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post #2491 of 2904
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Originally Posted by pillboy49 View Post


Does anyone know where I can get a QUALITY 8 port splitter that is not a signal booster?

Thanks.

Locally or mail order?
If mail order then Solid Signal seems to have a nice variety. Locally you might want to try Ness Electronics near Energy Park drive and 280.
post #2492 of 2904
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

Locally or mail order?
If mail order then Solid Signal seems to have a nice variety. Locally you might want to try Ness Electronics near Energy Park drive and 280.

I just want to make sure it will work with Comcast's system (including Internet) and won't have a service tech complaining about it if I have one out. It seems like a lot of problems get blamed on cabling, cable ends and splitters. I am just not sure what specs are important with Comcast's digital signal.

Thanks for the link.
post #2493 of 2904
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I am just not sure what specs are important with Comcast's digital signal.

Have you asked Comcast. They supplied me with an 8-way splitter when they did my install. They also supplied an amplifier on the front end of it. It works with internet, phone, and anyroom DVRs.
post #2494 of 2904
The Comcast guy came out yesterday to install a cablecard in my new Ceton InfiniTV 4. I had a minor problem getting the cablecard seated properly (I didn't push it in far enough so it wasn't detected at first), but once that was fixed it was smooth sailing. No issues and I'm now recording 4 cable shows at once + my 2 HDHomeruns.

The technician said he'd done many Tivo installs, but this was the first he'd seen a PC setup. He claimed the M-card only supported 2 streams - happily I was right on that one.

I asked him about SDV and he looked at me like he had no idea what I was talking about
post #2495 of 2904
Anyone using the Extreme 50-100 internet plan from comcast? What's your experience, does comcast need to come out and do any rewiring? Right now I have 1 tv and internet service on a splitter coming in from one side of the house. Other house tv's have separate wall entrances. Will comcast need to make it's own dedicated feed for the faster internet? Right now I have the blast package using my own SB modem 6120.

I hate to call them first with all these questions because I always have to listen to the sales garbage. They want to give me the phone (you know, to save me money) each time I call. I like to know more facts before I contact them...
post #2496 of 2904
I simply say "no thanks" to the sales garbage.
post #2497 of 2904
Does anybody know if the Fox Soccer Channel HD is available for Minneapolis yet? I am watching a EPL match on channel 728 and it definitely doesn't look HD.
post #2498 of 2904
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Originally Posted by scoharris View Post

Does anybody know if the Fox Soccer Channel HD is available for Minneapolis yet? I am watching a EPL match on channel 728 and it definitely doesn't look HD.

Nope. Only a few markets has Fox Soccer HD as of right now on Comcast. Plus as of right now there's no word on when (if ever) either the Minneapolis or St. Paul side will get Fox Soccer HD.

Oh and by the way... the channel is now officially Fox Soccer HD as of next month. Fox has decided to drop "Channel" out of the name.
post #2499 of 2904
From my Comcast bill this month:

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Good news! Big Ten Network (BTN) is televising 40-45 football games this fall. Due to better game scheduling, only 2 BTN Xtra channels are needed and will carry more games. As a result, BTN Xtra has ceased operation on channels 694 & 695. All BTN Xtra games will be shown on 692 & 693.
post #2500 of 2904
Being a procrastinator sometimes does have its advantages. I have yet to obtain an 8-way splitter so I can take my 8-way drop amp out of the system. The audio dropouts I was experiencing on Speed HD (specifically during the live NASCAR broadcasts) have followed the program material when the NASCAR races changed to TNT HD. Hmmmmmm.
post #2501 of 2904
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Originally Posted by Demolition Man View Post

As someone who has had the 6120 for over an year I can attest to it being worth getting. Especially since the 6120 uses four separate frequencies for connection instead of one like the lower end modems do. Comes really in handy for higher bandwidth stuff like Netflix along with gaming.

What would you recommend for a good router paired with the 6120?
post #2502 of 2904
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Originally Posted by BigNels87 View Post

What would you recommend for a good router paired with the 6120?

I have the Airport Extreme and I can tell you it works flawlessly. It's expensive but I need it for both a MAC Powerbook and a PC. They play together well and also work with iPad/Android/iPhone. Most of the other brands do have weaknesses working with one or the other...
post #2503 of 2904
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Originally Posted by BigNels87 View Post

What would you recommend for a good router paired with the 6120?

Lots of good options. Most of the consumer routers seem to have about the same level of reliability. Determine what features you need. Wireless N? Gig Ports?

I've had decent luck with NetGear; Linksys; TrendNet.

At this stage, I go with whatever is on sale, either at a favored online store, or locally.

Here's a TrendNet router that I've installed at three places over the last couple of years with no problems:


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833156242
post #2504 of 2904
I have the Linksys E1000 myself. Works good for my needs.
post #2505 of 2904
I can't yet vouch for the AirPort Extreme N box, as it is still en route to us, but it has pretty much every feature you would need in a wired/wireless router, and if you buy online from the Apple refurb store, the $129 price compares well to the Linksys E3000/3200 or the Belkin N750DB. Also, in my experience with AirPort versus Belkin, Netgear, Buffalo, et al, the AirPort stuff is much more reliable
post #2506 of 2904
Avoid the Apple junk. Sucking off Steve Jobs isn't going to get anyone a better connection.

In my experience Netgear, Linksys, etc are all much more reliable, feature filled, and cheaper than Apple crap.
post #2507 of 2904
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Originally Posted by Nogib View Post

Avoid the Apple junk. Sucking off Steve Jobs isn't going to get anyone a better connection.

In my experience Netgear, Linksys, etc are all much more reliable, feature filled, and cheaper than Apple crap.

Well said.
post #2508 of 2904
I chose the AirPort Extreme because it has the gigabit Ethernet, 2.4/5.6 GHz simultaneous dual band 802.11n, USB2 for NAS and wireless printing, and guest networking. It was also $10 cheaper than the Linksys E3200 which does not have guest networks and may or may not have gigabit Ethernet.

Use what you want, but don't insult others based on what they use.
post #2509 of 2904
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Originally Posted by ehren in MN View Post

I chose the AirPort Extreme because it has the gigabit Ethernet, 2.4/5.6 GHz simultaneous dual band 802.11n, USB2 for NAS and wireless printing, and guest networking. It was also $10 cheaper than the Linksys E3200 which does not have guest networks and may or may not have gigabit Ethernet.

Its amazing what Google search can tell me in a few seconds. For one Google search found me info on guest networks on the E3200. Not to mention Newegg tells me it has Gigabit.

But I guess its easier to make assumptions then it is to research things. Nice try ehren.
post #2510 of 2904
By the way the E3000 has all that as well. I grabbed an refurbed one from Newegg for $70.
post #2511 of 2904
My neice is moving to an apartment in St. Paul near St Thomas campus. What is the Comcast situation there? Is there still analog cable and clear QAM or is it all digital so you need a box to get anything? Her dad said there was cable there but being a Charter subscriber I haven't been following what is going on and where.
post #2512 of 2904
Its digital requiring the box outside local OTAs.
post #2513 of 2904
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Originally Posted by w0en View Post

My neice is moving to an apartment in St. Paul near St Thomas campus. What is the Comcast situation there? Is there still analog cable and clear QAM or is it all digital so you need a box to get anything? Her dad said there was cable there but being a Charter subscriber I haven't been following what is going on and where.

You'll be jealous of her HD channel offerings... (vs. Charter)
post #2514 of 2904
The wait is over on November 15th....
post #2515 of 2904
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Originally Posted by Demolition Man View Post

The wait is over on November 15th....

You guys finally getting FSC?
post #2516 of 2904
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Originally Posted by georule View Post

You guys finally getting FSC?

I got a list of some of the channels coming November 15th just a bit ago...

Bloomberg HD
BBC America HD
Oxygen HD
NatGeo Wild HD
Kids Sprout HD

And....

Fox Soccer HD
post #2517 of 2904
Question: why does Comcast have the same programming on multiple channels? For example, the HD version of HBO is on 215, 300 and 900. Is this really necessary, and is this not a waste of bandwidth?
post #2518 of 2904
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Originally Posted by JBaumgart View Post

Question: why does Comcast have the same programming on multiple channels? For example, the HD version of HBO is on 215, 300 and 900. Is this really necessary, and is this not a waste of bandwidth?

This is just "channel mapping". In the example listed above, HBO HD is listed in the premium channel area next to the SD counterparts, in the old HD area next to the old HD channels, and in the new HD area next to the new HD numbers. It doesn't affect bandwidth, and is done so for channel surfing, to make it easier to surf.

I'm not sure why they keep the "old" and "new" HD numbering, but I will say that the new HD numbers are the same on both systems (Minneapolis and St Paul). I know at "some point" they are going to remap ALL of the channels to put like-channels together. News in one "neighborhood", general entertainment in another, etc, etc. Then, the HD counterparts are going to be what the SD number is + 1000, so KTCA would be 1002, KSTP would be 1005, etc.

The reason that none of this affects bandwidth is because it is just a simple "map". In other words, when you go to channel 30, the box attached to your TV knows that channel 30 is located at 300Mhz (it probably isn't just using that as illustration). If Comcast wanted to only carry one channel on every number (NBC, haha), then they could just tell the boxes that every channel you turn to is being broadcast at 300Mhz, and it would take up no more bandwidth than one channel. This also allows them to move channels without you knowing about it. So, today, 30 could map to 300Mhz, and tomorrow it could map to 305Mhz, but both times you would just punch in "30" on your remote and get the same programming. Make sense? The same concept applies to HDTV. Channel 2.2 is actually being transmitted on 16, for example. Channel 23.1 is actually 17, etc.
post #2519 of 2904
Thanks, mnxmfan, for the explanation. Although I don't look forward to the new learning curve, I do think remapping of all of the channels is a good idea, so that "like-channels' are put together into "neighborhoods" as you describe it.
post #2520 of 2904
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Originally Posted by Demolition Man View Post

I got a list of some of the channels coming November 15th just a bit ago...

Bloomberg HD
BBC America HD
Oxygen HD
NatGeo Wild HD
Kids Sprout HD

And....

Fox Soccer HD

Nice. I don't have several of those on DirecTV, and certainly am jealous over BBCAHD.

Otoh, NHLCI is about to start up again, and I'll have nearly every game, often both home and away feeds, in HD.
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