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Freesat TV setup.? Answered

I want to set up three Freesat boxes in our home, unfortunately our dish only has one cable running from it & is not exactly accessible being attached to the chimney stack.
I know that it is possible to replace the UDC on a dish to serve extra rooms what I need to know is if it is possible to add a splitter box to the incoming cable to split off to extra rooms each with it's own Freesat box?
I know it can be done with cable TV as our crews used to do it when I ran operations for a cable installation company so I am hoping that I can use similar splitters for Freesat.
Any equipment recommended would have to be in the UK or available online.
Thanks in advance for your help folks.



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Best Answer 9 years ago

Nope, a splitter wouldn't work as the 'business end' of a satellite dish is an active device, rather than a passive aerial. It's operation is altered by the box controlling it.

What you need to do is to get up to the dish and fit a quad LNB to it which will give you 4 feeds. Bear in mind that if you're using a PVR that it will require 2 of these feeds to give you the 'watch 1 channel while you're recording another one' features.

I've never heard of a UDC in this context - do you mean LNB?

Nostalgic Guy
Nostalgic Guy

Answer 9 years ago

Quite right I did mean LNB, I wrote it in a hurry as I was late leaving to do some repairs in the charity shop where my better half volunteers, that’s what you get for rushing :-)
I had a horrible feeling that it would not be as easy as I had hoped, I guess I will just have to get the ladders out, I will probably move the dish while I am at it to a more accessible position, I don't have to worry about obstacles as there are none I have no idea why it is up there as all our neighbours have them on the wall.
The main reason I looked for another option is that I am having major shoulder surgery shortly & once that is done I won't be doing any climbing for about a year so obviously if I had to do any maintenance it would be a bit awkward.
Thanks for the advice.