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Greetings - 07-July-2012, 07:28

Hi All,

I am just getting back into Satellite again after a few years of taking a bit of a back seat, I still have an Echostar LT8700 somewhere, that I used to use for D2Mac, then added a Nokia DVB9600 when Digital first came out.

I wired up my house a few years ago for satellite/TV/FM distribution with a 16 way multiswitch and multiplex outlets, this is connected to a 60cm dish with a quatro LNB. The multiswitch also has a common input for TV and FM, I can also feed DAB and CCTV if I want, but have not wired those aspects in yet, although I have run the cable for DAB, just need to add another aerial, and I have a CCTV system along with an RF insertion unit, but have not set it up yet.

I have a 90cm actuator trackable dish with a dual LNB, I recently bought a V-Box II positioner to control this since my Echostar with built-in positioner is not really much use any more, it being entirely Analogue.

I also have a 60cm dish that can receive Astra1 and Hotbird, each with dual output LNBs.

I recently purchased a VU+ Ultimo with 3 DVB-S2 modules that will go in my Cinema room, once I have converted the garage, for now it is in the bedroom, although I have bought a VU+ Solo for use in there (I only ran a single cable for this room when the loft conversion was being done - so no point in a dual input box). I also have a few Skybox S12 units in my kids bedrooms.

A couple of the rooms in the house receive more than one cable: the lounge (although we currently do not even have a TV in there) and the family room. The Cinema room will have at least 3 cables, the intention is to have all of the dishes connected to the VU+ Ultimo, and at least 2 connections to the multiswitch that receives a feed from Astra2, this will be achieved with a Diseqc switch, I am sure this will be a challenge to set up!

I also intend to provide a Diseqc switchable feed to my office to include the second output from each of the 3 dual LNBs as well as from the Multiswitch, I have not decided what box to use there yet, but in the short term it will probably use the VU+ Solo.

My day job is a Unix System Administrator, so Linux based satellite servers and command line interfaces hold no fears for me - I love vi.


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