Whenever anyone wishes to go past the normal one LNB to one receiver system, then they would need a switch. The usual type of switch has a simple A/B control for the user to manually do the switching by hand, but as is normal why do this switching yourself when it can be fully automatic?

That is why this page is titled "Smart Switches", when here you will find all the types of switches and splitters that you will need, where once installed won't require you to lift a finger to operate. And if you wish to be really lazy then you can always pay a satellite installer to do the initial install work for you.

So following now are the devices that you desire. Also if you need anything that I do not yet stock, then you can always ask.

Global Smart Priority Switch

This device could well be Global's best selling item and with good reason. This reason happens to be those people having both analogue and digital receivers would ideally wish to share their single LNB between both receivers. Also in these modern times you could also use this device to share your single LNB between your usual satellite receiver and one of the new satellite tuner cards for your Personal Computer.

So when you need to share a single input between two outputs, then this is the device that youneed. After all it saves buying a new twin output LNB, and fitting a second run of coaxial cable, or even moving to multiple LNB DiSEqC switching.

The SPS1 uses a master and slave system. How this works is that the slave receiver would have complete LNB control until the master receiver is switched on and takes over control.

Should the master receiver constantly power the LNB (like with the Sky Digibox) meaning that it is always seen as "on", then the SPS1 can also make use of an available 0/12v switch to do the switching. A common 0/12v switch would be pin 8 of the TV Scart, usually controlled through the menu, but other more featured satellite receives would come with a dedicated 12 volt switch.

Ordering Code: SPS1
Includes: SPS1, Two F-Type Plug to Plug Leads, the instructions, and some sticky tabs.
Gross Weight: 214g
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NOTE: Global Communications no longer manufacturer most of their products including this one but I should soon successfully restock.

Global 2-Way LNB Power Switch

This device must be the cheapest way to switch your receiver between two LNBs without pulling out one cable and plugging in another one, when this device is cheaper than the cost of full DiSEqC based LNB switching.

It works using most receivers natural function of switching off the power to the LNB when the receiver is put on standby. As this device will switch between the two LNBs when the receiver has been switched off and then back on again. So with just two pushes of the standby button on your remote control, then this device will swap between LNBs and therefore satellites.

That also means that this device is not suitable for use with those receivers that power the LNB all the time (like the Sky Digibox), when not switching off the power to the LNB means no switching.

And so just by attaching this device to the two LNBs and then to the coaxial cable to the receiver will have it up and working in no time. That means that this device is designed to be installed outdoors near the dish, which is why it comes with a rainproof cover and a pole clamp in order to attach it to the mount.

Since no additional cables are included, then just see my low cost FLEAD cables, on the Cables (audio/video) page, should you be in need of some.

The only other thing I can say about it is that it handles the frequency range of 700 to 2350 Mhz, which is more than what you need for common satellite TV use.

Ordering Code: LNBSW
Gross Weight: 170g
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Global 60Hz LNB/UHF/VHF Switch

If you have already read the description for my GEN60+ device on my Tone Generators page, then right here is the second of the two devices needed to establish a 60Hz LNB switching system.

Although to begin with I should point out that this is much more than a simple two-way LNB switch. What I mean is that as this device supports a frequency range from 47 to 2350 MHz, then this supported range goes beyond what is needed for Satellite TV use at 950 to 2350 MHz. In other words if you wish to set up a system for switching between two TV or Radio aerials, which operates in the 47 to 850 MHz range, then this device can also handle this switching just fine.

You can also put both Satellite TV and Terrestrial TV/Radio down the single coaxial cable if you desire, where my Diplexers page will tell you all about that, but if your desire is just for two-way LNB switching, then you will be happy to know that here is the device to do that and more.

The way that this device operates is that; when no 60Hz tone is present then the signal from the first of the two inputs is passed down to the receiver/tuner, then once the 60Hz tone frequency is enabled then so will this device switch to passing the signal from the second input down to the receiver/tuner.

The most important thing that Satellite TV users should keep in mind is that this 60Hz tone signal is designed to work together with the 22kHz tone signal. And so if your desire is to set up a system to switch your receiver between two Universal LNBs, without wanting to change your receiver to a 22kHz pulsed DiSEqC supporting model, then right here is a perfect device to do just that. And the advantage of this device, over the above SPS1, is that it will help to minimise your cable runs.

The only other thing to add is that this is an internal model, where it comes with a mounting bracket for being screwed into a suitable location in your loft or other building location. Since I do not see this as the ideal answer for minimising your coaxial cable use, then I will add that you can also mount it outside if you remove the plastic internal cover and be very generous in wrapping the whole device in some Self-Amalgamating Tape.

Anyway, if you desire to do some two-way switching, of both digital and analogue Terrestrial TV, Terrestrial Radio, and Satellite TV/Radio, then right here is the device to do that one at a time or all at once. That I guess makes it the most functional switch on this page.

Ordering Code: LNBSW60
Gross Weight: 132g
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6-Way F-Type Splitter

Should you desire to go beyond simple two-way switching, then this JebSee 6-Way splitter (model number STV-2786P) may be just what you need.

What I mean is that just imagine up to six rooms in your house, or other building, each having their own satellite receiver. That would make for one happy family, when each person could then view what they wanted.

Since this device is a vastly cheaper than a full SMATV system then naturally something has to give. And what you won't get here is the full lower and upper LNB frequeny bands, as well the LNB's polarity control. In other words one receiver will have to play master, while all the other receivers will have to be passive slaves. More directly then since the common universal LNB has both a L.O and polarity switch, then only 1 of the 4 possible frequeny bands can be seen at any one time.

In reality this is not too bad. For example the whole Sky Digital service (the largest in Europe) resides in just the higher LNB L.O's frequency coverage. So in this case you could only view half the stations at a time, due to the conflicting polarity control. And well if each of your receivers supported two LNB inputs, then two of this device, combined with a twin output LNB, could still provide your up-to six receivers with the entire Sky Digital (or whatever) service.

From my testing, the way this device seems to work, is that the first receiver switched on takes control of the LNB and provides the power. All the other receivers switched on following are then the slaves. To remove the possibility of any conflict, then I would recommend that 22kHz tone control is disabled on all the slave receivers, when unlike the voltage polarity control this can cause some conflict. This should not be a problem to do, when every satellite receiver that I have owned, including my Sky Digibox, has this option in the menu system.

As already mentioned, the biggest feature of this device, is that you will find no other device to support this many receivers for any where close to this low price.

Ordering Code: SPLIT6
Gross Weight: 230g
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8-Way F-Type Splitter

Since this JebSee 8-Way splitter (model number STV-2788P) is exactly the same as the previous item, beyond the 8 way signal splitting that is, then I hope you won't mind me just repeating the text from the previous section.

So just imagine up to eight rooms in your house, or other building, each having their own satellite receiver. That would make for one happy family, when each person could then view what they wanted.

Since this device is a vastly cheaper than a full SMATV system then naturally something has to give. And what you won't get here is the full lower and upper LNB frequeny bands, as well the LNB's polarity control. In other words one receiver will have to play master, while all the other receivers will have to be passive slaves. More directly then since the common universal LNB has both a L.O and polarity switch, then only 1 of the 4 possible frequeny bands can be seen at any one time.

In reality this is not too bad. For example the whole Sky Digital service (the largest in Europe) resides in just the higher LNB L.O's frequency coverage. So in this case you could only view half the stations at a time, due to the conflicting polarity control. And well if each of your receivers supported two LNB inputs, then two of this device, combined with a twin output LNB, could still provide your up-to eight receivers with the entire Sky Digital (or whatever) service.

From my testing, the way this device seems to work, is that the first receiver switched on takes control of the LNB and provides the power. All the other receivers switched on following are then the slaves. To remove the possibility of any conflict, then I would recommend that 22kHz tone control is disabled on all the slave receivers, when unlike the voltage polarity control this can cause some conflict. This should not be a problem to do, when every satellite receiver that I have owned, including my Sky Digibox, has this option in the menu system.

As already mentioned, the biggest feature of this device, is that you will find no other device to support this many receivers for any where close to this low price.

Ordering Code: SPLIT8
Gross Weight: 240g
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