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Upgrading from Sky to Freesat

It takes less than five minutes to replace an existing satellite box with a Freesat one.

It takes less than five minutes to replace an existing satellit
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If you have an existing Sky or fSfS (Freesat from Sky) installation and want to go to upgrade to Freesat, it is a simple process.

First, buy the Freesat box from a Argos,, Comet, John Lewes or your local independent shop:

In the box you will find the Freesat box:

Also included will be a remote control, and this model also comes with a SCART cable, a HDMI cable and a stereo-with-composite cable. Unpack the ones you need:

You old Sky box looks like this:

Unplug the mains first from the Sky box, then pull out the SCART (or SCARTs) and then unscrew the connection to the satellite dish.

Remove the Sky box and fit the Freesat box. Reconnect the satellite cable (take care as to not damage the connection) and then the SCART and finally connect the mains power:

The box will look like this:

The box also contains the manual, which has full installation instructions. Finally fit the batteries into the remote control.

The TV screen first displays the box's logo

The first set-up screen allows you to select the TV type, widescreen mode and resolution:

Next the box checks for the satellite signal:

Then there is a check for updated software:

Then you enter your postcode and the box checks it:

The next step is a scan for channels. This takes about 30 seconds:

And that's it. You can now view channels, like 108 for BBC HD:

Or press the GUIDE button for the EPG:

(Apologies for the photos not being of the top quality)

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Monday, 7 October 2013

4:00 PM

Will : I've never done such a thing, but I assume its no more of a pain than a quad - as long as it fits. I'm sure someone can advise. also see here SKY+ Freesat+ and Replacing your minidish LNB

I do remember reading on a website (Satcure?) that having eight leads from a dish is unsightly, and suggest a second quad dish instead, if poss. That might make life easier for running cables to bedrooms anyway.

One other thing - does your TV have a sat. tuner? Some do/did, but its not always mentioned - LG for instance. Make/model no. will tell us.

Good luck on that ladder!

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag

8:41 PM

Will: Octo LNB's are no more difficult to fit over that of a quad LNB, and although when they were first introduced 8 output LNB's were expensive devices quality blocks such as seen on the link, and which are used by Sky, can now be purchased for around £20.00 or so complete with an alternative mounting bracket to suit older dishes, these types also being sold by Amazon at around the same price range and where you can read the comments made by purchasers of the device.

By the way, beware! as the price seen on the Satcure advert does not include P&P and VAT.


Sky OCTO LNB, 8 Way: Electronics

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Neil Bell

10:29 PM

Will Ive got 4 quad LNBs on a bracket and have 13 cables coming off my dish so would struggle to find another word to describe what it looks like besides unsightly. You on the other hand are only proposing to use 5 of your possible 8 outputs which should be easy enough to tape up neatly. Id only go for the second dish if the cable runs are difficult from the existing dish.

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Neil Bell's 106 posts GB flag

11:57 PM

Neil Bell: Although its a bit late now that you have this installed, but you would have better using a Quattro 4 output LNB in conjunction with a multi-switch unit positioned in your loft / cupboard or wherever with the number of outputs chosen to suit your requirements, this being the system used to supply multiple satellite points to hotel rooms or blocks of flats.

By the way, although a quattro LNB has 4 outputs similar to a quad type it does not work in the same way as each of the four outputs are fixed: (1) Low band V - (2) Low band H - (3) High band V - (4) High band H, and with all four being fed into the four inputs on the multi-switch unit, each of the individual multi-switch outlet ports feeding the satellite points responding to polarity commands from the satellite box rather than the LNB.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 8 October 2013
Neil Bell

1:47 AM

jb38 Thanks for the suggestion but I have to confess Ive never really understood what a Quattro LNB does. I have a 4 satellite set up and so have 4 LNBs each one pointing at a different satellite group. I chose quad LNBs because I have one twin tuner recorder and an old single tuner receiver with a big external hard drive which I used to record stuff when away from home but which died on me last week & probably wont be replaced. All three tuners are connected via diseqc switches which account for 12 of the cables and another even older single tuner receiver is connected to one of the LNBs via the dish motor which I have kept in case strong winds move the dish laterally. This has happened a couple of times in the past and it was useful to be able to realign the dish without climbing a ladder. The twin tuner recorder doesnt have the software to run the motor but I can watch the signal strength/quality on that machine while jiggling the dish with the old receiver. I know that Will isnt trying to receive signals from other satellites but my point was that 13 cables taped to the LNB arm does look a mess whereas 5 cables shouldnt!

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Neil Bell's 106 posts GB flag

11:24 PM

Neil Bell: Thanks for the explanation, but as far as my suggestion with regards to possibly using a multi-switch system, when taking into account the sheer complexity of your set up then the system you are presently using albeit slightly untidy, is by far the less costly way of doing things, as even a Labgear MS512E/S which uses a single Quattro input and provides 12 individual outputs costs in the region of £130.00, and if you are using a 4 satellite set up then the cost of the equipment alone would be totally prohibitive for a domestic installation.

But on your latter comment, yes! I quite agree on that point.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
4:04 PM

Will : Many thanks Gents, your advice is much appreciated

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Friday, 11 October 2013
8:35 AM

Thanks for all the very useful posts on here.
After cancelling my Sky subscription I recently bought a new TV with built in FreeSat reception and wired the satellite lead directly into the TV (or rather into one of the twin feeds from the dish).
Perfect reception!
Enboldened by this I then put a new feed from the dish (which already had a quad LBN installed by Sky) to a bedroom and put another TV, with Freesat installed, in there. Apart from having to drill thorugh a 450mm thick rendered brick wall it was a relatively simple operation even for an aged non-techie like me:-)
Freesat TV's are more expensive to buy but it does away with need for a separate box.
Can't record programmes of course unless I stick a mempry stick into the TV but I am not that much of a TV fanatic!!

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Torque's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Finn Sheye
7:15 PM

Mark Aberfan Aerials:
I have har sky contract in Spain for many years until they stopped providing Sky UK to Spain. since then I have had all the free channels and it has been fine for me incl my wife as there is also a Brazilian channel included!
Now suddenly it does not work any more at all and just tell that There is no signal I have tried the 3 options with the card, but it does not work. Is it the card or is it the dish which has turned? Many thanks in advance!



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Finn Sheye's 1 post IT flag
Thursday, 24 October 2013
7:41 AM

Mark Aberfan Aerials: we went on hols for two weeks and when we got back the sky won't work, says no sat signal and also not connected to broadband router which it never was! So we thought we would push tv button on remote which would at least let us watch terrestrial channels but all we get are disjointed pictures! I thought your Sat dish should function as a normal article? We have now decided to unsubscribe and go for free view what box would you advise - we like to be able to record a few programs easily like the sky plus function. My worry now after yesterday's problems is would we get a picture?

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