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Meraki and SkyQ AND Minibox

Has anyone here successfully gotten Skyq working on a meraki AP? I've given up and just setup an old unifi ap, and it works perfectly.

 

I've tried talking to support but it's showing up as client dissassociation so that's the end of the conversation

 

In my head this is going to related to the sky boxes meshing and repeating, so they are being blocked

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Not sure what that is but quick Google on my side shows it just being an end-user device that needs Internet.

Is it connecting via Wi-Fi I assume?

Does your SSID have dual-band? Does the device support 5GHz etc.
What model AP, what firmware version are your APs running?
What do you have your minimum data rate set to on the Access-Control page?
Nolan Herring | nolanwifi.com
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Hi Nolan

SKY is a home TV Service, based on Satellite (??) Dishes. Their latest iteration is Sky Q, and they also provide broadband services. What they have tried to do with SkyQ is integrate a lot of technoogies into one box. Obviously its the set top box, it also has some apps on it (Netflix, Disney+ etc) but where the previous version depended on coax cables from the satellite dish, this one only has the signal being delivered to one main box. The other boxes then run of wireless from this.

Sky is the UK/Ireland version of Fox

So back to the box. In addition to being a set top box they made it integrate with their router, and provide a kind of mesh / repeater.

I have an MR33 and to be honest, im having plenty of wifi issues on it right now.

What my main issue with Sky Q was that it just hated Meraki. I mean it wouldnt talk to the internet, it wouldnt talk to the mini box, nothing.

I could see from the Meraki dashboard that the SkyQ Boxes seemed to create some kind of virtual device with the MAC 38:a6:ce:29:6a:7e.

There is a lot of items in this, im just wondering if anyone has it working on their Meraki. This question is likely only going to be answerred by UK/ireland people
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Sky is professionally obnoxious.

 

It is not their policy to play nice with anybody else.

 

They remain totally indifferent to the need to integrate into an existing network.

 

They have an uncanny ability to identify and employ the installers from hell.

 

You think I am being harsh? Look at other manufacturers' forums and see the posts from users about difficulties integrating Sky devices into existing networks. Sky is not alone in this.

 

If you are doing anything vaguely sophisticated involving multicast IPTV, stick another brand security appliance ahead of the MX and route that traffic directly to the playout devices. As well as being reliable, it is more secure.

Robin St.Clair | Principal, Caithness Analytics | @uberseehandel
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Oh all of the above is well known to me. 

 

So the long and short of it is if you have anything beyond a simple AP, forget about SkyQ! 🙂

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Hello, 

 

I have Sky Q integrated into a full stack Meraki setup. I have 1 main box and 2 mini boxes. 

 

Unfortunately you will not get this to work over WiFi if you have a mini box. I was able to successfully set the boxes to turn off their broadcast SSID and connect to my MR52s. The problem (as I understand it), is that the traffic from the main box to the mini boxes is still transmitted over its own mesh and not over the WiFi connected to the APs. Very frustrating when I have such a robust WiFi set up. 

 

I had to set everything wired, and it does work flawlessly. I have a number of switches between the boxes and the MX. In order to get the iPads etc to stream, I had to set the following on the switches:

 

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Hope this helps. 

 

Chris

 

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Unfortunately, for many networks, IGMP Snooping is required. Having to turn it off to make the Sky boxes function is a perfect illustration of not playing nice, as I mentioned above.

Robin St.Clair | Principal, Caithness Analytics | @uberseehandel
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Yeah, they dont play will with others, but when you are a service provider and this is your service i suppose i can understand pushing the solution that i know will work for me, and not really caring about others
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AHA! Yeah, Wired connection is what i am expecting to be honest, and that is "grand". And with Social Distancing meaning im working from home, i might get a chance to run some ethernet...
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