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    Alternatives to Sky Wi Fi Adaptor

    This is a discussion on Alternatives to Sky Wi Fi Adaptor within the Sky Anytime + forums, part of the Sky On Demand category; Is there a cheaper alternative to Sky's adaptor please? I am aware of a pair of mains plug in adaptors ...

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      Alternatives to Sky Wi Fi Adaptor

      Is there a cheaper alternative to Sky's adaptor please? I am aware of a pair of mains plug in adaptors but am thinking of a similar one to sky one.


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      Re: Alternatives to Sky Wi Fi Adaptor

      There are various "Media WiFi Bridges" available for less than what Sky are asking.

      Open Media WIFI Bridge Wireless Dongle [WifiBridge] - 24.99 : MyCableBox

      Before ordering please check whether or not you need to get a PSU adaptor with a USB power output at the same time. The USB ports on the Sky+ HD STBs have been disabled, so you will need a different source for power.

      If your TV or Blu-Ray or anything else by your TV, also requires an Internet connection, then you may wish to consider a WiFi Extender instead. This would connect to the Sky router via WiFi, but allow up to 4 devices to connect directly with it via an Ethernet cable.

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      Re: Alternatives to Sky Wi Fi Adaptor

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      If your TV or Blu-Ray or anything else by your TV, also requires an Internet connection, then you may wish to consider a WiFi Extender instead. This would connect to the Sky router via WiFi, but allow up to 4 devices to connect directly with it via an Ethernet cable.
      Thanks for this. Any recommendations for a good makeof WiFi Extender please?

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      Re: Alternatives to Sky Wi Fi Adaptor

      I haven't had any personal experience using a WiFi Extender, or with helping a friend with one, so all I can suggest is to take a look around. There are a few issues you may wish to make a note of though:

      • just like with routers, they have varying speeds (currently up to 300Mb/s)
      • some now work on the 5GHz channels as well (use full if you had an iPad 2, for example)
      • some older ones only connect to a router using WEP, avoid these
      • whilst they generally have only 4 ports, there is nothing stopping you from adding a 5-Port Network Switch at a later date

      Take a look at any official support sites for the manufacturers too. This will give you an idea for any potential issues or if things are totally fine for your set up.

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      Re: Alternatives to Sky Wi Fi Adaptor

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      I haven't had any personal experience using a WiFi Extender, or with helping a friend with one, so all I can suggest is to take a look around. .

      So, if I decide to drill trough a wall and go for an Ethernet cable, will this be a better alternative? What is the best cable to use in that case? This might turn out to be a cheaper alternative although slightly unsightly!

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      Re: Alternatives to Sky Wi Fi Adaptor

      Shielded Cat 5e Cable would be the a good choice. It is possible to fit something to cover the site where the cable passes through the wall. Examples would include cable trunking or faceplates.

      As for the cable, be please be aware that the are a few examples of knock-off Cat 5e cable about. Reasonably priced Cat 5e cable is around 50p per metre.

      Cat 5e will be good for either 100mb/s LAN (like what the Sky router uses) or a 1Gbit LAN, should you upgrade in the future.

      The RJ45 connectors are easy to fit with a crimping tool. I bought one some time back to replace damaged connectors. The links below show what I am referring to but you may be able to get them for a better price elsewhere:

      Cat 5e Network RJ45 Connectors : RJ45 Connectors : Maplin Electronics
      Cat and Cat 5e Shielded Cable RJ45 Connectors : RJ45 Connectors : Maplin Electronics
      Coloured Boots for RJ45 Connectors : RJ45 Connectors : Maplin Electronics
      Crimp Tool for Modular RJ45 Connectors : FCC68 Connectors : Maplin Electronics
      RJ45 and RJ11 Crimp Tool and Cable Stripper Set : Crimp Tools, Wire and Cable Strippers : Maplin Electronics

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      Re: Alternatives to Sky Wi Fi Adaptor

      Amazon sell a Netgear Universal Wireless Adapter for 34.

      Connects by ethernet to your device, I use one for an Smart TV and it works really well. It can be powered by a spare USB port if there is one available

      Netgear Universal Wifi Internet Adapter: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

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      Re: Alternatives to Sky Wi Fi Adaptor

      Quote Originally Posted by supersneak View Post
      Amazon sell a Netgear Universal Wireless Adapter for 34.

      Connects by ethernet to your device, I use one for an Smart TV and it works really well. It can be powered by a spare USB port if there is one available

      Netgear Universal Wifi Internet Adapter: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories
      Can this be powered from the Sky HD box and how many ports are there please?

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      Re: Alternatives to Sky Wi Fi Adaptor

      The two USB ports on the Sky+ HD & any on the SkyHD STB are all deactivated.

      You will need to purchase a PSU which has a USB power output or find a 4-way extension that has a USB power output.

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      Re: Alternatives to Sky Wi Fi Adaptor

      Can this be powered from the Sky HD box and how many ports are there please?
      It comes with its own PSU if the USB ports do not work. It is a device for connecting an ethernet device by wireless so it only has one port.

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