Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

5 posts

Wannabe Geek

Topic # 86968 16-Jul-2011 10:31
Send private message


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.


Create new topic
4619 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1394

  Reply # 493945 16-Jul-2011 10:41
Send private message

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.

546 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 13

  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? 

don't mess with me.... i'm the hd insider....


5 posts

Wannabe Geek

Reply # 497007 23-Jul-2011 08:13
Send private message

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. 

6562 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 528


  Reply # 497512 25-Jul-2011 10:28
Send private message

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?)


The Overrated Raccoons
8523 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1181

Mod Emeritus
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 497519 25-Jul-2011 10:42
Send private message


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.

XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ


For Free Games, Geekiness and Reviews, visit :


Home Of The Overrated Raccoons


Battlenet : XPD#11535    Origin/Steam/Epic/Uplay : xpdnz



Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Intel reimagines data centre storage with new 3D NAND SSDs
Posted 16-Feb-2018 15:21

Ground-breaking business programme begins in Hamilton
Posted 16-Feb-2018 10:18

Government to continue search for first Chief Technology Officer
Posted 12-Feb-2018 20:30

Time to take Appleā€™s iPad Pro seriously
Posted 12-Feb-2018 16:54

New Fujifilm X-A5 brings selfie features to mirrorless camera
Posted 9-Feb-2018 09:12

D-Link ANZ expands connected smart home with new HD Wi-Fi cameras
Posted 9-Feb-2018 09:01

Dragon Professional for Mac V6: Near perfect dictation
Posted 9-Feb-2018 08:26

OPPO announces R11s with claims to be the picture perfect smartphone
Posted 2-Feb-2018 13:28

Vocus Communications wins a place on the TaaS panel
Posted 26-Jan-2018 15:16

SwipedOn raises $1 million capital
Posted 26-Jan-2018 15:15

Slingshot offers unlimited gigabit fibre for under a ton
Posted 25-Jan-2018 13:51

Spark doubles down on wireless broadband
Posted 24-Jan-2018 15:44

New Zealand's IT industry in 2018 and beyond
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:50

Introducing your new workplace headache: Gen Z
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:45

Jucy set to introduce electric campervan fleet
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:41

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.