Pretty sure you can spilt the antenna to several decoder boxes using a
booster. But its a prerry high frequency booster.
I know you cantake decoded digital TV and feed that around - i.e. share
decoders wit several; TV's, but this is no optimal IMHO.
See if Labgear do something.
Psssive splitting is not recommeneded - signal loss.
They were put into administration in May by their majority
shareholder, Philex, who now seem to have put in a bid for the
goodwill, assets, but not factory or former employees to the
I suspect this will basically mean buying designs, having them
manufactured in China and retaining the brand.
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Whether the business was viable, I don't know - they were certainly
losing money. I suspect that "cheap" at one end of the equation
and UK employment conditions at the other stretched it too far.
In one sense, I think it's wrong that a company or shareholder can put
a business into administration and then the same company buy the
assets less the debts and commitments. On the other hand it does
represent the residual value of the business, and reasonably the
highest bidder should buy.
It is possible to manufacture in the UK, but only if you sell on
quality and service and not price. For example, I needed a spare
part for my Stuart Turner shower pump - a relay had become sticky.
Stuart Turner are in Henley, not far from me, so I called them up and
arranged to go over there. There's no street address on their web
site, and I couldn't think where on earth they could be. It turns
out that they have a modern factory tucked in behind the town centre.
You can buy any individual part for any pump or they have kits of
common parts like seals. Each part is packed with a sheet of
instructions explaining how to fit it. They also do repairs or
exchange units as well.
I was impressed by that - they seem to be a very well organised
business and were very helpful. Certainly not the cheap end of the
market, but service and product to that standard is rare.
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Omron have various plants in the UK, (I used to do maintenace at some
of them), they send some of the components through several factories
between start and finish and also send different batches out to
different ones, so the relay could be made anywhere, or everywhere!
One of their gems was to sell amplifiers etc to Argos at such a price that
it was cheaper for us to buy from Argos than from a wholesaler. As a result,
many installers boycotted Labgear altogether. I'm sure that it helped them
on the way to the administrator.
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You can take the output from the decoder to other TVs using splitters and
cable, or using a radio link (which will probably interfere with WiFi). The
disadvantage is that all TVs watch the same channel.
If you want to have a decoder in every room, there are two methods. A quick
explanation of how things work first, though.
Both methods use a dish with multiple LNBs. A dish may hold up to 4. The
signal comes in one of 4 channel bands. The receiving LNB is then switched
to convert those channel bands into the frequency that the decoder wants.
The decoder tells the LNB which channel band to convert.
The first method is to use one LNB per decoder (Sky+ counts as two). Each
has control over its own LNB. Advantages are simplicity and cost.
Disadvantage is that there is max 4 LNBs per dish, so no more than 4
decoders or 2 Sky+.
Second method uses an electronic switching box. This tells each of the 4
LNBs (on one dish) to connect to a different fixed channel (or uses
hardcoded LNBs). The internal electronics then route the converted output
requested by each decoder. Advantage: Unlimited decoders may be connected,
so excellent for tower blocks. Disadvantage: Cost.
"cable satellite tv" is a bit wooly. Its either cable OR satellite.
If you mean Sky then the sky boxes have outlets on the back for this
Of course these outlets can only show what the box is decoding.
Buy a connectorised splitter from Maplin (or Comet if they still do them) F
type sockets all round and some CT100/RG6 cable plus the correct size screw
on F type plugs. ( there are different types to suit different cable ODs)
If you have broadband, fit the splitter downstream from the modem tap off as
these modems can be fussy on signal levels.
TVs and cable boxes are a lot more tolerant on the splitter loss.
Maplin part nos
Cable (RG6) GG32K
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