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connecting TV antenna coaxial cable to existing cable box outisde my home.

post #1 of 13
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Hi,
I am not very techy!, so please excuse my language!!

I have internet conection from my cable company, they have a box outside the house. I am planning to install a tv antenna just close to it and was wondering if I can connect my antenna coaxial cable to the cable box, so all the cable outlets in my home can receive OTA channels. Hoping that my broadband internet from cable will still work. see a picture of my cable box attached.

Is this possible ?

If yes, what are the parts I need to but, from where ? little bit of detail will help a lot!

appreciate any help.

post #2 of 13
You cannot combine OTA signals with cable signals. Do you presently have any TV's or cable boxes in your home,, or do you just have internet?
If you only have internet, then you can run a new coax from the outside box connected to the white feed cable to wherever your cable modem is. Then connect your antenna to the existing black cable in the box, which will make all the cable outlets live. This is assuming your splitters are rated for at least 900-1000Mhz. Some of the older ones only go up to 550Mhz, which will block some OTA channels.

If you like you can post your tvfool results so we can get an idea of reception in your area. (Your address will not be shown).
post #3 of 13
Actually, you can combine them. You just won't be able to watch anything or use the internet. wink.gif
post #4 of 13
To the OP. Post #3 was an attempt as a joke....
Why confuse the confused?
post #5 of 13
Yes, my post (#3) was just a joke.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by egnlsn View Post

Yes, my post (#3) was just a joke.

If you can help constructively, please do. Other-wise........
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by freeota View Post

Hi,
I am not very techy!, so please excuse my language!!

I have internet conection from my cable company, they have a box outside the house. I am planning to install a tv antenna just close to it and was wondering if I can connect my antenna coaxial cable to the cable box, so all the cable outlets in my home can receive OTA channels. Hoping that my broadband internet from cable will still work. see a picture of my cable box attached.

Is this possible ?

If yes, what are the parts I need to but, from where ? little bit of detail will help a lot!

appreciate any help.


Some of the antenna frequencies will interfere with the HSI, which needs a clean ~855 MHz and ~40 MHz. I wouldn't do it.
post #8 of 13
Don't do it.

You must use physically separate coaxial cables for each service.
post #9 of 13
Combining them could also result in an FCC visit, unless the Cable Cops get there first! wink.gif

(Cable uses most of the spectrum, from about 5 MHz, all the way up to 800 or 1000 MHz. This overlaps not only the OTA TV channels, but every other service you can imagine. Combining will not only obliterate your Cable and Internet services, but will likely feed back in to the Cable system, and out the antenna.)
post #10 of 13

I am in the process of running OTA HDTV from my attic to my cable box. Theoretically one should be able to disconnect the cable providers line-in so there is no interference/feedback. Once the cable providers line is not connected to the rest of the homes coaxial you should be able to use that same coaxial and connect the OTA cable to it. Am I wrong?


Edited by ngrider78 - 3/17/14 at 11:42am
post #11 of 13
Should be fine... theoretically. wink.gif
Try it and report back.
post #12 of 13
If TV is the only thing you're going to be passing along that cable, then yes, you can use it fine. But, you were originally wanting to use the same cable for internet as well, which can't be done.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by ngrider78 View Post

I am in the process of running OTA HDTV from my attic to my cable box. Theoretically one should be able to disconnect the cable providers line-in so there is no interference/feedback. Once the cable providers line is not connected to the rest of the homes coaxial you should be able to use that same coaxial and connect the OTA cable to it. Am I wrong?
If the cable is not connected -- that is, if the cable run to the house is disconnected from the wiring going into the house -- and you connect a TV antenna to the wiring going into the house (where the cable *used* to connect), it should be fine. But not with the cable line still connected.
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