Sending a TV signal around your house

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Found 10th Oct 2007
Hi,

Let me explain my problem, and see if any of you clever people can suggest a solution: -

I've recently moved into a (recently built) three storey house. We really want a TV in the kitchen, but there's no aerial point.

We've had a splitter installed in the loft and this takes the aerial signal, and output from Sky, and sends them to anywhere in the house that's got an aerial.

The chap that fitted the splitter etc said it wasn't possible to add a aerial point in such houses, as there's no cavity access from the loft down to the ground floor. His suggestion was to use a tv transmitter / receiver. Whilst this works 'ok', the input is connected to the scart output of the sky box. Therefore, we could only watch sky channels in the kitchen etc.

What I'd really like to do is to watch any channel in the kitchen, and not tie up the sky box when I want to watch BBC / ITV in there.


So, does anyone know of a way of getting new aerial sockets points in such houses?

Alternatively, does anyone know of any fancy kit that would say send the entire aerial reception around the house wirelessly, rather than just a single tv channel? The current transmitter / receiver kit only has a scart input, there's no co-ax.


Thanks in advance,
Steve

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Could you not have the coaxial cables running externally and in thgrough the walls of whatever rooms you wish? Maybe use a signal booster at the point where the main coaxial is split?

Depending on your location you could try a portable aerial to operate the kitchen TV.

Get a cheap freeview box and a technika av sender from Tesco £24 I think. You can then send the freeview box channels round the house wirelessly. Use the remote extender feature of the av sender to be able to change channel from the tv rather than having to go to the freeview box.

Original Poster

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I think the first option I'll consider is Benjmoron's - I can feed the freeview box in my av sender via scart, and indeed use the remote extender to change channels.

Harlzter - I don't think that would go down to well with mrs we8vale because of aesthetic reasons.

Inactive - thats my second option to try, although I've go a feeling the reception isn't great.

Regards
Steve

we8vale

Harlzter - I don't think that would go down to well with mrs we8vale … Harlzter - I don't think that would go down to well with mrs we8vale because of aesthetic reasons.


I must admit I think like that as well, but as the wiring is on the outside of the house it really wouldn't show that much. You could always do what I do, totally destroy the house and chase the walls. Suggest THAT to the Mrs and she'll heartily agree to the first option:w00t: :giggle:

Original Poster

Just had a thought - if I connect the freeview box to the transmitter I'll lose the ability to receive sky in that room.

Can you get transmitters with dual scart inputs, i.e. one from the freeview box, one from sky?

Thanks
Steve

Shengis

I must admit I think like that as well, but as the wiring is on the … I must admit I think like that as well, but as the wiring is on the outside of the house it really wouldn't show that much. You could always do what I do, totally destroy the house and chase the walls. Suggest THAT to the Mrs and she'll heartily agree to the first option:w00t: :giggle:


Ive tried chasing walls to to run wires in them but the bu99ers can run faster than i can! Mind you id run bloomin fast if someone was trying to cut grroves in me to run wires through :giggle:

Like Shengis says though suggest doing this (explain to her the dust and mess it will create) and she will soon think that running wires externally is the best idea she's ever heard!

white cat5e/coax with white clips neatly done along my bottom and top skirting boards here

we8vale

Just had a thought - if I connect the freeview box to the transmitter … Just had a thought - if I connect the freeview box to the transmitter I'll lose the ability to receive sky in that room.Can you get transmitters with dual scart inputs, i.e. one from the freeview box, one from sky?ThanksSteve



Either get another transmitter set allowing you to choose which frequency you are receiving thus choosing between freeview and sky. This has the added bonus of giving you another receiver for use in a different room. The other sender will have to be near the first sender obviously. Cost £24 assuming you get the technika one. If you've got a different one then it might cost more/less. Think you'd need exactly the same model to ensure compatibility.

Or get a scart box, you can get a manual one (although you'd need to go to the box by the sender to change between freeview and sky) for about £8.

Or an automatic one which should switch to the latest one to be turned on (ie turn on the freeview box and it'll switch to it) for about £20.

Personally I'd go for the second av sender option. About the same price and you can then send both at the same time meaning you can use with another tv easily. Simple switch at the bottom of the receiver to switch between sky and freeview. Only downside is no remote option. The automatic switcher could be operated by turning the boxes on and of using the remotes. This option you'd have to get up and switch the receiver over.

Any other ideas out there guys?

Browni

You can get dual input … You can get dual input senders...http://www.tranwo.com.tw/english/02_product/Entertaiment_2525.htm




How much do they cost?

No idea tbh...

Not the dual inputs, but working on same theory...

maplin.co.uk/Mod…m10

Browni

No idea tbh...Not the dual inputs, but working on same … No idea tbh...Not the dual inputs, but working on same theory...http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=98190&criteria=video%20sender&doy=12m10




That's £110!!!

Went into B&Q earlier, they had some nice surface only freeview socket mounts (no need to make a hole in the wall, simply screw into the wall.

I'd love to know where I can order the back box mount with screens and front box mount for freeview/sat so I can put them around the house.

Benjimoron

That's £110!!!


No it isn't...

It is if you would like an additional receiver.

Buy a TV/Video sender box from tesco,Connet into your Sky box and away you go.
Send me private message if you want to chat on the phone on how this works.

pcpeterslondonrd

Buy a TV/Video sender box from tesco,Connet into your Sky box and away … Buy a TV/Video sender box from tesco,Connet into your Sky box and away you go.Send me private message if you want to chat on the phone on how this works.




Isn't that what I've already explained? Expect I've explained how to set two up or set one up with a scart adaptor so that both freeview and sky can be used at the same time without swapping cables???

Browni

No it isn't...It is if you would like an additional receiver.




Might be my mistake then but it looked to me like £80 for a sender and then choose how ever many receivers you want for £30 each. Couldn't see any mention of a receiver included in the £80 sender option. Either way for that price just buy two sets of Technika ones and then you get two receivers for two tvs. Or buy a sender and a scart box which is what that basically is.

I am currently running a wireless solution and it works very well (but not perfectly).

I have an aerial in the loft and a PVR in the loft together with a.... Philips VL1200 ( digitalhomemag.com/rev…964 ). Any TV in my house can access (and control) the PVR is if it were right next to the tele.

You can pick these up fairly cheap (about 50quid). Argos usually have them in a sale. Some auction website usually has them cheep too.

It works very well and is legal (cos there's a box each end so it's not going over airwaves).

The picture is almost perfect. I get a tiny shadowing.

The only bad feature is it goes fussy (unwatchable) when my microwave is on.

It's a great solution is you don't want wires.
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