Sky Broadband is one of the most used broadband types in the country. They offer varying packages to their clients, and all of these vary according to what the individual needs. There are packages for light internet users and there are also packages for heavier users.
When most people want to choose their broadband service, the natural thing to do is to read reviews online and, from the reviews, then try to form an opinion. Nothing is wrong with this, but it could end up leaving the individual with the wrong idea of the provider. If you take a look around the web and read reviews on every internet broker (ISP) available, you will end up not using anyone, as virtually every ISP has negative reviews penned against them! So, if you are thinking of using Sky, do not change your mind because you read negative reviews; your focus should be on finding out whether they actually cover your area – if they do, you can go on and subscribe to a package from them.
One of the reasons why people like signing up for Sky Broadband is that it affords people the opportunity to save a few pounds, and also simplify their bills. The basic 2GB package is free for homes that already have the digital television package from Sky. Every other subscriber has to sign up after paying a monthly fee.
How to Connect your Sky Broadband by Yourself
Setting up Sky Broadband is easy, so people can save themselves some money by not paying the installation charge. Normally, Sky sends an installation kit which will contain all you need to know about setting your broadband connection up. Here’s what you need to do:
- You have to start by disconnecting your landline telephone from the wall socket by pulling the cable out.
- Next is to connect the ADSL micro filter that was supplied, into the telephone wall socket
- Plug your telephone cable into the socket labelled “Tel” on the micro filter
- Connect the Sky Broadband router to the other socket on the ADSL micro filter using the cable that was supplied.
- Then you can use the Local Area Network cable supplied, to connect your computer to the network.
- After this is done, you can connect your router to a power source and turn it on. The router should be able to automatically setup on its own. At this point, the next step would be to make sure your connection is working normally, by checking a few web pages.
- You can then go ahead to setup your other computers and any other wireless device to make use of the Sky router. Your devices should be able to pick the connection automatically. To use the connection though, you need to provide the correct service set identifier (SSID) and the security key on the device you are looking at using.
You can equally follow the installation procedure as provided by the software CD that came with the self-install kit. If you need any other components or added ADSL filters, you can always talk to Sky.
Installing a Belkin Router on your Sky Broadband Service
When you install a Belkin router to your Sky Broadband service, you will be able to create a wireless network in your home or office. With this, your network connection can be enjoyed by any wireless device around. The technology behind routers may seem complex, but the installation process is not complex by any means and can be done in just a few minutes. All Belkin routers come preconfigured so they should be able to start providing wireless signals as soon a connection is established. Here is what you need to do:
- Start by plugging the Ethernet cable into the networking port located on the input panel of your Sky Broadband Modem.
- At this point you can connect the other end of the cable into the internet port of your modem, and then unplug the power supply from the modem.
- You can then plug back the power supply so that a connection can be established between your modem and router.
- Now, you can insert the router’s power supply cable into the port on the back of your Belkin router and then insert the other end of it into any nearby power outlet.
- The next step would be to insert the software CD that came with your router into your computer’s disc drive. After doing this, connect your computer to any of the LAN ports on the router via an Ethernet cable. After this, you can click “Next” in the setup wizard that will appear on your screen. You can then create a wireless name for the router and also setup a password that would be requested when someone tries to connect to the network.
- Click on “Apply” to save the changes you just made and that is all.
Cancelling your Sky Subscription
If you want to move to another ISP or you are simply moving out of your coverage area, the first thing you need to do is to cancel your service. The process is a fairly straightforward one:
- The first thing you have to do is to simply find your recent bill and have it handy. It should have your Sky Broadband subscription details on it.
- The next step is to contact Sky with the request to cancel your service. If the request is granted, the next thing for you to do is to request a migration authorization code or MAC. This is used in switching to a new provider. You can make your request by calling the company or writing them.
- Send them a copy of your recent bill coupled with a note to cancel the subscription, if you are writing instead of calling.
- You can then contact your new provider and give the MAC generated
This is all you need to do to change your subscription from Sky Broadband to another provider. People erroneously think that changing providers is hard work but, from this, you can see that it isn’t!
Getting Sky broadband was not difficult and Sam Jones was keen to change providers. He looked online at sites like uSwitch and compared deals before he made the final decision.
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