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Master Geek

#115819 8-Apr-2013 12:31
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Hi All,

Have searched high and low, read a lot and just want to confirm somethings with you guys before I commit.

We currently have mySky in our lounge. This is a single Rg6 cable run from the dish (rather poorly) under the house and up through the floor with a compression connector on the end.

I've just stripped all wall linings in half of our house and I'm currently wiring for my HT and AV setup while all is exposed, part of this involves moving the sky connection 2m to the other side of a fireplace.

What I'd like to do is re-run the sky cable inside the wall (instead of wrapped around a downpipe) and split it under the house so that we can continue to watch sky in our bedroom for the 2 months that our lounge is out of commission.

So my plan is:

Cut the connector off
Pull the cable back to the dish
Run cable down through the wall
Under the house fit compression / crimp connector
2 way splitter
One run to the lounge (terminated in a wall plate)
One run to the bedroom (cable out of floor with connector crimped on)

At the moment there is no requirement to run two STB at the same time, though this may change in the future so will this setup allow for that?
Will the splitter have an adverse effect on signal strength?
Should I run an extra cable from the dish for future possible second STB?

I'm ok with terminating cables, have done cat5e/6 and coax previously, will need to purchase a F connector tool for this.

Also as a side, I have a regular antenna on the roof and it has some ratty coax coming off it. How do I provide freeview signal to my lounge and bedroom? Do I re-run coax (or RG6?) from the antenna into a splitter and mirror the above setup. Or can I supply signal from my sky dish and what would this involve (running off an extra output on the skydish or more splitting?)

Any assistance appreciated!


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Uber Geek

  #795021 8-Apr-2013 14:25
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That sounds pretty logically thought out and should work fine.
As regards Freeview HD, Ditch the old antenna and co-ax. Get a new UHF antenna and run new rg6 with quality splitter to the outlets while the walls are open. Make sure the splitter is accessible when you finish in case of future problems.
Do it once, do it right!

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Master Geek

  #795056 8-Apr-2013 14:56
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Cool thanks for that, I'm buying my stuff at Corys Electrical so I assume they will have decent splitters.

I'll put them both side by side under the house (garage under lounge so very easy access).

Onto the next mission - 5.2 HT wiring, 2xhdmi, 2xcat5e + BT, multiple powerpoints and the sky/UHF jackpoints all in one corner... going to be messy I count at least 5 data/multi faceplates + 2 power....


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Master Geek

  #795195 8-Apr-2013 19:36
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I'd avoid the splitter if possible. Check if the LNB on the dish has more than one outlet, and run all the sat cables to the dish instead of a splitter.

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Master Geek

  #799532 15-Apr-2013 11:38
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Yeah I thought about that but in the end I'm short on time so went with the re-run cable and splitter.

Found I already had put RG6 in the wall in the bedroom (thought it was RG59) so I've run the UHF and Sky dish down to two splitters side by side, currently the bedroom is connected to the sky splitter and I have great signal strength on the mysky in the bedroom. When sky moves back to the lounge I just unscrew the bedroom run and move it to the UHF feed.

All in all very happy with the setup, plus my first time doing F type ends and they all worked out perfectly.

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Wannabe Geek

  #799645 15-Apr-2013 13:54
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hi there read your blobs etc as new this, but im female with 2 story house wanting to put up this uhf aerial that brought but have another big newish aerial brought 4 yrs ago that questions asking is with old aerial 4 yrs old one do i un plug that as that runs the splitter box for downstairs room and upstairs room so thats why have splitter. But on the 2 way splitter theres 2 bits bedrooms etc then top its hooked to vhf aerial say thats wat its called  but do i need unplug old add new uhf one onto splitter or do i have to combined old vhf to uhf and then hook to splitter  Be helpful if i could get my answers from here as can't afford to get electrician when easy put together the uhf but its hook bit i think we'll do pull old area out of spiller and just add new which that's what i need no.

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Uber Geek

  #799661 15-Apr-2013 14:46
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Just disconnect and remove the old one and connect the new UHF one in its place.
Don't combine them.

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