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2 Exploras & 1 TV

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Re: 2 Exploras & 1 TV

was merely answering the OP question... R300 isn't going to go far toward a new TV.  So he can try the HDMI/RCA combo and compare the 2. If the difference is enough to warrent changing the 2nd output, he knows what to get 

 

/edit ... changed my "is" to "isn't .... as originally intended Smiley Happy "IS"  could be seen as a sarcastic response ... Smiley Very Happy

SLNB LMX501| Explora 2A (Primary 4,5,6) Explora 2A (Secondary 0,1,2) | Xtraview - decoders same room | 3 distributed HDMI endpoints via 2x4 Matrix
and Cat6 | 200/100 Fibre (OpenServe/Afrihost Premium UnCapped) | HD 5S in holiday mode
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Re: 2 Exploras & 1 TV

If it is the Samsung Series 4 J4003 32" LED TV, just make 100% sure as all the specs I see state that there are 2 x HDMI ports. One might be a bit hidden away somewhere or in a totally different place. I haven't seen a TV with only one HDMI port in quite some time.

 

Octo-LNB to 2 x 5.2 switches. Explora1 (Prim) & HDPVR 2P (Sec), Samsung 55" UA55F8500 Smart 3D LED TV, HDMI picture & audio via Onkyo TX-NR626
receiver. Explora2 in bedroom, HDMI picture & audio to Samsung 32" UA32F5500 Smart LED TV. 100Mbps M-Web fibre (OpenServe).
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Re: 2 Exploras & 1 TV

In my view, spending money on an HDMI  combiner when there is only an HD Ready TV available does not make sense. Pay the cash towards a new TV rather and use the existing RCA ports until then. The difference in quality between an HDMI connection and an RCA  connection in SD  for one of the decoders is not that much.

A new TV will have multiple HDMI  ports anyway a FULL HD TV that is.

Octo LNB; 2 by 2x4 MS; 2 by ES 5-2; Dedicated PSU for LNB, ES's, MS's; HD PVR 4P x 2; Explora 1; DSD 660; FSM
Doin' it 4 Tv

Re: 2 Exploras & 1 TV

The first one should do the job. HDMI from each Explora  to single HDMI out. Can use either the little remote or the Select button to switch between the 2 Exploras 

SLNB LMX501| Explora 2A (Primary 4,5,6) Explora 2A (Secondary 0,1,2) | Xtraview - decoders same room | 3 distributed HDMI endpoints via 2x4 Matrix
and Cat6 | 200/100 Fibre (OpenServe/Afrihost Premium UnCapped) | HD 5S in holiday mode
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Re: 2 Exploras & 1 TV

No you either make use of an SLNB  or a ES.

With a SLNB you are good to go on the connections to the SLNB.

I presume you are going to install the decoders in one location close to the TV?

If yes then simply run a second cable from the SLNB to that decoder for the second decoder.

Connect a HB cable between the two, RF to RF. don't fiddle around with trying to route HB  via the SLNB. Go RF OUT on the Primary to RF IN on the Secondary, RF OUT on the secondary to the RF IN on the TV. that way, immediately, you will be able to tune two TV CH in on each decoder allowing simultaneous viewing of both in SD.

Then look at what RCA connections on the TV  are available. There should be at least one set on the TV.

That way you can also immediately view both decoders on the samextv, one via HDMI, and the other via RCA, but that one will be in SD quality only.

Octo LNB; 2 by 2x4 MS; 2 by ES 5-2; Dedicated PSU for LNB, ES's, MS's; HD PVR 4P x 2; Explora 1; DSD 660; FSM
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Re: 2 Exploras & 1 TV

Our tv is a Samsung series 4 4003 32 inch HD ready set.  It only has one hdmi port.  I don't know what model switch the Explora has in it.  We do have a SLNB installed.

 

@krugie The HDMI combiner you are talking about is it something like:

https://www.makro.co.za/electronics-and-gaming/ultra-link-/br-3-to-1-hdmi-switch-323394EA

or

https://www.makro.co.za/electronics-and-gaming/ultra-link-/br-hdmi-2-way-splitter-361839EA

 

Is the HDMI combiner easy to set up, like plug and play or if you don't have experience on the technical/installation side of the Explora system is best to have a technician handle it?

Doin' it 4 Tv

Re: 2 Exploras & 1 TV

Assuming that Xtraview will be sorted.. the easiest way to connect your 2 Exploras will be via HDMI  to HDMI1 and HDMI2 on your TV (again assuming at least 2 HDMI ports) . Then you can switch with your TV remote between the 2 HDMI sources

 

or what Krugie said  ^^^^^ Smiley Very Happy

SLNB LMX501| Explora 2A (Primary 4,5,6) Explora 2A (Secondary 0,1,2) | Xtraview - decoders same room | 3 distributed HDMI endpoints via 2x4 Matrix
and Cat6 | 200/100 Fibre (OpenServe/Afrihost Premium UnCapped) | HD 5S in holiday mode
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Re: 2 Exploras & 1 TV

Also confirm that you already have a SLNB installed or if not, which Explora switch you have, Model 5-1 or 5-2.

 

 

 

Octo LNB; 2 by 2x4 MS; 2 by ES 5-2; Dedicated PSU for LNB, ES's, MS's; HD PVR 4P x 2; Explora 1; DSD 660; FSM
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Re: 2 Exploras & 1 TV

Yes most definitely possible - I have 3 decoders connected to one TV. What make/model TV do you have? Is it s Smart TV? And are you using an Amp as well or how is the Explora 1 currently connected to your TV? If it is via HDMI cable (the only option that will give you HD picture) you just need to check whether the TV has a  2nd open HDMI port. If the TV has only one HDMI port you will need to buy a HDMI combiner (not expensive) with a switch..

 

If you are connected via red/white/yellow RCA cables (meaning you are not getting HD picture) it will take a bit more work but still quite easily doable.

 

Octo-LNB to 2 x 5.2 switches. Explora1 (Prim) & HDPVR 2P (Sec), Samsung 55" UA55F8500 Smart 3D LED TV, HDMI picture & audio via Onkyo TX-NR626
receiver. Explora2 in bedroom, HDMI picture & audio to Samsung 32" UA32F5500 Smart LED TV. 100Mbps M-Web fibre (OpenServe).
Doccie

2 Exploras & 1 TV

We have decided that we would like to get an Explora 2, use that as our primary decoder and the old Explora 1 as the secondary.  The thing is we have only 1 tv set in our home.

 

A) Is it possible to connect 2x Exploras to one tv set?

B) Is it possible to swap between the two Exploras without having to disconnect and reconnect the Exploras to the one tv?  We tend to watch our recordings at night and normally are recording at the same time, so we want to be able to record on the Explora 2 and watch on Explora 1 simultaneously if need be.