Answered how do i connect 27 cables to 1 sky dish and 1 TV aerial ?

F3RR3T

Novice Member
Hi all,
I recently bought a new house and found that there are 9 sets of 3 cables in the loft (not identified) -
which didn't help with my Sky install, however after an hour we managed to identify one set going to the Study and used this to set up the sky dish / box.

now I need to know how to distribute the sky signal in the loft to the other 8 pairs of cables ( 1 cable from each set is for the TV aerial and a 9 way amp will do this).

I wont be using all 8 rooms with sky - we really need the Main bedroom, lounge, study, kitchen connected.

the misses wants her own "box" so she can watch what she want whilst I watch the other box, but i want the option to be able to install more in the future.
 
What did you have installed - Sky HD or Sky Q?
 

winston2010

Well-known Member
You need a bigger dish (round type, not a sky type), quatro LNB and a multiswitch. Also a multiroom subscription for as many boxes as you want.
 

Rodders53

Distinguished Member
Also what is fitted (if anything) on the ends of the three cables in each room? Bare ends? A wallplate with xxx and yyy and zzz ?

Installing a multiswitch for multiple satellite points is one traditional solution (there are other suppliers of the kit but satcure explains how to do it pretty well and in some detail).

You could just get a quad or octo lnb cabled into the loft and then simply choose which rooms to connect up to the lnb outputs (2 would be needed per PVR per room).

The TV aerial could also come into the loft for sending to each room via the third cable... a simpler distribution amplifier would achieve that --- 8 ways are common and you could use a passive split on one output to get 9 in total (feed those to the closest - shortest cable run - rooms).

There's always more ways than one to do stuff like this ;)
 

Tom Smart

Active Member
You can actually get away with using your existing Quad/Octo LNB and installing an Optima multiswitch which works with either a Quad or a Quattro LNB.
 
With the OP being in Derby it is highly likely that he would need to upgrade the dish to compensate for the inherent signal losses using a multiswitch and so get adequate "rain fade" unless he already has a zone 2 Sky minidish - you may get away with it on the south coast but further north it is dodgy. Also quattro lnbs and associated multiswitches (not quad capable) are inherently more reliable having less electronics in them to go wrong. Why take the cheapo route when you could do a good job from the start.
 

Tom Smart

Active Member
I'm not disagreeing with any of that, I know the Optima switches are cheap but I have never had any problems with them. Personally I would just fit the switch and replace the dish if needed to save money.
 

F3RR3T

Novice Member
Thanks for all the replies.
the cables are bare ends
the standard sky dish is connected to 1 pair of cables
in summary, I need to buy a new bigger dish to get better signal quality, £100
this dish should have 4 LNB output (quad) £40
wired via a 4 LNB cable to a £10
5x16 output multiswitch to which the 8 prs of cables can be connected £150
2 sky boxes £100
in all about £400
sky multiroom is £144 a year and a 3rd box is £50 so cost are recovered in 2,5 years
 

grahamlthompson

Distinguished Member

F3RR3T

Novice Member
grahamlthompson
if you check the links I posted you will see the sat dish kit is a quad LNB and switch quad compatible
 
The quad lnb and associated multiswitch are less reliable than a quattro and standard "non quad capable" multiswitch.
 

MartinPickering

Well-known Member
Don't you love it when you give someone the best advice and they think they can get the best product and support from a bookseller? Use a satellite TV specialist!
 

F3RR3T

Novice Member
Martin
what does it matter where one sources ones equipment from.
your satellite TV link take me to EBAY - is this any better
The reason I started this thread was to obtain information about Satellite systems and multiple outlets as this is not my field of expertise.
The information from people who have posted replies is excellent and beneficial and for the record i will be using a specialist supplier as cost is not the issue - QUALITY is.
 

F3RR3T

Novice Member
my present install has 2 cables from the sky dish to the sky box, this is so you can record channels and watch another I believe.

If i buy a 5/16 multiswitch the details printed on them list the output as receivers 1-16, but can I still run 2 outputs to 1 sky box so to record channels and watch what I want on the sky box.
 

TJT1

Member
your satellite TV link take me to EBAY - is this any better
His satellite TV link is not his, just as it's not mine. It's from a bloody add on called skimwords and is the bane of everyone's lives.
 

kevkbuk

Distinguished Member
what does it matter where one sources ones equipment from.
Martin runs Satcure, with good info linked to his site from the link I posted and then the one from Rodders too. As you say you want quality... but you also want advice and support which in part you've already received... it might be nice to support such companies who offer it freely. :D
 

MartinPickering

Well-known Member
I'm not permitted to link to my own site (advertising - aaagh!) but the forum owner can, of course, put in any adverts he wishes - after all, he's paying and allowing us to use his platform. No problem with that. Unfortunately (or fortunately) my web browser doesn't display those green advert links. I don't know why but I'm not going to try to "fix" it! However, it does mean that I'm unaware of any that get sneaked into my posts.

The problem with buying from the likes of Amazon is that they are foreign-owned and pay little UK tax. In addition, they benefit from various EU regulations which are designed to squeeze out small companies. And, of course, they offer no technical support whatsoever - apart from a facility to ask questions of other buyers, which often results in "the blind leading the blind".
 

TJT1

Member
That's OK Martin. When someone buys from Amazon, they can always come here for great and free tech support and get the best of both worlds. (see if you can spot the irony)
 

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