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    This is a discussion on mac lover but sky newbie within the Mac users forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; hi all i've ordered my sky broadband but have a few questions at the moment i'm with virgin. I have ...

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      mac lover but sky newbie

      hi all i've ordered my sky broadband but have a few questions at the moment i'm with virgin. I have a intel core duo 20 inch(love it!!!)
      1-why do you have to use a router?why can't you use an erthernet cable like i'm using just now.
      2-is there massive differences in download speed when surfing the net at peak times i.e in the evening, with virgin there is no differance.
      3-is there anyway of moving movie files from my mac to the sky plus box? i see there is a usb port on the back of the box.
      4-what's the average download speed, i've got 4mb just now and don't want it any slower, i'm aprox 900 meters from the bt exchange.
      5-does anyone have the mcafee security? is it worth getting, i've nver had any problems with spyware or virusis.

      ps. got sky plus today and love it. will have to get off the mac for a while and watch some tv.


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      Re: mac lover but sky newbie

      Quote Originally Posted by redgaz26 View Post
      1-why do you have to use a router?why can't you use an erthernet cable like i'm using just now.
      You would use an ethernet cable from your computer to the router

      2-is there massive differences in download speed when surfing the net at peak times i.e in the evening, with virgin there is no differance.
      For me - nope

      4-what's the average download speed, i've got 4mb just now and don't want it any slower, i'm aprox 900 meters from the bt exchange.
      You should get faster than 4mb

      5-does anyone have the mcafee security? is it worth getting, i've nver had any problems with spyware or virusis.
      Don't think you use it on a MAC do you? As for on a PC you would probably be better using a calculator




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      Re: mac lover but sky newbie

      1-I'm guessing you just have a modem plugged directly in through an ethernet cable or maybe it's a wired-only modem. The benefits of having a proper router include a very good inherent firewall because of NAT, meaning noone can connect on ports that you don't open. Also means you can connect wirelessly of course but there's still 4 ethernet ports to be wired to.

      2- For me it doesn't help that all my family come on at that time :P but my router was dropping the connection a few times in the evening, I followed the instructions at DSL ZoneUK - Improve your speed - Extension wiring and Disconnection help to disconnect wires 3 and 4 which are useless in this day and age.

      3-Don't have a Sky+ box myself, but I've heard that these don't have much use at the moment, maybe a software update later could fix that. Of course you could open up the Sky+ box, remove the hard drive, put it in an enclosure and plug into your Mac but that does seem a bit long-winded.

      4-900metres from the exchange you should be able to get almost the full 16meg. Try that socket thing and it may also help to plug directly into your master socket. There's also a way of overriding the firmware on the router so you can tweak with the SNR..

      5- Free beer is free beer. I've downloaded it but I turned off it's 'on-access' scanner as it wastes a lot of resources and I'm just planning on using 'on-demand' maybe every few months to check there's nothing malicious. Don't authenticate stuff you think is suspicious and you should be fine.

     

     

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