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 It Up
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:
- Plug in your TP-Link to a power supply and connect the DSL (Internet) cable to the back.
- Connect the network cable to port 1 on the router, then connect the other end to your laptop.
- Open a browser window and navigate to http://192.168.1.1.
- The TP-Link will ask you to set an admin password – make sure you use something secure, as Password123 ain’t gonna cut it!
- Once in, the TP-Link setup wizard will start:
- Input your location and time zone. Click Next.
- Select Sky(MER)_VDSL from the ISP list. Make sure it’s this one, as this is Sky fibre. The other Sky option in the list is for Sky Broadband and will not work for fibre connections.
- In the username field, enter abcdefgh@skydsl
- In the password field, enter 1234567890abcdef
- Click Next, then set up your wireless settings how you want them setting. Personally, I disabled 2.4GHz and used only 5GHz to help the signal. Click Next.
- The TP-Link will then test the Internet connection and you should see a success message. If you do not, wait for the DSL light to stop flashing and try again – it should work just fine.
- That’s it! You’re now connected to Sky fibre via your new TP-Link router.
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:
- Disabled WPS – it’s insecure and easily hacked, so turn it off.
- Added my NAT rules so that traffic will route to my server.
- Turned on and configured the guest network, so guests don’t have access to my server.
- Changed the IP Subnet and DHCP pool. This was only so I didn’t have to re-configure all my existing devices that have static addresses.
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 - I've had a couple of people comment saying that it's not working for them. I didn't have any issues when I was using mine, however, I'm no longer using Sky Fibre as my ISP. So bear in mind that the instructions above may not work any more. Like I said though, it worked fine for me up until November 2017, when I changed ISP.