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      Any advice appreciated

      Hi All

      New member & was looking through the site & got a few questions -
      I've read that its better to use an internal wireless card than the USB thingy you have to get from Sky (and cheaper by the sounds of it!) but what is the actual router that is supplied, I know its Netgear but any idea what model it is?

      Im currently with TalkTalk for a 1 meg line for £15 per month(!) & I was suprised I got my MAC over the phone last night! They said my switch off date is the 18th April so is that the day I get switched over to Sky BB or is it when I recieve my router & bits from Sky?

      I pay TalkTalk for my line rental so do I need to change this back to BT so that Iíve got a BT line??

      Thanks in advance
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      Re: Any advice appreciated

      I don't know about Talk Talk but from what I've heard you will need a BT line -- ring Sky or wait for someone on this site to post an answer.

      I think I'm one of the people responsible for promoting PCI over USB -- but my friends have had the same experience. If you own a screwdriver and follow the manufacturer's instructions installation is not much harder than inserting a USB.

      I use a really cheap old model -- but I'd recommend you buy a new 802.11g standard adapter. Get Netgear because their support site isn't bad and because the Sky router is a customised Netgear DG834GT.

      If you've not used wireless before, you might also check that your computer has an ethernet network connector because it makes life a lot easier when setting up wireless to be able to connect direct by cable, initially. A standard PCI network interface card costs only a few quid and the Sky router comes with an ethernet cable.

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      Re: Any advice appreciated

      Quote Originally Posted by Rusty73 View Post
      I pay TalkTalk for my line rental so do I need to change this back to BT so that Iíve got a BT line??
      I *think* you can continue paying Talk Talk for your line rental as I believe when Sky says that you need a BT line they mean just that - a BT phone line and not a cable one. I'm sure if I am wrong someone will correct me.

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      Re: Any advice appreciated

      Cheers for the quick replies!!

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      Re: Any advice appreciated

      Do I need to buy a Netgear PCI card or can I use any make?

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      Re: Any advice appreciated

      Nope, any network card would suit, but interestingly enough in the interest of compatability i'd (personally) try a netgear one.

      tbh its down to affordability

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      Re: Any advice appreciated

      Looking at e-buyer the Netgear cards don't get that good reviews & they seem expensive compared to Belkin one's.

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      Re: Any advice appreciated

      Yeah saw that one myself lol, as i posted that i thought i better back up my theory, so bang on the nut there.

      I got a 3com card with my pc and sits quite happily giving me no problems (touch wood) but i agree its best to read reviews and choose wisely.

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      Re: Any advice appreciated

      I went for a Belkin myself, it's not wireless though, as I'm using ethernet. I was advised to go for one of the better 'named brands' for PCI cards, not because they are technically, or performance wise, any better, but because if anything does go wrong with it you are likely to get better support. Because of that I was happy to spend a couple of quid more on a good brand just in case.
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      Re: Any advice appreciated

      With regard to your phone, have you looked at the Sky Talk deal. I don't know what you are paying with Talktalk, but Sky is certainly cheaper than BT.

     

     
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