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    Netgear DG834GT vs New Sky Hub

    This is a discussion on Netgear DG834GT vs New Sky Hub within the Sky Router forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; An user of the old Netgear DG834GT router here. It's served me well for the goodness how many years I've ...

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      Netgear DG834GT vs New Sky Hub

      An user of the old Netgear DG834GT router here.

      It's served me well for the goodness how many years I've had it, but I've stared to get a few problems with some devices losing connectivity. It may or may not be the router, but I wondered if now was the time to upgrade to the new Sky Hub.

      Is it worth it for me - I've heard conflicting reports about the wireless capabilities?


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      Re: Netgear DG834GT vs New Sky Hub

      First question then: Do you have any WiFi n devices capable of working at the full 144mbps on a single channel?

      Many laptops sold in the shops only actually support up to 150mbps on a paired channel. When it comes to a single channel the maximum connection speed drops to 72mbps.

      Your Netgear DG834GT works at up to 108mbps.

      Another thing to consider is how soon do you plan to upgrade to a Fibre connection? If it is within the next few months, then why spend the money when you should be able to get a new router for free, provided that you stay with Sky.

      I don't have a direct example to compare the Netgear DG834GT signal strength with the Sky Hub SR101. Perhaps someone else can offer a comparison?

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      Re: Netgear DG834GT vs New Sky Hub

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      First question then: Do you have any WiFi n devices capable of working at the full 144mbps on a single channel?

      Many laptops sold in the shops only actually support up to 150mbps on a paired channel. When it comes to a single channel the maximum connection speed drops to 72mbps.

      Your Netgear DG834GT works at up to 108mbps.

      Another thing to consider is how soon do you plan to upgrade to a Fibre connection? If it is within the next few months, then why spend the money when you should be able to get a new router for free, provided that you stay with Sky.

      I don't have a direct example to compare the Netgear DG834GT signal strength with the Sky Hub SR101. Perhaps someone else can offer a comparison?
      I don't know to be honest. A mixture of 12 month old laptop, iPad, Xbox and music streamers. I'm happy with the netgear but its dropping connections on some of the various devices. I suppose I have a max of 11 wireless devices vying for connection, plus a couple hard wired into the router, so I don't know if this is the issue.

      I would upgrade to fibre, but not with the ridiculous 50 sky activation fee, so it would be a while before I do.

      Just hoping this would solve the problems I suppose.

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      Re: Netgear DG834GT vs New Sky Hub

      If you were going to buy the Hub for 39 why not pay the 50 and get the Hub free and get Fibre as well?

      You could always try and blag the free install anyway?
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      Re: Netgear DG834GT vs New Sky Hub

      Don't really want to pay the extra 12.50 a month for fibre a the mo. i might next spring, but I need to 'make do' with 5mb until then.

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      Re: Netgear DG834GT vs New Sky Hub

      My DG834GT did similar for a couple of months then it ultimately failed. Probably worth replacing it.

      The iPad will support N wireless, as will the Xbox slim.

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      Re: Netgear DG834GT vs New Sky Hub

      I suppose I have a max of 11 wireless devices vying for connection,
      If you have that many devices vying for a 5Mb connection, it is not surprising that some of them are dropping their connection. For that many you really need much more bandwidth.

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      Re: Netgear DG834GT vs New Sky Hub

      Quote Originally Posted by Isitme View Post
      If you have that many devices vying for a 5Mb connection, it is not surprising that some of them are dropping their connection. For that many you really need much more bandwidth.
      Not all of them are actually using that bandwidth at the same time - but it's as if the router can't handle that many devices having an IP address.

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      Re: Netgear DG834GT vs New Sky Hub

      Try reserving an address for each device in the router's Address Reservation list. Don't reserve them on the devices themselves as this can cause problems connecting to another network.

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      Re: Netgear DG834GT vs New Sky Hub

      Quote Originally Posted by Isitme View Post
      Try reserving an address for each device in the router's Address Reservation list. Don't reserve them on the devices themselves as this can cause problems connecting to another network.
      Just found out that this doesn't work with the new firmware update. My problems started around the same time this update was applied, I've just discovered.

      Apparently (according to a helpful support staff member) you can't do this with the new Sky Hub either - but I assume I would not have the problems I've had.

     

     
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