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TEST REPORT Satellite Distribution SystemSPAUNsUNiSEqCSystem TELE-satellite Magazine Business Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/12/01/spaun-UNiSEqC Direct Contact to Sales Manager• up to 9 satellite receivers can be connected • differently specified wall sockets make it easy to adjust signal levels for each receiver• systems allows both for serial as tree installations• terrestrial signals can be included, making system very economical for terrestrial and satellite signal distribution in one cable88 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 12-01/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/2012 — TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine 89
TEST REPORT Satellite Distribution SystemSPAUN SUS 5581/33 NFA very Easy-to-Install SatelliteTV Signal Distribution 12-01/2012 SPAUN Great solution SUS 55 81/33 NF for savin Satellite TV is so easily for Satellite-Channel-Router of wall sockets dedicated in smaller comm g additional cables unity systemsaccessible today that more and this is a European indus- for the system. The sock-and more often you have try standard for distributing ets were of three differentnot just one receiver in the satellite signals over a sin- types: UNiSocket 310, 314living room but two or more gle coaxial cable - CENELEC and 318.of them located in different EN50494. Let us first describe the the three coax cables. So,rooms of your apartment or SPAUN use their own heart of the system – SCR in the first configuration youhouse. Today’s higher class trademark UNiSEqC to mark multiswitch. SUS 5581/33 can connect 8 independentPVR receivers have usually their products dedicated NF accepts either LNB Quat- receivers and in the secondtwo satellite tuners and to for this solution. We asked tro or LNB Quad signals plus configuration – 9 receivers.take full advantage of this SPAUN to send us samples a signal from a terrestrial You must though keep infeature, you should connect of their UNiSEqC products antenna. You can configure mind that all receivers usedtwo independent coax cables so that we could test them the multiswitch to generate in this system must be com-to them. How many of us and inform our readers what a SCR signal either on one patible with SCR technology.were so clever 10 years ago they should expect when ap- output or on three outputs. If SCR is not clearly statedor earlier to foresee the need plying them. If you choose one output, in the receiver specification,for that many cables? As usually, SPAUN had you use only one coaxial ca- check if EN 50494 stand- To solve this kind of prob- been very responsive and ble on which you can hook up ard is mentioned or a termlems as well as to keep the we received their products as many as eight UNiSock- “unicable” (another trade-cabling as simple as pos- very soon. It was the SUS ets. The system with three mark for a SCR solution).sible, a solution called SCR 5581/33 NF cascadable SCR outputs lets you connect up If you can put your handscan be used. SCR stands Multiswitch and a number to three sockets on each of on the receiver in question,90 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 12-01/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
enter its installation menu as possible. Of course the NF. Like all other SPAUN you are not limited to either A valuable feature of 2150 MHz). We can say thatand check if you can set its last but one receiver should multiswitches, also this unit 1x8 or 3x3 configurations. the SUS 5581/33 NF is its the sockets were 0.5 dB bet- 1LNB to “SCR” “UNiSEqC” or work on 1284 MHz and so is perfectly finished off and For example, if you split the versatility in powering it ter than specified.“Unicable” type. The menu on. The very first one should its labels could not be more single output to two lines, up. SPAUN supplies a wall When we took the meas-should also offer you the operate on 1980 MHz. self-explanatory. You can you can get the configura- mount power supply unit urements of the tap loss, thepossibility to program the If a three cable installation see it for yourselves in the tion 2x4. You only need to but if this is not practical in average results were still inSCR frequencies or to detect makes more sense in your pictures presented alongside remember that the splitter your installation, you can the specifications: 11.96 dBthem automatically. particular location, the fol- this report. must support the IF frequen- power the multiswitch via for 310, 15.85 dB for 314 During the system con- lowing frequencies are avail- The SCR multiswitch is cy range (950-2150 MHz) its terrestrial trunkline. By and 17.98 dB for 318. butfiguration, we need to assign able: 1068, 1284 and 1400 cascadable what means and have a DC pass. This is the way, the included pow- slightly higher than typicala unique SCR frequency to MHz on output no. 1, 1516, that you can connect anoth- clearly explained in the user er supply unit have a con- value.each receiver. Two receiv- 1632 and 1748 MHz on out- er SUS 5581/33 NF to the guide. venient plug adapters what We built a test distributioners can not operate on the put no. 2 and 1864, 1980 trunk outputs and increase An important thing you combined with its high in- system then. A high outputsame frequency. When using and 2096 MHz on output the number of the receivers should remember is that the put voltage range (100-240, power quad LNB was drivingSUS 5581/33 NF in one out- no. 3. Of course, the laws of in the installation. Of course, input signal from Quad or V 50/60 Hz) makes it truly our SUS 5581/33 NF. Later,put configuration, the avail- physics do not change when each receiver (or receiver Quattro type LNB should be worldwide. There are also 5 we switched to a Quattroable frequencies are: 1068, you use this configuration, tuner) will be fully independ- rather high (65~90 dBµV). pieces of 75 ohm termina- LNB and everything worked1284, 1400, 1516, 1632, so use output no. 3 for the ent and capable of receiving This is not a problem if you tors included in the package. equally good. The SCR mul-1748, 1864 and 1980 MHz. shortest cable and output any channel from the satel- are going to receive a strong You attach them to the trunk tiswitch was configured forThe best idea is to assign no. 1 for the longest cable. lite your antenna, equipped European satellite like AS- outputs if they are not used one output. We connectedthe lowest frequency (1068 And, as explained above, the witha Quad or Quattro LNB, TRA 1 on 19.2° and you for cascading. a quite long cable (over 30MHz) to the receiver which further is the receiver from is aimed at. While one multi- have enough room to install Although the UNiSockets meters) to its output. The 2is the last one on the cable the SCR multiswitch the switch should be a sufficient 90 cm dish, but if this is a are much simpler products first UNiSocket 318 was con-and thus must overcome the lower should be its operating solution for a family house, weaker satellite, you should than the SCR multiswitch, nected to the cable end andhighest cable attenuation. frequency. you may need to cascade a think of either a bigger dish their performance also after this socket we connect-Cable attenuation increases All these frequencies are few multiswitches to serve a (what is always advisable for counts in the whole system. ed the other seven ones:with frequency, so to make not only listed in the well multistory building. a “collective” reception) or We got tree socket types. 2 x 318, 3 x 314 and 2 x“life easier” for the last re- written and detailed user Speaking of the distribu- an additional amplifier be- Although they look identical 310. Between the socketsceiver, we should keep its guide but also on the top tion system configuration, tween LNB and SCR multi- except for the type number we connected cables of vari-operating frequency as low cover of the SUS 5581/33 it is worth mentioning that switch input. printed on them, they dif- ous lengths: from 30 cm to fer in the insertion and tap 6 meters. The whole system losses. UNiSocket 310 has from the SCR multiswitch the lowest tap loss – only 10 to the last socket measured ■ Exemplary installation dB, but its insertion loss is about 50-55 meters. diagram with SPAUN components (from the the highest from the three A cable of such length at- brochure available on models – 3 dB. You’d bet- tenuates the signal by about www.spaun.com). ter choose this model for the 15 dB and usually does not most distant socket from the pose a problem for a normal SCR switch. Model 318 has satellite reception in which the highest tap loss – 18 dB an LNB is routed directly to but the lowest insertion loss a receiver. However, in our – only 1.5 dB. This model case, every socket installed 3 should be considered for the on the cable added its at- sockets located close to the tenuation (insertion loss). SCR multiswitch. UNiSocket The SCR multiswitch has 314 is an interim model with automatic gain control that moderate tap loss – 14 dB regulates its output signal to and insertion loss – 2 dB. about 90 dBµV output if only All those parameters are the the input signal from the typical values and according Quad or Quattro LNB is in to the product specifications, the range 65-90 dBµV. The you should be ready to ac- above table presents the cept +/- 2 dB tolerance of signal levels we achieved at the tap loss for every model. each of the sockets. We started our tests with We were quite anxious measuring the sockets. The when we connected our results were very satisfac- receiver. Would it be able tory for the insertion loss – to lock to the signal? We all three models had lower used a modern Icecrypt average loss than specified. STC6000 HDPVR. The re- Model 310 had the average ceiver was locking to the 1. SPAROS Signal Analyzer detected correctly all eight SCR frequencies when connected to SUS 558133 NF SCR insertion loss 2.49 dB, mod- signal and showing channel Multiswitch. el 314 – 1.99 dB and model video without any problem, 2. The lowest SCR frequency (1068 MHz) activated – measured 318 – 1.66 dB. The loss vari- no matter to which socket directly at the output of SUS 558133 NF SCR Multiswitch. 3. All but one SCR frequencies activated on the output ation was small in the whole we connected it and which number 2 of SUS 558133 NF SCR Multiswitch in the single IF frequency range (950- SCR frequency we chose. 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cal receiver to the single ca- The UNiSEqC system, once ble system built with SPAUN configured, works reliably components and operated without any maintenance. it in such a way to make it After a power shortage, the send various DiSEqC com- receivers boot and send mands (1.0, 1.1 and 1.2). commands to the SCR multi- We were changing reception switch to activate “their” fre- system configuration in the quencies. Everything starts receiver menu and then zap- to work again. ping channels. We are sure that this is And indeed, in line with the simplest and cheapest SPAUN’s promise, nothing solution to make an existing could disturb the operation installation suitable for twin of UniSEqC compatible re- tuner receivers with only one ceivers. They continued to cable entering every room. deliver undistorted video The system is also attractive and audio. We know, how- for new installation as the ever, that not every SCR complexity of cabling is sig- system offered on the mar- nificantly reduced. You can ket has so advanced rout- easily combine classical mul- ers as SPAUN. So the SPAUN tiswitches and the UNiSEqC UNiSEqC offers the addi- system. Several wiring ex- tional advantage of being amples are provided in the foolproof against users con- user guide. The only precon- necting regular receivers or dition is: you must use SCR badly configured receivers compatible receivers. Fortu- - SPAUN’s system simply ig- nately, more and more new nores these commands and receivers are equipped with keeps working perfectly. this feature.signal strength was at 90% another 100 meters of co-and signal quality at 80%. axial cable and have in totalNot bad, not bad at all, ifyou take into account that over 150 meters! And mind that with a single amplifier Expert Opinionthe signal was attenuated by you boost the signal for all Very good workmanship of the SUS 5581/33a long cable and the sockets. eight receivers! NF and the UNiSockets. However, in real life, you When we switched the SUS Simple installation and trouble free operation.do not always have the most 5581/33 NF to 3x3 mode, its SCR switch cascadable not only with identi-modern receivers well pre-pared for the SCR system. output signal is regulated to about 80 dBµV. We checked + cal products but also with classical multi- switches. Jacek Pawlowski TELE-satelliteTherefore, we decided to output no. 3 in the similar Possibility to power the switch via the terres- Test Center trial trunkline. Polandcheck how an old receiver setup. This output generateswould perform. We took a 5 the highest frequencies and Low insertion loss of the UNiSocketsyears old receiver with SCR thus is most sensitive to ca-feature. At that time it was ble losses. Total cable length – Nonequite a novelty. We were full was about 45 meters and weof doubts if it will be able to used G18, G14 and G10. Sig-lock to the signal when con- nal level measured at their TECHNICAL DATAnected to the last socket outputs was respectively: Manufacturer SPAUN electronic GmbH & Co. KG, Germanybut to our surprise, it had 52.7, 54.2 and 56.5 dBµVno problem at all, neither at and of course our receivers Web www.spaun.comthe lowest frequency (1068 had absolutely no problem in E-mail email@example.comMHz) nor at the highest locking to the signal. Phone +49 (0)7731 - 8673-0(1980 MHz). But this was not the end Fax +49 (0)7731 - 8673-17 But what you should do of our test. SPAUN claims Model SUS 5581/33 NFif your cable installation is in their user guide that ”By Function SCR Multiswitch compatible with EN50494longer than that in our test internal electronics of the Inputs 4 satellite (LNB Quattro or Quad)+ 1 terrestrialsetup (about 55 meters)? device, the use of special Tap outputs 1 or 3 (switchable: 1x8 or 3x3)The solution is quite simple. protection sockets (with Trunk outputs 5Use an inline satellite signal shut-down on reception of Through loss 1~2.5 dB for IF and <4 dB for terrestrial signalamplifier. When we connect- non-standard DiSEqC com- Terrestrial tap loss 13~15 dBed the SPAUN SVN 231 F am- mands to EN 50494) is notplifier, it boosted the signal necessary.” Such statement SAT input signal 65~90 dBµVby 30 dB. Signal level meas- is nothing but a challenge for SAT tap output 90 dBµV for 1 x 8 output 82 dBµV for 3 x 3 outputsured at the last G10 socket a dedicated tester.at 1980 MHz rose from 50.2 So, apart from the EN LNB remote current 500 mAdBµV to 80.6 dBµV. With 50494 compatible receiv- Power consumption <7Wsuch amplifier you can add ers, we connected a classi- Ambient temperature -20~+50° C94 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 12-01/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com