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splitters for FIOS and home-run coax? passive or active?

post #1 of 7
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I've got all the low voltage wiring installed for our new house. All of it pulled back to Leviton structured media boxes. Home run from each wall location to the boxes, nothing daisy-chained.

Now my question is how to split out the coax?

I've got about 64 coax cables. Most locations have two coax cables to the wall box. I don't plan on having all of them live at once. There's two present for future-proofing or in the event of damage (like the foam insulation guy shaving off one of them...)

I'll be using FIOS for TV. I don't make use of MOCA now but could in the future and would like to avoid setting up something that wouldn't work. I have Tivo DVRs now and don't plan on using the FIOS DVRs any time soon. I will also have the ONT connection to the inside network over Ethernet, not coax.

I have no intention of ever switching to satellite TV again. The cabling installed could potentially support that, but I don't see ever going back to DirecTV or trying DISH. I realize those would take multi-switch setups.

The longest run is about 150' but most of the others are between 50 and 80'.

So do I use passive or active splitters?


And how should I best tier them for expansion? If I connected everything I'd have to do some sort of chaining them together. My first assumption would be to try to keep to as shallow but wide a tree as possible. As in, a 1x8 feeding to more 1x8 splitters (or the 1x16 active ones).

Then the real challenge will be in snaking all the cabling to the connections. Thankfully I've got all the coax fed into a 42" enclosure and then there's another 28" one below it. So I should have more than enough room to accommodate all of if.

I actually have three 42" boxes next to each other, with the holes already drilled between them, and then another three 28" boxes directly below them. I've learned over the years you can't have too much space made available for this stuff.

If a single 42" and the 28" below wasn't enough I could start expanding over into the other 28". I have enough slack on the ends of the cabling to do that.

Any thoughts, observations or warnings of what NOT to do?
post #2 of 7
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What, nobody has an opinion here?
post #3 of 7
You should only connect the drops you're actually using. If that's more than a few, I'd use the distribution amp/splitter unit. Note that DirecTV has moved to a single-coax (SWM) solution that gets distributed just like CATV now...
post #4 of 7
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There's one issue. I'd prefer to have the in-wall lines all terminated if possible. If just for neatness sake. I was not planning on connecting all of them to an active connection. I may make use of something like Channel Vision's 8-port F--type patch module for the ones that don't get used. Then it'd be simple to just patch from there to a splitter should the need arise. I really hate having in-wall wiring subjected to being moved around.

That and I realize that with most n-way splitters it's best to keep the ends terminated properly, not just left unconnected.

As it stands I think I'll have about 6 connections live for FIOS TV. That and probably 5 for an in-attic antenna. Not all corresponding to the same wall plate locations.
post #5 of 7
Do a distribution amp that has an active return, which feeds a 4-way splitter that, in turn, feeds (4) 16-way splitters. Total price tag from the right place is not that much more than (1) Leviton 47693-16P from the Leviton store. You'd end up with a fair amount of gain on the forward path as well as gain on the return path.
Edited by egnlsn - 6/1/13 at 1:47pm
post #6 of 7
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I'm leaning toward using something like these to terminate all the unused lines inside the cans:

But I've got Leviton cans, not Channel Vision. I've ordered one for the sake of testing to see how well it'd fit, or what 'adjustments' might need to be made.

Anyone have recommendations for other ways to terminate the coax inside a Leviton structured media enclosure?

As for the FIOS connections, I may just lean toward organizing the wiring such that I could use whatever splitters the Verizon techs bring with them on the truck. I'd let them know how many active connections would be needed, ahead of time. Then I'd just arrange the rest of the lines such that they could be connected later as needed.
post #7 of 7
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To follow up, the Channel Vision splitter fits in the Leviton cans just fine. There are four holes in the bracket. It fits both vertically (as will possibly use) and horizontally.

I think I'll get a blank tilted bracket for installation of whatever the verizon tech has on the truck when we do the actual install. I'll just terminate the rest of the cabling to these 8-port units.
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