USING 2 SKY REMOTES - IS IT POSSIBLE?

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  1. gbmitie

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    I've been thinking, what happens when the new Sky box is delivered ie SKY+ and I want to keep the old box in the same room. How can I stop the remotes interfering with each box?

    Or come to think of it, How could one stop remotes intefering with each other if one had 2 ordinary SKY boxes in the same room?

    I need a good techie answer and not just "Put silver paper over the remote widnow of one, with blue tack!!"

    Thnaks

    <br />SANAP
     
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    Here is a solution that your not going to use. Network 2 PCs with IR headers that receive and emit domestic codes, (yep very hard to find), then write your own IR codes for the second sky box which is to be kept inside a box with the second PC that translates your new codes into sky codes.

    Can't be bothered? Don't worry £10,000 ought to cover the costs of hardware, research and custom coding.

    Does the silver paper and blue tack look a little better yet.

    Second method

    put the boxes on tob of each other, get someone to construct a little gizmo that hides one IR receiver at a time, and when you press the button on your pronto it covers the IR receiver on the other box instead.

    Or maybe get one of those new fangled sky boxes with two tuners?
     
  3. mart.stokes

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    Mmh, the little "gizmo" Fartpants refers to I used to call a photograph when I had two Panasonic DVD players (the wife kept wondering why the photo kept moving!). I had to operate this manually though.

    Okay, here's a suggestion. "Hide" the second digibox (so it can't pick up stray IR signals) and use a Powermid system (it's how I control my digibox from upstairs in the bedroom). The Powermid system needs to be the one that consists of the pyramid and the radio remote control. Program the remote control to ape the Sky digibox (easy enough) and then cover (bit of silver paper and blue tack would do <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> ) the IR output part of the Powermid remote (so it is only sending radio waves to the pyramid). Place the pyramid in front of the the "hidden" digibox and VOILA!!!!

    There as to be a flaw in this, I cannot believe I came up with what looks like a reasonable answer on the fly!

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  4. gbmitie

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    Thanks for the replies, I will stick with the blue tack as I will have to wait and wait and wait for the new SKY box to drop in price.

    BLUE TACK EXPERT

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  5. Filmbuff

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    Why would you want to put Sky + and a digi box in the same room ? Watch one channel record one and watch another ?? Your watching to much Telly mate.Mind you with all the subliminal messages from the advertising you'll be debt free , suing everybody and sleep in a craftmatic adjustable bed in no time. <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
     
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    Eh, Filmbuff that's unfair!!! I fell out of a Craftmatic bed and am going to sue the manufacturer once I get my loan through to pay the "hidden" required insurance for a certain "no win, no fee" legal company. I was reaching for my re-vitalising shampoo at the time but was so drunk from a combination of various American beers and alcopops that I failed to notice a tube of flouride, whitening, plaque protection toothpaste on the floor and I slipped on it!
     
  7. Eric Chadwick

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    There must be a better way ! A local bar has about 5 sky digital boxes for the tvs that cover one of their walls - the boxes are just stacked and using the remote on one does not change the channels on all of them. I'd try the manufacturer of the box. I suspect you can change the IR code set using a pc and the RS232 connection on the back of the digibox.
     
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    You could try sticking some polarising film over the IR receiver window on each skybox, turning one of them through 90 degrees.

    Then do the same on the remotes.

    This worked for me when I nneded to operate two Sony MD players remotely onstage.

    You could use the same remote for both if you remember to turn it sideways to operate the second skybox.
     
  9. mart.stokes

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    That IS a clever solution!
     
  10. wallsendmag

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    Very very clever
     
  11. Broadz

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    ...and only seven years old.
     

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