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? about Ethernet cables

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by cdesperado, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. cdesperado

    cdesperado Auditioning

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    Ok, so... I did some searches on the forum about this but nothing stood out (out of hundreds of options), so I apologize in advance because I am sure this has been covered before.

    I have a new HT system using Verizon FIOS and I am curious about something. The cable box is connected to the Verizon widget via a Co-Axial cable. There is an Ethernet port on the back of the cable box and also one on the back of my plasma. I have a Pioneer Elite receiver (VSX-82TXS), but there is no Ethernet port on the back of that.

    I have two questions regarding the use of Ethernet cable:
    1.) Is there signal degradation by using a Coax cable instead of an Ethernet cable? And if so, is there any reason I should continue to use the coax? (The picture looks great, but could it look even better?)

    2.) I am considering hooking up the cable box to my home's LAN bc I **think** I can connect my cable box to my PC and use a harddrive there to supplement my DVR hard drives. However, there is only one Ethernet port on the back of the cable box (Motorola QIP6416-2)... so how can I connect the DVR box to my PC via Ethernet cables AND use the Ethernet port as the primary input for the TV signal?

    I hope this makes sense... basically, I am trying to figure out what to do with this Ethernet port on the back of the DVR box.

    Thank you!
     
  2. pankarty

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  3. Jean D

    Jean D Screenwriter

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    I doubt your ethernet port is even active on the box. cable companys dont use it, its a dead port. FiOS may be different, but I am not sure. best advice I can give is to call their customer support and ask them if its utilized or not.
     

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