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Old 12-24-2012, 02:52 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Villordsutch View Post
Now I have too Sky Routers and a switch in the front room (for the Sky Box and XBox) there are 3 spaces left on the switch. I have a 2nd Sky Router. Is it a matter of plugging it in or is one of the links above the directions I need to follow?
If you have two sky routers, you can use both for wifi in different areas of the home as long as you connect them via a wired ethernet cable. Ensure the routers both have different fixed IPs eg 192.168.0.1 and 192.168.0.2, doesn't really matter which two you pick as long as they're not used by any other devices. Ensure the Dynamic IP pool starts above the last static IP you use too, e.g 192.168.0.20 onwards. (Don't plug both in at the same time until you've changed one to a different IP or you'll get a conflict)

Set one of the sky routers to wifi channel 1 and the other to channel 6 (or google for alternative non-overlapping channels, especially if you have neighbours also using wifi).

Set the wifi SSID on both routers to the same name and the same encryption settings and key (ideally WPA2 only). Also make sure you disable "use router as DHCP server" for the 2nd router (the one not connected to your phone line).

With that setup, devices will connect to whichever router has the strongest wifi connection.

If you ever want to not use the sky router at all, then you'll have to google how to extract your user/pass as sky don't provide that info. Also not all connections use PPPoA anymore, some now use MER only which makes use of your routers Mac address and a custom DHCP protocol for authentication. Only a few 3rd party routers have been modified to work with skys slightly different protocol, so be careful if you decide to buy a new one to get a compatible one.

Also for what it's worth, wifi is a pain at the best of times We have the router in one room and you get almost 0 signal strength stood 2 foot away in the next room. Something in the internal wall must be really messing with the single. Yet go stand outside the home and the signal is still at 40% strength a good 30 meters down the street despite passing through an exterior wall. Would prefer it the other way around :P

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