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Standard User ukhardy07
(knowledge is power) Wed 03-Jan-18 05:00:08
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Re: Has anyone modded their sky router for external antenna


[re: dwg1] [link to this post]
 
It takes on the settings of whatever the main Sky Q hub has. 5Ghz must be enabled, you are best to just split 2.4 and 5ghz SSIDs if you prefer a particular frequency.

If you don't have a Sky Q Hub, it won't work for you.

If you are new to Sky Q be aware of the management of traffic, on 38Mbps you get around 25Mbps single thread, on 78Mbps you get around 55Mbps single thread. Multiple devices fill the pipe. This is intentional to prevent one device using all the bandwidth. If you do something demanding like a 4K video stream it'll give you more speed.
Standard User LadFromWales85
(experienced) Thu 04-Jan-18 01:53:12
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Re: Has anyone modded their sky router for external antenna


[re: ukhardy07] [link to this post]
 
Is this something that occurs only when using the Sky Q hub, with Sky Q TV?

I have Sky Q TV, Fibre Max using my own router and can fill the link using a single thread just fine. Synced at full 80/20.

Standard User ukhardy07
(knowledge is power) Thu 04-Jan-18 09:41:39
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Re: Has anyone modded their sky router for external antenna


[re: LadFromWales85] [link to this post]
 
Yes it only works when everything is part of the mesh sky q network.

My D6400 fills the link.

Itís just built in QOS basically.

If you go on YouTube and look at the connection speed reported, on 720P it shows as 14Mbps, when you crank it to 4K suddenly it jumps to 37Mbps. On the D6400 itís 37 showed all the time. The system is holding back bandwidth unless needed.

Itís documented better on the sky forums.


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Standard User LadFromWales85
(experienced) Thu 04-Jan-18 16:35:31
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Ahh that's cool, and it does make sense. Wouldn't want someone downloading stuff elsewhere in the home affecting people trying to watch on demand on sky! smile

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Standard User ukhardy07
(knowledge is power) Thu 04-Jan-18 17:46:19
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Likewise if you throw a bunch of Dropbox, one drive and google drive uploads, things keep flowing.
Standard User LadFromWales85
(experienced) Thu 04-Jan-18 19:24:53
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I wonder how it copes with congestion outside of the home. I'd assume it can't, as it can't possibly know that the link upstream of the house is congested! All it can do is detect that packets are needing to be retransmitted or are arriving out of order, and adjust the QoS on the fly.
I cap my ds/us at 95% link speed which keeps latency down even when the link is "full" in either direction, but it goes out the window if there is ever congestion at the cab or further upstream, which fortunately is rare smile

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Standard User Knight1066
(newbie) Mon 22-Apr-19 14:19:23
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Re: Has anyone modded their sky router for external antenna


[re: atherlon] [link to this post]
 
I have modded the Sky Q box with 2 cheap 2.4/5ghz dual band antennas. When I opened up the router found 3 PCB antennas, 1 seems to be from its model number be a cellular antenna, 4g so maybe something for the future then X2 WiFi antennas but not identical, researched both model numbers but at best can only establish there WiFi and possibly dual band. Does anyone know if this is the case or is one 5ghz and the other 2.4 as ideally I want to use dedicated 5ghz and 2.4ghz antennas as the tend to perform better. Currently I'm not seeing a great increase in performance, this surprises me as my other sky router mod was a noticeable improvement.
Standard User mking90031
(learned) Mon 22-Apr-19 20:07:09
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Re: Has anyone modded their sky router for external antenna


[re: Knight1066] [link to this post]
 
Hi Knight1066,

Are you aware that by modding your Sky Q box you are, potentially, violating Sky's T&C's? You're only renting the box...you don't own it out-right.....

Just thought you should know.....

Yours,

Mark King MCP
www.mark-king-basingstoke.co.uk
Virginmedia 345Mb/sec Down & 25Mb/sec Up
Standard User PhilipD
(experienced) Tue 23-Apr-19 14:22:29
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Re: Has anyone modded their sky router for external antenna


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Hi

A lot of R&D goes into antennas and there is nothing wrong with PCB type antennas which can very accurately be etched to the correct sizes and perform extremely well.

Modifying the antennas is a hit or miss affair, as without doing a lot of R&D yourself using specialist test gear you will never know if you are improving things, even if it seems improved you could be causing damage to the transmitter over time.

Unless you are changing the antennas to something very directional to point from the same place to the remote location, which then reduces power to other devices that are closer, it's unlikely you will see any tangible benefit. Also don't forget your devices also need to talk back, so if their signal strength fall short of making it back to the access point, no matter what antenna you use will make little difference.

One option might be to install a good quality ceiling mounted access point, the extra height may be all you need, this also improves signal coverage over the whole house. Given most run over PoE you just need to run the Ethernet cable into the loft.

Regards

Phil
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