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New house data wiring. Sky and Telephone distribution.

Posted on 2007-10-08
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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.

Question by:wint100
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Expert Comment

ID: 20034115
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.
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Expert Comment

ID: 20034136
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 Comment

ID: 20034143
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.
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If you want more information on wiring the sky then you can find a lot of helpfull posts at


Author Comment

ID: 20034163
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?
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grblades earned 2000 total points
ID: 20034187
You can use a normal cat5 patch panel. Terminate your cat5 points on one patch panel as per normal.
Then on another patch panel (or the same one) create some joined sockets (patch a long wire at the back connecting all pin1's etc...). Then use a short patch lead to patch the joined sockets to the master and the extensions you want.

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