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Old 28-04-2008, 12:25 PM
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Default sky + box can i install myself

hi i currently have a normal sky box with sky, but if i bought a used sky+ box is it easy enough to swap it over, or do i need a special engineer

sky have quoted me 99 for the box and 60 installation, but i can buy a used one for 50 and just swap it over will save me over 100

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Old 28-04-2008, 12:52 PM
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You need two feeds from your dish ( LNB ) for Sky+ to work fully.
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If you have a quad lnb (four outputs on the part that sticks out from the dish to catch the reflected signal) and dual cable already in place - Yes.

If not you will need:

Quad lnb to replace your current one

Twin (or shotgun style sometimes called), enough length to go fromt eh dish to your box.

You can run the box with just 1 feed from the sat dish but you will lose functionality.

Watch 1 program only


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If you google 'installing sky digital TV' you'll find tons of "how to" web sites.
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Old 29-04-2008, 10:26 AM
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It is very simple to do, I did it myself. Buy a Quad LNB and replace the single one on your dish, then run a second cable down to your sky+ box. You will have two feeds now. Don't forget you will have to subscribe to sky for sky + which is about another £10 per month (free if you have 2 or more premium channels, I.E movies and sports)
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Old 29-04-2008, 5:32 PM
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pretty sure that theres no extra charge for sky plus now.
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Old 29-04-2008, 7:05 PM
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Thats what I thought, they used to charge £10, but nothing now.

As stated, Sky+ needs two feeds from the dish to work fully (you can use the box temporarily until you install the second feed, make sure you connect your LNB to Input 1 on the box). You CAN use the Sky + box on a single LNB fix but its a bit of a pain and you dont get the full Sky + services.

See and see here for details on help in installing the new LNB for Sky + (having problems getting the forum accept this web address, delete the extra space after the word satcure) www.satcure This details on running Sky + on one LNB output

You need to phone Sky when you swap the box to tell them your card serial number and receiver serial number to match them together (otherwise your card wont work in the new box).

You can usually install a new Quad LNB without having to realign your dish.

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