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    Replacement for sky router (DG834GT) - Need better wifi signal.

    This is a discussion on Replacement for sky router (DG834GT) - Need better wifi signal. within the Sky Router forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; I am currently on Sky broadband (not the fibre service), and use the DG834GT (white) router. The signal in part ...

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      Question Replacement for sky router (DG834GT) - Need better wifi signal.

      I am currently on Sky broadband (not the fibre service), and use the DG834GT (white) router. The signal in part of the house is weak, and can make some activites a pain to use. I would like some advice on the best way of boosting my wifi signal.

      My setup
      A desktop connected via ethernet cable to the sky router.
      2 smartphones, a tablet, Xbox 360 and a netbook all connected via wifi.
      In the very near future I would like to add my sky HD STB to the wifi network as well as an external USB HD.

      My Requirements
      I would like to stream video from my USB HD to my tablet over the wifi network, youtube on my tablet/phone, stream radio and online gaming. Once the sky HD STB is connected to the wifi network, I would use like to use the 'On Demand' functionality.

      My Problem
      Currently the wifi signal in the lounge is quite weak, and streaming video is not as smooth as it should be. I am unable to move the router.


      What I would like is some advice on a 3rd party router that can either replace my sky router or can connect to my current sky router. The main aim is to increase my wifi signal strength in the opposite end of the house to the sky router.

      I have obtained the sky username and password for my router. I am thinking of purchasing either the Netgear WNDR3700, Netgear WNDR3800 or the Netgear DGND4000, but I am open to suggestions on alternatives. I would like a router than will still be of use to me, when I switch to skys fibre service.

      I have read the "how to connect two routers together" guide, so that is one option I could use. Although would prefer to have just the one router rather than two as they would be next to each other.

      I have added all the pertinent info, hence the slightly long post.

      Hope you can offer me some sound advice. Thanks.


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      Re: Replacement for sky router (DG834GT) - Need better wifi signal.

      If you have an antenna try this.

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      Re: Replacement for sky router (DG834GT) - Need better wifi signal.

      If you are prepared to sign up to Sky Broadband for a further 12 months, why not give them a call.

      It is possible to get a new Sky Hub SR101 sent out.

      The Netgear DG834GT is an old router and although supports WiFi speeds up to 108mbps, the signal strength isn't quite as good as the SR101 which supports WiFi speeds up to 144mbps.

      The alternative, which you could look at, would be to to use a Cable Router (i.e WNDR3700 or WNDR3800) and use the guide in this thread:

      http://www.skyuser.co.uk/forum/askin...nk-dir613.html

      Sky Fibre Unlimited Pro: Connected at 80,000 kbps / 20,000 kbps
      Previous ADSL2+ Speed 19999 kbps 1153 kbps, Line Attenuation 17.5 db 6.9 db, Noise Margin 7.5 dB 8.7 dB
      Speedtest: 17.15MB/s 0.97Mb/s Ping 31 ms

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      Re: Replacement for sky router (DG834GT) - Need better wifi signal.

      Quote Originally Posted by RADZ1973 View Post
      If you have an antenna try this.
      Thanks, I may give that a try...just for a laugh.

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      If you are prepared to sign up to Sky Broadband for a further 12 months, why not give them a call.

      It is possible to get a new Sky Hub SR101 sent out.

      The Netgear DG834GT is an old router and although supports WiFi speeds up to 108mbps, the signal strength isn't quite as good as the SR101 which supports WiFi speeds up to 144mbps.

      The alternative, which you could look at, would be to to use a Cable Router (i.e WNDR3700 or WNDR3800) and use the guide in this thread:

      http://www.skyuser.co.uk/forum/askin...nk-dir613.html
      Thanks, for your input. I will give sky a ring and see what they say. I did look at the price of the sky hub, and it was 65. I though that for that price I would rather add a bit more cash, and get a 3rd party router.

      Would it be possible to use the WNDR3700/3800 or the DGND4000 on its own, without having the sky router also plugged in?

      Could I use this guide, http://www.skyuser.co.uk/forum/askin...-together.html instead of the one you linked to?

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      Re: Replacement for sky router (DG834GT) - Need better wifi signal.

      really if you are trying to stream or game would be better to use ethernet new sky hub may give more stable connection but could be internal interference affecting wireless in the house
      i would suggest checking using different channels and even physically moving router a little first

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      Re: Replacement for sky router (DG834GT) - Need better wifi signal.

      Just so happens i have a brand new sky hub s101 still boxed Interested ?.

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      Re: Replacement for sky router (DG834GT) - Need better wifi signal.

      Quote Originally Posted by tenar View Post
      really if you are trying to stream or game would be better to use ethernet new sky hub may give more stable connection but could be internal interference affecting wireless in the house
      i would suggest checking using different channels and even physically moving router a little first
      I have checked the channels, and I am using a free one. Luckily on one side I have an old lady, that doesnt use the internet, whilst on the other side, they do. So I have plenty of scope when it comes to the channels.

      Quote Originally Posted by RADZ1973 View Post
      Just so happens i have a brand new sky hub s101 still boxed Interested ?.
      Possibly, will wait and see if sky will give me a free one first.

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      Re: Replacement for sky router (DG834GT) - Need better wifi signal.

      Update - I rang sky and managed to get a new sky hub and a discount on the broadband rental. Had to sign up for another 12 months and had to pay the 2 something for delivery.

      Thanks to all those that replied. Will give this sky hub a go and see if it improves things. I was reading an article in PC PRO, it didnt rate the sky hub at all. Said the wifi signal was quite poor when compared to other routers it tested. We will see. If it doesnt improve things, I may well get one of the netgear routers, and use its wifi signal to improve things.
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      Re: Replacement for sky router (DG834GT) - Need better wifi signal.

      Quote Originally Posted by XPUser View Post
      Update - I rang sky and managed to get a new sky hub and a discount on the broadband rental. Had to sign up for another 12 months and had to pay the 2 something for delivery.

      Thanks to all those that replied. Will give this sky hub a go and see if it improves things. I was reading an article in PC PRO, it didnt rate the sky hub at all. Said the wifi signal was quite poor when compared to other routers it tested. We will see. If it doesnt improve things, I may well get one of the netgear routers, and use its wifi signal to improve things.
      Can I ask you what you said to sky to get this plz, I am in need of a new router and don't mind another 12 months contract

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      Re: Replacement for sky router (DG834GT) - Need better wifi signal.

      well that was well worth a phone call put on the sob story and got a new sky hub...reduction on my bill and international dialling removed and replaced with free 0844 and 0855 numbers, just had a look at my bill and wasted 4.38 last month on 0844 and 0855 numbers and now they are free

      happy days

     

     
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