TV distribution system help

exiled red

Novice Member
I have recently bought a house and as it needs some renovations I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to setup a TV distribution system. I have done some reading around (on here an other places) and have an idea of what I want to do, I am just looking for advice on how to do it. I have almost none of the hardware as I currently live in a small flat and basically all the hardware I will be taking are a Sky box (no dish), TV blu-ray player, so will need to buy the cabling and infrastructure type stuff, which means I can be flexible I don't have a huge budget but figured that as long as I can get the cabling etc that I need installed I can add to it.

Initially I want to have they Sky box in the living room and distribute the signal from the sky channel being watched to other TV points around the house along with the freeview signal, I would like the option to put other signals on to all the TVs such as CCTV cameras, I would like to also have the ability to put more sky boxes in other rooms at a later date, also the ability to upgrade to Sky Q or similar at a later date. I have assumed that the best way to do this would be using a distribution system oer co-ax cable (but am open to other suggestions) my thoughts were to send 3 co-ax cables (2 feeds from the dish and a return) to the main TV and 2 to the other TVs as well as going this I am going to run multiple Cat5e/6 cables to each TV point so have the option to also send HD signals over ethernet and supply smart TVs etc with wired internet connections.

Does this seem a sensible approach, What is the best thing to do regarding sky dish LNB? Is a quattro the best option? What about co-ax distribution system/switch and combiners is it best to keep the RF options such as a loftbox type distribution or should I look at HDMI modulation or something else I was assuming that this would be a more expensive option. I thought that there was no need to run HDMI cables as I would use HDMI over ethernet or Cat5e/6 if I need to send a signal elsewhere are there any problems doing this?

Thanks in advance
 
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Joe Fernand

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Quite a tricky one as what you would potentially do with a SKY+ HD box and an RF distribution system is potentially very different from what you would do if you go with SKY Q.

If you plan around SKY Q your 'secondary' rooms can be taken care of using Mini Box's which 'sit' on your wired or wireless network rather than on an RF cable network.

Distributing HD and UHD over CAT cables is simple enough - though budget is a big factor if you want reliability!

UHD - throws in its own set of potential issues depending on the cable lengths you are planning for.

You don't mention your plans for audio - surround sound, stereo, whole-house music!

Time to 'finalise' your long term plans!

Joe
 

exiled red

Novice Member
Thanks for your reply.

I was thinking of keeping the Sky and the distribution side of things seperate. I have since found out that the house has a fairly new Sky dish with a quad LNB. So I was thinking that I would run 2 co-ax cables direct from the LNB to the main TV and two other cables between the main TV and the distribution amp one as an uplink from the sky output via a splitter and modulator to provide the signal for the distribution amp, combined with this would be freeview signal and CCTV supply the other TVs around the house. Each of the other TVs would have 2 co-ax runs, one would be used for the distribution the other as a spare. The two cables mean that I can use the other 2 LNB signals elsewhere in the house if I want to go down that route in future or I could use them for extra flexibility

I will be putting as many Cat5e/6 points around the house as my wife will let me.

Surround sound is one thing that my wife really doesn't want so I haven't really thought about that side of things in much detail, I assumed that if we were to do that in future we'd have to do it wirelessly which I know isn't as reliable, but I don't see it happening unfortunately.
 

FlyingPete

Active Member
Seems like the best option is a Triax DDU-112. This can accept up to four dish inputs, a terrestrial TV aerial, modulated CCTV input, FM radio aerial and DAB.

You'd need two cables to the main TV point- one carries one dish input and all other signals 'down,' the other carries the return feed 'up' as well as the second dish input 'down'. These get distributed to the other TVs, so you can have the aerial, radio and modulated Sky outputs available in all rooms.

Two of the feeds to other rooms are also multiplexed with a dish input. So you could later add independent sky boxes in two additional rooms, or sky+ to one room. If you're undecided, the future-proof option would be to run two coaxial cables to each room- most of them will go unused, but no room would need more and it allows you the flexibility to install an extra sky+ point anywhere.

Triax DDU112 Loft Box connection information and wall plates

triax 6+2+1 DDU Loftbox with Power Supply Unit: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics
 

exiled red

Novice Member
Seems like the best option is a Triax DDU-112. This can accept up to four dish inputs, a terrestrial TV aerial, modulated CCTV input, FM radio aerial and DAB.

You'd need two cables to the main TV point- one carries one dish input and all other signals 'down,' the other carries the return feed 'up' as well as the second dish input 'down'. These get distributed to the other TVs, so you can have the aerial, radio and modulated Sky outputs available in all rooms.

Two of the feeds to other rooms are also multiplexed with a dish input. So you could later add independent sky boxes in two additional rooms, or sky+ to one room. If you're undecided, the future-proof option would be to run two coaxial cables to each room- most of them will go unused, but no room would need more and it allows you the flexibility to install an extra sky+ point anywhere.

Triax DDU112 Loft Box connection information and wall plates

triax 6+2+1 DDU Loftbox with Power Supply Unit: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

Great, that sounds exactly what I need!
Thanks for your help!
 

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