Connecting Sky HD box to Wifi

Since I moved to Sky for my phone and broadband we were offered the ability to have Sky Anytime+ I duly signed up but was told the Wireless adaptor would cost around £60 and as the broadband router is nowhere near my Sky box I needed to find an alternative and hopefully cheaper solution that does not involve running CAT5 cable through two rooms.

Doing a search on Google and eBay I found that there were several USB powered wifi bridges I could use, a quick test of my Sky HD box shows that the USB port is inactive and provides no power. Back to Google I went and found that quite a few people were using a TP-Link Wireless Access Point.

So I opted for the TP-Link TL-WA701ND 150Mbps Wireless Lite N Access Point which was only £17.99 from Amazon.


TP-Link WA701ND Wireless Access Point

In order to set up the TP Link you need a computer. I connected the device to my MacBook Pro via the supplied ethernet cable and configured my Ethernet Network settings as follows :

IP :
Subnet :
Router :

Fired up Safari and connected to, entered the admin username and password (which is admin by default). As Sky configure their broadband routers to be on the – range you need to change the IP address of the TP-Link Box.

To do this you need to click on the Network link on the left hand side and change the values on that page. I configured mine as follows and clicked save.


Type : Static IP
IP :
Subnet :
Gateway : (This is my Sky router IP address)

Once the device rebooted I logged back in to the admin pages (the device should automatically refresh to and continued to set the wireless part of it up.


I elected to set it up in Client mode with the following settings :

Enable WDS : unchecked
SSID : My wireless network name
Region : United Kingdom
Channel Width : 20/40Mhz
Enable Wireless Radio : checked

I then clicked Survey, clicked connect on my wireless network from the list of wifi networks that it had found.
This then put the MAC address of the Sky broadband router in the MAC of AP box and finally I clicked save. At this point I was offered to reboot, you can at this point but there is no need as you will have to reboot it later.

Wireless Security

PSK Password : entered my wireless network password, everything else was left as is and I clicked save. Again I was offered to reboot, do not reboot yet.

DHCP Settings

In the DHCP setting page I set it up as follows and clicked save. At this point I rebooted the device.
DHCP Server : Enable
Start IP
End IP
Default Gateway :
Primary DNS :

Once the TP-Link device had rebooted I then plugged the Ethernet cable in to the Sky HD box

On the Sky HD Box

From the TV Guide I selected Settings -> Network -> Select
The Sky box then performed a Network search and came back with the following
Local Connection : OK
Service Connection : OK
IP Address :

That’s it,  Sky Anytime+ is now working great.


Moving to Sky….

Last year Sky installed their LLU equipment in my telephone exchange. I had thought about moving to Sky but with reports of poor connections and the fact that I was more than happy with ADSL24 I elected to just leave it as is.

However, after a recent phone bill from BT I decided to look at LLU providers again. I cannot and will not ever move to BT Broadband due to their traffic shaping policy. I am not what I would call a heavy broadband user but BT classed me as one as I downloaded around 14Gb per month – which is nothing compared to many.

The companies on my exchange are as follows :

  • Sky
  • Orange
  • Talktalk

As I do not have a mobile phone with Orange and don’t want to be with Talk Talk I decided to look into Sky. Being a Sky customer already, Sky offer Unlimited broadband for £12.50 per month or £7.50 per month (free for first 3 months) if we sign up to their Sky Talk service.

Their online checker reported my line being able to support a maximum of 0.5Mb which concerned me considering I already had a 2.8Mb connection but I decided to take the risk and duly signed up for Sky Broadband, Sky Talk with line rental.

My activation was 14th January 2011.

I am a few days into my 10 day line test and so far my connection has risen from just under 3Mb as shown below

to just over 5Mb!

So far in my limited tests I am really impressed with Sky. No speed slow downs, not too much lag in online games (though ping is not as low as it was I plan on moving to a gamer profile later if it does cause me a problem) and web pages are displaying instantly.

My phone line transfers to Sky on 31st January 2011 so I will know a lot more then on how things are going. However, with saving at least £12.10 on broadband costs and the saving compared to BT line costs I really think I made the right move 🙂

Time will tell 😉