DSTV Installations Kyalami

Call us on 079 117 2842 and speak to Eric or Sion. We would be very happy to give you any advice or quotes you need.

Welcome to DSTV Installations Kyalami , a department of DSTV Installations Lonehill.

DSTV Installations Kyalami are proud of our excellent track record  with  DSTV Installations in the Kyalami area.

Our highly skilled and trained DSTV Installation technicians in Kyalami are expert at assessing how to meet your requirements and implementing the best DSTV installation for you.

DSTV Installations Kyalami has accredited installers who are dedicated to providing high quality DSTV Installations and leaving you with a smile at the end of the job. We only use the best quality equipment and spare parts.

We have been doing DSTV Installations in Kyalami for the last 7 years and already have a large number of regular satisfied clients in your area.

When you use DSTV Installations Kyalami you can be sure that we will meet your requirements  and  perform the job in the best way.

At DSTV Installations Kyalami you get tried and tested  professional  service.

For a DSTV installation company in Kyalami contact us on 079 117 2842  and speak to one of our dstv installers!
Technical DSTV Installations Information for Kyalami

  1. Non-HD DSTV Installations:
    1. Single-view
    2. Dual-view
    3. Dual-View PVR Installations:
  2. HD DSTV Installations:
    1. HD 4U and 4S non-PVR decoders
    2. HD PVR 4-Tuner
    3. HD PVR 2P
    4. Explora
  3. Xtraview Installations:
    1. Two standard decoders
    2. HD PVR 2P with a standard decoder
    3. HD PVR 2P with an SD PVR1 decoder
    4. HD PVR 2P with an HD PVR decoder
    5. Explora with standard decoder
    6. Explora with SD PVR1 decoder
    7. Explora with HD PVR  decoder
    8. Explora with Explora decoder
  4. Cabling requirements for DSTV Installations
    1. RG6 Coaxial Cable
    2. AV Cable
    3. HDMI Cable
    4. Power Cables


1.1 Single-view

Phone us on 079 117 2842.  Just a short while ago standard definition decoders were the norm in most DSTV Installations in Kyalami.  At that time these were referred to as “Single-View”, “Dual View”, “Dual View PVR” and so forth;  but with the emphasis today on HD TV ( High definition TV)  it is more appropriate to refer to these earlier decoders collectively as non-HD decoders.

Let me introduce you to this family of decoders. The latest model is the 1132 decoder, and the model just before that is the 1131, and once again before that we had the 1110 decoder.

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1132 decoder

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1131 decoder (non-HD)

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1110 decoder

So many people in Kyalami are moving over to HDTV ( High definition TV) that we see less and less of these decoders, but many still exist and if you have one, it should give you good service for some time into the future; these also have a simpler and less expensive installation, which is useful if you are moving home. They are very hardy decoders and many are still retained as the second decoder in an Xtra-View installation, where the main decoder is  an HD decoder such as the HD PVR 2P or Explora. Of these the 1132 is the latest and only one sold by suppliers or provided by DSTV installers. (Update, 20Jan2018: Note that these standard-view decoders are now not available for sale from most suppliers any longer, having been replaced by the HD Model 4U and HD Model 4 S decoders, which are the HD versions of the single view decoder. Our personal recommendation is that, because of the much much better viewing experience of HD, as well as the very low cost of these decoders, that users with the 1110, 1131 or 1132 decoders should upgrade to HD as soon as possible.)  Note that these are not PVR ( Personal Video recorder) decoders and don’t have the recording, playback, pause, fast-forward etc features of the HD decoders.

Installation of these decoders

In the Kyalami area, a  6o cm satellite dish ( properly aligned by a Multichoice accredited installer) is adequate  for non-HD decoders. For these decoders only a single TV cable from the lnb to the decoder is required; this reduces the cost of installation. The detector at the end of the satellite dish is called an LNB(short for low noise block, meaning that when it amplifies the very weak signal from the satellite it adds very little electronic “noise”to the signal, giving a clear picture) Likewise, the single lnb is substantially cheaper ( it costs about  R150) as opposed to the twin LNB required for an HD decoder ( about R450). A specially designed bracket for the satellite dish is attached to a suitably positioned wall and the satellite dish attached to this. Then a satellite meter is attached to the LNB and the north-eastern zone of the sky is scanned for a signal. The correct point is extremely sharp, so DIY tuning with inferior meters can be a lengthy, frustrating and sometimes hopeless task; that is where we can assist. Our expensive high-quality satellite meters are specially set up to zoom in on the satellite and our DSTV installers can usually get a decent alignment done in 5-10 minutes.


Once a proper satellite signal has been established the installation of the decoder is as shown in the diagram below. The input to the decoder from the satellite dish is made from a universal output of the LNB to the LNB IN input.


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Although analog TV signals are soon to be phased out completely, it is still possible to connect a conventional analog TV antenna signal to the RF IN input of the decoder.

Extra TV in another room: An RG6 cable can be run from the RF OUT  to one or more  TV points situated elsewhere on your premises.  In the case where more than one extra point is required, the signal from  RF OUT  will have to be fed through an RF splitter device.

Installation:  Despite the fact that the installation of the standard decoder is not as complicated as other models, DSTV still recommends that Kyalami residents  find an accredited DSTV decoder installer to do your installation, so that the decoder and dish settings are optimised properly for the best viewing experience.

1.2 Dual-View

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dual view decoder

The DSTV dual view decoder was devised by Multichoice to allow two independent viewing points. It is a standard definition decoder which effectively has two single-view decoders built into one unit. Our DSTV Installers have not come across many of these in the field recently, especially in Kyalami . These do not qualify to be used in Xtra-View  DSTV installations. (where the decoder is linked with a second decoder to expand the number of independent viewing points). DSTV installations with this decoder require a Twin LNB on the dish and two cables down to the decoder, so installations are substantially more expensive than the single-view decoder.

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This is being inserted for completeness of content; actually, it is extremely rare to come across these as new installations, as these decoders have long since been discontinued by Multichoice and most subscribers have upgraded to later HD PVR versions, in particular the Explora decoder.


1.3 Dual-view PVR ( Standard Definition  PVR1)

This is an advancement on the dual- view decoder, where PVR functionality has been added. SD PVR1 decoders are permissable as the extra decoder in an XTraView DSTV Installation, and this means that a total number of three independent viewing points is achieved. In Kyalami a popular form of installation is combining the SD PVR1 with an Explora Decoder, where the Explora gives state of the art HD viewing at the main viewing point and the SD PVR provides independent standard definition viewing in two other rooms in the house. The problem is availability of the SD PVR1 as they were discontinued over 5 years ago. Also as of 2017 Multichoice has discontinued this decoder; instead users who want three viewing points can now achieve this with a combination of Exploras and the HD Model 4U and 4S single-view decoders.      The installation of this decoder is the same as the dual-view decoder – a twin lnb is required plus two cables from the dish to the decoder. This does not apply to Xtraview installations, which will require more LNB outputs to feed the multiple decoders. This is usually accomplished by adding a 2×4 satellite multiswitch in line with the feed from the Twin lnb.

2. HD  DSTV Installations

 The move is inevitably towards HD TV so we find the more discerning of our clients moving their standard view systems to HD. The trend in Kyalami DSTV installations is towards the new Explora decoder.

But before we get to Explora installations let me introduce you to the previous decoders in the HD family:

2.1 HD 4U non-PVR decoder


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Decoder HD 4U

At last we have a non-PVR decoder that is in HD!  The low cost of these decoders makes it very afforadble to incorporate them in an Xtra-view installation.

2.2 HD PVR 4-Tuner

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Decoder HD Pvr 4 tuner

The first HD PVR shown on the right, required four connections to the LNB and was know as a “four-tuner”. Since most dishes at that time had only a single or twin lnb, the usual installation change was to insert a quad lnb ( four cables from lnb to decoder). This makes an expensive and unsightly installation ( let alone the difficulty in getting four cables through a 20cm or 25cm conduit ), so the more common solution was to use a twin lnb and insert a two – in – four-out satellite multiswitch just before the decoder. This meant one only had to get two cables down from the dish. We still find many of these decoders in use in Kyalami despite the fact that they have been installed for over 5 years. But – in my opinion, it is such a jump up in viewing pleasure with  the new Explora that it is highly recommended to do so.

A cousin of this same 4-tuner (meaning it has 4 lnb inputs at the rear) decoder was a silver version made by UEC.

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UEC HD PVR silver

2.3 HD PVR 2P Decoder

The next generation HD decoder was the HD 2P decoder.

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H D PVR 2P decoder

This was a slimline version of the 4- tuner which only required 2 lnb inputs at the rear, so eliminated the need for the 2×4 multiswitch required by the 4-tuner. The result was installations of this decoder were less costly that the 4-tuner; BUT a disadvantage o was that it only allowed recording on one channel whereas the 4 tuner allowed recording on two channels.  As of the end of May 2014 this decoder has been discontinued and replaced by the Explora decoder.

2.4 Explora HD Decoder

The Explora Decoder is such a superior decoder compared with all others that  you can see a review of its features  on its own page:  Explora Decoder.

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Explora Decoder

Installations of the Explora involve the same satellite dish setup as the HD 2 P ( Twin lnb, 2 cables to decoder), but it comes with a special multiswitch to convert the two LNB signals from the dish to the single cable input required by the Explora ( this input is known as a SAT-CR input or unicable input).



DSTV Explora Installation:

The Explora multiswitch mentioned above is essential for a DSTV Installation in Kyalami where the existing dish has a twin lnb or a quad lnb in place.

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Explora Multiswitch

This switch accepts feeds for universal H/L, V/L, H/H, V/H  outputs from either a twin-lnb or a quad-lnb, and converts these to the single cable (unicable) format required by the Explora LNB input.

Please note that at present, while Multichoice is still using only the H/L and V/L transponders from the existing satellite, one can still operate with a twin-lnb connected into the H/L and V/L as shown in the connection diagram below. However, Multichoice have plans in the near future to expand onto the H/H amd V/H transponders as well, and at that point all DSTV users will have to  change their Twin lnbs to a Smart lnb. Those with a quad lnb will progress seamlessly to the new setup and wont have to make any changes.

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If one is newly installing an Explora decoder, the current best practice is to install a smart-lnb, which will require only one cable to be needed from the dish to the Explora.

Explora Smart LNB 1 DSTV Installations Kyalami  The smart-lnb is effectively a quad-lnb and an multiswitch incorporated in one package, which makes for much easier installation. It also provides universal outputs for use with other decoders on the premises which only need a universal output, such as the HD non-pvr decoder. The image on the left shows an earlier version of the smart lnb, which has two universal outputs ( shown on the right) as well as four unicable outputs ( on the left).


Explora Smart LNB 2 DSTV Installations Kyalami This turned out to be an over-kill, so the current smart lnb has only one universal output and one three unicable outputs.



The Exxplora has triple the storage space than the previous PVR decoders, allowing 220 hrs of personal recorded content, more DSTV Catchup and Box Office, and more series recordings. The number of Kyalami clients moving to the Explora has been quite phenomenal since its release.   The installation of the Explora decoders is  recommended by Multichoice to be done by an accredited  installer in the Kyalami area.

3. Installation of Xtraview decoders

Xtraview installations are those which have two decoders linked to one another. It allows a second viewing point to watch its own channels independently from the fist decoder, at the cost of a relatively small access fee. These installations can be quite complex  if one has not done them before so the following outline attempts to explain in detail the variations for the various kinds of decoder combinations. Before doing this, let me quote directly from the Multichoice Manual for  Xtraview installations for a good introduction:


What is XtraView?

XtraView is a cost effective and flexible solution allowing you to link two XtraView capable DStv decoders* at a cost of a single subscription, plus an access fee* each month. XtraView allows you to increase the number of TV channels which can be viewed simultaneously in your home without having to pay an additional subscription. (* Please see the website for full information on XtraView, including XtraView Combos, current access fee, and full terms & conditions).

Why XtraView and not Dual View?

  • Building Dual View in one decoder requires complex software that proved expensive and very time-consuming when trying to add even the simplest new functionality.
  • People with one TV are not forced to pay for functionality they cannot / don’t want to use.
  •  You can add viewing environments as and when you need them.
  •  With separated decoders, high-quality video and audio is possible in more than one room.
  •  With XtraView you can also have full functionality at a 2nd viewing point (Dual View did not allow for TV Guides, Interactive Services, Subtitles, etc on TV2). How does it work?
  •  Decoders are linked together by way of a “heartbeat”. The heartbeat is sent from the primary decoder to the secondary decoder every 30 seconds.
  •  The primary decoder will talk to no other secondary decoder and the secondary decoder will listen to no other primary decoder.
  •  If the secondary decoder loses the heartbeat for more than 30 minutes, it will stop showing video and audio until the heartbeat is restored.
  •  The heartbeat is sent from, and received by, RF ports via the normal RF cable.
  •  For this reason, XtraView decoders need special RF ports and not all decoders can be used in an XtraView network.
  •  The RF cable carrying the “heartbeat” can also be used to carry video and audio as well as relayed remote commands.

What are the Primary and Secondary decoder roles? In an XtraView network the primary decoder is the one which sends the “heartbeat” and the secondary is the one that needs to receive it in order to continue functioning. These roles need to be assigned when you activate the network. Both decoders need to be independently connected to the satellite and have their own activated smartcards. There is no difference in the functionality of a decoder because it is a primary or a secondary decoder. There are however some important points to remember when deciding which decoder will be the primary and which one the secondary :

1. The SD PVR does not have the hardware capability to generate heartbeats (or relay remote commands), but it does have the capability of receiving it – so it can only serve as a secondary decoder.

2. The primary decoder will not lose services when the link between the decoders is broken. So if a decoder is to be taken on holiday, it should be selected as the primary. 3. A break in heartbeat for whatever reason, disables the secondary decoder, so to avoid losing recordings when you are not home, it is safer to use the HD PVR as primary.

 3.1 Installation of Xtraview for two standard decoders

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Xtra View with single view decoders

The above diagram does not show satellite connections; these are shown in the diagram below. The key point is that the installation provides a heartbeat cable between ”RF out ‘ on the secondary decoder and ”RF IN’ in on the primary decoder. This allows a ‘heartbeat’ signal to be transmitted from the primary to the secondary decoder, which effectively gives the secondary decoder permission to be used for viewing. An important point here which is responsible for so many errors in Xtraview  DSTV installations is that if there is any disruption in this heartbeat signal then the secondary decoder will simply display the infamous “Waiting for communication from Primary Decoder” error message. So ensure that when one is diligently cleaning dust from your installation that you don’t disturb the connections to the heartbeat cable.

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Xtra View Satellite feed for two single view decoders

Settings to the decoders for this installation are provided in this downloadable manual:     Xtraview Manual Two Single view decoders

3.2 Xtraview Installation with HDPVR and standard decoder

This installation is still the most prevalent in Kyalami . The usual heartbeat connection is RF OUT to RF IN. NOTE: the DSTV installation protocols do not specify these as an absolute; it is possible to vary the settings as it suits you BUT you need to know what you are doing if you are going to do this. For example if you want to send the pictures from EACH of the two decoders through to a third or fourth room in the house then one would connect the heartbeat cable to RF OUT RF OUT so that both decoders are sending their output signals onto the heartbeat line. The heartbeat cable can then be interrupted with a t-piece, passive splitter or active splitter such as an SLX splitter, so that the combined signals can be sent on to other rooms. Obviously the Xtraview settings of each decoder would have to be adjusted to correspond with the physical connections. Also one would have to ensure that the UHF frequency of each decoder is set so as not to clash with one another.

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Xtra View with HDPVR and single view decoders

Satellite dish upgrade:

There are three different ways of getting satellite signal to both decoders.

1.Use a SAT-CR LNB with a universal output, and connect the SAT-CR output to the LNB Input 1 of the HDPVR and the universal output to the lnb input of the single view decoder.

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Xtra View with HDPVR and single view satellite feed

The advantage of this installation is that cabling is kept to a minimum; the disadvantage is that the SATCR LNBs are expensive

2. Use a quad lnb with a 2×4 multiswitch to get the correct number of feeds.

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Xtra View with HDPVR and single view satellite feed

3.  Use a twin lnb with a multiswitch to split the twin satellite feed from the dish into enough outputs to feed the HD PVR and the single view decoder. If one has the four-tuner HD PVR then one would need a 2×6 multiswitch to provide enough outputs. With the HD PVR 2P one would only need a 2×4 multiswitch.

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Xtra View with HDPVR and single view satellite feed

For more detailed information, download the following: (not for the faint-hearted)

Xtraview HDPVR and single-view decoder

3.3 Xtraview HD2P with SDPVR decoder

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Xtra View with HDPVR and SDPVR

The important part of this installation is to connect the heartbeat cable to RF OUT and RF OUT  and set the decoder’s Xtra view settings accordingly. The heartbeat cable can then be split and taken on to the third point ( in this case the Kid’s room) where a TV link (an infrared remote eye) must be installed to control the SD PVR TV2 channels.

In the simple setup shown in the diagram, each location controls and views the channels from the decoder assigned to them. In the lounge the HDPVR is viewed, in the main bedroom the TV1 part of the SD PVR is viewed and in the kid’s room the TV2 part of the SD PVR is viewed.

It is possible to make connections so that channels from the each decoder can be viewed at each other point. This however is “overkill”, but if one wants to attempt it give us a call at DSTV Installations Kyalami or read up more about it on the following download: Xtraview HDPVR and SDPVR decoders

Satellite connections involve a series of options:

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Xtra View satellite feed for HDPVR and SDPVR Option1

This is the most commonly used option in Kyalami as most customers will have had the twin- lnb already there from their HDPVR  or SDPVR installation. So all that needs to be added is a multiswitch to split the satellite feed further.

Other options are as follows:

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Xtra View satellite feed for HDPVR and SDPVR Option2

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Xtra View satellite feed for HDPVR and SDPVR Option3



3.4 Xtraview with two HDPVR decoders

There are two ways of achieving this installation:   Firstly one can use a Twin lnb with two cables from the satellite dish  feeding into a 2×4 or 2×6 multiswitch ( usually positioned in the ceiling) and then two more cables from this multiswitch to each HDPVR ( if it is an HD 2P). Alternatively one can use a quad lnb and take two cables to each HDPVR 2P directly from the lnb without using a multiswitch.

3.5 Xtraview with Explora and standard decoder

This installation is very similar to that of the HDPVR combined with a standard decoder ( see above) but one must use the option of a quad lnb. The only difference is that the two cables from the lnb to the Explora have to pass through the special multiswitch supplied with the Explora to convert to the single unicable input which is required by the Explora.

3.6 Xtraview with Explora and SD PVR1

This installation is very similar to that of the HDPVR combined with a standard decoder ( see above) but one must use the option of a quad lnb. The only difference is that the two cables from the lnb to the Explora have to pass through the special multiswitch supplied with the Explora to convert to the single unicable input which is required by the Explora.

3.7 Xtraview with Explora and HD PVR

This installation is very similar to that of the HDPVR combined with a standard decoder ( see above) but one must use the option of a quad lnb. The only difference is that the two cables from the lnb to the Explora have to pass through the special multiswitch supplied with the Explora to convert to the single unicable input which is required by the Explora.

3.8 Xtraview with two Explora decoders

This installation is very similar to that of the HDPVR combined with a standard decoder ( see above) but one must use the option of a quad lnb. The only difference is that each pair of two cables from the lnb to each Explora have to pass through the special multiswitchs supplied with the Explora to convert to the single unicable input which is required by the Explora.

4. Cabling requirements for DSTV Installations

Cabling is the fundamental part of any DSTV Installation – it would be nice if there were low cost wireless connections but this is unfortunately not the case. There are DIY folks who attempt their own wiring but most people in Kyalami want to leave this up to an accredited Mutichoice installer such as DSTV Installations Kyalami ( 079 117 2842). For those who like to understand what is going on we have included a breakdown of the basic wiring categories involved with DSTV.

4.1 RG6 Coaxial Cable

The primary function of coaxial radio-frequency cabling ( RG6 is the standard for DSTV) is in carrying the radio frequency signals from the satellite dish to the decoder.

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RG6 cable

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RG6 cable more detail


4.2 AV Cable

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AV Cable

An AV Cable is used to transfer a high-quality video image from the DSTV decoder to the TV. This is most commonly  used with single-view decoders. Some very old TV sets still exist in Kyalami (very few but every now and then we come across one)  which do not have AV inputs; in these cases one has to use an RG6 cable from the the RF Out plug on the DSTV decoder to the antenna input of the TV. The TV then has to be tuned to pick up the signal from the decoder and one has to run the TV in “TV” mode rather than in “AV” mode.

4.3 HDMI Cable

ON the HD DSTV decoders an HDMI cable is required to transfer the high-definition signal from the HD PVR decoder to the HD TV. One can still use an AV cable  or an RF cable but these lesser cable will only transfer a standard definition picture to the TV.

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hdmi cable


Extending HDMI signals to rooms which are at a distance from your decoder

It is possible to get HDMI cables as long as 50m which allow one to extend the HDMI signal from one’s decoder to a remote room. One will have to take these through an HDMI splitter so that one can connect the decoder to the local HDMI cable (where the decoder is) as well as the remote HDMI cable. At these lengths the  HDMI cables have a booster unit built into the cable, (usually in the middle) , powered by a USB plug which can be plugged into the USB port of the decoder. Caution: some of these cables have a one-way direction, so make sure you plug the cable into decoder and remote TV the correct way round.   One disadvantage of such a thick cable is that it wont fit through the usual 20mm conduits in your house. One has to install trunking along the walls and up to your ceiling to take these cables.

It is a fairy costly solution: as an example in a recent DSTV installation we did the HDMI splitter cost   R 850 and the 30M HDMI cable cost R 950 ( without installation). Add labour to that and one gets into a cost range where one should consider the alternative of adding another decoder as an Xtra View at the remote point. This would give one completely independent viewing at the remote point.

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DSTV Installation of a remote HDMI cable







4.4 Power Cables

Power cables for the earlier standard definition decoders and HD decoders used a 220v cable directly to the decoder.

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two prong power cable

Later models of HD and standard decoders have a 12v transformer with different size 12v plugs depending on the decoder.

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ac to dc transformer





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