Add WAP to Sky Q

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    cptkremmen
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    Hi,

    I have a problem and am aware Sky hardware is not happy communicating with other hardware….

    I have about 30-40 smart devices connected to my Sqy Q router including bulbs, plugs, ipads, phones etc etc.  It got to the point where the Sky Q router was overwhelmed and became very unstable refusing to connect many of the bulbs/plugs etc.

    I solved the problem in the short term by unplugging half a dozen of the devices which made everything work fine.

    I was thinking that in theory if I connected a new secondary WAP by ethernet to the sky router and then ran a couple dozen of the smart devices off the secondary WAP the Sky Q router would be happy as it would only see it as one input and even that would be an ethernet connection?

    So Question…

    Does the above make sense

    What reasonably priced device woudl achieve this, preferably fairly easily.

    What would i need to configure or switch off on the secondary WAP to make it work with the Sky Q box?

    thanks

    Andy

     

    #16455
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    All sounds reasonable and if you are not limited by wifi range then the cheapest option would be to utilise your Sky Q set top box  – If so, these act as a WiFi AP when connected to the Sky Q router via WPS.

    Should save you having to buy a separate AP and share the load.

    Alas if there are any Gamer’s (call of duty) etc. on you LAN, then the above may not be ideal

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

    #16456
    cptkremmen
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    Thankyou for the speedy response. I am not entirely sure I understand it. 2 points of confusion.

    1) i was not aware the Sky Q set top box was a WAP?  I do have 1 Sky Q mini box, i assumed that connected to the router, suppose it me connecting to the main box?

    2) My problem is caused by 2 many wifi connections to the router. Would wifi connecting to the Sky Q box actually help this in any way??

    Thanks

    Andy

    PS You have probably gathered that whilst I have a modicum of technical knowledge I know very little about networks, routers, firewalls etc, it all confuses the heck out of me

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    PS You have probably gathered that whilst I have a modicum of technical knowledge I know very little about networks, routers, firewalls etc, it all confuses the heck out of me

    You and I both

    FYI – Your Sky Q mini connects to you Sky Q main box  .’.

    • Sky mini boxes can act as hot spots and give the same SSID.
    • Sky Q set top box act as a WiFi AP when connected to the Sky Q router via WPS

    Alas I do not know whether using either the Sky mini or Q top box will allow additional wifi clients, but I would guess it should do given the additional hardware ?

    I have Sky Q top box but use a different router for kids Gaming etc .

     

     

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

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    cptkremmen
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    I have Sky Q top box but use a different router for kids Gaming etc .

    Would you mind telling me which router you use for the kids gaming and did you have to do anything clever to make it work with the Sky box?

    #16481
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    the SKy Q box has an option for wireless that allows you to either connect to a Sky Broadband router or another non sky router (provider).

    Regarding my Router, I fluctuate between my Netgear XR500 and my ASUS RT-AC86U and my ASUS DSL-AX82U depending on what I doing at the time and parental controls etc.

    Both Netgear XR500 and ASUS RT-AC86U options need a modem such as the DrayTeK 130, but the DSL-AX82U has a built in modem already.

    Note: Sky broadband has a special requirement that requires any router to support DHCP  Option 61 – so make sure router is suitable (my broadband is Plusnet soon to be BT )

     

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

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