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    Ideal Setup for Sky Connect to maintain good speeds / consistency?

    This is a discussion on Ideal Setup for Sky Connect to maintain good speeds / consistency? within the Sky Broadband help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; Hi, Right I've just signed up for Sky Connect (only one available / top speed I can get is 4.5mb) ...

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      Ideal Setup for Sky Connect to maintain good speeds / consistency?

      Hi,

      Right I've just signed up for Sky Connect (only one available / top speed I can get is 4.5mb) and having had problems with the existing ISP I'm hoping to get things right from the start.

      Quick question before I go into detail, do I get a free router as part of joining Sky? We are an existing Sky TV customer and have now signed up for Connect as well as Talk. I've got the impression from a few people that you do but I'm fairly certain she said we'd have to buy one (we already have one, it's not really the greatest though and is 4+ years old). Been thinking about buying this one;

      ZyXEL Prestige 660HW-T1 Multimedia ADSL2+ WLAN Router: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo

      Now onto my main question, probably easier if you take a look at the simple diagram below.

      http://onvo.co.uk/_work/bbsetup.gif

      With the current ISP I switch between using the router and modem (as the connection seemed better when using the modem).

      If the router is being used it's plugged into the 3rd phone socket, I have a PC on the top floor as well which it's directly connected to via ethernet cable. Connection was always pretty good for the PC but for any laptop it was fairly poor (via cheapisp Belkin USP adapters from Argos).

      When using the modem it was simply connected to the 2nd phone socket and directly into the PC, always performed consistently well.

      Anyway, basically my line got synced (at 0.5mb) and never got unsynced (which i'm guessing was down to constantly switching between the two?), the support was useless and the BB was expensive so this is why we've moved.

      Now after all that i'm looking to find what the best setup will be for the new Broadband. From what I've read plugging the router into the master socket and keeping it plugged in will work the best? Problem is I'd want to connect the router directly to the PC but it means I'd have to start drilling holes through window frames or walls (the distance between the master socket and PC is about 15m (by following walls, not directly)). Instead of doing that, will using as USB adapter for the PC instead affect the speed a lot? Alternatively I could plugin the router to the 2nd phone socket and straight to the PC without any drilling, I'm guessing I'd lose some speed though?

      Sorry about the amount of info, quite a few things I wanted to get sorted before it's activated so I may have rambled on a bit.

      Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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      Re: Ideal Setup for Sky Connect to maintain good speeds / consistency?

      Quite note, I've just spoken to Sky and I will be getting the NetGear router they supply, not sure what the other women was on about.

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      Re: Ideal Setup for Sky Connect to maintain good speeds / consistency?

      Sky connect has had some fair issues over the last few months so be prepared for that, check the Unofficial FAQ on Sky Connect.

      2nd. yes you will get the Netgear Router (not sure which one)

      3. the master socket will always give you the best results

      4. if u can, remove the face plates and disconnect line 3 if its not needed or the one furthest from the master socket, and remove the T3 wire (i think, or T2) from the other sockets this should cut noise and lower attenuation down.

      this is a rushed post, but some other member will help you with more information

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      Re: Ideal Setup for Sky Connect to maintain good speeds / consistency?

      If you have phone extensions get a Filtered faceplate this will isolate your internal wiring and mask any faults.

      Wireless is not very good unless you live in a house like an egg crate. Your best bet is to buy a couple of homeplugs and make yourself a Homeplug network This is faster and more stable and as it runs through your power circuit, it does not involve extra wiring or holes in your walls.

      Shop around and you can get these for a reasonable price

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      Re: Ideal Setup for Sky Connect to maintain good speeds / consistency?

      Thanks for the replies, I think i'm going to be buying a set of 3 homeplugs once they come back in stock and a filtered faceplate.

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      Re: Ideal Setup for Sky Connect to maintain good speeds / consistency?

      Quote Originally Posted by cpr View Post
      Thanks for the replies, I think i'm going to be buying a set of 3 homeplugs once they come back in stock and a filtered faceplate.
      Don't waste your money. Prepare yourself for duff speeds between 5pm and midnight, you will be throttled large!

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      Re: Ideal Setup for Sky Connect to maintain good speeds / consistency?

      or maybe not...depends what they need their connection for tbh...

      if it's just browsing/the odd download then Connect is fine...if it's constantly streaming/gaming then it might be wise to look elsewhere...
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      Re: Ideal Setup for Sky Connect to maintain good speeds / consistency?

      It'll be mainly for browsing, I won't be gaming or streaming very often at all. Am I likely to be throttled if I download say 3 or 4GB a week?

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      Re: Ideal Setup for Sky Connect to maintain good speeds / consistency?

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      Hi I hate to say this but I only Browse on this forum and update never ever played games on line and I have been throttled numerous time have a look at last couple of pages Sky Connect Broadband - Are you being slowed down? Did anyone tell you connect is traffic managed between 5pm and 12midnight. that is what Sky says about the connect package.

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      Re: Ideal Setup for Sky Connect to maintain good speeds / consistency?

      Quote Originally Posted by cpr View Post
      It'll be mainly for browsing, I won't be gaming or streaming very often at all. Am I likely to be throttled if I download say 3 or 4GB a week?
      Ignore the post Steve posted - it doesn't affect everyone and if it's just browsing you'll be fine

      By all means keep it to hand to refer to but the people posting on 'Steve's Blog' are extreme cases or gamers getting traffic shaped...You, like myself, shouldn't really see any difference other than a slight delay on pages but it's nothing to cry about...
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