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Topic # 86968 16-Jul-2011 10:31
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We moved into a house recently and set up our MySky as per usual.  After noticing there were cables in the bedroom, we had the intention of setting up a freeview STB.  But alas, when I did, it didn't seem to work.  Here I was thinking "plug and play" Embarassed.

The living room has the standard sky output, where we watch My Sky.  In the bedroom, we have an aerial output (old, long up and down one, VHF?), and then a dual coax cable, set to come out next to a phone jack. (Am of the assumption that the previous owners possibly had Sky multiroom).  Upon looking at the dish, there seems to be 3 coax cables coming from the LNB.

Bought a basic freeview approved STB from DSE and tried the channel scan and.....nothing. 

After looking through the forums, am I having a power problem?  i.e., is the sky box overpowering the freeview box?  Admittedly, I was trying it while hubby was watcing sky, and never turned the skybox off.  

Seems like it would just be simpler to split the cable before the skybox, but with the wiring already in place....would be nice to use it.

Any ideas appreciated, and apologies in advance if I am missing something completely obvious.


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  Reply # 493945 16-Jul-2011 10:41
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A couple of basic things to check first:

1) Check the setting in your new box for the LNB - it should most likely be set to 10750 or possibly 11300 (less likely).

2) Plug your sky box in to that same outlet, just to make sure that the outlet is connected to the dish.

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  Reply # 494032 16-Jul-2011 17:04

Hi, just a question to confirm that it is a Freeview Satellite (DTH) receiver and not a Freeview Terrestrial (DTT) receiver? (Freeview terrestrial doesn't use a dish).

Does the Freeview box work OK from the feed that the MySky gets in the lounge? 

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Reply # 497007 23-Jul-2011 08:13
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Thanks for the input......hubby returned the box thinking it didn't work!Yell.  Once I get back into town to pick another one up.........I'll try this again!

But just to clarify...........yes it was a Satelitte receiver, and admittedly didn't try it via the Mysky outlet. 

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  Reply # 497512 25-Jul-2011 10:28
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As above, try the freeview box you get on the sky connection. This will confirm that it works and has the right settings etc. Then you can move it to the other room.

Another thing to do is make sure that the sky box is turned on when you use the freeview box, just in case it is required to power the lnb (ie there is a splitter on the line that only passes power through one connection).

Really though, it's then a case of trying each cable and seeing if any work. After that you won't be able to escape actually having a look to see where the cables go, and if they are connected etc.

(are there any other cable outlets in the lounge? - ie does it need a splitter there that has gone with the previous tenants etc?)


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  Reply # 497519 25-Jul-2011 10:42
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Another thing to do is make sure that the sky box is turned on when you use the freeview box, just in case it is required to power the lnb (ie there is a splitter on the line that only passes power through one connection).


Been through similar issue... previous owners of the house had a mess of cabling, got a friend round with a tone generator and tracked down the right cables - main dish plugs straight into lounge Freeview STB, then the bedroom one plugs into the pass-thru on the lounge STB - power on LNB in the lounge, and LNB power off for the bedroom.

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