Go Back   Techwatch forums > Tech Forums > Satellite TV > Sky/Astra2

Sky/Astra2 Post all your Sky related queries here

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-09-07, 07:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 2
Default Connect two Sky Boxes to one Sky Dish?

It is possible to connect two Sky Boxes to one Sky Dish - and if so, what hardware do you recommend? I need to be able to watch a different TV channel on both boxes at the same time, but only use one dish and not pay anything extra apart from the hardware. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
azwebs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-07, 08:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
crossbones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: S.Wales
Posts: 1,088
Default Re: Connect two Sky Boxes to one Sky Dish?

To connect 2 receivers up to one dish, you will need a dual output lnb, or quad if your using sky+

The only way you can watch different programmes on either box is to get a multiroom sub

Unless its FTV channels.
__________________
Fibo Gregorian 1.2m & 55cm Dish`s,Jeager 1224 H2H motor.Percision 1.8m dish.Dreambox 800,Vbox II.Skystar2 PCI card.
crossbones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-07, 08:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 2
Default Re: Connect two Sky Boxes to one Sky Dish?

I was wondering if there was any free way of getting to watch different sky channels on two different boxes, without getting multiroom. someone must know how multiroom works, and if it just needs a second sky card then i can get one.

so, can i just use a dual lnb to split the dish output and a sky card in both boxes to recieve and unscramble the channels?

thanks.
azwebs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-07, 08:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
manic midlander retired mod
 
Analoguesat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Scottish Borders
Posts: 11,668
Default Re: Connect two Sky Boxes to one Sky Dish?

If you want to watch two different Sky pay channels on the two boxes then as crossbones says you will need multiroom room subs which will cost an additional tenner a month.

PLUS - you will need to have BOTH boxes connected to the SAME phone line for the life of the multiroom sub.
__________________
Basic forum rules for both satellite & cable:

no keys
no patches
no offering or asking for card shares

Anyone pm'ing me for details of card sharing or anything to do with hacking cable will be banned immediately

Analogue forever!!
Analoguesat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-07, 08:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
crossbones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: S.Wales
Posts: 1,088
Default Re: Connect two Sky Boxes to one Sky Dish?

Nope no free way, if you want two boxes two cards, then you have to give Mr Rupey the bucks
__________________
Fibo Gregorian 1.2m & 55cm Dish`s,Jeager 1224 H2H motor.Percision 1.8m dish.Dreambox 800,Vbox II.Skystar2 PCI card.
crossbones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-07, 08:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
manic midlander retired mod
 
Analoguesat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Scottish Borders
Posts: 11,668
Default Re: Connect two Sky Boxes to one Sky Dish?

Quote:
Originally Posted by azwebs
I was wondering if there was any free way of getting to watch different sky channels on two different boxes, without getting multiroom.
Not easily - pay or do without

If you know your way around a couple of dreamboxes then you could cardshare over a lan, but not possible with bog standard sky boxes
__________________
Basic forum rules for both satellite & cable:

no keys
no patches
no offering or asking for card shares

Anyone pm'ing me for details of card sharing or anything to do with hacking cable will be banned immediately

Analogue forever!!
Analoguesat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-07, 08:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
Gav
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 542
Default Re: Connect two Sky Boxes to one Sky Dish?

Yes you can, but only one could access subscription channels at any one time without incurring extra costs.

_www.freesatfromsky.co.uk/?pID=3

That lists all the channels you can get on a Sky box without an active subscription.

You can however just take the card out of one box and pop it in the other with no hassle (unless you have movie/sports subscriptions).
__________________
Gav is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-07, 08:39 PM   #8 (permalink)
Satellite mad
 
Robbo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Kent
Posts: 9,440
Default Re: Connect two Sky Boxes to one Sky Dish?

Quote:
Originally Posted by azwebs
I was wondering if there was any free way of getting to watch different sky channels on two different boxes, without getting multiroom. someone must know how multiroom works, and if it just needs a second sky card then i can get one.

so, can i just use a dual lnb to split the dish output and a sky card in both boxes to recieve and unscramble the channels?

thanks.
You actually need a Twin LNB not a Dual LNB. Although for Sky dishes its probably easier to find a QUAD.

Aprart from FTV the cheapest way to get a second card is multiroom, an extra sub could cost much more.
__________________
القمر الصناعي هو أفضل
TM600 linux,TM6800HD,TM5200,TM1000,TM2200 motor, Triax TD110 dish. Electronics Engineer and satellite installer.MBC Satellites
Robbo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-07, 11:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 27
Default Re: Connect two Sky Boxes to one Sky Dish?

I've got Sky+ and my Dad has just cancelled his Sky subscription so he has a regular Sky box going spare. Would I be right in thinking i could link this box to my existing dish and use it to watch FTA channels without the need for another sky card or anything? don't really want to pay for multiroom, just wondered if i could make use of this box really.
ramkirhs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-07, 12:00 AM   #10 (permalink)
Satellite mad
 
Robbo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Kent
Posts: 9,440
Default Re: Connect two Sky Boxes to one Sky Dish?

Quote:
Originally Posted by ramkirhs
I've got Sky+ and my Dad has just cancelled his Sky subscription so he has a regular Sky box going spare. Would I be right in thinking i could link this box to my existing dish and use it to watch FTA channels without the need for another sky card or anything? don't really want to pay for multiroom, just wondered if i could make use of this box really.
Hi,

Yes, essentially you could.
As long as there was a spare output on the LNB. Because Sky+ needs two feeds. So if you have a quad LNB no problem, just go and get yourself a length of satelite c@ble and a couple of F-connectors. If you have a TWIN LNB (unlikely) you will have to swap it for a quad.

get wf100 or ct100(or equivalent) c@ble if you don't mind paying a bit extra ( it's about 50p a metre)

No card would be required to watch the FTA channels.
To watch the FTV channels a 'Freesat from sky' card (20 from Sky) is needed.

Look here for a channel list (FTA & FTV only)

http://www.ftasat.co.uk/

EDIT:

His old subs card will work as a FTV card, so it won't cost you anything.

Robbo
__________________
القمر الصناعي هو أفضل
TM600 linux,TM6800HD,TM5200,TM1000,TM2200 motor, Triax TD110 dish. Electronics Engineer and satellite installer.MBC Satellites
Robbo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 03:45 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.