Get the cheapest one you can find (i.e., maybe 98˘) and give it a try. I
think you'll be satisfied.
I've got two TVs hooked up to our cable and these TVs have to meander
through about three (cheap) splitters each. Download speeds vary between
5Mbs and 10Mbs.
If you try a cheap splitter and your TV's fuzzy, missing channels, whatever,
or your computer acts flakey, well, you can try the recommended splitter
(certainly not the Monster Cable brand).
re: "If you try a cheap splitter and your TV's fuzzy..."
My solution to fuzzy TV's on the second floor was to run a single
cable from the splitter in the basement to an amplifier in the attic
and then split the amp's output to the 3 bedroom TV's.
It's just basic cable in the bedrooms, so I don't need bi-directional
To keep in mind, amp. amplifies signal as well as noise.
In many cases cable signal is too strong rather than too weak.
Use good component and cable. A month or so ago, I couldn't order a
pay per view program all of a sudden. No other problems watching any
channel including HD and internet was working fine too. Lo and behold I
traced the problem to a 3 way splitter at the cable entrance in the
basement. Replaced it and problem was gone.
This thread shows up in Google and even though it is old I thought I would reply
If you are looking to split only "standard cable," then a cheapie splitter
probably will work fine. HD signals and internet signals are much higher
frequency than standard tv, and a splitter rated up to 2GHz is recommended.
Modern cable systems (FiOS, Comcast) rely on an internet connection as well as a
cable tv connection to each cable box in your home (each cable box gets an IP
address), and with a cheapie splitter your box may receive the tv signal, but
not the internet signal. So everything will work until you try to use On Demand,
Pay Per View, etc.
Many in this thread bash the Monster products, but at $9.99 on Amazon with free
shipping, I do not consider their top of the line 5Hz - 2GHz splitter to be
over-priced. It's a small price to pay for reliable tv AND internet service.
In fact, a "cheapie" splitter at Radio Shack is the exact same price -- $9.99
business morality is reprehensible. I refer you to correspondence in reply
to a "Demand" and "Cease and Desist" letter from Monster Cable's lawyers to
Blue Jeans Cable.
Here it is (PDF)
Warning: The letter is long, but fascinating.
"Dear Monster Lawyers,
"Let me begin by stating, without equivocation, that I have no interest
whatsoever in infringing upon any intellectual property belonging to Monster
Cable. Indeed, the less my customers think my products resemble Monster's,
in form or in function, the better."
Here's the money quote:
"I say this because my observation has been that Monster Cable typically
operates in a hit-and-run fashion. Your client threatens litigation,
expecting the victim to panic and plead for mercy; and what follows is a
quickie negotiation session that ends with payment and a licensing
agreement. Your client then uses this collection of licensing agreements to
convince others under similar threat to accede to its demands. Let me be
clear about this: there are only two ways for you to get anything out of me.
You will either need to (1) convince me that I have infringed, or (2) obtain
a final judgment to that effect from a court of competent jurisdiction. It
may be that my inability to see the pragmatic value of settling frivolous
claims is a deep character flaw, and I am sure a few of the insurance
carriers for whom I have done work have seen it that way; but it is how I
have done business for the last quarter-century and you are not going to
change my mind. If you sue me, the case will go to judgment, and I will
hold the court's attention upon the merits of your claims--or, to speak more
precisely, the absence of merit from your claims--from start to finish. Not
only am I unintimidated by litigation; I sometimes rather miss it."
I don't about Monster, never ordered from them.
But when I put one splitter too many to run 4 TV's and my internet
connection, I got a bad TV signal.
Bought a Motorola signal booster for 30-40 bucks.
Fixed it all up by using the booster fed by the first splitter and all
the TV splitters are fed by the booster.
Left the cable modem unboosted as the feed off first splitter.
Read that shouldn't be boosted.
Supposedly the cable company will come and put a booster in free but I
didn't want to deal with them.
They are not higher here.
As to internet, my modem shows the frequencies used. Downstream in on
channel 95 (which is just above 22). Upstream in on one of the "T"
channels (below 2, not normally used for TV).
Local channels in HD use TV channels 98 and 99 (just below 23).
I don't know about the encrypted HD channels, but neither internet not
local HD uses higher frequencies.
Internet (and, probably, encrypted channels) require an upstream path,
which is likely on a LOWER frequency. This needs to be considered when
choosing a splitter.
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