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#119263 26-May-2013 15:24
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Hi there,

We've just had a home hub multiswitch put in and had all our TV cabling tidied up.  Problem is that our Sky has stopped working.  We have a standard Sky digital decoder.

The home hub guy is adamant that there is a signal at the TV location so we got the local Sky tech in to check it out.  I wasn't here at the time so I don't know if he checked the signal strength using his meter or by using the decoders on-screen meter but he said the problem is that there's no signal.

I borrowed a friends decoder (mysky) to try and it worked fine.  It's on-screen signal strength meter did show the signal strength was quite low.  The picture was fine.

Do the home hub multiswitches degrade the signal as it passes through?  I would have thought they'd have been designed to not do this.

Is it possible to somehow boost signal strength?  Some type of in-line signal amplifier or something?



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  #825837 27-May-2013 09:08
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Splitters do degrade signal. The bigger the splitter and the more cable in between, the less signal you will get at the end. There are inline boosters you can get.

Some boosters are just passive inline boosters and some are active that require a power source. You should be able to get either from a sky/freeview installer air electrical store.

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  #826058 27-May-2013 12:31
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Can you bypass the hub just for the sky signal?

Time to find a new industry!


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  #826098 27-May-2013 12:54
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Is the 'Home Hub Guy' a sparkie by chance?

What model number is the hub?

Ignore DravidDavids comment - the splitter system inside a multiswitch is amplifed - no need for another.

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  #826709 27-May-2013 22:45
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illicit: Is the 'Home Hub Guy' a sparkie by chance?

What model number is the hub?

Ignore DravidDavids comment - the splitter system inside a multiswitch is amplifed - no need for another.

Ops.  Was reading it on the train on my phone at the time.  Have to admit I didn't see that part.

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