Sky I/O Replication
iO-LINK compatibility for multi-room installations
Applicable to the following models:
Older type Sky™ boxes such as the DRX595 and DRX890 series no longer provide a UHF modulated output.
A consequence of this is that they have no powered RF2 connection for distribution to other rooms of a house, just the iO link.
A significant difference between the iO-LINK and RF2 is the available current for powering remote infrared eyes and associated amplifiers.
The iO-LINK will only power one eye , whereas RF2 on the older receivers could power a typical 4-way distribution system (75mA max).
Using PROception products with iO-LINK to build multi-way systems...
Our ProLink22 product plugs into the accessory I/O PORT of the newer HD Sky™ set-top box and provides a modulated PAL output together with the remote control power facilities originally provided by RFOUT-2.
An aerial loop-through facility is also provided. It's easy to use the iO-LINK with the unrivalled PROception range of amplifiers and accessories to build multi-room systems, allowing users to watch and control their Sky™ receiver from every TV room in the house.
For a simple single extension room only a proSAT1EYE infrared eye is required. Larger systems will need a suitable amplifier to distribute the signals and power the eyes.
PROception Alternative to iO-LINK (PROLINK22)
Flexible RF Output Modulator, restoring traditional Sky distribution
Distributing the analogue RF output of a Sky™ box from the main TV location to other rooms remains a popular solution for aerial installers. The new PROception proLINK22 modulator and remote control unit allows unrivalled flexibility for this application.
*This requires the use of PROception proSAT1EYE IR eyes and assumes that the local TV is connected by Scart or HDMI and does not require an RF antenna connection. Recommended splitter is proSPL204 ( See more information here )
System Components for iO-Link Compatibility with Other Equipment:
Note: no additional amplifier or PSU is required if feeding only one remote room.
Note: the 4-, 6- and 8-way amplifiers have a separate VHF input covering bands II (FM) and III (DAB) with dual bandpass filtering. Any VHF feed must be connected to this input, not routed via the iO-LINK.
Starboxes (PROSTR range)
starBOX Products mains powered with integral PSU
Note:see product literature and instructions for the full capabilities of these products. Connect feed from the iO-LINK to the UHF return input and any VHF feeds to the relevant amplifier inputs.
New generation 4-way amps
Flexible line-powered amplifiers (4-way)
Note:The PSU can be located anywhere in-line between the iO-LINK and the amplifier. iO-LINK output is connected to OUT on the PSU and IN (+12V) on the PSU goes to the input of the amplifier. Do not attempt to power proAMP104X with local DC power unit, e.g. proPSA125, for this application.
* PSU must be the Mk2 version. The amplifiers operate in Mode 2 (orange indication for proAMP104X).
New generation 10-way amp
Compact 10-way amplifier with flexible powering options
Using passive splitters
A 2-way passive splitter such as the proSPL204 can be used with the iO-LINK to power two PROception eyes, without an additional amplifier or power unit. This is not a recommended configuration however, since we cannot guarantee that it will work in all situations. The iO-LINK is designed to power one eye only. All other configurations should include a powered amplifier to ensure reliable operation with iO-LINK or proLINK22 .
Using passive splitters can introduce other problems. To power multiple eyes a splitter must have DC power-pass capability to all its outlets. Should one split leg be connected directly to a TV receiver, omitting the eye, there is a risk that it will short-out the 9V power to the eyes on the other leg(s), causing confusion and call-backs. This risk is avoided entirely by using a proper IR-capable amplifier, designed to handle this situation.
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Problem solving installation of iO-Link (PROLINK22 and TV Eyes (PROSAT1EYEMK3)
If after your installation things are not working as expected:
- TV is not displaying picture from Sky™ box and LED on PROSAT1EYE mk3 is NOT lit.
Please check all of the connections. If the LED is not lit then this suggests one of the plugs is not correctly fitted and is either shorted or not connected.
- TV is not displaying picture from Sky™ box and LED on PROSAT1EYE mk3 IS lit.
The TV is not yet tuned to the channel on the Sky box. Please re-tune your TV and ensure you are in analogue mode not DTT mode.
- TV is displaying picture from the Sky™ box but the remote does not work and PROSAT1EYE mk3 LED not lit.
a. Ensure that if you have wall plates fitted, that they are power pass type (all Blake outlets are power pass)
b. You may need to switch on the Sky™ mode RF2. This is done using the service menu on the Sky™ Box and in different ways depending on model.
Either Press services, 001 select (ignore the menu on the screen until the end), go into the RF options and switch to power on, remember to save the settings.
or Press Services, then 001, press Select and and then 4. Scroll down to RF Outlet Power Supply, press right arrow button to select ON then green button to Save.
c. Check for shorts or breaks on all plugs and cables. (Bear in mind a break will stop voltage passing but RF will jump the break and allow picture!)
Troubleshooting an installation usually involves taking things back to stage one.
Take the PROSAT1EYEMK3 eye and push directly into the RF2 output of the proLINK22 , in the back of the Sky™ box. If the eye LED lights and the remote works then the problem is further up in the installation.
If the eye does not work then the Sky™ RF2 needs switching on (see #3 above).
Sometimes after a short, the Sky™ box will switch off the RF2 voltage (even though it says it's on!) simply switch off, save, and switch back on and save.
Next take the PROSAT1EYEMK3 and connect to the cable BEFORE it enters the distribution amplifier if that lights then the cable is OK at that point.
Now check the distribution amplifier is Sky™ RF2 compatible, in our PROAMP range this is confirmed by the R at the end of our part number (eg proamp28R).
The amplifier must have return path for this to work.
Plug the eye into the output of the distribution amplifier, if the lights and the remote works then this proves the amplifier is return path and is working as expected.
If all that has worked then the problem may be in the down-lead from the amplifier to the TV set. Check plugs and if you have a multi-meter check continuity of the cable.
Check that the wall plate (if used) are power pass as this will stop the eye from getting power.
It is also worth noting at this point, ensure that the TV is NOT outputting 5v as if powering a masthead amplifier, check manufacturers instructions as this can stop the eye from working.