Sky to second room via RF

CFS

Novice Member
Hello all, here is my situation.

I have my Sky+ box downstairs connected to my primary tv.

I am running a coaxial cable from one of the two RF out sockets on the back of the sky box into a 3-way splitter in the loft, shared with the television and radio aerials. The splitter then goes into a standard tv booster. There are then RF coaxial cables sent out of the booster to secondary tv's in the bedrooms.

The problem is, the sky signal is very weak on both of the secondary bedroom tv's when tuned into the box. The signal is improved if the Sky coaxial cable goes directly into the booster avoiding the splitter shared with the 2 roof aerials. However, these arials need to be used, so leaving them out of the circuit is not an option. I have tried adding up to 2 boosters before entering a secondary tv, but the picture quality is not enhanced.

I understand RF quality deteriorates over distance, but this is usually rectified with boosters, except in this case.

Can anyone offer advice on how to enhance the sky signal to the secondary TVs?

Thanks, CFS.
 

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musti

Active Member
I would say it's your 3 way splitter thats the problem.

Is there any way you can keep the sky separate and boost it on its own?

Or how about an signal booster with multiple inputs, that way you are'nt splitting them first.

Cheers.
 

CFS

Novice Member
Ok so i just plugged the Sky RF cable straight into the booster, eliminating the 3 way splitter, but the signal seems just as worse?
 

CFS

Novice Member
Is it? Im on RF1 at the moment, had it on RF2 before. Didn't appear to make a massive difference
 

SamRadford

Novice Member
Don't use a splitter as a combiner. Use the proper combiner. You might employ a masthead amplifier with UHF and FM input to combine the aerial inputs. Then a diplex combiner to combine the LNB signal and the aerial signal.

Down below you need a suitable decombiner plate.

Or you might find a combiner that has LNB, UHF and FM inputs.
 

FRANTIC FRANC

Novice Member
If the digibox RF output is set to 68 then this can be too high for many portable TV's. Try lowering the RF output to 42 (depending on you transmitter maybe a different number but keep it low as pos). This should instantly improve the picture quality.
Cheers, Franc
 

CFS

Novice Member
The TV in question is a 24" Sony widescreen, but i'll give the RF output a tweak anyway. Also, just ordered a combiner off've eBay, so we'll se how that fares when it arrives.
 

FRANTIC FRANC

Novice Member
Why don't you just put one aerial straight to the Sky box and then split rf2 with a tv link compatible booster box to the other tvs.the aerial pictures will be sent along with the sky picture in one cable. most booster boxes have the fm input too. That's what we do and the pictures tend to be spot on.
Cheers, Franc
 
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briancbb

Guest
Frantic franc has it right.

I run Aerial to Sky RF in, Sky RF out to Video RF in, Video RF out to distribution amp in. Distribution amp out to multiple TV's (one output to each TV). A bit belt and braces, but I also run an RF from the Dist. Amp to the main TV.

Thus I can watch terrestrial (analogue), Sky, or Video on any auxillary TV. The main TV is all connected by scarts.

If a Digital Settop Box is added that has a modulated output this could also be added into the input chain.

Brian
 

Minesapint

Standard Member
Ditto. My analogue tv ariel feed goes into the sky box and then loops back out of RF2 along with the sky signal into my booster. I have no problems with the signal out of my booster.
 

CFS

Novice Member
Sounds like a good plan, although because the booster is in the loft and the sky box is downstairs, I dont think my dad would deem is faesable to drill another hole in the exterior wall of our house to run another rf cable through. The current cable goes out of the loft, halfway round the exterior of the house then into the wall next to the satellite cable into the living room.
 

FRANTIC FRANC

Novice Member
too bad because that's the guaranteed way to get good pictures all round, though it does mean another cable into the loft. Usually when we fit new digital aerials we will replace the cable (outside & down the exterior wall & in through a hole) which leaves the old faceplate internal cable for distribution purposes. Can't always guarantee that TV links will work on the old wiring though.
Cheers, Franc
 

Lonz_72

Novice Member
Frantic, is there any chance of posting a simple wiring diagram of your set up. I am trying to sort this out in my house at the moment and it would be really helpful.

A quick question, does the TV signal go straight into the Sky box and then sent along with the Sky signal to the distribution box or does the TV signal feed into the distribution box seperately from the Sky signal?

Cheers
 

FRANTIC FRANC

Novice Member
put this number in on the well known auction site 230015259500 there is a simple wiring diagram on the items box but if you can't make it out I will post the diagram here for you.
Cheers, Franc
 

CFS

Novice Member
Lonz_72 said:
Frantic, is there any chance of posting a simple wiring diagram of your set up. I am trying to sort this out in my house at the moment and it would be really helpful.

A quick question, does the TV signal go straight into the Sky box and then sent along with the Sky signal to the distribution box or does the TV signal feed into the distribution box seperately from the Sky signal?

Cheers
Yes, as I have it now, the roof aerial cable goes into the dist box simultaneously with radio and sky feeds via a 3-way, then out to the other TVs
 

AidenL

Well-known Member
FRANTIC FRANC said:
Why don't you just put one aerial straight to the Sky box and then split rf2 with a tv link compatible booster box to the other tvs.the aerial pictures will be sent along with the sky picture in one cable. most booster boxes have the fm input too. That's what we do and the pictures tend to be spot on.
Cheers, Franc
I'm doing that, using an SLX booster - Ive lowered the RF setting on the Sky Box for RF2 to 42, but my picture quality is still terrible .

When I actually bypass the Sky Box, the picture improves dramatically on the feeds to the other TVs - does this indicate something else wrong in my Sky box? :confused:
 

AidenL

Well-known Member
AidenL said:
I'm doing that, using an SLX booster - Ive lowered the RF setting on the Sky Box for RF2 to 42, but my picture quality is still terrible .

When I actually bypass the Sky Box, the picture improves dramatically on the feeds to the other TVs - does this indicate something else wrong in my Sky box? :confused:
Bump :)

Any ideas guys? :)
 

SamRadford

Novice Member
Try to find a UHF channel number that isn't in use and set the Digibox RF Outlet (and TV) to that number.
 

AidenL

Well-known Member
SamRadford said:
Try to find a UHF channel number that isn't in use and set the Digibox RF Outlet (and TV) to that number.
I tried various channels, not much improvement :(
 

AidenL

Well-known Member
FRANTIC FRANC said:
can you try the setup with another digibox? That would tell you if the box is duff.
Cheers, Franc
I'll dig out my old Sky + box then :)
 

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