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I recently got Comcast digital cable. I just got a standard SD box (no DVR & HD at this time). The cable box is in the basement rec room. I like the service and all is working good. Since I now get On-Demand service, there seems to be some exercise stuff that my wife would like to watch when she works out. Her workout area & TV are located about 40ft away from where this main cable box is.


I was interested in maybe somehow sending the output of the cable box in the rec room to the TV in the workout area. I also wanted to maybe feed the cable box's output to some other TVs throughout the home as well if possible. The cable box is a Scientific Atlanta Explorer 2200 and had RCA video/audio outputs, S-Video output and a standard coax/RF output. I've looked into the Bocsco system as a possibility ( http://www.bocsco.com ). I also saw this Wireless UHF Audio Video Transmitter Sender as maybe something that could be used:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Wireless-UHF-Aud...item27afcb8c89


These systems seem to somehow backfeed the signal through my coaxial cable so I'm thinking they would be better quality than something that does it wireless. Anybody have any other suggestion on some hardware that does it through the existing coaxial cabling in my home?


I would still consider something wireless if it works good enough. Are there any inexpensive wireless solutions as well that I could look into that would be able to achieve something similar with good video quality?
 

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Those wireless boxes you linked to on e-bay are illegal under FCC rules, because they operate on the TV broadcast bands.


You might use something that operates in other un-licensed bands, where they are legal, but they require an accompanying receiver.


Many Cable boxes have a channel 3 or 4 output. You could wire that out to other locations. Another possibility is to use a modulator feeding your house antenna or cable wiring. Channel Plus makes modulators that can be connected back in to your Cable TV wiring, notching out a channel or two for the "insert" channel. They also have a "all-in-one" system that lets you do this, and control the box remotely.


They also have tutorials on their site, to explain it all.
 

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Additional boxes for additional TVs doesn't really make sense in my situation. Comcast wants an addition $9.95/month for an SD box and $15.95/month for a HD/DVR box. No thanks. Plus, I want to send the cable box's output to 3 additional locations so if I got 3 more boxes instead, we're talking an extra $30/month or $260/year. That BOCS distribution system looks like it would fit my needs & be cheaper in the long run. Just wondering what else is out there so I can compare. Sounds like the mentioned Channel Plus system might do the trick too & I'll have to look into it.


I do actually have one additional coaxial cable I ran from the location of the cable box (basement rec) to the upstairs living room so can at least send the ouput of the box to that room.


Running additional cabling would require ripping out drywall & I don't wish to do that at this time. I would rather just get something that can maybe backfeed it through the coax cabling. I don't mind the options on ebay too even if they aren't FCC approved. As long as they work.
 

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Just don't watch anything rated higher than "PG", or your neighbors can have you arrested for broadcasting porn
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The box you specified is an OTA transmitter, and can be seen by any neighbor with an antenna.


Like I said, you can "add back in" a channel or two with the Channel Plus types of modulators. They also have a kit with a couple of filters and directional couplers, that can put the channel 3 or 4 signal (if your box outputs one) back in to the cable for the whole house.
 

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I recently got Comcast digital cable. I just got a standard SD box (no DVR & HD at this time). The cable box is in the basement rec room. I like the service and all is working good. Since I now get On-Demand service, there seems to be some exercise stuff that my wife would like to watch when she works out. Her workout area & TV are located about 40ft away from where this main cable box is.

With Comcast digital cable and one cable box you qualify for two "free" Pace DC50X DTAs. Limitations with the DTAs are that they have only an RF output and they don't do On-Demand nor do they tune "premium channels." With the standard converter box placed where On-Demand is being used the DTAs may be used with other TVs that don't need that feature.


I've got three Quad Shield RG6 50 foot RF pass throughs running through a one inch hole between my bedroom and home office. The hole is in the bedroom closet, the common wall where the cables enter the home office behind a bookcase. The 50 foot cable run is required since the cables must take an indirect route to the common wall in order to connect both viewing/recording centers.
 

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That X10 hardware might be one solution to consider. Thanks


Now, I just thought of something that could change the dynamics of my situation. The coax line that the cable box is connected to is on a 3 way splitter. comes in on one line, but feeds 2 TVs with regular analog and the digital cable for the SA box. All works good and no quality issues, but can I backfeed the cable box signal through a 3 way splitter and sort of the opposite direction of how its going now? Maybe it doesn't matter for backfeeding, but just thought I'd ask since I just remembered it.
 

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You could install a splitter from the output of the cable box to the input of the splitter. This will only allow you to get whatever comes out from the cable box. If you want different channels you will have to get additional boxes.


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what you just said above me, I didn't read the last post. sorry
 
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