How do I improve the performance of my NOW TV box?


In addition to the WiFi internet connectivity that it has had since launch, the latest NOW TV boxes from Sky have an integrated ethernet socket that can also be used to connect to the internet.

The ethernet socket is highlighted in red on the image at the top of this page.

We strongly recommend that you use the ethernet socket as a cabled ethernet connection is technically better than WiFi for transmitting streaming video.

Ideally you should connect a cable directly from your NOW TV ethernet socket to one of the spare ethernet sockets on your router, but in most domestic situation this is not usually practical because the router would typically be in a different room from the TV.

If that is the case then the simplest and most cost-effective solution is to use HomePlug adaptors.

HomePlug Solution

A HomePlug solution comprises at least two mains adaptors: a master adaptor and up to 15 slave adaptors for connecting multiple devices around the home or office.

The master adaptor would connect via an ethernet cable to one of the ethernet ports at the back of your existing broadband internet router.

The slave adaptors would plug into mains sockets in the areas where internet access, or a network connection, is required in your premises.

The diagram below illustrates a typical HomePlug solution where the master adaptor is connected to an internet router and the slave adaptor is connected to television equipment such as a NOW TV box or a Smart TV:

Additional slave HomePlug adaptors can be connected simply by plugging them into mains sockets that are convenient for the devices that require connection to the network.

HomePlug Recommendation

The HomePlug adaptor that we recommend is the BT Extender 600.

This is available from Amazon as a kit with one master and one slave adaptor

At the time of writing this is available for £26.99 by clicking on the link to the left.

Slightly more expensive is the BT Extender Flex 600 which has a mains pass-through socket.

This is beneficial if you are short of mains outlets.

At the time of writing the BT Extender Flex 600 is available from Amazon for £49.99 by clicking on the link to the left.

If you have more than one device that needs to connect to the internet (eg Smart TV, BT You View Box, X-Box etc) then we recommend that you purchase a network switch.

A network switch splits the ethernet connection from your HomePlug adaptor into multiple ethernet connections.

The network switch that we recommend is the TP-Link TL-SG105.

At the time of writing this is available from Amazon for £16.49 by clicking on the link to the left.

The TP-Link TL-SG105 recommended above can support up to 4 x devices.

If you need to connect more devices then you should choose the TP-Link TL-SG108.

The TL-SG108 can support 7 devices and (at the time of writing) is available from Amazon for £19.98 by clicking this link.

Click on the contact button to the left if you have a specific enquiry about HomePlug adaptors or connecting a NOW TV box (or similar) to the internet.

Get in touch also if you wish to discuss how your business could make better and more cost-effective use of its existing telecommunications and internet infrastructure and services.