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    This is a discussion on Wireless media bridges within the Sky Anytime + forums, part of the Sky On Demand category; Are all Wireless Ethernet bridges compatible with the Sky+ HD box and standard router for the purpose of Anytime + ...

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      Wireless Ethernet bridges

      Are all Wireless Ethernet bridges compatible with the Sky+ HD box and standard router for the purpose of Anytime + setup?

      If not, what spec do I need?

      [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Linksys-WBP54G-EU-Wireless-Ethernet-Bridge/dp/B000GCFMXW/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1308129636&sr=1-2"]How about this one?[/ame]

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      Re: Wireless media bridges

      They should all be compatible since they are connecting to the LAN port on the Sky+ HD STB.

      The only thing you need to observe with some is where they get their power from. Some use a USB port to supply the power. Since the Sky+ HD STB's USB ports have been disabled, with no power, you'd need an alternative supply.

      The one which you have linked to has a separate PSU which you would need to purchase as well.

      It is only rated to WiFi g, there are some available which support WiFi n if you want to be forward thinking.

      As for how the one you have pointed to will perform, I can't off specific advice, but it should work.

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      Re: Wireless media bridges

      Great, thanks Scubbie, looks simple and less expensive than Sky's wireless bridge version. Thanks for heads-up on power supply issue!

      Cheeky supplementary for 10: Is there much anytime+ content available for a basic sd variety pack subscription?

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      Re: Wireless media bridges

      Most of the Anytime+ content is all SD at present.

      There is very little HD content.

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      Re: Wireless media bridges

      Is there much content for the following?

      Sky Living/Gold/Watch/Sky 1/Atlantic?

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      Re: Wireless media bridges

      Have a look here -
      TV on demand - Sky VOD

      There are too many to list but as an example there are 13 programs on Atlantic at the moment with several episodes of each.

      TomD


      Please note the views and recommendations in my posts are my own and in no way reflect the views of SkyUser.


      Useful Utilites

      https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html/ TCPOptimiser /Test Socket

      Note - When downloading always select the Custom install or you will end up with stuff you don't want.





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      Thank IsItMe .

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      Re: Wireless media bridges

      The content is continuously changing, but at the moment for those channels under the Entertainment group:

      America's Next Top Model (series 7, 13 episodes)
      Bedlam (series 1, 6 episodes)
      Big Love (series 2, 5 episodes)
      Bored to Death (s1, 4 Es)
      Bridalplasty (s1 10 Es)

      These are from Sky Atlantic & Living. I'll not go through all 26 letters of the alphabet, you can do that once you get connected.

      FX, Comedy Central, Home & Health, MTV & Discovery RealTime channels have some content. Sky Arts has a lot of content. There is also some from Sky 1.

      The categories for Anytime+ are:

      • Movies
      • Entertainment
      • Documentaries
      • Kids
      • Sports
      • News
      • Box office
      • All
      • Channels


      There doesn't appear to be any Gold or Watch content. Other channels feature heavily in the other groups.

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      Speedtest: 17.15MB/s 0.97Mb/s Ping 31 ms

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      Re: Wireless media bridges

      Wireless Sky Anytime Plus. Sky Anytime Plus Wireless connection. This is an alternative to using Sky’s Wireless bridge/connector for which they charge £60. This uses a Vonet wireless bridge for around £25 instead.

      Summary:
      Setup and plug in the bridge
      Router settings (1).........ensure the bridge has access to the router
      Router settings (2).........reserve a fixed IP address for the bridge
      Zone Alarm....................tell it trust the new IP address
      Sky box settings.............tell it to use a fixed IP address

      This is what you need to begin with:

      The Vonet Wireless bridge
      A USB plug and USB extension lead. The USB port on the Sky box doesn’t work. Alternatively you could use a normal power adapter instead.

      Vonet Wireless bridge: VAP11G Wifi bridge for £17.69 plus 0.99p p&p from
      VONETS VAP11G WIFI BRIDGE FOR SKY ANYTIME/ XBOX / PS3 | eBay UK

      USB Plug for around £3: [ame=http://www.amazon.co.uk/1221-Adapter-Charger-players-Digital/dp/B003LD4UOU/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1309029912&sr =1-3]1221 BLACK 3 PIN 1000mA USB UK wall plug AC Power: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics[/ame]


      USB Extension cable: £2.79 free P&P
      [ame=http://www.amazon.co.uk/1m-USB-2-0-Extension-Cable/dp/B001KWAFRK/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1309029714&sr =1-3]1m USB 2.0 Extension Cable - Premium Quality: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics[/ame]


      Setup and plug in the bridge.
      The bridge comes with a installation disk. You connect the bridge to your PC or laptop and follow the installation wizard. It is straight-forward. Turn off both your TV and Sky box, plug the bridge into your Sky box and turn the Sky box on again. Make sure the light is on in the bridge. Don’t turn on your TV just yet.

      Router settings (1).........ensure the bridge has access to the router
      If you have enabled Wireless Access Control on your router then you will need to give permission to the Sky box. Go to router site 190.168.0.1 site, select Wireless and Access List and add it to the list....it is easy because you will see it in the list of detected sites. Make a note of its IP address. In my case it was 190.168.0.3.

      Router settings (2).........reserve a fixed IP address for the bridge
      Again on the router site, click on LAN IP Settings. Under Address Reservation click Add and wait a few seconds for it to display a list of connected devices. Tick the radio button against the line you recognise as the Sky box and tick Add and Apply. You might like to use the Backup facility afterwards to save the router settings.

      Zone Alarm
      If you use Zone Alarm, open it up and click on Firewall then Zone and add 192.168.0.3 (or whatever) as a trusted device. Presumably you will have to do something similar if you use something other than Zone Alarm.

      Sky box settings.............tell it to use a fixed IP address
      Switch on the TV and if everything has gone well it will tell you that it has detected a broadband connection and to press ‘select’. Then press Services on your Sky remote, then Settings and down arrow, then Network and down arrow. You will see (again if everything has gone well) that Local Connection is ‘OK’, Service Connection is ‘OK’, IP Address is 192.168.0.3 (or whatever yours is) and DHCP is ‘ON’. Press the green button for Manual IP Configuration then set IP Address to 192.168.0.3 (or whatever yours is) and Subnet to 255.255.255.0 and Gateway Router to 192.168.0.1 and DNS to 192.168.0.1 and then press the green button to save. The network details now show as OK, OK, 192.168.0.3 (or whatever) as before but DHCP now shows ‘OFF’.

      That’s it. Press the TV Guide button on your Sky remote and then the red button for ‘Anytime’ and you will (hopefully) see the Welcome to Sky Anytime+ screen.

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      Re: Wireless media bridges

      Thanks for all that. However, in the end I managed to find a 6m RJ45 lead for £2.50 (soooooooooooooo many 5m and 10m ones) from Amazon and hooked it up that way. When the wife saw that I'd downloaded "Martina Cole's The Take - whole series" - she changed her tune about pinning a new cable to the skirting board, but only after she has finished the wallpapering

      Good stuff Sky, and as ever the UI is fantastically intuitive.

     

     

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