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need some help selecting a cable splitter box.

post #1 of 9
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comcast recently sent out a notice that they would be going all digital in my area, and that we would need the digital converter boxes to receive any channels.

ive hooked up the converter boxes and found that they are getting little to no power, so all but one or two channels are coming in.

i then hooked up one box directly to the first splitter thats connected directly to the main line coming into the house. that single box/tv works perfectly. so, it appears my 2nd splittler (an 8 port, with 4 tvs currently hooked upto it) isnt able to transmit enough power to the other converter boxes in the house.

my current setup is...
main line - 2 port splitter. 1 port goes to my cable modem, 2nd port goes to 8 port splitter, which then goes to 4 different tvs.

is theres some kind of active/powered splitter that i can use that will transmit a boosted signal to all the tvs its hooked up to? some of the cable lines are probably 40-50 feet long.
post #2 of 9
Just put a standard drop amp in front of the 8-way splitter. Do a search for an EVO-AMP-1.
post #3 of 9
Or.... try replacing the 8-way splitter with a 4-way splitter.
post #4 of 9
That too. I've always had the rule of thumb that if there are more than 3 outlets, install a drop amp. In this case, there will be 5.
post #5 of 9
MY rule of thumb is.... don't use an 8-way splitter when you only need 4. smile.gif
post #6 of 9
I've measured losses of 15 to 16dB on lots of vertical port 8-way splitters. When I broke them open, the "circuitry" was just "Y" nodes with tiny ferrite chokes on them. Among the dozen or so I tested, the only ones with typically 11 dB loss were the Antronnix and Blonder Tongue 8-ways.
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Originally Posted by AntAltMike View Post

I've measured losses of 15 to 16dB on lots of vertical port 8-way splitters. When I broke them open, the "circuitry" was just "Y" nodes with tiny ferrite chokes on them.
You gotta love those -- electrical contractors sure do. I guess it does give us something to do... wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Ratman View Post

MY rule of thumb is.... don't use an 8-way splitter when you only need 4. smile.gif

+1

If your feeding an 8 way splitter, than your also causing leakage on your unused ports (unless you have them capped off with a resistor). The higher the splitter, the more the signal loss through that splitter. If your only using 4 sets, then drop it down to a 4-way, which usually loses 7dB all around.
post #9 of 9
+ 2 on the 8 to a 4 way splitter.

Do you have the unused ports capped with terminations?
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