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    Odd Extension Socket Behaviour

    This is a discussion on Odd Extension Socket Behaviour within the Sky Router forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; Hello Everyone I'm installing Sky Broadband for a friend - I'm not on Sky bb myself I'm actually on orange ...

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      Odd Extension Socket Behaviour

      Hello Everyone

      I'm installing Sky Broadband for a friend - I'm not on Sky bb myself I'm actually on orange - and we've had some weird behaviour that I don't quite understand.

      It is a very simple set up in a bungalow, one pc, one cordless telephone and one sky+ box.

      Before Sky the pc was connected by a thomson frog modem (Orange I think) connected thru 2 extension leads to the main socket in the hallway. Internet access was reportedly fine with no problems.

      I connected the black netgear router (assuming it is the DG934 type) and it failed to sync (@ light flashing orange and failing to go green).

      As soon as I connected took the second extension lead out of the loop (so to speak) the router synced no problem at all. The problem is that, to do this, the extension cable trails across the hallway carpet creating a trip hazard.

      I assumed that the second extension lead was faulty and wired a new one in (one of those kits you buy in B&Q) wiring through the loft and down existing trunking etc...... took me hours ...... made not one bit of difference.

      Then I started looking at these forums and thought about master socket faceplate issues. Now I've not been to my friends house to test the socket yet (I'll be doing that tomorrow night) but even if I change the faceplate - the bigger problem is that there isn't a power socket within a cable's distance of the master socket.

      Given that the frog used to work perfectly well under the old set-up I am thinking along the lines of getting the sky settings and pw information as described elsewhere on this site and putting them into a dial up connection or use another router that I've got hanging around in my loft and seeing if that is a little less temperamental. I realise this goes against Sky's T&C's but, if they're not enforcing.....

      If there was as power socket in sight, I'd just connect the router straight to it and go wireless to the pc.

      I'm intrigued to think what the rest of you think.

      Sean


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      Re: Odd Extension Socket Behaviour

      if you plug in the old modem does it train up? better off wiring a power point near the socket and run ethernet/powerline adapters to PC...using extention (although should work) will more than likely limit speed and stability...
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      Re: Odd Extension Socket Behaviour

      If you must use an extension, use proper twisted pair telephone cable, not the cheap flat wire B&Q sell. Alternately use a longer RJ11 cable to allow the router to be placed near a power outlet, maybe even next to the PC if it is not too far. A good quality RJ11 cable can be 15 m long without noticable effect, on it's efficiency.

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      Re: Odd Extension Socket Behaviour

      Thanks for the replies. By means of a mains extension lead, we've now put the router in the bedroom and are connecting to it wirelessly. When I say connecting I don't actually mean connecting as there is now an IP address configuration issue; the pc can't connect automatically.

      I've assigned a static IP addy but although it then connects I can't ping the router. Brought the box home last night and it conects to my access point with no problems at all. Curiously I took my laptop to my friends house last night which connected to the sky router with no trouble.

      I'm off to do a bit of forum surfing.
      Sean

     

     

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