extending the run on sky cables - dish to reciever

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  1. kharris777

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    I am about to move the location of my sky box to the other side of the room. Problem is, if I did, the run on the sky cable itself is too short.

    Is there a way of extending the run with another length, maybe having some kind of interconnect between two pieces?

    It is impractical to run fresh wires from the dish as I live in a three storey townhouse. A specialist installer charged me £200 the last time I upgraded to sky + ! Something I want avoid if possible.

    I am concerned about signal loss.

    Also could some sort of face plate, wall termination be the answer? Is there a sky signal booster that could counteract the possible loss is signal strength?

    Any help much appreciated!
     
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    I am not a Sky installer (I think you can guess), but thought I'd give you my opinion as no one else has. The cable sky uses is just good quality coax, I don't see why you cant extend it with normal aerial male/female plugs or face plate, and reterminate the extension with a 'Sky' connection. Although any joint leads to loss of signal I've extended my link, (post box) with no decernable loss. Just be careful to ensure good contact between lead & plug, the plugs are not best quality. ( I always kink the centeral wire so it makes good contact with the pin, as this always seems to be a particular area of weakness. They could be soldered for extra security) I imagine it is relatively important to use 'Sky' quality coax though rather than just aerial coax.
     
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    i think argos sell sat cable extension leads with connectors on, look under the tv accessories section
     
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    is it really that simple? do I really not have to worry about signal loss then? I need the highest poss as I will be hooking it into a shiny new plasma display in Dec!
     
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    homebase , b&Q they all sell satelite cable connector extensions.
    its an easy job.
    Do not worry about signal loss, you can run this stuff for hundreds of metres. just make sure you make a nice job of the cable spliceing kit..........
     
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    yeah for the cable they use on sky + its 20metres and ordinary sky install up to 50 metres on ct100 cable before you would see some signal loss
     
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    I did exactly this yesterday.
    Moved all my kit from one end of the lounge to the other.

    £15 for a 100 meter reel of satellite cable from Wickes.
    £2 for 2 sets of F-type connector kits.

    I used about 15 metres of cable - 7.5m for each feed (Sky+).
    There is no reduction in either signal strength or quality.
    Perversely, the RF1 feed is now at 100% strength so I can only assume the original short length of cable (which terminates on a wall plate) was poorly made.

    Takes about 5 minutes to make the cables up and all you need is a sharp knife to cut the sheath and some snips/scissors to trim the core.

    And as the man says, Argos do a 10m extension cable for £5 which would work out cheaper than the DIY route, assuming you don't need more than 10m.
    http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/s...0001&langId=-1&catalogId=1001&productId=59128
     

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