Sky Q Wifi Booster

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If you’re working from home and want to make sure your broadband is reliable, a package like Sky Broadband Boost might seem like an appealing prospect.

A Sky WiFi booster can extend your hub's WiFi signal to cover those harder to reach areas in your home or blackspots. It will improve your WiFi coverage but won't improve the speed you get to you hub. To get the best signal from your booster and hub. A Sky WiFi booster can extend your hub's WiFi signal to cover those harder to reach areas in your home or blackspots. It will improve your WiFi coverage but won't improve the speed you get to you hub. To get the best signal from your booster and hub. A Sky Booster can help boost your wireless signal and help your Sky Q or Sky Q Mini box connect to the internet. Good to know: You can insure all your equipment and devices with Sky Protect. Sky Protect is not available in ROI. Sky Wireless Booster extends the WiFi signal to help you get online in an area of the home you may not have been able to before. Available to existing Sky Broadband customers only. This looks like.

This £5 per month add-on is available with all of Sky’s broadband packages – but is it worth the additional fee? We’ve looked into what the deal includes.

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What is Sky Broadband Boost?

While its name suggests faster speeds, the add-on doesn’t actually boost the speed of your connection – instead it’s a type of guarantee. To benefit, you’ll need to enter a contract that costs £5 per month, and commit for 18 months regardless of whether you’re a new or existing customer.

The features included with Boost are:

  • ‘WiFi Guarantee’ – if you experience speeds lower than 3Mbps in any room of your home, you’ll receive money back on your Boost subscription.
  • You’ll be able to arrange engineer visits in evenings and weekends at no extra cost. However, engineer home visits have been temporarily paused by Sky in response to covid-19.
  • Sky will conduct daily speed checks on your line, and if there are issues Sky will text you to let you know they’re being fixed.
  • You’ll be given access to the Sky Broadband Buddy app – this helps you control screen time for children by setting time limits and pausing access.
  • You’ll receive extra data (2GB) on your Sky Mobile deal if your broadband drops out.
  • If you don’t already have Sky’s latest router, Sky will send you an upgrade.

Sky Broadband Boost can be added to both standard broadband (Sky Broadband Essential) and fibre broadband deals (Sky Broadband Superfast or Sky Broadband Ultrafast 1).

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Is Sky Broadband Boost worth it?

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In short – probably not. The majority of customers probably won’t really need Sky Broadband Boost. Let’s take a closer look at what it offers.

Free engineer visits

You’re unlikely to require multiple engineer visits – and if you do need one, the standard cost to organise these at evenings and weekends is £15. While the fee will be waived for those with Sky Broadband Boost, you’d need to require six appointments over the course of your Boost contract to offset the cost. This makes it only worth considering if you’ve regularly experienced issues with the lines to your property.

WiFi Guarantee

When it comes to wi-fi speeds throughout your house, if you find the speed in rooms of your house is slow, Sky will provide wi-fi boosters to help ensure each room receives at least 3Mbps. However, 3Mbps is still fairly low – particularly if you have one of Sky’s fibre deals (these have average speeds of at least 57Mbps). If you think your broadband is slow, use our broadband speed checker to find out what speeds you’re receiving.

Sky will already give you a minimum guaranteed speed for your connection – if it’s higher than 3Mbps then it’s probably a better plan to invest the £90 you’d spend on Boost on a wi-fi extender instead. Use our reviews of wi-fi routers and extenders to find the best one for you.

If you do decide to commit to Boost for the WiFi Guarantee, keep in mind it only covers rooms in your house – it won’t cover separate buildings, such as a garage or shed. Any money back will also only be on your Boost subscription – not on the tariff you pay for your broadband connection.

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Sky Broadband Buddy

Broadband Buddy is essentially a suite of parental controls that you access via your phone. With it, you can create filters to block inappropriate content, set screen time restrictions, and use rewards to offer more screen time or access to games or websites. You might undoubtedly find this useful, but it’ll need to justify the expense.

Sky’s latest router

If you’re having trouble with your broadband and feel it’s down to an old router, you will get the new one as part of Broadband Boost. However, it’s worth contacting Sky and discussing the issue first, to see if they’ll send you a new one. First of all, read our guide to Sky router problems to see if you can diagnose it yourself. Check our broadband contact page for Sky’s contact details, and read our tips on haggling for a better broadband deal for some helpful advice.

Free mobile data

As for the additional mobile data, this will be granted if you experience an unscheduled outage between 7am and 11pm that lasts longer than 30 minutes. However, only Sky Mobile customers will benefit here so this isn’t an advantage if you’re with another provider.

Problems with broadband? Read our guide on five ways to speed up and fix broadband in the home.

By Broadband Company Numbers on 1st November 2018 in Broadband
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One of the best things about Sky broadband is that it has one of the best and most reliable Wi-Fi ranges in the United Kingdom. However, so-called ‘black spots’ can and do still occur. Another common issue customers face is accessing their Wi-Fi outside their property, such as on the front porch or in the garden. If you are experiencing any of these issues, then a Sky Booster could help.

What is a Sky Booster?

The Sky Booster, otherwise known as the Sky Wireless Booster, increases and improves your existing broadband router’s signal. Sold and supplied by Sky for Sky broadband and Sky Q customers, the Booster is a small white plastic box. It connects to your router through WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup).

Here’s what the Sky Booster (for standard broadband) looks like:

And here’s what the Sky Booster (for Sky Q) looks like:

As you can see in the images published above, the standard broadband Booster is a fair bit chunkier than the Sky Q Booster. Both Booster’s are white, though.

How does the Sky Booster work?

The Sky Booster is effectively an amplifier. In the most basic sense, it has a better antenna that can provide a Wi-Fi signal in areas that a regular router can not. The effect of this better antenna is simple: you get improved Wi-Fi signal in black spots.

Related: Sky Broadband History, Facts and Services

Contrary to popular belief, however, the Sky Booster does not improve the broadband speed in your home. It simply makes the Wi-Fi signal more accessible. It is important not to confuse improved signal strength with improved speed, because the two do not go hand-in-hand here.

Set up and ease of use

Setting up a Sky Booster is very simple.

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All you have to do is plug your Booster in and press and hold the WPS button on your Booster for 2 seconds. Then, simply go to your broadband router and press and hold the WPS button on that for 2 seconds. The two devices will communicate with one another and connect. If the connection is successful, the lights on the Booster will turn green for a few seconds afterwards. If you experience any issues, here’s the official Sky Booster set up guide.

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Limitations and drawbacks

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Given that a Sky Booster could give you a Wi-Fi signal in your basement, attic or another un-served area of your home, this little device is worth a punt. However, one limitation to keep in mind is that you can only use the Sky Q Booster in one black spot of your home. The Booster should also be placed in the area of your home where your signal is poor. The obvious downside to this is that you may not have a power outlet in the area of your home where there is a black spot.