Originally Posted by yazyazoo /forum/post/18268609
I am building a HTPC with 4 USB Hauppage 950q tuners. It has Win7 Media Center. I will have two XBOX 360 as media extenders and another HTPC in the living room.
I plan to use this PC for the server, it is going to record the shows from my Comcast cable and then serve the recorded shows to my various extenders or HTPC. This PC is also used heavily to download shows and stream. It also serves as a Magicjack server.
Currently my cable modem is connected in the middle of the house and I plan to have my computer there. I need to split this one connection into 5.
1 x Cable Modem
4 x splitter to each Hauppauge.
What is the best splitter to do this without any signal degradation? I see cheap ones on ebay or monoprice but I want to make sure I get a decent quality splitter.
I also do not want any slow down on my Cable modem.
Any suggestions from HTPC users.
Are there any other drops in the house are just this five?
If it just this five, I would suggest the following.
From the drop in the room, connect a 2-way splitter. Off one leg connect your cable modem, on the other leg connect a Electroline EDA-2402 4-way Unity Gain amplifier for your HTPC, unity gain is much better in this scenario as you don't have to worry about overdriving the signal which can be a big problem with Digital. Depending on how much signal you are getting from the pedestal...you may not even need that. Just a 2-way splitter to feed the cable modem, and a 4-way splitter to feed the tuners.
While I am usually a fan of Monoprice...I would only use good-quality splitters...you can get them fairly cheap, I recommend something like..
If this isn't your only drop...you would need to explain the setup to me.
In my scenario, I have the following.
From the Enterance -> 2-way splitter
One leg of the splitter goes to an Arris Cable Telephony Modem the other goes to an unbalanced 3-way splitter.
Off the unbalanced 3-way splitter ->
The "hot" -3.5db leg goes to the office where the cable modem and HTPC is.
One -7db leg goes to a Motorola DCH-3200 STB in the Living Room
The other -7db legs to a Panasonic PZ-80 in the Master Bedroom
In the office -> The drop goes to a balanced 3-way splitter.
One leg is connected to the Cable Modem
One leg is connected to a MoCA bridge to distribute Ethernet to the living room and Master Bedroom
One leg is connected to a EDA-2402 which feeds 2 ATI DCTs and the 2 ports on an HDHomerun for ClearQAM.
Works great. Even with all those splits I get -9 to -11 dBmv (according to the ATI DCT diags, which admittingly isn't all that accurate) on all the digital channels, while that is on the low side, I experience no drop outs.