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    UK ISP Sky Broadband Launch New Sky Hub Router with Integrated FTTC

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      UK ISP Sky Broadband Launch New Sky Hub Router with Integrated FTTC

      UK ISP Sky Broadband Launch New Sky Hub Router with Integrated FTTC - ISPreview UK
      Sky Broadband (BSkyB) has today unveiled a new version (SR102) of their original Sky Hub (SR101) wireless router, which improves upon the old model by being coloured in “stylish black” and integrating a VDSL modem so that customers who adopt their FTTC superfast broadband (Sky Fibre) package no longer need to use a separate modem from BTOpenreach.

      The new router (worth £69) will also allow Sky to offer a cheaper self-install FTTC service, which means that customers whom order the Sky Fibre service will no longer require an engineer to enter their homes as part of the installation process (note: the service performance may suffer if you elect not to have an engineer do the wiring). Sky were also one of the first ISPs to trial the self-install service.

      Otherwise the new Sky Hub appears to be broadly unchanged from the first model and also comes with a VDSL Microfilter to plug into your FTTC line.
      Lyssa McGowan, Director of Communications Products at Sky, said:

      “At Sky we are continually looking to improve the products we offer and the service we provide – and the new Sky Hub is testament to that. With our unlimited broadband packages: Sky Broadband Unlimited and Sky Fibre Unlimited, market-leading customer service and state-of-the-art hub, there’s never been a better time to switch to Sky
      Full Sky Hub Specifications:

      Ports and sockets:

      • 1 x ADSL2+ / VDSL port
      • 4 x 10/100 Ethernet ports with activity LEDs

      Wireless:

      • 2.4GHz 802.11n standard, backwards compatible with 802.11 b/g standards
      • 2Χ2 MIMO with internal antennas, 144Mbps maximum data transmission rate
      • Smart Signal Selection – automatically and dynamically selects optimum wireless channel
      • Wi-Fi Alliance certified

      LEDs:

      • 4 Simple LED icon indications

      Security:

      • WPS – wireless protected setup
      • WPA & WPA2 (default), WPA, WPA2 and WEP 64/40

      Buttons:

      • WPS push button
      • Reset

      Other:

      • Mains powered with internal power supply
      • Energy efficient – Complies with the “Code of Conduct on Energy Consumption of Broadband Equipment” within Europe
      • CD-Less installation and smart diagnostics for loss of connection

      Sadly Sky has chosen not to add any Gigabit Ethernet ports or support for WiFi connectivity at 5GHz, which puts it at somewhat of an on-going disadvantage next to the latest kit from Virgin Media, BT and EE etc.


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      Re: UK ISP Sky Broadband Launch New Sky Hub Router with Integrated FTTC

      Is it just me or is this just a completely pointless upgrade to the SR101. Sky need to look at he Router market and see what's for sale or make it easy to use our own choice of router.

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      Re: UK ISP Sky Broadband Launch New Sky Hub Router with Integrated FTTC

      I believe that comments on this have been raised with Sky from all quarters. The only real changes between the two, from my understanding are:


      1. Change of Modem from ADSL to one that works with both VDSL and ADSL
      2. Colour (white to black)
      3. GUI looks a little different


      I love Lyssa McGowan's comment stating "At Sky we are continually looking to improve the products we offer and the service we provide". When applied to your question it makes Sky look like they have completely missed the boat with the SR102.

      However there are some discussions about Sky allowing non-Sky routers to connect to their LLU kit. I can only hope that this is for everyone and that they change the policy to offer some proper support for non-Sky routers.

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      Re: UK ISP Sky Broadband Launch New Sky Hub Router with Integrated FTTC

      Its not exactly pointless, as it has a built in Modem which uses the internet port it frees up an ethernet port for fibre uses. It is however well behind the opposition's offerings and not much better than the Sagem 2504N for ADSL users.

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      Re: UK ISP Sky Broadband Launch New Sky Hub Router with Integrated FTTC

      I'd much rather have a separate modem + router setup than this. Compared to what you could have at a very reasonable price, it's junk.
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      Re: UK ISP Sky Broadband Launch New Sky Hub Router with Integrated FTTC

      There are merits on both sides of that argument Molten Gold. Many others would agree with you, but not everyone.

      The benefits of a separate Modem include the ability to place the router some distance from the telephone socket, without fear of any loss of connection speed. It also means that you can reset the router without fear of affecting the connection speed. I have never switch off my Modem since it was installed, but I have played around with different routers and firmwares on the router.

      The other side is for those who wish to have fewer devices plugged in all the time, reducing their potential electricity bill.

      Of course not everyone needs to have their router some distance from the telephone socket and with the right cabling t is possible to place the device with the built-in VDSL Modem some distance from the telephone socket anyway.
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      Re: UK ISP Sky Broadband Launch New Sky Hub Router with Integrated FTTC

      Oh wow! A black one....

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      Re: UK ISP Sky Broadband Launch New Sky Hub Router with Integrated FTTC

      Quote Originally Posted by mattylad View Post
      Oh wow! A black one....
      Its a 'fashionable' piano black.
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      Re: UK ISP Sky Broadband Launch New Sky Hub Router with Integrated FTTC

      I think they should have made it brown instead of black to better reflect it's capabilities.
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      Re: UK ISP Sky Broadband Launch New Sky Hub Router with Integrated FTTC

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post

      However there are some discussions about Sky allowing non-Sky routers to connect to their LLU kit. I can only hope that this is for everyone and that they change the policy to offer some proper support for non-Sky routers.
      Shouldn't be supported as that's just to much to expect for the call center to manage, however they should remove the stupid DHCP based Authentication they have at the moment and where users need to use PPP give them the username and password.

      I don't think it's unreasonable for Sky to insist you plug their box in during troubleshooting, but for normal day to day use you should be allowed to use whatever you want as long as it's not causing a problem for the network.

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      Its a 'fashionable' piano black.
      Ah Fingerprint Magnet!

     

     

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