Thanks all for your input. Now you've really confusing me with the
facts. Guess I just need to buy a new house.
Cable in --> 2-way-splitter . One leg of that goes to the cable
modem. Use whatever I decide size splitter on the other leg
Wouldn't an amp be reasonable in the following situation?
Cable comes in, and there is a splitter in the attic. Signal is
fairly good coming into this splitter.
One branch goes to the computer room. The signal there is fine.
Other branch goes to the living room, where it goes to another
splitter which I have not located, and the cable guy also failed
to locate, and from there goes to two outlets in the living room.
This second splitter seems to be a not particularly good splitter,
so the signal is borderline between fair and good in the living
Couldn't an amp be used between the two splitters, to boost the good
signal coming out of the first splitter to compensate for the loss in
the second splitter?
Not that I actually need it. Although the cable box reports the signal
as fair most of the time, bordering on good, and occasionally dipping to
poor, and the cable installer thought, when he used his meter, that it
was too low to work and was surprised when I got a picture, in fact it
has worked flawlessly for the 3.5 months I've been in this place. All
channels are fine, including HD channels and channels using surround
sound, and on-demand is fine, and my modem gets up to 20 mbit/second
with PowerBoost. When watching the signal monitoring page, I've never
seen an uncorrectable error reported, and only see an occasional
correctable error reported. So my inclination is to just leave things
as they are.
No... Either find the splitter and replace it, or pull a new piece of cable.
I don't know about your cable company, but mine would come in and do all the
troubleshooting necessary to fix this for free.
Not the best idea. Comccast gave you the splitter, right, and is
responsible for the quality of your computer feed.
Also iirc I think the output for the computer is different from the
output for the tv's and you'd have to find one that had the special
Any splitter reduces signal strenght, but all tv's and radios have
Automatic Gain Control (In radios, where this was first invented,
it's called Automatic Volume Control). If the signal is stronger than
it should be, the AGC reduces the amplification anyhow. So a weaker
signal with more amplification inside the tv is just as good as a
stronger signal with less amplification inside the tv.
You only have to be concerned AFTER you look at the tv and the picture
is not as good as it used to be.
All you need is a simple two in one splitter, which you can put just
past the splitter you have now, or closer to the two tvs.
You can generally get two splitters in a row before the signal is too
weak. The third splitter in series usually has to be an amplifier
(which must be plugged in and which uses electricity). But if the
second splitter, the one you are about to add, makes the picture
inferior, you can replace it with an amp. Don't worry, you'll still
be able to watch it until you get to Radio Shack.
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