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    New Mini WiFi adaptor from Sky

    This is a discussion on New Mini WiFi adaptor from Sky within the Sky news and announcements forums, part of the SkyUser Announcements category; The offer on the Sky web site for a new WiFi adaptor has been available for some time. What is ...

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      New Mini WiFi adaptor from Sky

      The offer on the Sky web site for a new WiFi adaptor has been available for some time. What is it that you may be getting though?

      The adaptor is packaged in a box that is around 12.5cmx10.5cmx2.5cm in size.

      The adaptor itself is just under 9cmx5.5cmx2cm in size and is supplied with a 50cm USB to USB Micro-B cable. Since this is a standard cable, if this happens to be too short for your needs, I am sure that you would be able to use your own longer cable.

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      Specifications:


      • Size : Just under 90mm x 55mm x 20mm
      • 2 LEDs (Power, Wireless)
      • 1 button (WPS)
      • Socket for Micro-B USB
      • Supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz at up to 300mbps


      To connect it up the instructions ask you to power off your STB at the mains. I found that pressing the on/off button for 10 seconds was adequate to power off the STB and after connecting it all up, everything worked alright.

      Remember to allow a few minutes to allow the STB to restart, then you can simply press the WPS button on your router (if you have one) and then press the WPS button on the WiFi adaptor.

      If this doesn't work or you do not have a WPS button on the router, then simply navigate to the Network page on the STB. To do this, using your Sky remote control, press <Services> 0 5

      You will be confronted with 3 choices:


      • Connect with WPS button
      • Connect with password
      • Connect with WPS PIN


      Simply pick your option and follow the onscreen instructions. Remember for the password that UPPERCASE letters are offered first. You will need to scroll through for the lowercase letters.
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      Re: New Mini WiFi adaptor from Sky

      Yep and they work very well indeed.
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      Re: New Mini WiFi adaptor from Sky

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      The adaptor itself is just under 9cmx5.5cmx2cm in size and is supplied with a 50cm USB to USB Micro-B cable. Since this is a standard cable, if this happens to be too short for your needs, I am sure that you would be able to use your own longer cable.
      Have they changed the specification? Mine doesn't have a USB connector.

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      Re: New Mini WiFi adaptor from Sky

      Yes Sky has changed the specs.

      From what I understand the old one doesn't support the 5GHz channels for a start.

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      Re: New Mini WiFi adaptor from Sky

      Cool.
      Does the new one have a separate power supply or is it powered from the Sky box's USB socket?

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      Just the one lead is supplied to connect it to the USB port at the back of the STB.

      Nothing else is required.

      You could use your own USB lead if you need to reposition the adaptor. The signal strength is shown to help here.

      With Netgear Genie I have been able to compare things are in my case all is well.

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      Re: New Mini WiFi adaptor from Sky

      id love on of these free up a plug in my setup currently i have one of the first 1 that was ever brought out if i got this one it would be great no i if they would allow one for free tho

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      Re: New Mini WiFi adaptor from Sky

      I have a feeling that a lot of people will be wanting one of these.

      Installation is relatively easy if you have a WiFi n router with a WPS button (provided that you didn't disable it).

      One drawback that I should perhaps mention is that the device will not work with anything else. Sky haven't released a driver for Windows, MAC or Linux. I wouldn't be surprised if it were not too difficult though.

      I have plugged it into a laptop and a Windows 7 laptop couldn't find a driver for it.

      At this stage I'm not prepared to open it up as I believe that there is a hidden screw under the serial number label. No doubt if someone were to get inside, it might be possible to find out the chipset and from there get a suitable driver.

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      Re: New Mini WiFi adaptor from Sky

      Can you identify the manufacturer from its MAC address?
      What happens if you also plug an ethernet cable into the Sky+ HD box?
      Do both interfaces show up in the network settings screen or does one override the other?

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      Re: New Mini WiFi adaptor from Sky

      If you are interested in researching it, the MAC Address reads: C0:3E:0F:??:??:??

      I believe it will go to Ethernet when you power it up if both are connected, but I haven't tried. The instructions that come with it specifically ask you to unplug the Ethernet cable before powering it up, otherwise it doesn't find it.

      When the adaptor is plugged in you only see the adaptor's setup page.

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