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How best to split FiOS cable before the sheetrock goes up?!

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Hello,

After many trials and tribulations, we're getting close to closing the walls on our basement remodeling project.

One of the next steps is to make sure that the cable for our FiOS connections is run, split, and amplified well. I wanted to seek advice here. I beg your indulgence: if there's a thread that answers this or another forum to post in, please let me know.

Imagine a square with a circle in the middle; that's our basement. Right now, the cable comes in roughly at one corner, which is also where our AV equipment (including the FiOS TV tuner) will be. That cable currently runs to the circle in the middle, where there's a passive splitter; it currently provides signal to one upstairs room and our FiOS router (also upstairs). There are two other, disconnected cables that go to rooms where cable isn't currently used.

So, because those cables in the middle are already well run through the house, it doesn't make sense to try to re-run them to get longer lengths and connect them at the corner where the cable comes into the house. From what I can tell, that leaves two choices:

1) Put a splitter/amplifier in the center where the cables meet now and run a cable BACK to where the FiOS TV tuner will be (minimizing the number of splits but necessitating a long cable run back to where it comes into the house), OR

2) Split the cable once at the corner -- feeding the nearby FiOS tuner and a longer run to the cables at the center -- and again at the multiple cables at the center.

Which is best?

One complicating factor: I've read somewhere that it's best to split off the cable for the Verizon router before an amplifier/splitter. Anything to this?

Thanks!

Tiger
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#1 priority dont cover any splitters/ amps or splices with sheetrock. Home run all outlets to Housebox or other location that has accessability. run data modem off low loss leg of the first splitter. Im not sure what level output of FIOS node is so depending on amount of outlets amp may be needed. If so i would get a lossless spillter vs a single in/out house amp.
example: http://www.amazon.com/Bi-Directional-Splitter-Booster-Amplifier-Telephone/dp/B003UHRVA2
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