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Topic # 57828 25-Feb-2010 21:57
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Hi there,

currently I'm trying to get a dual DVB-S setup and have done a bit of reading but would like further input from people.

I'm using a standard sky dish (10750 single LNB) to get satellite freeview from optus D1 to my HTPC, I'd like to add another DVB-S tuner to my setup so I can record/watch channels on different muxes in mediaportal.

I originally thought it was as easy as getting a splitter but then of course which tuner would be controlling the satellite!? After doing a little research (certainly not exhaustive though) I see many people claiming that the only way to do this with a single cable is to get a stacker/destacker (which apparently costs quite a bit).
An easy option is to get a dual LNB but then I'd have to run 2 cables.

Is there anyway I can connect 2 tuners from a single cable without the Stacker/destacker? What other options are out there for me.

Thanks,

el_kano

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  Reply # 302326 25-Feb-2010 22:07
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If its just for Freeview/Sky you only need a splitter.

The only reason you may need a dual LNB/Switch would be if you wanted to use say SBS which uses vertical polarisation, as opposed to Sky/Freeview which use horizontal.

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  Reply # 302338 25-Feb-2010 22:51
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to add to it further...

if you have only one side as powered on your splitter, use the set top box, as that is always on. Otherwise if you use the HTPC, whenever it's turned off, there is nothing to power the LNB.

As all of Freeview is on horizontal polarity, then you shouldn't have issues with watching different channels on different devices.



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  Reply # 302345 25-Feb-2010 23:42
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Awesome, thanks guys. That's why I love geekzone- helpful people who save me hours of internet trawling when all I need is a quick answer and explanation.

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