new Sky Hub router

Sky has announced a new version of its Sky hub router which doesn't require an engineer to install fibre optic broadband.

Sky's own engineering team has designed the new Hub which 'combines simplicity with industry leading features all in one neat box'. The new router will allow customers to get faster Fibre Broadband without the hassle of an engineer setting foot in their home. See Group test: what's the best wireless router?

The move means that Sky is the first of the four major ISPs (internet service providers) to offer fibre optic installation without an engineer. BT will follow suit by the end of the year.

Lyssa McGowan, Director of Communications Products at Sky, comments: "At Sky we are continually looking to improve the products we offer and the service we provide - and the new Sky Hub is testament to that. With our unlimited broadband packages: Sky Broadband Unlimited and Sky Fibre Unlimited, market-leading customer service and state-of-the-art hub, there’s never been a better time to switch to Sky."

Instead of waiting for an engineer, the Sky Hub is simply posted to customers with everything which is needed for a self-setup. See all Wi-Fi and networking reviews.

Like BT's Home Hub 5, it does the job of a modem and a router, therefore removing the need for two boxes in the home. That's good news for customers but the Sky Hub doesn't have dual-band Wi-Fi or the latest 11ac standard. It also has four 10/100 ethernet ports instead of gigabit.

The new Sky Hub is worth £69, but will be included for any new Broadband Unlimited and Fibre Unlimited customers.

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