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Triple Tuner

SAB™ Alpha Triple Tuner (2x DVB-S2 + DVB-T2/C)

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DESCRIPTION of Triple Tuner

  • Triple Tuner Combo Receiver
  • Manufacturer: SAB
  • Model: Alpha Triple HD
  • Version: 2x DVB-S2 + 1x DVB-T2/C (Triple Tuner Combo Receiver)
  • Box Contents
    • SAB Alpha Triple HD Linux Receiver
    • 12v ~ 2.5A Power Supply
    • Remote Control & Batteries
    • User Manual
  • Definition: Standard & High Definition
  • Resolution: Up to 1080p
  • Linux OS
  • 1.3GHz Dual Core Processor
  • Internal Bay For 2.5" SATA Hard Drive
  • Connections
    • 2x DVB-S2 Tuners
    • 1x /T2/C Tuner
    • 3x USB
    • 1x HDMI
    • SPDIF
    • eSATA Interface For External Hard Drive
    • DC IN (12v ~ 2.5a)
    • Ethernet Port
    • Power Switch
  • 0.5w Deep Standby Power Consumption
  • 3x Detachable Tuner Slots
  • 2x Smart Card Reader Slots
  • 1x CI Slot
  • 3x USB Slots (Front & Rear)
  • E-SATA

USES of Triple Tuner

  • HD triple tuner for receiving free to air Irish & UK TV channels
  • Channel list includes
    • BBCs, ITVs, Channel 4, Channel 5, EWTN, CBS etc
    • RTE1, RTE 2, Virgin Media One, Virgin Media Two, TG4, Virgin Media Three, TG4, RTE One +1, RTEjr etc..
  • PVR Features - Add recording with an internal 2.5" SATA hard drive
    • Equipment needed - 500GB, 1TB hard drive etc
  • Allows viewer to pause, rewind & record live TV shows
  • Allows watch one, record another on satellite channels
  • Allows you record 1 satellite, record 1 terrestrial and watch another satellite channel

ADVANTAGES of Triple Tuner

  • The big advantage of the triple tuner is that it is based on Linux and comes with the stability of that operating system
  • The SAB Alpha Triple HD is a premium box with very high spec components
  • The triple tuner is capable of a variety of internet functions (YouTube, Shoutcast, Opera etc..)
  • The SAB triple tuner is customisable & upgradeable
  • Supports both standard & high definition transmissions
  • It futures proofs your investment by meeting all the latest HD standards
  • Has PVR features (ie. Can pause/record live TV with addition of an internal 2.5" SATA hard drive)
  • Can receive both satellite (UK channels) and terrestrial (Saorview channels) in same box
  • Large remote for older people
  • Extremely responsive remote


  • More expensive than a generic combo receiver
  • It does not have an RF out i.e. it is not possible to run the picture to an additional room unless you use either an external Modulator or a TRI-Link (allows you to operate box with a sky eye from another room)
  • It is more expensive than other Linux receivers in our range (eg. Amiko Alien Mini) because it is a Linux combo receiver (satellite + terrestrial) and uses higher spec components, faster processor and more RAM, which in turn leads to far less instability issues when running Enigma2


  • How to assemble a Sky/Freesat satellite dish
  • How to mount a Sky/Freesat satellite dish
  • How to align a Sky/Freesat satellite dish
  • Running the cables & attaching connectors
  • Installing the satellite receiver

1. How to Assemble a Sky / Freesat Satellite Dish

List of Sky dish components

  • Sky Satellite Dish
  • Wall Bracket
  • Wall Tube (Arm)
  • Elevation Bracket
  • Dish Bracket
  • Fixing Kit
  • Feed Arm

Tools needed to assemble Sky dish

  • 10mm, 13mm socket and ratchet
  • Philips screwdriver

Steps to assemble the satellite dish

  • Open fixing kit and select U-bolts (qty: 2), nuts (qty: 4)
  • Insert the U bolts through the wall bracket
  • Thread on the nuts
  • Insert the arm and tighten the nuts using 10mm socket and ratchet
  • The wall bracket & arm assembly is complete
  • Next insert U-bolts (qty: 2) through the elevation bracket
  • Loosely tighten nuts
  • Attach the elevation bracket to the dish bracket
  • Using bolts and washers (qty: 4), tighten with 13mm socket and ratchet
  • Use the bolts and nuts (qty:4) and the Philips screwdriver to attach the dish bracket to the dish
  • Use the long threaded bolt and small nut to attach the feed arm to the back base of the dish bracket so the arm protrudes in front of the dish
  • Finally insert the LNB (and plastic insert) into the end of the arm and secure with a tie wrap

2. How to Mount a Satellite Dish

Equipment needed to mount a satellite dish on a wall

  • Sky satellite dish, complete with wall bracket and arm
  • Coach bolt M8 x 50mm & 10mm plastic plugs (qty: 4)

Tools needed to mount on a wall

  • Cordless drill - ideally a 24-36v SDS Drill
  • 8mm, 10mm drill bits
  • 10mm, 13mm socket and ratchet
  • Satellite meter

Criteria on where to mount the satellite dish?

  • Dish must face South East (141 degrees i.e. direction of sun 11am BST)
  • Wall must be a solid surface capable of carrying weight of satellite dish
  • Signal must not be blocked by houses or trees (signal is coming in at 21 degrees to the horizontal)
  • Place at back or gable end of house to minimise visual intrusion
  • Place as close at possible to TV room to which the satellite cables are to connected so as to minimise cable run


  • Place the wall bracket and arm in the correct location
  • Use the cordless drill and 8mm drill bit to drill 4 guide holes
  • Use 10mm drill bit to drill holes to a depth of 60mm
  • Insert the 4 plastic plugs in the holes and mount the wall bracket using the 4 coach bolts
  • Tighten the coach bolts using the 13mm socket and ratchet
  • Attach the satellite dish to the arm of the wall plate
  • Use 10mm socket to lightly tighten the dish 'U'-bolts so they are fixed to arm but the dish can still be rotated
  • Follow steps in the how to align a satellite dish guide

3. How to Align a Sky / Freesat Satellite Dish

  • Having already mounted the satellite dish on your wall
  • Attach your satellite meter to the dish LNB
  • Align the dish so that it is (1) perfectly vertical, (2) pointing south east (141 degrees).
  • Rotate the dish slowly over and back
  • Repeat adjusting the tilt angle by 1 or 2 degrees to until a signal is found
  • Tighten the U-bolts and side bolts using the 10mm & 13mm sockets
  • Disconnect the satellite meter
  • Connect a cable with an 'F-type' connector from the dish to the satellite box
  • Check that the signal is working

4. How to Run Cables & Attach Connectors

The next step is to run satellite cable to the satellite receiver

Tools needed

  • Hammer
  • Snips
  • Drill
  • SDS Drill Bit 10X450


  • Satellite Installation Kit

Prior to begining you must decide

  • Decide how to run cable
    • Connect into existing cables in the attic
      • Normally neater but requires additional connectors
      • May need a multi-meter to be able to identify the correct cable
      • May result in longer cable runs
    • Run a cable directly from the satellite dish to the satellite receiver
      • Fastest and easiest way to run a cable
      • Cable runs are normally shorter
      • Requires the drill of a hole through a wall


  • If the satellite receiver is to be located next to the external wall of a room
    • Use a drill and an SDS Drill Bit 10x450 to drill a hole through the wall
    • Ensuring to drill from the inside out
  • To conceal broken plaster use either
    • Hole tidy (insert inside and out before the cable is run)
    • Cable cover nailed onto the outside wall after the cable has been run
  • Feed the end of the satellite cable through the wall leaving enough cable to reach the front of the satellite box
  • Now start tacking the cable using 7mm clips and a hammer
  • Ensuring that the cable runs down from the hole that been drilled in the wall
  • This will stop water following the cable into the house
  • Continue tacking the cable
    • Run cable vertically or horizontally but NEVER diagonally
    • If possible hide cable under the plint or behind drain pipes (using 300mm cable ties)
  • Cut the cable leaving enough length to reach the LNB of the dish
  • Put on an F connector on the each end of the satellite cable
  • Screw the F connector on to the LNB
  • Seal the connection using Insulation tape or ideally waterproof self amalgamating tape
  • Secure the cable to the dish feed arm using either 300mm cable ties or Insulation tape
  • Final step is to put on an F connector on the satellite cable next to the satellite receiver

How to put on an F-connector

5. How to Install Your Satellite Receiver

  • Unpack the box
    • Satellite Receiver
    • Remote control
  • Screw the lead from the satellite dish into the LNB in connection
  • Connect a scart or HDMI cable from your TV to the box
  • Plug in the power lead
  • Turn on the power switch on the back on the box
  • After 5-6 seconds the box will come on and should automatically switch TV to AV channel
  • You may need to switch AV channel on TV if it does not automatically switch over

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Have had several tuners from Free TV over the years. This SAB is brillant, initially a little tricky to navigate, Neal (FreeTV) was very helpful at getting things sorted for me later. Great box with some really great functionality.
The guys at Free TV helpful as always.
Good pre-sales advice and quick delivery. So far this has proven to be a great box. Requires a little bit of tech know how but worth it. Cancelled my Sky TV service the same day I installed this.
Super Fast box, bought this to replace my AA2+, very impressed , a script that took 30 min to run on AA2 finished in less that 5 on this box. Very responsive remote and performance in general. Great image and all setup out of the box from the guys at FreeTV, highly recommended.
Great service, delivery fast and well packed.
Got this box today to replace an Amiko Alien 2. Ordered on Thursday night and it arrived on Monday with the free shipping. The box itself is a lot quicker than the AA2. I think maybe the picture quality was better on the AA2 for the SD channels but that could be me being a bit critical.

Overall very happy with my purchase so far.

Installation Diagram (triple-tuner-setup.pdf, 674 Kb) [Download]

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