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Installing A Sky Magic Eye

Installing A Sky Magic Eye

What is a Sky Magic Eye / TV Link?

Sky Magic Eyes allow the viewing and changing of Sky channels from a remote location. They allow you to watch and change Sky channels on other TVs simultaneously.

They are compatible with Sky original Digiboxes, Sky+ and Sky HD.

A coaxial cable (aerial cable) connection is required between the Sky Digibox and second TV/Remote location.

For multiple TV connections, you will need to pass the cable through a Sky Compatible Distribution Amplifier. This allows the distribution of the Sky TV Channel and remote functions to up to 16 TVs! Smaller 2-4 way amplifiers are available that do not require external power (they use the power provided by the Sky Digibox) however all amplifiers above 4 way require connection to an external power source i.e. a plug socket.

More than one Sky box can be used in this way using an SPC4. This allows for the connection and independent control of up to 4 sky boxes to up to 16 TVs.

How Does It Work?


On the rear of your Sky digital receiver there is an aerial input, an aerial output (for connection to your TV) and an extra output on the back for connection to a second TV set. This second connection is named the RF2 Out.

 

RF2 Outlet on the back of a sky box

Once setup via the Skybox Menu, this RF2 output will send a 9volt supply to power and control your Sky Magic Eye. The role of any amplifiers is to amplify/boost the signal and make sure correct control of the Sky Magic Eyes. You must make sure the amplifier is a Sky Magic Eye/Link Compatible model.

If you connect your aerial into the aerial in socket on the back of the sky box you will also receive the aerial signal to all connected TVs!

                                                                                                                           

What Do I Need To Do?

To wire this you need to run a length of standard coaxial cable to your second TV or Sky Compatible Distribution Amplifier.

Simply connect one end of the cable into the RF2 Output on the back of the Sky box and the other end to the Sky Magic Eye which in turn plugs into the aerial connection of the secondary TV.

To connect to the RF2 Output on the back of the Sky Digibox you will need to use a standard IEC Male connector with a Female to Female adaptor (you can use a female IEC connector but these are not advised if you are making the cable up yourself).

To connect to the Sky Magic Eye you will need to use either a standard IEC Male connector or a screw on F’connector (depends on the magic eye you have.

If all goes well there should be a LED light lit on the Sky Magic Eye. This means that it is ready to use and all you have to do now is tune your TV in to the correct analogue channel and use a Sky remote that is the same as your Sky box (Standard, Sky+ or Sky HD) to have control over the sky box.

If the LED light has not come on you simply need to activate the Sky box to use the Sky Magic Eye. This is done in one of two ways depending upon which Sky box you have, either the standard/Sky + or the newer Sky HD.

Simply using your Sky remote control, pointed at your Sky box, and viewing the TV:

 

Sky HD Magic Eye Box Activation Instructions:

1. Press ‘SERVICES’

2. Press ‘0’ for SYSTEM SETUP (HIDDEN)

3. Press ‘0’ then ‘1’ then Press ‘SELECT’ – to enter INSTALLERS MENU

4. Press ‘4’ for RF OUTLETS

5. Scroll down to RF OUTLET POWER SUPPLY and turn it to ‘ON’.

6. Scroll down to SAVE NEW SETTINGS and Press ‘SELECT’ to store the changes

7. Press ‘BACKUP’ to go back to your Sky channel

 

Sky Standard or Sky+ Magic Eye Box Activation Instructions:

 

1. Press ‘SERVICES’

2. Press ‘4’ for SYSTEM SETUP

3. Press ‘0’ then ‘1’ then Press SELECT – to enter INSTALLERS MENU

4. Press ‘4’ for RF OUTLETS

5. Scroll down to RF OUTLET POWER SUPPLY and turn it to ‘ON’.

6. Scroll down to SAVE NEW SETTINGS and Press ‘SELECT’ to store the changes

7. Press ‘BACKUP’ to go back to your Sky channel

Switch RF Power ON!

Once completed your Sky Magic Eye should now have the LED lit and you will be able to tune your TV in to pick up the picture and change the channels using your Sky remote control. If you are still having problems please see our troubleshooting guide below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fitting Multiple Links

Example of a multi magic eye setup

 

If you have more than one extra TV in your house that you want to be able to use to watch and control your Sky TV, you will need a Sky Magic Eye Compatible Amplifier (normal amplifiers won’t send the 9v needed to control the Sky Magic Eye so you must use a Sky Compatible one!).

To install the amplifier choose a suitable location and amplifier for your needs. Remember if you just have a couple of extra rooms you can use a non powered amplifier so can put it anywhere as power is not required, but if you are connecting up many rooms you will need to have a bigger powered amplifier and spare plug socket to connect into. Also if you are connecting multiple rooms then you are going to have many cables so choosing somewhere like a loft or cupboard might be ideal, whereas if you only have a couple of rooms you could easily hide the amplifier and cables behind your TV.

To wire up the amplifier simply connect a coaxial cable from the RF2 Outlet on the back of the Sky box to the input of the amplifier then  install a coaxial cable from the amplifier to every room/TV location you want to be able to watch and control your Sky box. Fit the TV Links and follow the above instructions.

 

Troubleshooting

Most faults are caused by badly fitted connectors or cables being the wrong way around.

If the light on the Sky Magic Eye doesn’t light up:

  • Firstly make sure that the Sky Box is setup to send power out on the RF2 Output (see sky box activation instructions above).
  • Make sure you are using the RF2 Output – There are 2! One is called the RF1 (for use with the TV that is right next to the Sky box) the other is RF2. If you have the wrong one selected the Sky Magic Eye won’t work.
  • Check all of your connections, there should be ample centre core in the middle of the connector and none of the braiding should be touching it, if it does it will short and not send any power!
  • Make sure your amplifier is switched on if you have a powered one.
  • If all this fails, try connecting your Sky Magic Eye directly to the RF2 output on the back of the Sky box. If it doesn’t light up there could be a problem with either the Magic Eye or the Sky box. If it does light up the problem lies with either the connectors or cable.

If the light on the Sky Magic Eye lights up but the remote control doesn’t work:

  • Try using just a short piece of cable and connect directly to the RF2 outlet, if this doesn’t work there could be a problem with the Magic Eye or Sky box. If it does work with a short length of cable then there could be a problem with the cable or the cable run could be too long, try using an amplifier to boost the signal. It is best to boost it at the back of the sky box as opposed to boosting it at the Magic Eye end.

I can use the remote control but the sky picture isn’t working or is fuzzy/distorted?

  • If this is the case you will need to change the RF channel that the Sky box is outputting on as it must be interfering with another signal. To do this follow the instructions above on activating your box to use the Sky Magic Eye, after pressing ‘4’ RF Outlets. Change the RF Channel number to something else, it is 68 by default, you can use RF channels between 21-69. After you have changed it you will need to retune your additional TVs to pick up the change in RF channel.

I can get the Sky channel & use the remote control ok BUT I can’t get any other Freeview or analogue channels?

  • You must connect your aerial into the ‘aerial in’ on the back of the sky box to be able to get your TV aerial distributed throughout the same system.

Getting your Sky remote control to control your TV

Please see the next blog… Coming Soon…

Installing Multiple Sky boxes onto one system and controlling any one from any location:

Coming soon…

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1 Comment on Installing A Sky Magic Eye

  1. Good afternoon,
    I was hoping to connect a Sky Magic Eye to a MYSKY HD is this cable compatable between the 2 so then we can watch sky in a 2nd room.
    If so how much does the Magic eye cost and how long would delivery take.
    Many thanks look forward to receiving your reply.
    Ginny Bevan.

    Ginny Bevan | May 14, 2016 at 12:37 pm () (Reply)

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