I have a cable service, like a lot of people. The problem is I only have
one line to hook up to and would like to run it through the house. The
basement is finished like the rest of the house. Does anyone make a system
to transmit cable around the house like they do for wireless internet
through out a house. I would be nice not to have to drill, route, crawl in
the attic, and remove ceilings.
Ask your cable company. Mine came out and for $15 a set they ran the cable
to each room. They did it from outside in my case and came through the
wall. Total cost was less than what I'd pay for materials. YMMV.
I am from earth. Here on earth having a cable coming out of the side of
your house for every room you have a TV hook up in is a bit unattractive.
Like I said, I have the one leading in now. On my planet the cable people
drill a hole through the siding at waist level, stick a cable into it and
put a blob of clear silicone around it. It's not exactly attractive, but
they call it "installation". Routing cable to the second story this way
would really look bad depending on your location. My picture didn't have
any misunderstanding in it. My quest is to disperse the input after
receiving it from the cable coming into the house with a low level
transmission not unlike what they use with internet now. How do they do it
on your planet Tom?
My present home was "pre-wired" for cable but my previous home was
built before cable TV was even a wild-assed idea.
So when the cable guy showed up at the old house and said what he was
going to do, I said "Neeerp! Leave that roll of coax and come back in
I wired everything myself from the entry point.
When the "installer" returned he slapped on the interface box and
left. He was happy, I was happy ;-)
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When I had the cable put in, it was done when I was not home. I should have
considered what they would do, but the last thing I expected was a hole
drilled at interior floor level straight through the siding and wall. Yes,
if I want I can do traditional routing. To do that right would be some
work. I am envisioning that I would need to go into the attic to route to
other upstairs rooms, remove ceiling and some wall to route going down. I
could even just lay it out in plain site and duct tape it to the wall I
guess. Apparently everyone has a different way and perception of delivering
cable TV throughout the house and the key here is I already have it coming
into the house, now I want to have it in more than one room. If I can get a
unit to do this "wirelessly" that is what I would rather do because it won't
confine me to where I have routed cable. If I want to have it in a
different corner of the room, a different room completely, or even take the
TV out on the deck, I could still have cable viewing. This would a great
idea to me. I am guessing a lot of people would like to be able to have the
cable any place in the home without having to route a cable to it. There is
a market for doing this with internet for in home use. I thought
subscription Television may have one to.
I will probably get flamed for the mere suggestion but I used the cold
air return ducting to rout all my coax. It works like a charm. I tied
off a squash ball on some thin bell wire and then used is as a fish
tape for the coax (conventional fishtape gets stuck on the traverse
Does this help?
It's a fine idea. I'm looking for mobility. Something I can just move if I
want, a different corner of the room, a different room. A broadcast system
just strong enough for in the home use would be great. I'm picturing a
transmitter at the hookup TV, then receivers for the others. Something that
will broadcast from right at the cable without having to depend on the TV at
the hookup so other channels can be watched on other TVs at the same time.
Someone left a link I checked out that makes units like that, but they do
not seem to sell them on line. I checked stores and even magazines, but
that's the first one I have seen so far. Maybe re-transmission of cable
isn't legal even on a small, in home scale? I wouldn't think it would be a
problem unless the service provider wants to charge for each TV used. I
can't believe they would worry about that since most seem to make their own
hookups to additional TV themselves now anyway with traditional cable.
Huh? Transmitters and receivers and mobile hookups with traditional
cable TV? Cable is cable, wireless TV is wireless TV, and it sounds like
you're trying to get two different twains to meet, maybe?
Jeez, why not do what the rest of us regular Joes do and install cable
jacks on 2 walls of each room (for the "mobility") and wire the whole
spaghetti mess you'll end up with to a series of splitters. Your
reception on all TVs will turn to shit (especially on th lower channels,
most likely), but you'll kinda get what you want.
Or you can just invest in satellite and eat the bill for boxes in every
room of the house.
Ah, yes, the cheapjack hillbilly way- a roll of cable, a drill, some
staples, and a can of foam (if you are lucky.) Really dresses up a house.
Not to mention that if they forget to put in a rain loop and seal the hole,
you now have 'x' more points for rot to start. And since they seldom use
true weather-rated cable, in a couple years that run has to be replaced
anyway. Right before they stopped doing house (re)wiring at all, Ma Bell
adopted similar BS practices.
Glad you are happy with it, but there is a reason they only charged 15 bucks
per room. You get what you pay for.
You saw what they did? Your evaluation may be similar to the work you do,
but in my case, it was a very professional job. Cable was well hidden,
routed from the bottom up so no drip loops needed, holes well
weatherproofed. Doubt that it has to be replaced in a couple of years as it
has been in for a few already and performs perfectly.
Since you h ave net seen shat was done, the only thing you suceeded in doing
is showing the readers of this thread that you are short sighted,
predjudicial and just plain ignorant.of what can be done by some
In my case, they moved the entrance, reran two lines, ran a third new
line, exterior cable, under eaves and invisible, routed it through
attic space and interior walls, grommeted the three penetration
points, sealed with ground and drip loops as needed, plus fixed a
loose section of siding. Three hours of work, not a bit of cable
visible outside of the overhead line in to the cable demarc, at no
The guys running cable do it every day, rain or shine, and can do a
much better job than even an above average homeowner in much less
time. The $15 is what the cable company charges, not what these guys
get paid, locally they get between $12 and $25 an hour plus overtime,
bonus pay for after hours and weekend work and some of the best
benefits available locally.
Plus, they're bonded and insured.
Okay, I'll temper my earlier rant and say that outside wiring <can> be done
so it looks acceptable, if there is no practical way to do it on the inside.
But I still maintain that many, if not most, of the installations I have
personally seen (and in some cases cleaned up after) were done by slobs.
Sounds like you were lucky enough to get a crew that actually took pride in
their work. But in the towns I have lived in, the work was generally subbed
out to low bidders, so that may have something to do with it. My choice of
language was probably a little extreme, and I didn't mean to slam the ones
that do the work the right way.
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