How to Extend Your Sky Cable

So you want to move your TV but you noticed the Sky cable from the wall is too short. Is there a way to extend the Sky cable without having to call an engineer from Sky? Is it an easy DIY job anyone can do? 

As it turns out, extending Sky cables is easy, and I’ll walk you through the steps below. There’s very little risk involved with this process. Nevertheless, if you’re not comfortable with the idea, Sky should be able to send an engineer to your home and extend it for you. 

Just remember, they do charge a premium for multi-room installations. Not to mention it can take a few weeks before they can get an engineer to you. So why not do it yourself? 

How to Extend Your Sky Cable:

  1. Remove the Coaxial Cable from Sky Box
  2. Attach Female F-Connector on End of Short Cable
  3. Insert One End of New Cable to the F-connector
  4. Run the Other Side of New Cable to Sky Box

The steps might vary slightly depending on the setup you have. In most cases, all you need is to attach a simple adapter to extend the short cable. 

Tools & Equipment to Extend Sky Cable: 

Before you start extending Sky cables, equipment will make the process a lot easier. Don’t worry, none of these tools are expensive. I’ll explain how to use these tools in the next section. Here’s a quick list of what you’ll need: 

1 – Satellite Extension Coaxial Cable

Sky uses basic coaxial cable, which can be bought in bundles from any hardware store. The above cable also includes F-connectors. You can also buy coaxial cables without any F-connectors, which tend to be a little cheaper. 

Without F-connectors, you’ll have to make the connectors on your own by stripping the wires, and that takes more time. I recommend buying good quality coaxial cables because they’ll last longer and the signal will be more reliable. 

For more ideas on which coaxial cable to buy, read our article on best aerial cables. 

2 – Coax Cable Crimper and Compression Tool

If you buy a cable bundle with F-connectors like the product listed above, you won’t need this tool. Nevertheless, a cable crimper allows you to cut and strip plain cables, so you can easily attach F-connectors in a matter of seconds. It’s also useful for other wires too. 

3 – F-Type Connector Coupler & Joiner

These make it very easy to extend a coaxial cable. You simply screw a coaxial cable into either end and it should work. In some cases, replacing these adapters can help improve TV or even the internet in your home. 

With these tools, you can do a Sky engineer’s job for him or her in a matter of minutes. It’s very easy to use these tools. Even if you’re dealing with plain cables (no adapters on either ends) you can attach F-connectors relatively easily. 

What Cable Do I Need to Extend My Sky Q Box?

To extend a Sky Q Box you need two coaxial satellite extension cables with F-connectors or joiners. Sky Q requires two coaxial cables, so you might need to run an additional coaxial cable from your satellite, which can be tricky depending on your building’s layout. 

Sky Q is usable with one cable, also known as single-feed mode, but you won’t be able to access the full range of services and channels. For lengthy extensions through your building, it’s recommended to contact Sky for solutions. 

How Many Sky Q Boxes Can I Watch at the Same Time?

With Sky’s multiroom service, you can watch 2 Sky Q boxes, in addition to the main box, at the same time. If you have more than 3 Sky Q Boxes, you’ll have to switch one off to continue watching on a specific one. 

How do I Connect Two TVs to One Sky Box?

To connect two TVs to one Sky Box you could use an HDMI splitter, attached to the HDMI output port on the box. With a splitter, two TVs can be connected but you’ll see the same media on both screens. If you want one TV to be separate, you’ll need to buy a separate Sky box for that TV. 

How do I Connect Two TVs to One Sky Box?

To connect two TVs to one Sky Box you could use an HDMI splitter, attached to the HDMI output port on the box. With a splitter, two TVs can be connected but you’ll see the same media on both screens. If you want one TV to be separate, you’ll need to buy a separate Sky box for that TV. 

About S. Santos

👋 I'm a technology columnist and tech blogger, with a love for video games, gadgets, home entertainment and personal technology. I've been writing about the industry now for over 10 years - first as an editor of various magazines before branching out to work on my own blog. I like to keep up with the ever-evolving world of gadgets, home entertainment, and personal technology. If not fiddling with AV cables at home or in front of the computer, I can be found playing tennis or padel. This blog is my space to explore new topics related to these hobbies; as well as share some thoughts about life in general (sometimes you need a break from electronics!). 😎

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