The two methods that the SR101 uses to connect to Sky's servers are:
- ADSL (using the built-in Modem)
- Ethernet cable via a BTO Modem
The 2nd option is referred to as "WANOE" which means "Wide Area Network over Ethernet".
If you are confused by the term 'WAN' then think of 'LAN', which is your Local Area Network. WAN is the other side of the router, which is also known as the Internet.
I hope this clarifies that side.
As for MER, this gets annoying.
Yes Sky use a particular version of MER for their ADSL connections. Thankfully they appear to be moving back to PPPoA on ADSL. This means that more non-Sky routers can be used once more as only a couple supported MER in the way Sky require.
However I would argue the MER isn't really required for the Fibre connections in the same way and I believe that it is a red herring in the router's display as you do not actually need to pass the Sky router's MAC Address to Sky. Opt 61 is all that is required. Opt 60 just confirms to Sky which router you have and the firmware that you are using. Member have found that only Opt 61 is required on their non-Sky routers.
Changing the option for WANoE from 'Auto' on the router does nothing for the connection speed. This is governed purely by the BTO Modem. Changing the router from 'Auto' to 'WANoE' purely helps the router to reconnect to the Internet a little more quickly as it won't bother to test the ADSL post.
WANoE is not in any of my books, so it's either been made up by Sky or my books are outdated (which they are)...but I didn't find this as a standard acronym either.Quote:
WANoE is totally meaningless really
Normally a Cable router would be used or the built-in Modem could be updated to work on a VDSL connection, as has happened with the SR102.
WANoE = PPPoE