Designed by Sky's in-house team of engineers, the Hub wireless broadband router is immediately an eye-catching device, but does it have the performance to match its looks? Read on to find out.
Sky has traditionally designed their routers to look like a miniature Sky+ box. However, the new Sky Hub wireless router breaks the trend of boring beige broadband boxes with a striking white and silver number. Unlike most routers, you might actually be happy for this to take up residence in the living room.
The Sky Hub comes with Sky's own version of MiMo (multiple-input and multiple output), called Smart Signal Technology, to automatically detect interference in the home and switch to a clearer, and in theory at least, the fastest and most reliable connection.
Sky promises customers can get online "faster than ever before" courtesy of "straightforward instructions" for the initial set-up and installation is as simple as most modern routers, with just the power, phone line and optional ethernet cables to plug in and press of the WPS (Wireless Protected Setup) button for a one touch wireless setup.
The Sky hub has 2 MiMo antennas supporting a single band (2.4Ghz) wireless frequency. However, all four 100Mb ports are usable and not reserved for ‘future Sky services' this time. This is ideal for Sky's current FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) setup, but expect another router upgrade once a full FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) service is rolled out.
Connections were consistent and strong during our trial with the device. Although we couldn't test the maximum range in our flat, we could still pick up a usable signal in the car park below and as far as the next block of flats along the street. As always, the building materials and router location can affect connection strength, but we managed to stream TV on an iPhone and an iPad simultaneous without any problem.
Adding a third device did make the connection wobble slightly, but that is more likely a result of approaching the bandwidth limit rather than a problem with the router itself.
Overall, the Sky Hub is a great, well-designed device and is highly recommended if you’re in the market for a decent wireless router.