We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

New house data wiring. Sky and Telephone distribution.

846 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-29
I have re-wired sinking all electrical and data cables into the walls.

Each room has 2 x CT100 coaxial cable, and 2 x Cat5e cables. All running back up to the loft space.

My idea was to use the 2 x CT100 for Sky+ in each room, 1 cat5e for telephone socket, and 1 x cat5e for Ethernet network.

I have a patch Data cabinet in the loft, RJ45 patch panel and switch etc.. for network, but nothing yet for telephone or sky distribution.

I do have the telephone run from the main incoming BT line to the loft, but do not have a BT master socket installed yet, only an MK master socket. All telephone cabling from the incoming to the loft is cat5e.

My quetions are:

1 - Can the Sky signal from the dish be connected to a distribution panel and then distributed down all the CT100 cables to each room? Using a single Coax from the dish. OR will this degrade quality.
Any exaples would be appreciated.

2 - What is the best way to distribute the telephone connection throughtout the house using the cat5e I have from the loft to each room? Baring in mind I do not yet have a BT master socket installed.

Thanks
Comment
Watch Question

CERTIFIED EXPERT

Commented:
No you cannot run a cable from a sky disk to more than one decoder. The reason for this is that the decoder sends a signal back to the lnb in the disk to tell it which satellite to track. This is why Sky+ requires two co-ax cables.
If you get a Sky+ compatible disk (which has a dual lnb) then you can patch one output to one ruun and another output to the other room.

Another alternative is to take the RF output from the decoder and feed that to the other rooms. You will have to watch the same programs in the rooms but you can buy an adapter which connects to the RF cable allowing you to change channels in other rooms.

You can also get quad output lnbs but most arnt designed for the sky disk so you have to be carefull you dont buy a generic version with an adapter on it. It wont work so well and you could end up with a blank screen in bad weather.
CERTIFIED EXPERT

Commented:
For the telephone just get the BT master socket installed and then get a BT plug - BT plug lead and some RJ45-BT socket adapters and then you can use them to patch the BT master socket into the cat5. In the attic you will need all the cables connected together so you will need to do some custom wiring of the patch panel but its only a single pair.

Author

Commented:
I have Octo LNB on so that should be ok. I have 2 coax cables to each room so will have 8 in total. I'll just have to pull 8 coaxs from the Dish to the loft area.
CERTIFIED EXPERT

Commented:
If you want more information on wiring the sky then you can find a lot of helpfull posts at

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=152

Author

Commented:
I was hoping to get a telephone patch panel for me data cabinet, (say a 1U) and patch it all through somehow to keep it neat.

Isn't there any kinf of patch panel/distirbution board I can get to do this?
CERTIFIED EXPERT
Commented:
Unlock this solution and get a sample of our free trial.
(No credit card required)
UNLOCK SOLUTION

Gain unlimited access to on-demand training courses with an Experts Exchange subscription.

Get Access
Why Experts Exchange?

Experts Exchange always has the answer, or at the least points me in the correct direction! It is like having another employee that is extremely experienced.

Jim Murphy
Programmer at Smart IT Solutions

When asked, what has been your best career decision?

Deciding to stick with EE.

Mohamed Asif
Technical Department Head

Being involved with EE helped me to grow personally and professionally.

Carl Webster
CTP, Sr Infrastructure Consultant
Empower Your Career
Did You Know?

We've partnered with two important charities to provide clean water and computer science education to those who need it most. READ MORE

Ask ANY Question

Connect with Certified Experts to gain insight and support on specific technology challenges including:

  • Troubleshooting
  • Research
  • Professional Opinions
Unlock the solution to this question.
Thanks for using Experts Exchange.

Please provide your email to receive a sample view!

*This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

OR

Please enter a first name

Please enter a last name

8+ characters (letters, numbers, and a symbol)

By clicking, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.