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Can I use an existing sky dish with a freeview box? and if so can the two servic

Can I use an existing sky dish with a freeview box? and if so can the two services share the same dish?

Can I use an existing sky dish with a freeview box? and if so c
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No, you cannot use a satellite box to receive terrestrial programmes.

I don't want to use a satellite box I have a freeview box. I want to know if an existing dish for sky can be use with the freeview box.Can I use a cable splitter and run one end to the sky box the the other to a freeview box and get the freeview channels.

You cannot use a Freeview receiver with a satellite dish, only an aerial.

You also cannot split a satellite signal from a dish, if you want to run more than one box you must use a dual- or quad-LNB on the satellite dish and have a cable to each satellite receiver.



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Sunday, 25 November 2012
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jb38
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7:53 AM

Gerry: The term RF cable is just really referring to a coax type cable such as a jumper lead from an aerial wall socket to a TV or boxes aerial input socket.

By the way the transmitter that covers your area is indicated as being Tacolneston located @ 14 miles / 235 degrees from you, and so if on the Humax you press "menu" then select "installation" (4th icon down) you will see "automatic search" on the top of the list.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012
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Gerry
3:48 PM

Gerry:JB38 many thanks for your help. I haven't got round to trying it yet since been away and going away again for a few days. I'll let you know of any success. Thanks again
Kind regards
Gerry

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Gerry's 7 posts GB
Saturday, 15 December 2012
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Gerry
6:45 PM

Gerry:JB 38 I managed to set it up as you advised and it works fine. There is however quite a distinct hum from it. Is that normal? Anyway it's bearable so many thanks again for all your help
Kind regards
Gerry

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jb38
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7:16 PM

Gerry: When you say hum, I assume that you are meaning from the actual box? because if you are then its likely from the ventilation fan on the rear of the box or even the hard drive, something which many people find somewhat annoying if the device is located in a quite room.

Of course the hum is sometimes made worse dependant on what the box is sitting on, as if positioned on a thin cabinet the noise can be somewhat amplified in the acoustic sense by the cabinet vibrating, so try a test by lifting the box off whatever its sitting on to see if the hum stops, if it does then you might need to put soft rubber pads under the boxes feet.



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Sunday, 16 December 2012
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Adrian
1:38 PM

My freesat was working through my existing dish, however I wanted to install a wall plate but since I cut the cable and wired it up my tv now says lnb overload, can anyone help

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Dave Lindsay
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1:52 PM

Adrian: I've never used a satellite a receiver, so am commenting based on what I know.

The LNB is fed with a voltage whose level "tells" it what polarity to use. Thus, the receiver sends a voltage to the LNB out of the satellite socket.

If there was a short circuit between the inner conductor and the screen then this would, by its nature, "overload" whatever is supplying the voltage. I would be inclined to turn off the TV and/or disconnect the lead to the dish pronto as you may be damaging the TV, particularly if it isn't designed to stop supplying the voltage when it recognises an overload (I don't know whether they do this).

Look for a short which could be a single strand.

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012
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Gerry
2:44 PM

Gerry: Hi once again JB38. You solved it for me yet again! It was the vibration. As soon as I lifted it the hum stopped so I'll have to get the advised rubber socks. There is one further thing in this apparently never ending story. When I switch on a warning comes, albeit only very briefly - just long enough to read. It says that my aerial has a short circuit. However since everything works fine I've ignored it. Hopefully I'm not asking for trouble. Any thoughts would be most appreciated. Whatever happens I wish you a great and trouble free Christmas.
Kindest regards Gerry.

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jb38
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5:09 PM

Gerry: Well I am pleased to have been of assistance! however with regards to the warning message that pops up for a second or so, press "menu" then select "installation" (4th icon down on LHS) select "antenna power" and press the OK button then use the > button to switch this "off" as I suspect that it may be on.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012
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Gerry
4:19 PM

Gerry:Hi JB38, Problem sorted thank you. Could it be that I wont have to bother you anymore? We'll see. Bye, at least for the time being.
Best Christmas wishes from me
Gerry

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jb38
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9:25 PM

Gerry: Many thanks for the update and pleased to hear that all seems to be OK now, and so you can maybe settle down to a worry free Christmas, well at least where technical issues are concerned anyway!

Should though any further problems crop up at any time then please do not hesitate in requesting assistance, because as a lifetime of being an RF and associated equipment engineer I don't mind in the least, as my job has always been my hobby.

Kind Regards / JB

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