How to install a sky eye

I am have decided to do a my next couple on posts on the subject of sky eyes.

  • How to install a sky eye

  • How to run a sky eye to multiple rooms

  • How to Trouble shoot problems with sky eye/ reception

I will deal just with the subject of installing a sky eye in this post:

How to Install a Sky eye

Sky eyes are very useful and inexpensive but they are also prone to give a lot of problems. The nub of the issue is that the eye works off a 9V power supply given by the sky box and everything needs to be set up just right if the eye is work properly.

Stage 1: Install and test sky eye directly off sky box

  1. Ensure that the sky box is turned on connected to the tv
  2. Connect the sky eye to the back to the ‘RF 2′ outlet on the back of the sky box
  3. Press the ‘services’ button the sky remote
  4. Select ‘system setup’
  5. Press ‘0′, ‘1′ & ‘Select’ in quick succession
  6. From the Installer menu select ‘RF Outputs’
  7. Turn the RF output setting to ‘ON’ and exit saving settings
  8. Also you can adjust the RF channel on which the sky signal will be broadcast
    • If you are combining an aerial input into the RF output this is critical
    • if the RF frequency is already being using by a TV channel it will cause interference
    • Avoid this by selecting an alternative channel number from 21-69 – (68 is the default)
    • I generally set 35 as my default but it depends on what your local transmitter is.
  9. Select ‘RF Outputs’
  10. Exit out all the way and check to see does the sky eye now work.
  11. The LED on your Sky eye should now be Lighting

This step has verified that:

  • Your sky eye is in working order
  • That your sky box is capable of supplying the necessary 9V signal to power the eye

Stage 2: Install Sky Eye is the 2nd Room

  1. Run a satellite cable (connect an existing cable) into the ‘RF 2′ outlet on the back of the sky box
  2. This cable will need to be terminated with a Coax connector and a Coax joiner
  3. In the attic join the cable coming from the sky box to the cable feeding the addition TV
    • using low loss F-connectors (qty 2) and an F joiner (qty1)
    • for multi-room use 2 way or 4 way Link amplifiers or Distribution amplifers
  4. Terminate the other end of the cable in the second room with a Coax connector
  5. Push the coax connector into the sky Eye
  6. Push the sky into the back of the television
  7. Tune the TV into the correct frequency i.e. Channel 68 (default) which corresponds to 847 MHz
  8. Place the sensor part sky eye facing towards the seat which will be used by viewers
  9. Use sky remote to change channels on the remote sky box.
  10. INSTALLATION COMPLETE !!

Equipment for Sky eye system

In the table below I have outlined examples of full equipment lists for adding different number of TVs.

Connectors (qty)

Extra TVs Cable F F Join Coax Coax Join Distribution Eye
1 Near 20m

4

2

2

1

n/a

1

2-4 Near 20m, 50m

12

5

5

1

2 way or 4 way 2-4
2-4 Far 50m, 100m

12

5

5

1

2 out or 4 out 2-4
5-8 100m,250m

24

9

9

1

8 out 5-8

You will note that:

  • Also you may wish to purchase additional Sky Sky+ or Sky HD Remotes remotes
  • Equipment selection is effected by the number of TVs and the distance away from the satellite box.
  • By following on the products links you will see detailed installation videos and instruction for each product.
  • If using existing wiring it may not be necessary to buy any more than 20m of satellite cable

Related topics – How to Fix a sky eye which is not Working

All of the above options are cable of running a sky eye in more than 1 room and use Twist on F-connectors

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1 Comment

  1. Hi,
    I was wondering, if i get rid of one sky muiti room – would the sky eye run from the same wiring thats installed?

    Thanks

    REPLY: Yes the sky eyes would work as normal but you would loose your sky+ facility

    Comment by Claire — March 4, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

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