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    Network type changed to MER. No longer Dynamic IP?

    This is a discussion on Network type changed to MER. No longer Dynamic IP? within the Sky Broadband help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; I agree they should, but chance would be a fine thing. They won't give tier 1 LAMA access never mind ...

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      Re: Network type changed to MER. No longer Dynamic IP?

      I agree they should, but chance would be a fine thing.

      They won't give tier 1 LAMA access never mind provide a username and password.
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      Re: Network type changed to MER. No longer Dynamic IP?

      I would totally disagree.

      If the issue is with the non-Sky router, then sure, support can be sketchy.

      i.e. is it plugged into the mains, are the lights on - end of conversation

      If the problem is with the line and the sync rate has dropped, or the micro-filter has failed, then it would be irresponsible for anyone not to support the customer.

      Edit: sorry this is referring to the provision of support for those who do not use the Sky routers
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      Re: Network type changed to MER. No longer Dynamic IP?

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      I would totally disagree.

      If the issue is with the non-Sky router, then sure, support can be sketchy.

      i.e. is it plugged into the mains, are the lights on - end of conversation

      If the problem is with the line and the sync rate has dropped, or the micro-filter has failed, then it would be irresponsible for anyone not to support the customer.

      Edit: sorry this is referring to the provision of support for those who do not use the Sky routers
      The issue then with sync rates could be cause by the chipset that is being used in the non-sky router.

      I agree that some support could be provided but when it comes to sync rates. We could just ask them to connect the sky router back up, to rule out the issue being caused by using a router with different chipset
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      Re: Network type changed to MER. No longer Dynamic IP?

      We could just ask them to connect the sky router back up, to rule out the issue being caused by using a router with different chipset
      Unfortunately many flog their Sky router on eBay, so do not have it to try.

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      Re: Network type changed to MER. No longer Dynamic IP?

      Suppose that is a fair point. Never considered that possibility
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      Re: Network type changed to MER. No longer Dynamic IP?

      I suppose if they have flogged it (bad idea to do so in my opinion). They could always telephone Sky and say the Sky router has packed up, no lights on it at all, they would then be sent a new router (at the cost Sky charge for a new router).

      This would be the only way for to establish if the none Sky router was the cause, and for Sky to do the tests etc, you need to be using the Sky router anyways.

      I would always keep hold of my Sky router (if I was using a third party router) in case the need arose for me to connect my Sky router up at some point in the future, i.e. if Sky stopped access to PPPOA altogether and used MER instead, has I believe there is virtually no routers that allow a connection by MER.

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      Re: Network type changed to MER. No longer Dynamic IP?

      Quote Originally Posted by Tal71 View Post
      I suppose if they have flogged it (bad idea to do so in my opinion). They could always telephone Sky and say the Sky router has packed up, no lights on it at all, they would then be sent a new router (at the cost Sky charge for a new router).

      This would be the only way for to establish if the none Sky router was the cause, and for Sky to do the tests etc, you need to be using the Sky router anyways.

      I would always keep hold of my Sky router (if I was using a third party router) in case the need arose for me to connect my Sky router up at some point in the future, i.e. if Sky stopped access to PPPOA altogether and used MER instead, has I believe there is virtually no routers that allow a connection by MER.
      Chances are people would be able to find routers that use MER.
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      Re: Network type changed to MER. No longer Dynamic IP?

      Quote Originally Posted by Tal71 View Post
      Sky can tell if you telephone for help and you are not using their router. So they could just say.

      'You are not using the Sky router and because of this, we will provide no support'
      Ideally, I'd like them to provide the facility on their website to request a username and password for use in a non-sky router, which wouldn't necessarily have to be the one from the sky router.

      It probably wouldn't be too hard to set up their telephone system, so that when you ring their adsl support number from your sky activated line, it checks the caller ID, and if you usually use a non-sky router, you get an automated message asking you to press "1" to confirm that you have reconnected you sky router, "2" if not, and if you select the no option, or, if their system indicates that you are currently connected using a non-sky router, it could tell you to phone back with the sky router plugged in, then hang up on you.

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      Re: Network type changed to MER. No longer Dynamic IP?

      Quote Originally Posted by Tal71 View Post
      I expect the vast amount of people (who use third party routers) only do so because Sky doesn't do a wireless N router and they need the range etc that the Sky router does not give. I think if/when Sky done a Wireless N router, then the need to use a third party router will be less than what it is now.
      There's probably also a fair number whose Sky supplied router has packed up, so they've bought a decent router from a shop, or used their old one and obtained their password, rather than paying Sky 30 quid for a replacement router which is a lot of money for a very basic router that you can't even use with another ISP, on top of which you have to wait with no internet connection until it is delivered.

      Then there's the people who have got a really nice router, possibly with better features, such as QOS and already have it all set up and configured to work with their PC's, mobiles, blackberry , xboxes, media devices, etc from their last ISP (they may even have paid someone to do it for them), and don't want the hassle of trying to get everything working on a new router, especially if it is one that's a little bit crap compared to their own.

      If Sky did enforce the use of their routers, I wonder how many customers they'd lose, I don't suppose it would be that many in terms of the total number they have, but I bet it would be quite a few.

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      Re: Network type changed to MER. No longer Dynamic IP?

      We do have the option to send out a new router free of charge.

      I personally have never charged for a router.

      Don't think that it is fair to charge when the router quality is average at best. Especially when they are not allowed to shop around to find a non-sky router.

      They will probably loose a few people especially those who had to come here to get there wireless working properly.

      Agree that they should have a QOS packet scheduler in the router. I know we don't do Fastpath and therefore are not the best ISP for gamers but even still. There are also other reasons for prioritising network traffic.

      Pretty sure the sky routers don't have stateful packet inspection either.
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