I like things to work without seeing (or knowing) how it’s done. I like things to be tidy, neat and done in a particular way. Most importantly though, I like to hide things.
This is probably one of the reasons that I hate TVs and all things gadget that seem go with them.
Not only do you end up having a big black box on the wall or stood on your side table, you then also have a load of mostly ugly black boxes that end up going with it. Not to mention the tangled mess of random cables and remotes that seem to take over the corner of your living room and whose sole purpose it seems to be to collect dust.
To combat my hatred of all things cable, one of the first decisions we made when we moved into our home was to have some sort of built-in storage on either side of the fireplace in our living room to be able to hide – well, let’s face it – everything!
Taking my anti cable addiction to the next level, we not only built two cupboards to house all of our junk, we also sunk some cable trunking into the wall so that we could have the TV wall mounted and still connect everything in the cupboard below and still not see any cables.
Now, if you’re wondering how we control our skybox when the cupboard door is closed and everything is out of sight – well, we don’t. Or at least we didn’t until now, as we’ve finally installed a sky eye!
If you’ve not heard of this fantastic invention, it’s this little gadget.
It connects to the back of your sky box and sits on top of your TV. You can then change channels no matter where your skybox is hidden – even in a different room! So simple, but so effective.
This is how to hide your Sky Box and this is what you’ll need:
- Sky Eye (We use this Sky Eye Sensor)
- Coax Adapter – female to female (this is the adapter that we used)
- Coax Cable (We used this coax cable)
This is how to install the Sky Eye:
- Connect the female to female coax adapter to the Sky Boxes’ RF2 output.
- Now connect the coax cable to the other end of the female to female coax adapter.
- The last thing to connect is the Sky Eye to the end of the coax cable. Try to hide the cable as much as possible (we have cable trunking in the wall that we run all cables through). The only part that has to be visible is the little Sky Eye itself.
- Now all that’s left to do is to actually set up the Sky Eye. The Sky Eye is powered by the RF output of the Sky Box. To activate it, you’ll need to go access the secret engineers’ menu of the Sky Box. To do this, press ‘Services’ on the Sky remote control, then type 4 0 1 and press ‘Select’. (If you have a Sky+ HD boxes, it’s ‘Services’ and press 0 0 1 and press ‘Select’). Now go to ‘RF Outlets’ and turn on the power to RF2. A little LED light on your Sky Eye should now light up showing you that it’s activated.
Oh, and in case you’re thinking it’s impossible to watch TV while it’s stuck in the recess – you’d be right! That’s why ours is mounted on an amazing TV bracket that allows you to swivel the TV out and rotate it 180°. This is a bracket similar to the one we have (we’ve had ours a while and the exact model isn’t available anymore). It’s pricey but we felt like it was a splurge worth making given that we didn’t want our TV to fall off the wall!
Has it ever taken you years to get round to doing or finishing a project? Do you hate cables as much as I do? Do you have any other tips on how to hide your sky box?