silver and Minis) are they just repeaters? Repeaters half the amount of wifi bandwidth available.
11-02-2016 01:35 AM
I'm not sure that much has been said about how the hotspots work, but I do recall reading THIS IMO it should only use WiFi if a faster connection mechanism is not available like wired or potentially powerline.
When it appears, Sky's power line technology will be Homeplug AV1.1 compatible apparently (shame its not 2.0) and you should still be able to use your Devolo as a separate network to the Sky one under its own passkey. All Homeplug certified devices are interoperable, but the overall throughput would of course be shared by the multiple devices.
11-02-2016 10:23 AM
I have a similar question:
If my Sky Q box is connected by wifi to the Sky hub, how can the Silver box also act as a wifi hotspot? Is it a receiver and a source? Also, if it is connected by wifi, does the ethernet port on the back of the Silver box become a 'source' that I could connect to my TV, which doesn't have wifi?
11-02-2016 11:12 AM
Based upon what I have read then yes I do think it would in effect be be a receiver and a source, possibly using 5Ghz for the backhaul for the mesh and acting as a 2.4Ghz hotspot for potential clients. I don't think that the Ethernet port could become a source for any other non WiFi equipment though...
11-02-2016 12:14 PM
I wonder if it will be possible to use the Ethernet port as a back haul for the wifi hotspot.
info around the wifi hotspot and in build power line support is very sketchy
it it would be great to see a manual
11-02-2016 12:28 PM
I would hope that the Ethernet port and eventually powerline would both be backhaul options for the WiFi hotspot. Totally agree about a manual!
15-07-2017 11:13 AM
There is no reason why the Develo powerline units will not work with Q.
I am using Develos for 2 minis.
The internal Sky powerline needs to be turned off in all boxes if you are using 3rd party units.
The internal powerline is not yet supported by by Sky but many are using it with some success.
However the internal will not communicate with 3rd party units and so it is one or the other.
15-07-2017 11:20 AM
I got told by the engineer who installed mine the wifi booster bit isn't working yet. :-(
Hi @psr75 the wifi hotspots have worked from day 1 so not sure what your installer meant - however they only work if you have Sky broadband and the Sky Q hub.
15-07-2017 11:23 AM
how do i put the wifi on my phone for out side
Hi @chelseastacyemily Not exactly sure what your problem is but most phones will automatcally log onto wifi networks that you have connected to before. So while you can use your Sky wifi at home when you and at the office it should use that wifi if it knows to passcode and pof course use the sim card and your mobile data when no wifi is available.