Thinking of getting Sky Fibre?
Non-sky routers may not work
27th July 2013
There's been a lot of discussions about Sky's new fibre offerings. Although it uses the standard BT OpenReach fibre connection and a BT OpenReach modem, the modem is set to use MER (MAC Encapsulated Routing) to ensure that only Sky's Sagem router connects to the modem.
If you already have a good router, or want to use something better than the Sagem (which is quite a few routers!) then you need to be very careful before going with Sky. Unless your router has the capability to provide a MER id (username/password) within it's firmware (not many do currently) you won't be able to connect without a lot of work, and even then users are reporting intermittent results.
Most approaches seem to involve deleting the software (firmware) that comes with your router and replacing it with DD-WRT a custom firmware - this is not for the faint-hearted.
Routers where this is known to work are (router names link to detailed examples where available):
• For a list of routers which can run DD-WRT see the DD-WRT database.
If you know of a router that works with Sky Fibre, then let us know in the forums and we'll update this article.