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    Are Sky scoring an own goal?

    This is a discussion on Are Sky scoring an own goal? within the Sky Router forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; Do forum members think that Sky may ultimately end up shooting themselves in the foot over tying it's Broadband customers ...

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      Are Sky scoring an own goal?

      Do forum members think that Sky may ultimately end up shooting themselves in the foot over tying it's Broadband customers to only being able to use a Sky router to access Sky Broadband with the impending N release for wireless? How many people are going to be happy with the slower G speeds when N can give you so much more? Although other ISP's give you a router when you sign up with them you are not forced to use it to access their service, BT HomeHub to quote just one example


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      Re: Are Sky scoring an own goal?

      Honest opinion?

      Nope, I bet the majority percentage of Broadband users on Sky, know nothing about Wireless or indeed use it whatsoever.




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      Re: Are Sky scoring an own goal?

      the router is for internet - current G speeds are easily fast enough.
      I can see an advantage if there is much better signal quality, or more importantly, more resistance to noise in the new tech though... dont know anything about it though

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      Re: Are Sky scoring an own goal?

      Like devil says, if you are very, very lucky you can sync at 16 meg, so for internet use a wireless speed of 108 meg is pretty much wasted. Dont know what speed the new standard offers but again for internet its wasted. Ok for transfering files about a wlan I suppose
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      Re: Are Sky scoring an own goal?

      when wireless n becomes popular enough that it becomes the defacto standard sky will have been supplying wireless n routers possibly when they get to v3 v4 sky routers, but b and g standard routers will be here for some years to come

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      Re: Are Sky scoring an own goal?

      Well 802.11n can be as fast as 300 Mbit/s with a range for up to 70 meters or 250 meters were there is only one wall. compared to 802.11g max of 54 Mbit/s with a range for up to 38 meters or 140 meters were there is only one wall.

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      Re: Are Sky scoring an own goal?

      I wasn't thinking about Internet use, I was thinking more about IPTV and media streaming. Try streaming HD using wireless G and you soon see the problems start to surface. I suppose another option and one where the technology may well start to take off with fixed devices, e.g. fixed to your T.V. and that's HomePlug?

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      Re: Are Sky scoring an own goal?

      Erm no. Sky send out a router, sky support that router fully as long as it's left in its original FW condition. If you want to use your own router then you will have to accept no support from Sky for most issues. How long before customers got annoyed with that? I would expect a lot faster than being annoyed at being tied to a router that is capable of doing what they need it to do.

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      Re: Are Sky scoring an own goal?

      Quote Originally Posted by Faust View Post
      I wasn't thinking about Internet use, I was thinking more about IPTV and media streaming. Try streaming HD using wireless G and you soon see the problems start to surface. I suppose another option and one where the technology may well start to take off with fixed devices, e.g. fixed to your T.V. and that's HomePlug?

      I think powerline networking around the home will be the next big thing!
      Except for my Revo Blik RadioStation and iPod touch (which are wireless only), I've changed everything over from wireless to powerline networking. Faster, secure, robust, simple to setup, trouble free. What more could you want? Well a bit cheaper actually, but prices are falling. I'm a big fan of Devolo kit myself (highly recommended)...

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      Re: Are Sky scoring an own goal?

      Hi Speedy.
      I think you are right about mains networking. I have seen a design for a twin 13amp socket outlet with mains networking built in. If this were to get approval and become a standard fit, we may see wireless take a back seat in domestic set-ups.

     

     
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