Sky+ Signal strength

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  1. gwladok5

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    Before I start messing about with my Sky+ system, can anybody confirm whether it is possible to obtain virtually 100% signal strength & quality on the meter bars?

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    Depends on the size of dish and your location to some extent, but usually difficult with the standard 45cm mini-dish... Anything over 50% is fine...
     
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    Are you sure that the picture quality is ok on anything over 50% signal quality. I have heard that signal quality = picture quality. It's something that's on my list of things to resolve so if your info is correct that would save me a job.
     
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    That's my experience... You'll need a little more to allow for some rain fade, but as long as it doesn't drop below 50% you'll be fine... Don't forget that the readings will probably vary from box to box, so it's only a guide...
     
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    Also remember - digital is not like analogue inasmuch as a better signal = better picture
    If you have low but adequate signal strength/quality the picture you see will be just the same as someone living next to a transmitter. The picture is as good as the bitrate that is used by the programmers. (sky news uses a high bitrate for the best possible picture but some channels skimp on bitrate and pictures are always poor).
    If your signal signal strength is too low it will result in picture blocking, freezing or no pictire at all.
     
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    Signal strength < 50% means complete loss of picture in heavy rain / snow. 50 - 75% is usual. Signal quality is much more important, 60% + is what you should be looking for.

    100% I have never seen and suspect that you don't want it!!
     
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    Excellent, thanks for that guys.
     

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