The Sky OEM router is fine for the vast majority of cases, but if you want more functionality, better signal strength, or advanced features like VPN support or parental controls, you’re gonna want to use a TP-Link router with Sky fibre.
In this article I’ll be showing you how you can replace the OEM Sky router with a much better, TP-Link device.
As I said in the opening paragraph, the OEM Sky router is fine for most uses, but some people want more functionality than what “normal” routers can offer. Or, maybe your router is simply swamped in a sea of wireless networks from your neighbours, and you want a better signal strength.
Whichever it is, an after market router that’s been created to be functional and usable, is generally a much better alternative to a router that has been made as cheaply as possible so it can be given to thousands of people for free.
After having a lot of issues with wireless myself, I decided to replace my OEM Sky router with a TP-Link VR200 (costing approximately £80 from Amazon) for my Sky fibre connection. I’m so glad I did!
Setting up the TP-Link router with Sky fibre is extremely simple. Whilst it’s not quite plug and play, the process is very simple:
Now you have your new router connected, you can start to have a look around the admin interface and change the settings as you see fit. Here are some of the changes I made:
Overall, I’m very happy with the TP-Link VR200 and using a TP-Link router with Sky fibre has many advantages. It’s an extremely well priced router, compared to the functionality it offers. The only downside is that it is a lot bigger than the OEM Sky router. But I can live with that for the additional functionality it offers.
Update 22nd July 2018 - This process has been proven to work. See comments below.