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    Sky neatgear 834g router

    This is a discussion on Sky neatgear 834g router within the Sky Router forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; I've been with SKY broadband ever since the service started - around 2006 but I can't remember exactly when - ...

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      Re: Sky neatgear 834g router

      I've been with SKY broadband ever since the service started - around 2006 but I can't remember exactly when - and have been using the netgear 834gt router which has been powered up almost continuously. It still works OK but as a check, about a week ago, I decided to take the lid off to inspect any electrolytic capacitors inside, because as they age with continued use they can tend to bulge and eventually leak or split apart causing the device they are in to fail or become unreliable. I've encountered this before with various types of consumer electronics - such as PC mainboards, PC power supplies, LCD monitors. Its a very common cause of failure in power supplies of devices that are left on for long periods. When I looked inside the router I did see two electrolytic capacitors that were bulging but they weren't showing signs of leaking. Its a simple matter to replace any faulty capacitors if you are handy with a soldering iron but instead of that I am now using a TP-Link W8920G router which I bought very cheaply on ebay as a back up some time ago. Its been in use for about 10 days and appears to work as well as the netgear router regarding connection speed ~10500 kbps and also wireless speed is as good. I've not yet at least had any complaints from sky that I'm breaking their terms and conditions by using my own router. One aspect of the netgear 834gt router was bad was the need to reboot it sometimes as it occasionally became confused as various devices in my home network were connected and then didn't always read network drives successfully.


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      Re: Sky neatgear 834g router

      I've been with SKY broadband ever since the service started - around 2006
      Its a pity you did not apply for a wireless extender when they were on offer. You would have been offered a new hub to replace your old GT. The offer is now closed but if you get on to them and tell them you have been with Sky since the beginning and the router is failing and you are not prepared to pay 70 to have it replaced, you may get the offer of a Hub for the cost of postage only.

      Sky no longer object to you using your own router on ADSL, but will not give support for it. This does not apply to Fibre where the use of a non Sky router is still officially banned, not that many take much notice.

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      Re: Sky neatgear 834g router

      I won't be contacting SKY as I'm not impressed with their pricing for broadband. Also as I don't often read these forums I wasn't aware of any offer to upgrade the SKY router. I cancelled SKY TV a few months ago and have never regreted it - having to pay to watch overly long advertisement breaks seems downright stupid to me - so now I'm using freesat and freeview. I came to SKY from Plusnet in 2006 when the service reliability from Plusnet plummeted. At that time SKY broadband came along at a price that was exceptional and the broadband service has been excellent with no reliability issues that I recall. However their prices have now become uncompetitive compared with Plusnet who have now got their act together. So right now having compared SKY to various ISPs my choice is to move back to plusnet.

     

     
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