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post #1 of 5 Old 01-26-2009, 07:59 AM - Thread Starter
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Hey guys,
Quick-ish question here....I am setting up my apartment with some cabling since we're doing construction. We have cable source coming in that is being split two-ways. The previous owners had 1 cable modem, and one TV. However, I need 2 TVs and one cable modem. Is this going to be as easy as getting a 1 to 3 way splitter, do I need to do something else? I've seen talk of modulators and amp levels on other threads...however I really need some help figuring out exactly what I need....someone please point me in the right direction!

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Depends on how long the cable runs are.

Buy 2 2-way splitters, to preserve more signal to the modem.

In an apartment, I doubt you'll need an amplifier, but somebody else with more experience may chime in.

Run additional cables now, if you have the chance. Ethernet to wall light switch locations? All potential TV areas? Stereo? Have you considered in-wall or in-ceiling speakers for distributed audio? Hardwired alarm system? 5.1 or 7.1 surround for the TV area?

How long will you stay in that apt?

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The coax cables will be 50 feet each, each going to a TV.

Currently, the cable comes in and is split in a closet. I'm going to hook in the cable modem from inside the closet where my networking gear will be (2 cisco 2620 routers, 1 Cisco 24 port catalyst switch). I'll cat6 Ethernet out of the closet, so the coax from cable source to the actual cable modem will probably be less than 3 FT at most.

The longer coax cables will only be going to cable boxes (I am _assuming_ these require less juice than the cable modem...?)

The Ethernet will be running to my office and to behind the TV
Great idea on the speaker-wires, I'm not sure how the heck I didn't think of that! I used to have in-wall speakers in my old place, I actually prefer having speakers that are somewhat less permanent though

If anyone else has any other thoughts, suggestions, or things to remind me of I am all ears...errr...eyes

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Good resource to help figure out cable wiring requirements:

http://www.swhowto.com/VideoLoss.htm
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All,
Thanks for your help!

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