We have spent the day at one of our old clients upgrading their installation to High Definition.

DSTV HD Decoder Upgrade

DSTV HD Decoder Upgrade

While this is a simple installation, various challenges need to be remembered for upgrading to High Definition. The existing installation in this apartment used a Dual View Standard Definition PVR decoder.
The video signal for the second television is sent to the master bedroom over RG6 Coax cable. This cabling was installed into the apartment when the apartment block was being built.

This has created some challenges for installing the correct cabling to insure that this upgrade is possible.

The upgrade requires the following:

  • Installation of DSTV Explora Decoder (High Definition PVR)
  • Installation of DSTV Zappa Decoder (Single View HD Decoder)
  • Connection of Heartbeat cable between both decoders
  • Installation of CAT6 Cable to master bedroom for Video Extender

The challenges which we faced in this upgrade is that the conduits to the televisions in the two rooms are installed in the walls and simply go into the ceiling cavity and end there.
With this in mind, we could not use the existing Coax cable as a draw wire for the new CAT6 cable.
The solution for the installation was to install the CAT6 cable surface mounted through to the master bedroom for the video extender.

After careful planning we installed the cabling neatly through to the master bedroom. Allowing high definition DSTV to be visible in the lounge and master bedroom.

If you would like more information about this installation, please feel free to get in contact with us to discuss this.