RF Cables

We only use high quality WF100 RF cable and "F Type" connector terminations in our bungalow.

FM Radio

Inside the attic is a VHF FM aerial which is connected to an FM distribution amplifier.  There are 8 outputs from the amplifier that RF signal cables may be connected to.

FreeView TV

Inside the attic is a FreeView UHF TV aerial which is connected to a TV distribution amplifier.  There are 12 outputs from the amplifier that RF signal cables may be connected to.

FreeSat TV

Outside is a 1m satellite dish which I installed and aligned pointing to the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east.  The dish has a quatro LNB with four outputs which takes the low and high frequencies that are horizontally and vertically polarised.  These cables pass through an amplifier to the multiswitch with 8 outputs.  Using a multiswitch allows each FreeSat TV cable to have its own tuneable channel for the 250 TV channels that are available for free.

LAN Cables

The attic has a central 24 port gigabit switch which is supplemented by an additional 8 port POE switch for the security cameras.  Each room therefore has at least two LAN cables running from the attic switch to at least one dual LAN socket in each room.  Because we have over 40 hard wired devices (computers, TVs, receivers, tuners, blu-ray players, media servers, Sonos devices and printers) connected to our LAN, these 24 cables are inadequate and so we have five additional gigabit switches distributed around the bungalow.  While we could use wireless communication, wired communication is not only far more secure but much faster too.   

Audio Cables

Most rooms are fitted with a pair of small satellite speakers that are wall mounted near the ceiling.  We use the Sonos audio system to distribute music (held on the NAS and elsewhere) and radio to three zones that can be independently controlled using an iPhone or iPad.  This is achieved by 4-way cable from each room that terminates in the study.

16-way cables

 We also have 16-way cable that was installed when the bungalow was built in 1989 which goes from each room, including the garage and which terminates in the study.


Each room in the bungalow has up to ten RF cables and four LAN cables terminating in the attic and each of these cables is labelled with where they terminate in each room.

Having 8 RF cables in a room may be considered by some to be excessive, but it is not.  In my study: my computer uses 2 FreeSat and 1 FreeView cable; the TV uses 1 FreeView and 1 FreeSat Cable; the receiver uses 1 VHF cable and so that only leaves 2 spare cables.

Solar Panels

Our bungalow was designed to face south before solar panels were invented.  In 2012, we had solar PV panels installed and I can confirm that after five years, we will receive payback of the sun invested within seven years.  We have had an additional control box wired in that detects when surplus power is being generated over what is being used.  When surplus power is generated, the black box diverts this surplus power to our top immersion heater, so giving us free hot water.