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Here's my setup:

I have an antenna in the attic which is currently being split in the attic (with a balanced splitter) between one leg (about 8 feet long) which feeds an upstairs bedroom with a tv and one that runs downstairs (about 25 feet), where it is split between 3 different rooms. Two rooms have just a TV and but the third has a TV, DVR and FM radio.


I've been wanting to replace the splitter in the attic with a tap, but not sure how much attenuation is the right amount. I've seen taps available between 6 and 24 dB here:
http://www.channelmasterstore.com/Ch...ters_s/142.htm


Is there a rule of thumb on the right amount or FAQ somewhere?


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I assume you're trying to improve OTA reception in the downstairs rooms, and can't home-run additional cables (or at least, not easily)?


Did you try taking out the first splitter and see if that makes any difference? A tap vs. a splitter is going to be ~1db vs. 3db - if you're having signal issues downstream I doubt the 2db is going to solve it. On that same ChannelMaster page:

http://www.channelmasterstore.com/30...cm-3041dsb.htm


Might be a better route to go. Just don't go overboard on amplification...


And in the downstairs room, assuming there's a splitter there - you could replace that one with an FM tap for the tuner, and get a few db back, too... Again, on its own not likely to cure poor signals...


Jeff
 
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