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I have four cable TVs and three cable modems, what amplifier would you recommend I use, which of these choices is best:


1.) 1 Electroline EDA-FT08300 8-port Drop Amplifier that would take care of the seven connections and the remaining port (1) terminated by a 75-ohm terminator.


2.) 1 Viewsonics VSMA-608C-10R 8-port Drop Amplifier that would take care of the seven connections and the remaining port (1) terminated by a 75-ohm terminator.


3.) 1 Viewsonics VSMA-604C 4-port Drop Amplifier that would take care of the four cable TV connections and 1 Viewsonics VSMA-604C-10R 4-port Drop Amplifier that would take care of the three cable modem connections and the remaining port (1) terminated with a 75-ohm terminator.


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4.) 1 Viewsonics VSMA-604C 4-port Drop Amplifier that would take care of the four cable TV connections and 1 Viewsonics VSMA-608C-10R 8-port Drop Amplifier that would take care of the three cable modem connections and the remaining ports (5) terminated with 75-ohm terminators.



I'm confused which drop amp to use since some guide says that too much amplification on the "return path" would cause problems. The Viewsonics VSMA-604C-10R provides a +3 dB return path gain which might "overload" the return path signal. This makes me worried about config #3.


Then again, I read in some guide that it would be better to not have both TV connections and cable modem connections in one amplifier which makes me worry about configs #1 and #2 and makes me lean toward config #4 as the best configuration for my application.




Can you provide me these specs for the EDA-FT08300:


Noise Figure

Maximum Return Path Input

Maximum Return Path Output

Return Path Second Order Distortion

Return Path Third Order Distortion



What is its difference in comparison with the old EDA-FT08100?


Thanks.
 

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I have an Electroline EDA-some number, that I'm happy with except that the external wall-wart power supply failed. Had to open it up and replace the big capacitor.
 

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I'm curious as to why there are 3 cable modems. It's usually best to have 1 cable modem and use a wired/wireless router to connect the other computers to the same network. At any rate, cable modems shouldn't go through a drop amp according to a buddy of mine that works at COX. They should be wired up through a splitter and then have the drop amp be used for your tvs.
 
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