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    Replacement Router advice

    This is a discussion on Replacement Router advice within the Sky Router forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good alternative router to the one provided by Sky. I have the ...

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      Replacement Router advice

      I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good alternative router to the one provided by Sky. I have the grey/charcoal Netgear first generation model. I'm unsure whether it would be better to invest in a new router or perhaps is a better option something like Airport Extreme or Time Capsule, or would the router still be the weakest link. I do have a NAS and a number of computers, though the main Mac is connected via Ethernet and Sky Anytime+ through Homeplug. Thanks in advance for any assistance


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      Re: Replacement Router advice

      The Billion Bipac 7800n is the flavour of the month at the moment as it will work on all Sky lines, including fibre.

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      Re: Replacement Router advice

      Quote Originally Posted by Isitme View Post
      The Billion Bipac 7800n is the flavour of the month at the moment as it will work on all Sky lines, including fibre.
      Thanks for the advice. What about the option of using airport extreme or time capsule and sticking with the old router, would you say that replacing the router is a better option? Could you say why if so? Thanks.

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      Re: Replacement Router advice

      The airport extreme/time capsule is certainly a viable choice as it can use the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously. This can be very useful especially if you are in an area saturated by wireless networks. Although you have to question whether having a built in NAS is worth the extra cost of the latter. The weakness would be the old Sky router. You might have to replace this fairly soon.

      Although it is not dual band the Billion does boast a gigabit ethernet switch which can be very useful for transferring files internally. It comes down to swings and roundabouts, if you are a MAC man and need dual band, the Apple routers would be the best choice, if you are a Windows user, the Billion with its comprehensive networking features is probably the best, but not the only choice. The latest Netgears appear to be very good, but Netgear do not appear to be interested in making them compatible with all of Sky's broadband services.

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      Re: Replacement Router advice

      Quote Originally Posted by Isitme View Post
      Although you have to question whether having a built in NAS is worth the extra cost of the latter.
      If you use Macs, it's well worth the extra, as the Time Capsule works seamlessly with OS X Time Machine automated backup. Maybe not so worth the extra with Windows PC's though.

      With either TC or APE you will also get the maximum WiFi link speeds when connected to Macs. Newer MacBooks will connect at 300mbps and newer iMacs will connect at the full 450mpbs WiFI link speeds.

      No idea what soft of link speeds you will get with Windows laptops though?

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      Re: Replacement Router advice

      Thanks people - nice to be able to find some informative advice. My main machine is an iMac, though we also have a new W7 HP Lappy and an iPad2. I am currently using the Sky Netgear DG934G router and connected to that is a WD MyBookLive basic NAS plus Homeplug for Anytime+ and wired Ethernet to the iMac. I use a separate somewhat elderly USB HD for Time Machine backups.

      It's really because of the elderly USB that I thought I may as well upgrade and try to get it right at the outset rather than skimp on cost and regret it later. I could use the MBL for TM backups except I don't think it's good practice to put the backup on the same drive as data. Maybe not a problem with the MBL Duo as that has built in redundancy.

      So then if I opt for TC or APE and go the whole hog and replace the router too then which one, still the Billion, Sky's own latest router or something completely different. BTW a quick check on local networks has just picked up 14 all hitting three to four bars.

     

     

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