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    Does this faceplate have a SKY connector?

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      Does this faceplate have a SKY connector?

      I dont get it. I live in a building where other people have sky through a communal dish (nobody can install its own dish) so Im thinking that means every apartment has a faceplate with a normal tv aerial entry and a satellite entry. But mine (see the picture attached) seems to have 2 aerial entries. The wire that you see is plugged into an aerial entry and it looks like the one next to it is also an aerial entry but I cant plug my sky wire into it (back at my old place the satellite entry looked different, it was coming out of the wall a bit). Now im thinking that my wall faceplate must have a satellite entry since other people in the building can get sky through a communal dish right? It cant be that im the only one that does not have this. I read somewhere that both aerial and satellite signal come down from top of the building through 1 wire and the faceplate just splits the signal into 2, hence the 2 entries. So is it the case that I just need to call an electrician and ask him to replace the current faceplate (which seems to be twin aerial) with one that has a sat/aerial entry? That should be easy to do if the satellite signal comes down through just 1 wire. He just needs to split the signals right?

      Alternatively is there a way of connecting my sky box to that empty entry to you see in the picture? Appreciate your help. Thanks.


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      Re: Does this faceplate have a SKY connector?

      Have you asked your landlord, that should be your first port of call.

      If you wish to do it yourself however, then read on...

      Try connecting a TV to both sockets to test if you can receive a freeview signal? If you can receive a reasonable freeview signal from both sockets, then they are unlikely to be connected to a satellite dish.

      If one of the sockets doesn't give a freeview signal, then it could be connected to a dish, in which case find a RF cable, snip one end off, and replace it with an F connector, they are very cheap and are easy to fit.

      Useful links: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=f+connector

      Edit: if it works, you might want to consider replacing the faceplate and buying (or making) a new cable with two F connectors, and most importantly with the correct grade of cable, as the cable that you snip an RF plug off, should work, but won't be the correct grade. Also, don't use more cable that you think you need, as the signal will degrade more on longer cables (especially the wrong type of cable).

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      Re: Does this faceplate have a SKY connector?

      Are you sure you don't have a satellite connection elsewhere? In a cupboard or suchlike. It is possible you have a terrestrial aerial and a FM radio output on the plate you show. Find out how your next door neighbour is connecting to Sky.

      He just needs to split the signals right?
      It is not quite as simple as that, you can't just put a splitter on a dish feed and get two feeds.

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      Re: Does this faceplate have a SKY connector?

      Quote Originally Posted by lamanetu View Post
      I just need to call an electrician
      An electrician deals with electrical wiring. This is a job for a satellite TV installer who understands coaxial cable and everything else associated with satellite TV.

      The socket in your photo was originally designed for medium wave radio. It was later pressed into service for VHF TV, then UHF TV, but it's really not suitable. It is totally unsuitable for satellite LNB signals and could result in "some programmes missing".

      Look behind the plate and inspect the cable. If it's not double-screened, it hasn't been installed for satellite TV signals.
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