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This message was authored by John+B1 This message was authored by: John+B1

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Minibox. 🙂

 

This message was authored by John+B1 This message was authored by: John+B1

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Let us know how you get on. Interested to find out exactly what's being offered.

 

This message was authored by Skitbabe This message was authored by: Skitbabe

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I have connected my Sky Q to Wifi Max Hub.  It works OK.  I had to click into connect to another Braodband provider to find the hub, but then Sky Q boxes connected to the Hub with no problem.  I have had some issues with connecting old devices to the Hub and had to turn off 5 GHz so my security cameras would connect to 2.4 GHz.  The Hub has also interfered with my Samsung smart view feature even after changing security level back to WPA2.  I thought getting rid of 5 GHz may have helped, but the smart view still fails.  I have had to go back to Chromecast to stream my table to the TV.  All in all, I would not recommend the Wifi Max Hub.   It is not worth the hassle.  

This message was authored by John+B1 This message was authored by: John+B1

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What about the wifi 6. Do you have separate ssid for the Qbox?

This message was authored by Skitbabe This message was authored by: Skitbabe

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Not that I am aware of. I just connected the Q box to the hub router on the list and it worked. 

This message was authored by John+B1 This message was authored by: John+B1

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Can you see wifi6connection on any of your devices?

This message was authored by mae-3 This message was authored by: mae-3

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Wireless on 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz isn't the answer to congestion around most coverage areas. And my area is about one of the worst for wireless congestion.

 

Recent moves by Ofcom put in place a 6GHz wireless band which I am finding is very quiet in my area. Recently I purchased a 6GHz router, computer (MacBook M3) and iPad (Pro M2) that utilise this wireless band with 160Mhz width and zero congestion!

 

ISPs have a great deal of catching up...

 

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@John+B1 wrote:

Do you know why it's only 1 mini box and booster? Also does this mean diffrent SSID for the router.?


@TimmyBGood wrote:

@Sara16uk @John+B1 

 

Sky will now offer Max at addresses with a main Q box and up to one Mini box.

 

They won't do so where there's more than one Mini or Q booster.

 

The problem isn't related to WiFi 6 directly: it's that Q was designed back in 2014-15 and released in early 2016 with a semi-proprietary 'hybrid mesh' which does some rather odd things network-wise.


 

 


@John+B1 because currently Sky are confident that the Wifi Max hub will provide a stable connection to thst configuration. It is assumed as testing continues they will expand the number of Q minis but when or if that will happen has not been  announced.

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@Skitbabe wrote:

I have connected my Sky Q to Wifi Max Hub.  It works OK.  I had to click into connect to another Braodband provider to find the hub, but then Sky Q boxes connected to the Hub with no problem.  I have had some issues with connecting old devices to the Hub and had to turn off 5 GHz so my security cameras would connect to 2.4 GHz.  The Hub has also interfered with my Samsung smart view feature even after changing security level back to WPA2.  I thought getting rid of 5 GHz may have helped, but the smart view still fails.  I have had to go back to Chromecast to stream my table to the TV.  All in all, I would not recommend the Wifi Max Hub.   It is not worth the hassle.  


@Skitbabe have you tried turning the 5GHz wifi band back on? Most 2.4GHz devices will stay connected. Pretty pointless having a high speed router and turning off the band that gives it the speed. 

 

The Samsung TV bug not liking the default WPA3 T default security setting is down  to Samsung as most older devices connect just fine to the default WPA3 T is a transitional setting allowing WPA2 devices to connect and was developed to give backward compatability.  Switching to WPA2 should not be necessary but it is only a slightly less secure option.

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This message was authored by John+B1 This message was authored by: John+B1

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So the whole point of the wifi max router over the current one is that it gives wifi 6 yes?

Then seeing as the Q box, mini and booster are not wifi6, I am assuming you can't get that functionality.  So what's the point of having wifi max in the first place?

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@John+B1 wrote:

  So what's the point of having wifi max in the first place?


Recent wireless devices are WiFi 6: 802.11ac chipset manufacturing has basically ceased.

 

The specification for Q is eight years old.

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This message was authored by mae-3 This message was authored by: mae-3

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@John+B1 

 

Wifi 6 does not have a lot of points just 802.11ax on the Sky Max router but the chipset in the WiFi Max Pods is 802.11ac, really you need wireless 802.11ax 6E in congested areas and all the equipment that supports it.

 

The modulation method of wireless 802.11ax is better but because the Max Pods are wireless 802.11ac it defeats the purpose of having 802.11ax.

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This message was authored by Skitbabe This message was authored by: Skitbabe

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They always end up moving on to the next product leaving people with technology that is not supported.  It is not always a move to something better. 

This message was authored by John+B1 This message was authored by: John+B1

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So thete is no point in having wifi max then?

If so what advantages are you paying for? Excluding the service points.

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@John+B1 

 

You keep repeating yourself.

 

WiFi 6 is the new wireless standard*, and the Max Hub is the only Sky model which supports it.

 

If you don't currently have WiFi 6 client devices there's little advantage to be gained from having a WiFi 6 router at the moment, but as I said, all new phones, laptops, tablets, televisions going forward are likely to be built to that standard simply because component availability means it's actually cheaper for manufacturers than using the previous one.

 

*actually WiFi 7 (and indeed WiFi 😎 is a thing too.

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