Send Digibox RF outlet to another TV
Sending Sky signal to bedroom TV or other room, (together with aerial signal if required).
Where can I find a "magic eye" kit?
We sell comprehensive instructions for installing a single "magic eye" remote extender (free to customers).
Your Sky Digibox has an aerial input and two analogue RF outputs. Any aerial signals fed to the aerial input will be combined with the currently-selected Sky programme (converted to analogue) and the combined signals come out of both RF output sockets. It's important to note that the RF output of any receiver is analogue because this means that it can be displayed only by a TV that has an analogue tuner. Most modern TV sets have a digital (Freeview) tuner and an analogue tuner. So you must select the analogue tuner then scan for analogue channels, with the Digibox connected and turned on, otherwise the Sky channel won't be found. (If your TV has NO analogue tuner, but has a SCART socket, you'll need a Global DTA.)
The purpose of a SkyLink "magic eye" is to send remote control signals back to the Sky Digibox. To do this it needs a (good quality) coaxial cable connected back to RF2 on the Digibox. This cable also carries modulated RF with picture and sound (analogue, mono audio) so you can connect it to any TV with an analogue tuner. The picture quality will be comparable with a good "analogue" picture and sound will be mono.
Existing cable may need to be replaced with a double-shielded type to guarantee reliable operation.
You can use RG6 cable, WF100 cable or thin WF65 cable.
Wall sockets should be screened and, if carrying power to the magic eye, "DC pass" type (i.e. not decoupled).
Connection of "eye" to TV should be with double-screened cable and may need to be decoupled.
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The TV does NOT need to be connected if all you want is remote control facility.
E.g. where you are using HDMI or CAT5/6 cable, you can run WF65-1 alongside just for remote control.
Note that all RF output signals provide a typical (you might say "average") analogue picture quality, which is "on par" with the old analogue picture from an aerial. In addition, the RF audio is always mono. (The Freeview audio will be stereo.)
If you will not be happy with the average picture quality and mono audio, then don't use the RF output. You could use a long Scart lead or an HDMI lead or a CAT5 HDMI converter system (explained elsewhere on this web site). You can still use the RF output with one or more "magic eyes" to provide the remote control facility. But the cable won't need to be connected to anything other than the "magic eye".
To pipe the TV aerial signal round the house with the selected Sky channel signal, connect your aerial cable to the Digibox aerial input. Set the Digibox RF Outlet UHF channel (in the secret "Installer Menu") so that it doesn't conflict with any terrestrial channel. There's a choice of UHF channels from 21 to 69. Choose the one that produces least interference, by trial and error, or by looking up the channel usage for your area. This is explained in our eBook "Piping TV Around the House".
The Digibox will combine its own selected programme (in analogue PAL-i format) with the aerial digital (and analogue*) signals, and output these from RF1 and RF2. Connect main TV to Digibox via Scart (or HDMI if available).
With the Digibox ON, set your second TV to scan the ANALOGUE channels and it will find the Sky Digibox programme. Store this and note the analogue TV Programme number. Set your TV to scan the DIGITAL channels and it should find all the Freeview channels, provided that your aerial system is receiving them. Switch your TV to analogue whenever you wish to watch a Sky programme.
*Analogue broadcasts have ceased in some UK areas and will cease altogether in 2012.
RF2 includes a 9 volt DC power supply (set it to ON, if required for an amplifier, in the secret "Installer Menu" ).
You have fed the output from your Sky Digibox to the second TV set via coaxial cable from RF Outlet 2. (Note that the RF outlets give only mono audio but this shouldn't matter for a TV in the bedroom/kitchen/conservatory). If you want to control the Sky Digibox from the second TV you must add one of our SkyLink remote extenders.
Do NOT plug the SkyLink directly into the TV aerial socket as this can damage the TV tuner or the SkyLink (or both). Always use a flexible coaxial lead to connect them. See photo below.
Before I explain how to do the wiring properly, I'll first answer all those who have complained that "I can't get the aerial cable to my Sky Digibox!" Fair enough; there IS a possible workaround.
Note that the SkyLink "magic eye" must have a direct connection to the Sky Digibox RF2 output. There is NO guarantee that this method will work reliably or produce pictures that are free from interference. You might be able to use the existing aerial cable for the RF2 connection but make sure there's a DC path to the SkyLink "eye". Any wall plate must be a "non-isolating" type.
Why might this not work? It looks like an obvious solution to me?
The TV aerial presents a short-circuit or, at best, an impedance of 75 Ohms at UHF frequencies. When coupled to the splitter, it might reduce the Sky RF signal too much and/or it might reduce the remote signal from the SkyLink "magic eye". We sell a "SkyLink compatible splitter", which is worth a try, but I can't guarantee that it will work with every combination of aerial, cable, magic-eye and TV. (If your combination works, please provide details.)
You might need to decouple the connection between splitter and TV.
Where can I find a "magic eye" kit?
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