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Hi everyone, I have sky freesat which runs from a quad LNB to my lounge and bedroom Tv. Today I purchased Sky Hd and wondered whats the best way to rigg this up to my upstairs tv without using sk…
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7y, 1d agoPosted 7 years, 1 day ago
Hi everyone,

I have sky freesat which runs from a quad LNB to my lounge and bedroom Tv.
Today I purchased Sky Hd and wondered whats the best way to rigg this up to my upstairs tv without using sky multi room. I have been advised to use a sky magic eye.

Does anyone know whats the best option? Also is there a way of changing the channels from upstairs when my box is downstairs?

Thanks for your help
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7y, 1d agoPosted 7 years, 1 day ago
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banned 1 Like #1
that is your only option

need a coaxial cable between your sky box and your bedroom tv (need good quality not the cheapo stuff)
and magic eye to control it from the bedroom (plus another sky remote really)

the magic eye is what allows you to change channel in the bedroom, it connects to the coax cable i mentioned, then the TV, and changes channel from a sky remote (buy anther so you can program it for the bedroom tv's volume and power)
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AFAIK, magic eye is the answer - about to do the same myself.

You run an aerial cable from the RF2 outlet at the back of the Sky HD box to the room you want to have the magic eye in - plug it all in and use another remote to change channels.

ASDA sell the remote and eye for a tenner.
banned#3
Strangely..... my old man had Sky HD installed yesterday afternoon. The installer reckoned his existing magic eye would work with the HD box. It doesn't!

No idea why. I'd have thought it would work fine.
#4
jubbyme
that is your only option

need a coaxial cable between your sky box and your bedroom tv (need good quality not the cheapo stuff)
and magic eye to control it from the bedroom (plus another sky remote really)

the magic eye is what allows you to change channel in the bedroom, it connects to the coax cable i mentioned, then the TV, and changes channel from a sky remote (buy anther so you can program it for the bedroom tv's volume and power)


moob
AFAIK, magic eye is the answer - about to do the same myself.

You run an aerial cable from the RF2 outlet at the back of the Sky HD box to the room you want to have the magic eye in - plug it all in and use another remote to change channels.

ASDA sell the remote and eye for a tenner.


Cheers for your answers!! Do you know If instead of running it from the back of the box if I could run it from the output of my satellite dish? Only reason I ask this is my bedroom is across the otherside of the house from my lounge?:)
#5
guv
Strangely..... my old man had Sky HD installed yesterday afternoon. The installer reckoned his existing magic eye would work with the HD box. It doesn't!

No idea why. I'd have thought it would work fine.


Has he enabled the RF2 output from the settings page on the HD box?

services
press 4
press 0
press 1
press select
banned#6
guv
Strangely..... my old man had Sky HD installed yesterday afternoon. The installer reckoned his existing magic eye would work with the HD box. It doesn't!

No idea why. I'd have thought it would work fine.


they are funny things, and quite unreliable, die suddenly
Probably died because someone dared unplug it
#7
guv
Strangely..... my old man had Sky HD installed yesterday afternoon. The installer reckoned his existing magic eye would work with the HD box. It doesn't!

No idea why. I'd have thought it would work fine.


From what I've seen online it should work no matter what box it is. All he might need to do is set it back up in the installer menu :thumbsup:
#8
pingusbrother
Cheers for your answers!! Do you know If instead of running it from the back of the box if I could run it from the output of my satellite dish? Only reason I ask this is my bedroom is across the otherside of the house from my lounge?:)


No mate - that way you'd need another box to decode the signal.

Launch a cable over the roof!:thumbsup:
#9
moob
No mate - that way you'd need another box to decode the signal.

Launch a cable over the roof!:thumbsup:


I have an ordinary sky box here from my Freesat use. Could I use that upstairs to decode the signal?

Haha I probs could through it over my roof as it would be quite discrete rather than trying to run it upstairs and through my loft and down:thumbsup:
#11
mosskeeto


Cheers will take a peek at it :thumbsup:
banned#12
moob
Has he enabled the RF2 output from the settings page on the HD box?

services
press 4
press 0
press 1
press select


Cheers... I'll give him a call.
#13
guv
Cheers... I'll give him a call.


Can't you send round the butler? (Sorry, couldn't resist!)
#14
pingusbrother
I have an ordinary sky box here from my Freesat use. Could I use that upstairs to decode the signal?

Haha I probs could through it over my roof as it would be quite discrete rather than trying to run it upstairs and through my loft and down:thumbsup:


Yeah, but you won't get the HD signal - you could maybe try feeding the cable through the loft space?
banned#15
moob
Has he enabled the RF2 output from the settings page on the HD box?

services
press 4
press 0
press 1
press select


You sure about that?

There are no numbers listed in the HD box.... and those numbers dont tie up in Sky+ either!
banned#16
guv
You sure about that?

There are no numbers listed in the HD box.... and those numbers dont tie up in Sky+ either!


the menu is a hidden service menu, just press the numbers above regardless!
banned#17
jubbyme
the menu is a hidden service menu, just press the numbers above regardless!


Dunno why i didnt remember! Done this several times for LNB settings!
#18
moob
Yeah, but you won't get the HD signal - you could maybe try feeding the cable through the loft space?


The OP will not get a HD signal on the second set by any means other than installing a second HD receiver.
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pingusbrother
I have an ordinary sky box here from my Freesat use. Could I use that upstairs to decode the signal?

p:


Yes, that is probably your best option, it requires a feed from your Quad LNB to the second receiver.
#20
moob
Yeah, but you won't get the HD signal - you could maybe try feeding the cable through the loft space?

I could feed it into the loft space the hardest part is getting it up to the loft space, whereas if I can run it from my dish or then the holes are already there unless you can get a maigc eye which requires plugging into my sky box downstairs and is wireless to upstairs? :)

Inactive
The OP will not get a HD signal on the second set by any means other than installing a second HD receiver.

Yeah tahts fine providing I can still watch TV upstairs then I'm happy

Inactive
Yes, that is probably your best option, it requires a feed from your Quad LNB to the second receiver.

Cheers wasnt sure if this would work or not but thought of it. Thanks for your help :thumbsup:
#21
Inactive
The OP will not get a HD signal on the second set by any means other than installing a second HD receiver.


Hmmm, I was told you'd get HD from the RF2 out on an HD box as well...
#22
moob
Hmmm, I was told you'd get HD from the RF2 out on an HD box as well...


You were misinformed then.;-)
banned#23
Inactive
You were misinformed then.;-)


LOL... I agree. The signal coming through RF is modulated and analogue. You need the LNB out to carry and HD signal from an HD box.

I spoke to the old man about the codes for the magic eye.... unless he's doing it wrong (which is highly likely!), he's getting a menu up about timing and box office programs!
#24
guv


I spoke to the old man about the codes for the magic eye.... unless he's doing it wrong (which is highly likely!), he's getting a menu up about timing and box office programs!


The secret is to not look at the screen when punching them in, not sure why, but it does make a difference.;-)
banned#25
Inactive
The secret is to not look at the screen when punching them in, not sure why, but it does make a difference.;-)



LOL... that wouldnt have made any difference!

He was juggling a phone, the remote and two sets of glasses! :w00t:

Poor old sod! I have to go round this evening to sort it. (I mean send the butler round!)
#26
guv
LOL... I agree. The signal coming through RF is modulated and analogue. You need the LNB out to carry and HD signal from an HD box.

I spoke to the old man about the codes for the magic eye.... unless he's doing it wrong (which is highly likely!), he's getting a menu up about timing and box office programs!


Take a look here:

http://www.radioandtelly.co.uk/skyinotherrooms.html
banned#27


Not sure what you're showing me? its exactly as I'd said... you cant use RF to another sky box (if thats what you meant)

Q. How do I get HD from my Sky+ HD box into a second room?

The RF output is not capable of sending HD, neither is SCART, so a video sender is out of the question. Your two options are

1. Run an HDMI cable to the second TV (a long cable run will be very expensive) - as the Sky+HD box only has one HDMI out, you will need an HDMI splitter, or
2. Go for Sky Multiroom and get a second HD box installed.


Also the 4 0 1 thing didnt work. just as he said, it came to a sky box office menu.

On that page though.....

(Sky+ HD boxes, it's 'Services' > 0 0 1 > 'Select')


I had already got there and sorted it earlier, Not obvious to find on the menus. I was going around in circles with it for ages.
#28
Thanks for all your help!! Rep has been left
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