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    Sky's SR101 Hub Wireless Specifications

    This is a discussion on Sky's SR101 Hub Wireless Specifications within the Sky news and announcements forums, part of the SkyUser Announcements category; What purpose does the Sky+HD light on the front of the hub serve? Possibly to do with Streaming from your ...

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      Re: Sky's SR101 Hub Wireless Specifications

      What purpose does the Sky+HD light on the front of the hub serve?
      Possibly to do with Streaming from your box etc whne enabled at a later date.


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      Re: Sky's SR101 Hub Wireless Specifications

      Whats the wireless range like with this router?

      Considering getting sky unlimited but obviously you have to use their router. I currently use a TP link W8960N which has two antenna's sticking out and reaches the far corners of my house and through thick walls. How many antenna's does the sky hub have? they appear to be hidden, and how would it compare to the tp link.

      maybe i could use the tp link as a repeater upstairs?

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      Re: Sky's SR101 Hub Wireless Specifications

      I was unable to access the area where the WiFi aerials are located when I looked inside mine a few months back. The plastic clips holding the mainboard in place are very delicate and break easily.

      Looking through the grill though one pair of aerials, but others have hinted that there may be 4 aerials.

      As for range, it is on par with most top-end WiFi N routers, but individual building constructions can affect this. Some have reported a better signal than the Sagem 2504N, whilst others have found it marginally worse. With the Auto channel changer, I would say that it is a lot better than previous Sky routers in this aspect, but you have asked use to compare it with the TP-Link W8960N.

      The Sky Hub SR101 only broadcasts at up to 144mbps on a single channel. The TP-Link W8960N broadcasts at up to 300mbps on a paired channel. Depending on what you are using, you are more likely to get a faster connection speed on the TP-Link W8960N than the Sky Hub SR101. Please take a look at the thread below if you want a little technical background info on this:

      WiFi connection speeds

      Apologies if you were already aware of the differences.

      So is it possible to use the TP-Link instead of the Sky Hub? It may be possible on an ADSL connection, but the alternative would be to piggyback it to the Sky Hub for extended WiFi coverage to those areas which one router cannot cover. This would allow the Sky Hub to run your LAN, but the TP-Link would provide an extra access point.

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      Re: Sky's SR101 Hub Wireless Specifications

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      I was unable to access the area where the WiFi aerials are located when I looked inside mine a few months back. The plastic clips holding the mainboard in place are very delicate and break easily.

      Looking through the grill though one pair of aerials, but others have hinted that there may be 4 aerials.

      As for range, it is on par with most top-end WiFi N routers, but individual building constructions can affect this. Some have reported a better signal than the Sagem 2504N, whilst others have found it marginally worse. With the Auto channel changer, I would say that it is a lot better than previous Sky routers in this aspect, but you have asked use to compare it with the TP-Link W8960N.

      The Sky Hub SR101 only broadcasts at up to 144mbps on a single channel. The TP-Link W8960N broadcasts at up to 300mbps on a paired channel. Depending on what you are using, you are more likely to get a faster connection speed on the TP-Link W8960N than the Sky Hub SR101. Please take a look at the thread below if you want a little technical background info on this:

      WiFi connection speeds

      Apologies if you were already aware of the differences.

      So is it possible to use the TP-Link instead of the Sky Hub? It may be possible on an ADSL connection, but the alternative would be to piggyback it to the Sky Hub for extended WiFi coverage to those areas which one router cannot cover. This would allow the Sky Hub to run your LAN, but the TP-Link would provide an extra access point.
      Thanks for the quick and very detailed reply.

      Good to know the range should be just as good, that was the main worry as the wifi has a couple thick walls to pass through upstairs. As for speed, I've signed up for unlimited which wont be more then 18meg if i'm lucky. As we cant yet get fibre here i'm guessing i wouldnt notice much difference between a single and paired wifi channel router (150mb and 72mb as you mention in the other thread). I'm not likely to be anywhere near these speeds as i live in a rural area.

      Would definitely look into using the tp link to extend the wifi upstairs, best of both worlds then.

      Thanks

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      Re: Sky's SR101 Hub Wireless Specifications

      No problem. We aim to please on this forum.

      I do have a fair amount of traffic within my own network. Such a difference in speed would be important to myself, correction: Is important to myself as I am using the Sky Hub SR101 and was using the WNDR3800 (300mbps WiFi) previously.

      Many laptops available in the shops with WiFi n adaptors work at 72mbps on the Sky Hub, but would support up to 150mbps on the TP-Link.

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      Re: Sky's SR101 Hub Wireless Specifications

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      No problem. We aim to please on this forum.

      I do have a fair amount of traffic within my own network. Such a difference in speed would be important to myself, correction: Is important to myself as I am using the Sky Hub SR101 and was using the WNDR3800 (300mbps WiFi) previously.

      Many laptops available in the shops with WiFi n adaptors work at 72mbps on the Sky Hub, but would support up to 150mbps on the TP-Link.
      Does the 72 and 150mbps relate in any way to your actual download speeds from the isp? (as in up to 20meg etc), or is this just the speeds at which the connected devices are accessing data from the router.

      Our home network consists of various laptops, ipods, a desktop and ps3. while this is rather heavy traffic would one device ever really go above 100mbps?

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      Re: Sky's SR101 Hub Wireless Specifications

      The speed figures which I am quoting is the maximum connection speed on the WiFi. In practise you should get this speed when you are close to a router and do not have any obstructions.

      However in practise you will not see these speeds reported when transferring files. You are more likely to get around half the headline speed.

      If you were to have say 3 laptops streaming video off the Internet over WiFi, then the bottle neck will most likely be the Internet connection. If you had the desktop sharing a collection of video and streamed to the 3 laptops over WiFi from the desktop, then the bottle neck will be the WiFi.

      If a neighbours router is sharing the same channel as your router (most now correctly use 1, 6 and 11, with some on 13 too) then any heavy traffic which he/she creates will also have an impact on you.

      It really depends upon what you are doing and the envirinment where you are.

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      Re: Sky's SR101 Hub Wireless Specifications

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      The speed figures which I am quoting is the maximum connection speed on the WiFi. In practise you should get this speed when you are close to a router and do not have any obstructions.

      However in practise you will not see these speeds reported when transferring files. You are more likely to get around half the headline speed.

      If you were to have say 3 laptops streaming video off the Internet over WiFi, then the bottle neck will most likely be the Internet connection. If you had the desktop sharing a collection of video and streamed to the 3 laptops over WiFi from the desktop, then the bottle neck will be the WiFi.

      If a neighbours router is sharing the same channel as your router (most now correctly use 1, 6 and 11, with some on 13 too) then any heavy traffic which he/she creates will also have an impact on you.

      It really depends upon what you are doing and the envirinment where you are.
      Thanks for all your replies

      Hopefully my transition to sky will be smooth, we'll see. I'll be sure to come back to these forums if i have any questions.

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      Re: Sky's SR101 Hub Wireless Specifications

      A little off topic but thought i'd just update my situation.

      Well the transition was smooth, so far. old broadband fell off, plugged sky hub in (smart looking little thing) and immediately got sky broadband. As for signal range the sky hub seems to perform the same as my previous router which is pretty good.

      I only have 4 meg at the moment though although I was promised atleast 11 meg. I assume the speed will increase over the next few days as the line is tested?
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