Systems for a small flat development | Sky, Astra, Hotbird?

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  • #33477

    Tim
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    Hi all. Looking for a bit of advice – we’re developing an old warehouse into a small block of 1 and 2 bedroom flats (6 flats in total) in London.

    We’re investigating options regarding a sensible satellite system that will enable the future residents to access both subscription services (including Sky) and free to air channels from across Europe, provided the resident has the correct set top box.

    Would an Astra / Hotbird system cover this off please?

    Any other advice or top tips gratefully received. Thanks!

    #33481

    Steve ……
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    Hi Tim ….to distribute 13,19.2 and 28.2 (Sky) sats to your new flats ….you will need 80cm dish with 3 way multfeed (3 separate Quatro LNB,s ) ..with 19.2 in main focus with 28 to the left with 13 on the right (as you look at the dish )

    And a 13 /12 muliiswitch (for 12 separate outputs) you can also connect the terrestrial arial to the multiswitch …then run 2 cables to each flat …conecting to a wall plate suitable for 2 Sat feeds and terrestrial tv

    But when setting up the Multiswitch be sure to have 28.2 LNB (sky) on input A ..as Sky boxes don’t have Diseqc (multiswitch control )

    BTW…. if less outputs are needed a 13/8 multiswitch  (8 outputs) might be better  ……

    https://www.amazon.de/CENTAURI-PROFI-LINE-MULTISCHALTER-NETZTEIL-tauglich/dp/B001TNCDV6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473768596&sr=8-1&keywords=13%2F12+multiswitch

    #33483

    Twol
    Member

    Just to add to Steve’s  reply, the EMP Centauri multiswitch takes Quad or Quattro LNB’s. (its a dip switch setting), they are great boxes (I use one!)

    I would also get a bigger box (like 16 ports ) for fallback or future additions

    #33490

    Tim
    Member

    Hi Steve and Twol

    Many thanks for your replies. Really useful info as/when we look to get the system installed

    Going back to ‘basics’… our advice to date has been to go with an Astra/Hotbird system to give good access to a full range of subscription and free to air channels from across Europe and beyond- would you agree that is generally the right approach for residential flats in London?

    Any other systems you’d recommend? (We’re a little bit of a beginner in this area, and can’t quite seem to get a straight answer from the media companies we’ve spoken to).

    Thanks

    Tim

    #33493

    Steve ……
    Member

    Hi Tim…..If your DIYing it….It might be easier to set up and cheaper….  just to have 3 Sky mini dishes …zone 1 Dish for Astra 2 28.2 (Freesat and SKY channels) and a zone 1 Dish for 19.2 Astra 1(German Channels) and zone 2 for 13 Hotbird (Italian Channels)  all fitted with Quad LNB,s  connected to a EMP multiswitch

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Zone-Sky-Freesat-Dish-Quad/dp/B003M9FQPA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473925459&sr=8-1&keywords=sky+mini+dish

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Systemsat-Zone-Satellite-Dish-Freesat/dp/B004YCFH9Y/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1473925688&sr=8-3&keywords=sky+mini+dish

    #33495

    Derek
    Member

    Sorry, mistake!!

    #33497

    Steve ……
    Member

    Hi Derek…….Wot mistake?…dint sea any 🙂 …….

    ……guess you was gonna suggest separate Diseqc switches?

    #33499

    Derek
    Member

    Ciao Steve! I was not going to make any suggestions about Tim’s installation as the subject is beyond my competence 🙁 . What I did was to make a remark about Italian Channels on Hotbird but realised it was irrelevant. Tim’s objective is clearly to get the signals to the 6 flats – he presumably has no interest in what the tenants then do with those signals!!
    You didn’t see my mistake cos I cancelled it 🙂 .

    #33517

    Steve ……
    Member

    Derek….No way would this setup be “beyond your competence “…you would simply  just take the 12 cables (4 from each LNB) coming from your 3 Dishes …and connect to the one multiswitch (instead of your separate Diseqc switches)…….then run the cables to wherever in the house you want ..

    .the advantage of multiswitches …is that your not limited to the amount of outputs the LNB has…….

    But the downside is …..that Multiswitches do seem to have more through signal loss than separate Diseqc switches …

    #33577

    Derek
    Member

    Thanks Steve, perhaps I was harsh on myself but the truth is that I have never used a multiswitch and, till now, did not know how they worked. Some Googling has filled in a few knowledge gaps but I would not feel confident about advising others on the use of a multiswitch without ever having laid hands on one!!

    #33640

    Tim
    Member

    Steve/Derek – that’s great, will move forward with this information. Thanks for your help.

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