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Sky Q system used with a 4g LTE router

We have a Sky Q system, but the broadband is only 3 - 4 Mbps, so we use a 4g LTE router which give us at least 10+ times the speed. Is there a way I can link the SR203 router hub to the 4g LTE router which is a Huawei E5172As-22 LTE so that Sky based downloads are faster, do not mind changing the LTE router to 5g unit.  Many thanks

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@davidgc wrote:

Is there a way I can link the SR203 router hub to the 4g LTE router which is a Huawei E5172As-22 LTE


Almost certainly not, unless that Huawei hardware has a WAN ethernet port and you are prepared for a crash course in applied networking.  Even then, trying to convince a Sky Broadband Hub that it has an LTE modem is going to be a very long shot. 

 

Why keep Sky broadband going at all?  Sky Q does not require it.

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Why do you think you need to connect those two together? Can't you just connect the Q to the 4G router?

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One problem we have is no fibre option at the moment so 4g LTE is the only option currently.

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Best suggestions for a 4g / 5g router.

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Re: Sky Q system used with a 4g LTE router

The other question for holding onto the Sky Hub is what services come down the phone line that I would lose if I use only a 4g LTE / 5g router. Going by my download speed it seems a lot of the apps use the phone line.

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Eh? They just access internet services  through whatever local routing device they're connected to. They can't be on the Sky router's local network and the 4G router's local network at the same time.

 

(edit: technically some can e.g. if you connect a PC to the sky router over ethernet and to the 4G router over wifi at the same time. But without some sort of networking  technology installed that aggregates those connections, the results would be ... unpredictable)

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@davidgc wrote:

 

 what services come down the phone line that I would lose if I use only a 4g LTE / 5g router.


None, apart from Sky Talk (voice calls)

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Sky Glass 55" (on ethernet) & two Stream Pucks (one ethernet / one WiFi)
BT Halo 3+ Ultrafast FTTP (500Mbs), BT Smart Hub 2
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Going by my download speed it seems a lot of the apps use the phone line.


If you have both the Sky Hub and the LTE router broadcasting WiFi then which one a client device is using comes down to which SSID (wireless network name) they have associated with.  If a client device knows both passwords, which they use is going to be pretty random: individual apps don't get to make any choice.

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ITVx must I assume goe's thro' the Sky hub as it dropped it's internet connection earlier today and ITVx stopped so that must come down the phone line, at the same time on my computer via my Huawei 4g LTE router ITVx ran fine, hence the reason taking to link the Sky Q system to the 4g LTE router. I use the other devices in the with the 4g LTE router, the main computer via the ethernet link but have the wifi on it linked to the Sky hub.

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It uses whatever network the device it's running on is connected to.

 

The app, as above, has no choice in the matter.

 

If the Sky hub connection is so slow just bin it off and put everything through the 4G one. I would very much test this first by connecting the Q to the 4G.

 

or get Starlink.

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That's my problem, ITVx on Sky Q and hence our TVs is odds on to stop due to the speed down the phone line whereas on our computers there is no problem with ITVx due to the signal coming thro' our 4g lte router. In an ideal world I would like to link the Sky Hub to the 4g lte router. 

If I throw the Sky Hub in the bin and put a 4g lte router in it's place what do I lose, (1) not having a connection to the phone line for Sky, (2) wwhat happens to the Sky signal meshing between remaining Sky Q units, (3) any suggestion on make and model. Many thanks so far.

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Why wouldn't you just connect the Q to the 4G router you already have?

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(edit: technically some can e.g. if you connect a PC to the sky router over ethernet and to the 4G router over wifi at the same time. But without some sort of networking technology installed that aggregates those connections, the results would be ... unpredictable)

 

I have got my main PC connected to the 4 g lte router over ethernet and to the Sky Q hub over wifi. been running this setup for a long time. Even have a VPN running as well, runs fine as my Ubuntu 22.04 / Windows 11 dual boot system. But this is more for convenience, 4g lte router when I need speed in most instances and Sky hub when I need access to check Sky services. PC seems to natually pick the ethernet when on the web.

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