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Old 5th Sep 2019, 16:09
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Broadband Router

I have changed my broadband supplier from Sky to Vodafone, the latter has sent me a new router.
On the assumption that Sky won't ask for their old router back, will their router continue to work as it does now?
i.e. Do I need to put in the new Vodafone router if my old Sky one is currently working OK.

I know on JB we have a lot of learned people perhaps someone can confirm that it will be fine to leave the Sky router in place and simply not bother to install a new one from my current (Vodafone) broadband supplier.

Sorry for serious content, unusual for me I know!

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Old 5th Sep 2019, 16:21
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The router will normally have a username and password set into it to access the broadband. So I would expect the Sky one to stop working at the changeover, and the Voda one to start working, if they have pre-programmed it with the credentials. If they have sent you the credentials to put into to the new one, and you know how to put them in to the old one, I would expect it to continue working.
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Old 5th Sep 2019, 16:22
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When I first got Sky, my old router would not work with it, so I assume their one is Sky specific.
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Old 5th Sep 2019, 16:27
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Didn`t know Vodaphone were involved with broadband or indeed routers. What are the pro`s and con`s.
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You may need to change some connection settings in the router configuration, and almost certainly your username and password, in order to get the old router to connect.
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Old 5th Sep 2019, 17:05
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Routers these day are pretty generic, apart from the interface bit (ADSL/fibre/cable). Assuming the latter hasn't changed, your old one will probably still work with a bit of reconfiguration.
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Old 5th Sep 2019, 17:12
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A new router will come with a new SSID and Wi-Fi password. It is a complete pain if you have lots of devices on your LAN. Keeping an old router would avoid that problem but a new router may be a more efficient model.

I just upgraded my router and got more range on the Wi-Fi. I then changed the SSID and password to the settings used in the previous router. Saved lots of bother. Consider that route.
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Old 5th Sep 2019, 17:22
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
A new router will come with a new SSID and Wi-Fi password. It is a complete pain if you have lots of devices on your LAN. Keeping an old router would avoid that problem but a new router may be a more efficient model.
I just use the box that the ISP provides as a modem, I put on all my own routers, switches, wi-fi access points and suchlike.
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Old 5th Sep 2019, 17:59
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Originally Posted by gemma10 View Post
Didn`t know Vodaphone were involved with broadband or indeed routers. What are the pro`s and con`s.
I believe that Vodafone do wired broadband as well as the wireless stuff. That is most likely what it is here.
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Old 5th Sep 2019, 18:03
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
A new router will come with a new SSID and Wi-Fi password. It is a complete pain if you have lots of devices on your LAN. Keeping an old router would avoid that problem but a new router may be a more efficient model.

I just upgraded my router and got more range on the Wi-Fi. I then changed the SSID and password to the settings used in the previous router. Saved lots of bother. Consider that route.
The OP does not say why he wants to keep the old router but this sounds like the best plan.

It is also quite easy to keep both. On the old router change the internal side IP address to something suitable, disable DHCP and plug it in.


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Old 5th Sep 2019, 18:13
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Originally Posted by jimjim1 View Post
I believe that Vodafone do wired broadband as well as the wireless stuff. That is most likely what it is here.
It's their version of the standard OpenReach connected service.
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Old 5th Sep 2019, 22:46
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Using the old router is probably possible, but you are probably better off using the new one.
I presume what you are actually targeting is to retain your old password and domain name (WiFi network name).
These can be changed using the Administrator login to the router.

To do that, just set up the new router as directed and then connect to the router, as Administrator and, using a cable to connect (not WiFi), reconfigure your network to suit yourself.

Most routers will have a LAN connection IP printed on a small label somewhere on the beast.
It is almost universally 192.168.1.1 but that is just one of the settings that can be changed if you feel that to be necessary
And Administrator login is almost universally admin / admin = Username / PW.
You gain access by entering the IP address into your browser address line, up where it normally says http://www.pprune etc.

It's quite easy and you can read up on it, on the internet, before doing so.
Just remember that you want to change the LAN connection settings only - not the INTERNET connection settings. Those are the settings provided (automatically) by your service provider.

Always use a cable connection for this. If you stuff it up you can then always still login using admin / admin.
Record (write down and keep) any changes you make.
There will also be an option to restore defaults but that will not include your service provider's connection details.
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Old 5th Sep 2019, 23:26
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Avoid the headaches and stick with the new router
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Old 6th Sep 2019, 09:43
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Word to the wise;

Admin can be case sensitive so ensure you use admin if that is on the label.
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Old 6th Sep 2019, 12:21
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Ditch the Sky router and use the Vodafone one, change the WiFi SSID/password on the Vodafone router to what you're currently using to save having to log in again on all your devices.
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Old 6th Sep 2019, 17:11
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Thanks guys, advice taken.

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Old 6th Sep 2019, 18:11
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Thanks guys, advice taken.

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Did it work then?
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Old 6th Sep 2019, 19:57
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Doesn't look like it.
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Old 7th Sep 2019, 00:17
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Originally Posted by Specaircrew View Post
Ditch the Sky router and use the Vodafone one, change the WiFi SSID/password on the Vodafone router to what you're currently using to save having to log in again on all your devices.
And the network name / SSID name
And do it using a cable connection. If you stuff it up and need to try again you'll probably have lost any chance at re-connecting with WiFi.
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Old 8th Sep 2019, 00:33
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And the network name / SSID name
And do it using a cable connection. If you stuff it up and need to try again you'll probably have lost any chance at re-connecting with WiFi.
Indeed . Best to bite the bullet and spend a few minutes resetting your devices to the new router password ; just not worth the hassle messing around with this stuff unless you're a tech geek . Lot of traps waiting for the uninitiated , in which case get ready for long frustrating calls to "customer service" .
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