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    Boosting Network Performance with Sky Broadband

    This is a discussion on Boosting Network Performance with Sky Broadband within the Sky Broadband help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; Hello I moved to Sky Broadband in December of last year and have been pleased with the internet performance. It ...

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      Boosting Network Performance with Sky Broadband

      Hello
      I moved to Sky Broadband in December of last year and have been pleased with the internet performance. It has also supported Xbox Live gaming - albeit only ever with 2 or 3 out of the 4 network performance indicators highlighted.
      I now have a Windows Media Center PC and I have set up the Xbox 360 as an Extender. The software tells me that my network performance is very poor and is unlikely to support the required level of media streaming.
      What are my options for improving my network performance?
      My current set up is as follows:
      Sky Broadband Router is downstairs and connected wirelessly to the PC and Xbox 360 upstairs. I am on the 4Mb Sky package and am achieving download speeds of 3252 kb/s and upload speeds of 319 kb/s. I am 1.58km from my nearest exchange.
      Microsoft recommends that I move to a 802.11a router for better performance but I think that if I change my router then I will be in breach of my contract with Sky.
      What about using Homeplugs to link the downstairs router to the upstairs devices using a wired connection? Will this help?
      Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated!
      Thanks
      Mike


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      Re: Boosting Network Performance with Sky Broadband

      wireless - this sums it all up...

      if you can go wired and it'll help immensely...

      and don't call Sky - they won't help you...
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      Re: Boosting Network Performance with Sky Broadband

      How should I go about going for a wired connection?
      Running a CAT5 cable from the router is not really practical.
      Will Homeplugs work? If so how easy are they to set up? And do they affect the contract with Sky?

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      Re: Boosting Network Performance with Sky Broadband

      Homeplugs are meant to be very good, and almost as fast as normal ethernet (85Mps) - i've personally not had any experience with them but others here have...

      and no, they don't affect your contract - it's nothing to do with Sky...
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      Re: Boosting Network Performance with Sky Broadband

      If homeplugs do go up to 85Mps, then this is more than enough for streaming media. My PC is connected WIRELESS to my router and my Xbox is connected WIRED, and I have no problems streaming media to my Xbox.

      Ok pings. (24/05/08)

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      Re: Boosting Network Performance with Sky Broadband

      I use Homeplugs for both X360 and PS3 and they are superb. They are just plug and play, no set up is needed whatsoever. You will get the full speed that your connection supports with no annoying wireless dropouts.

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      Re: Boosting Network Performance with Sky Broadband

      Thanks g3az66

      So I think that Homeplugs are the way to go. Can anybody give me a recommendation on which to buy? I have already seen terms such as AVeasy, Wireless Extender, Highspeed and Duo and this is all from one manufacturer - Devolo. I know that Netgear and Belkin also do similar products but on all of the websites I can't seem to find a section that says "Which product is suitable for me?"

      Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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      Re: Boosting Network Performance with Sky Broadband

      i use these, very good but a bit expensive (around 85 when i got it), have a look on the wesite for the details, then do a ebay search and look for something that does the same thing

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      Re: Boosting Network Performance with Sky Broadband

      Solwise are a very reputable supplier with a range to fit most needs. They also do a wireless version, although they are quite expensive. There is lots of information on the above site, with a comparison between different 'plugs' and wifi..

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      Re: Boosting Network Performance with Sky Broadband

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      I use Solwise. Two for about 40 on Fleabay plus p+p.... Never failed me yet and you can easily buy more to extend your network. They are the 85MBPS Turbo ones which are more than ample for your purposes.

     

     
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