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danielcrawford
Scholar 2

What is new with the NOW TV Hub Two?

I just found this page https://help.nowtv.com/article/how-do-i-set-up-my-now-tv-hub-two

 

What is new with the Hub Two?

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danielcrawford
Scholar 2

Please can someone give me information on the technical specifications of the Now TV Hub and Now TV Hub Two, and the differences I cannot find this infomation anywhere, thank you.

Andy
Legend 5
Legend 5

@danielcrawford

 

Good spot there, first I've heard of the Hub 2.

 

The NOW TV Hub is basically a rebadged Sky SR102 single-band 802.11n router with four 100MB LAN ports, there's plenty of reviews of that on the web if you want to read up.

 

The Hub 2 looks like it's a rebadged Sky Q Hub, if so it should be a dual-band 802.11ac router with two 1GB LAN ports. I don't know for sure if the NOW TV Hub 2 over  all these features but if it does then it will be a much welcome upgrade for customers.

 

I'll see if I can find out any more.

Anonymous User
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" if so it should be a dual-band 802.11ac router with two 1GB LAN ports. I don't know for sure if the NOW TV Hub 2 over  all these features but if it does then it will be a much welcome upgrade for customers."

 

The above is correct 2.4/5Ghz which you can have mixed mode or split with two 1GB ports

Anonymous User
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just got one ... well worth the upgrade IMHO

Anonymous User
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My hub 1 failed and they replaced it (free of charge) with the hub 2. 

 

It's a much slimmer router, similar to the current NowTV device and is more suitable for horizonal sitting, than the previous upright 'brick' standing.

 

There are no longer any illuminted 'happy faces' on the front, just 3 tiny pin LED's for on, internet and wireless and thankfully, not those hi-brite type either.

 

I've not tested its 802.11ac speed as oddly, I found the hub2 was faster on 802.11g than it was on 802.11n!  Weird. Could be my conditions though.  But in theory 5GHZ should be faster albeit not able to penetrate walls as easily as 2.4ghz and without the range. If I can find my AC1600 driver and a flux capacitor 😉  I'll see if I can connect and figure out its max speed.

 

 

It's default settings were fine 2.4GHZ (40mhz channel 6) and 5GHZ  (80mhz channel 36) with 2.4hz and 5ghz syncronised. Although I am only using the 2.4ghz at the moment.

 

As we all know, the HUB 1 was notorius for those weekly wireless disconnections - for no apparent reason - whereas the hub 2 seems more stable. Up to now anyway.

 

It has two yellow gigabit ports, which might seem a bit mean. But you can always connect one to connect to a gigabit switch for more outputs and the switch will do all the heavy lifting anyway.

 

I didn't notice too much difference in the menues; maybe a nicer layout and colour ??  The only thing I did was switch off UpNp for security reasons, but it worked right away, once I put the new password into every every device.

Anonymous User
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Spoke too soon.

 

I think I found a bug in HUB2.  If an IP4 address is reserved to a MAC ID in the advanced - LAN IP and say you have more than 2 devices, then upon reboot, the HUB can often ignore your IP4 /MAC reservation requests and just randomly allocate an IP4 address from the DCHP range, which is not the behaviour you want.  I swapped two MAC ID IP addresses and MAC ID's swapped devices (what!?) at least according to the router. I guess I need a lie down before doing more testing.

Anonymous User
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Seemed to sort itself out after a few hrs and re-allocated the correct addresses.

BrianH
Mentor

I'm thinking of switching from my TalkTalk fibre, but I wish the Now Broadband hub had four LAN ports.

This would be a pain as four ports are in use on my TT router.

Don't really want to cram in an Ethernet Switch.

 

 

hosay299
Scholar

@BrianH Hi i am currently with tt have u snice ur post in feb moved over to them??

 

do u still need help with ur ethernet port issue??

BrianH
Mentor

Hi.

 

No. After many years I left Talktalk and joined Now Broadband.

Seems a lot more stable too.

I got around the two ethernet ports by getting a port Wifi bridge.

Anonymous User
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Hub 2 is not as good as the BT hub first it only has 2 ethernet ports ( why the hell only two???) BT you get the standard 4. Plus as i have just switched over from BT i can assure you it is not as fast. WIFI is not as good.   So far its a inferior unit all round compared to BT. I did ask if I can used my own Netgear work Router but operator said its not advisable. So that's another downer

Anonymous User
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Why not just connect the BT Hub to the Now TV Hub? Then the Now TV Hub will be connected to the internet but the BT Hub will be doing all the networking side of things so you will still have access to 4x 1GB ports and better WiFi...

 

Here is a guide:

https://www.expertreviews.co.uk/networks/8046/how-to-use-the-bt-home-hub-5-with-another-isp

 

It sounds more complicated than it is and it should work with all BT home hubs, not just number 5.

Anonymous User
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They have different networks at exchanges mate so BT have a network, NOW TV is SKY NETWORK, BT own all the lines though that sky can only rent off BT only virgin have their own infrastructure, TALKTALK I believe soon to set theres up too, big things coming for TALKTALK !! 

Anonymous User
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I work for NOW TV as a technical advisor, you are indeed able to use your own independent router, just not one from another company but that is common sense I'm sure your aware of that lol, netgear routers etc are fine 😊 

Anonymous User
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Hope you can answer - I have a now tv hub two and an older Apple AirPort Extreme a1143, which is the better router in you opinion? Cheers j

schnapps
Legend 5
Legend 5

Hi @Anonymous User 

 

I haven't got a clue to be honest, but i did find this on the internet.

 

https://www.apple.com/uk/shop/question/answers/readonly/can-the-airport-extreme-base-station-replace-my-sky-router/QFT4U4Y4CKDKCHTPD 

 

Perhaps type in your internet Browser search engine "Apple Airport Extreme with Sky Broadband" where the NowTV Hub 2 is a clone of the Sky Q Hub Router.

 

Should you get any success and you need to do a technical health check on the NowTV line or need to contact the NowTV Broadband Team then make sure that you are using the NowTV Hub Router where NowTV may not help you when using third party hardware when using their service.

Anonymous User
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Thanks for this much appreciated 

schnapps
Legend 5
Legend 5

Hi @Anonymous User 

 

Found this has well, where Google is your friend.

 

https://www.avforums.com/threads/airport-extreme-and-sky-fibre-sr101-router.1819797/ 

 

The Sky Router discussed in the above link is the older model and not sure if this makes any difference when using the newer NowTV Hub 2 Router.

Anonymous User
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I’m moving from talk talk super Router to now tv hub 2... is the hub 2 a better router or should I just configure my talk talk Router to now tv settings...
Andy
Legend 5
Legend 5

@Anonymous User Welcome to the forum. NOW TV don't provide details for using third-party routers so you'd need to use the NOW TV Hub 2 however it's a good router with excellent wifi range, I don't think you'll have any problems.