CATV and broadband distribution

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  1. Mike_Morgan

    Mike_Morgan Stunt Coordinator

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    I will be swapping my digital cable over to my new house in a week or so, and want to distribute to 3 TVs and my cable modem from a central closet. Will something like the H816BID near the bottom of this page... http://www.multiplextechnology.com/o...cts/video.html work for what I want to do? If I understand correctly I will still need to use the filters on the TV ends of my feeds? For every TV or just the one main TV getting fed by the converter box? Thanks for the help guys.

    Mike
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    Uhhhh... Do you just want 1 digital cable box to feed all 3 TV's? This means all TV's have to watch the same channel.

    A 'better' more typical way is to install a good splitter in the closet and feed each TV it's own coax. All the TV's should be able to get basic cable this way. Rent digital-cable-box's for the TV's for your main system.

    Only if your cable signal is weak should you need an amplifier like the H816BID. Start with a high-bandwidth splitter first. You can always install the amp/splitter combo later.

    Note: If you get a 1-to-4 splitter, but only use 3 of the outputs, make sure to cap off the un-used output with a "termination resistor". They sell these at Radio Shack for under $1.
     
  3. Mike_Morgan

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    Bob, thanks for the reply. I'm sorry I wasn't more clear on what I want to do. I only plan on using a converter box for the main TV. The other two TVs will only receive the regular channels. I have no desire to pay for two extra boxes for those TVs. I have separate coax runs in place for all three televisions AND my cable modem. Can I just use a good splitter and run it to my modem also, or will the modem need a separate run from the cableco's box outside the house? Maybe that is a little more clear on what I intend to do. Thanks.

    Mike
     
  4. Bob McElfresh

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    I believe you just need a good, 2 Ghz splitter at a central location. It would be advised to call your cable company as they could tell you more about this. They may even provide a compatible splitter for you. It's cheaper for them to just give you one than have you call for a service man when things dont work due to cheap, hardware store splitters.
     

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