Sky's ever expanding range of digital services often requires the Sky+ box to be connected to a telephone line/router. Services like remote record, on-demand and catch-up TV all use your existing broadband connection to download content.
For those who were unable, or chose not to, connect their Sky+ box and wireless router together during installation, the addition of the Sky Wireless Connector can enable a welcome boost to TV functionality.
Installation is as easy as connecting the power and network cable between the two boxes. The Sky+ box will automatically detect a wireless internet connection. Simply enter your home router’s Wi-Fi details and the adapter will configure the rest. Those with a WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) enabled router have an even easier, two-touch setup. The only snag is that during my setup I had to reset power on my Sky+ box to enable all features, but this was a minor inconvenience considering the extra content being I was going to be able to enjoy.
Once enabled, Sky’s On Demand and Anytime services become instantly active. A few taps of the remote reveals a wealth of content, from sport, films and entertainment to full series box sets and catch-up TV services like BBC iPlayer and ITV Player.
Programmes begun downloading instantly and, on my suitably fast 20mbps broadband connection, were ready to watch in seconds. Shows are downloaded to a separate portion of the drive than Sky+ so an equal amount is available for both, which is a nice touch. Beware, though, that downloaded content is stored on the Sky+ drive until the drive is full (or deleted) and is set to delete older recordings first. So it’s worth keeping an eye on the storage capacity from time to time.
For those looking to watch on-demand or catch-up TV and are currently unable to connect their Sky+ box and router together for whatever reason, the Sky Wireless Connector is a great way to get online for considerably cheaper than purchasing a smart TV.