SkyHD into loftbox - 1 or 2 coax runs?

milesyboy1

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Hi, I've already got a question about cat5 in another section but just need a quick answer on a simple question (sorry i'm trying to take in as much as possible and seem to have searched for hours :blush:)

For a simple distribution of SkyHd into 3 other bedrooms if I run it via a loftbox (or something similar) through coax cable how many do i need to run from the SkyHd box to the loftbox and then how many from the loftbox to each room?

I plan to use magic eyes to turn over the tv's and also want to be able to watch freeview on the tv's as well (no existing ariel feeds in the bedrooms).

Sorry if it's a bit too easy for you guys.
Cheers, Miles
 

Stevenage Neil

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Terrestrial aerial into Sky box RF In.
RF2 out from Sky box to loft distributor input.
Distributor outputs to bedrooms.
 

logiciel

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Like he said Miles, and yes, quite easy. :thumbsup:
 

rayferry

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Hi, I've already got a question about cat5 in another section but just need a quick answer on a simple question (sorry i'm trying to take in as much as possible and seem to have searched for hours :blush:)

For a simple distribution of SkyHd into 3 other bedrooms if I run it via a loftbox (or something similar) through coax cable how many do i need to run from the SkyHd box to the loftbox and then how many from the loftbox to each room?

I plan to use magic eyes to turn over the tv's and also want to be able to watch freeview on the tv's as well (no existing ariel feeds in the bedrooms).

Sorry if it's a bit too easy for you guys.
Cheers, Miles
Here is a wiring diagram of a Global loftbox

http://www.tvlink.co.uk/downloads/185138500_LB.pdf

If you are using this system you need a feed and return to the loftbox.
 

Johnbyte

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If you are using this system you need a feed and return to the loftbox.
However, if your TV aerial is going straight into your Sky box you only need the return feed from RF2 to the loftbox, as SN said. The output from RF1 can feed the local TV
 

Stevenage Neil

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milesyboy1

Active Member
Cheers guys. Thats right Neil I currently have the terrestrial ariel coming down to the TV/SkyHd box (but I could change this so the terrestrial ariel goes directly to the loftbox if needed?).

So, as it stands, if i send the RF2 feed to the loft box would this pass the terrestrial channels as well as the sky feed to the bedrooms or just the sky feed?

Also on the loftbox diagram above is there 2 inputs for the SkyHd (enough for the double barrel coax) and then the same outputted to the SkyHD box?

Cheers again, and sorry for being a dumb arse!
 

Stevenage Neil

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So, as it stands, if i send the RF2 feed to the loft box would this pass the terrestrial channels as well as the sky feed to the bedrooms or just the sky feed?
The term "Loft box" is quite specific. From what you have told us it not required - just a simple amplifier/distributor.

The Sky RF2 output will carry all terrestrial channels plus the Sky output - so long as you have the terrestrial aerial input into RF In on the Sky box.
 

milesyboy1

Active Member
Thanks again Neil. I presumed from the many mentions of Loftbox that this was the best amplifier/distributor that was recommended - is this not the case? I do already have a cheap amplifier but haven't tried it yet and was just going to upgrade it first as last.
 

Stevenage Neil

Well-known Member
"Loft box" is specialised equipment for basically minimising down cables from the loft - you do not require that.
 

logiciel

Moderator
And you don't need one - all you need is what SN said in his first reply to you.
Those two satellite connections in the diagram don't come into this at all.
 

rayferry

Active Member
For a simple distribution of SkyHd into 3 other bedrooms if I run it via a loftbox (or something similar) through coax cable how many do i need to run from the SkyHd box to the loftbox and then how many from the loftbox to each room?
You mentioned "Loftbox" in your OP that's why I pointed you in the direction of the diagram as the Global system with faceplates does not make it obvious that you a feed and return to the main location. The loftbox system feeds everything down the one cable except at the Sky box end.

As SN says you could get away with a basic system. :thumbsup:
 

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