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    This is a discussion on New Wireless Boosters from Sky within the Sky news and announcements forums, part of the SkyUser Announcements category; Sky has launched a new product line called "Wireless Booster". At the moment I am trying to get some more ...

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      New Wireless Boosters from Sky

      Sky has launched a new product line called "Wireless Booster".

      At the moment I am trying to get some more information on them, but essentially that can either connect to your router via WiFi or via an Ethernet cable.

      Sky are recommending that you first upgrade your router to a WiFi n router (i.e. Sagem 2504N, Sky Hub SR101, Sky Hub SR102) to ensure that things work or don't work this way first.

      They do point out, as with other WiFi Extenders/Boosters, that the overall performance will not be as good as connecting directly to the router's WiFi. They will allow you to cover an area of your home where otherwise the signal might not otherwise reach, which is the whole purpose.

      Sky has designed them to look similar to the new Sky Hub range

      Sky are pushing the idea of using the WPS button, but I believe that you can access the GUI and do things manually too.



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      Re: New Wireless Boosters from Sky

      Do we know if these are free?

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      Re: New Wireless Boosters from Sky

      No there are not.

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      Re: New Wireless Boosters from Sky

      20 plus 2.18 p&p

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      Re: New Wireless Boosters from Sky

      I was going to ask where you got that information from. I couldn't find the information earlier.

      Sky Wireless Booster

      I should point out too that you could connect a Network Switch to the LAN port to provide a link for other products to the router.

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      Re: New Wireless Boosters from Sky

      With the cost of the Hub that is nearly 100 to maybe get a better wireless performance.

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      Re: New Wireless Boosters from Sky

      But then as a forum we have often made suggestions to the members which could cost as much to improve the signal range.

      WiFi has its limitations. Otherwise I might be able to log into your router from my home.

      We know that many people will be perfectly happy with what they already have. Whilst Sky's call centres will probably push this as a solution, personally I see these as another option to be considered along with HomePlugs, old routers, network switches, other WiFi extenders and better positioning of the router.

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      Re: New Wireless Boosters from Sky

      There is no substitute for a "proper" router. Better signal, better interface, better feature set, dual band wifi, etc,etc.....................

      Such a pity Sky make it so difficult for the average Joe to use one and then try to sell a device to boost the signal from the quite pathetic device they supply and try to insist we use.

      I used to believe in better. But these days I'm not so sure. Sky's router and their policy concerning it are a disgrace.

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      Re: New Wireless Boosters from Sky

      Sure a faster WiFi would be very nice. Dual band would also be a great move forward, but neither option will extend the WiFi signal. The 5GHz signal drops off before the 2.4GHz signal, so this won't help those who live in homes where there is a WiFi dead spot.

      There is a strict limit in the UK (and all other countries, although the US is stronger) as to the strength of the WiFi signal. No company is allowed to produce a router with a signal that is stronger than the strength stipulated.

      Based upon my own tests at the time when I started testing the SR101, the signal strength was as good as my Netgear WNDR3800.

      The latest routers from Netgear do appear to produce a stronger signal though. This may be through the design of the router and aerial rather than boosting the signal strength. However there will still be a limit.

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      Re: New Wireless Boosters from Sky

      I really wish Sky had looked at a homeplug solution rather than this. Range extenders are invariably poor in my experience.

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