Hooking Up Multiple Cable TV Lines

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by bobh33, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. bobh33

    bobh33 Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    When we built our house, we had them run cable TV to every room possible. I thought this was normal but both the electrician and Mediacom guy acted like they had never seen this done before. Therefore, neither one wanted to hooked them all up, so I still have half of them just hanging there in the mechanical room.

    I have heard about punch boards, amplifiers, boosters, etc. etc. There are at least 15 cable outlets to hook up so what can I do to finish the job and make sure I have a solid signal going all over the house.

    I am seriously missing the electrician/mechanical gene so take it easy on me when you are kind enough to try to help me out!!!!!!
  2. alarson

    alarson Well-Known Member

    Mar 15, 2006
    Advertising sales
  3. kilgore_trout

    kilgore_trout Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    Madison, WI
    Since you have a palatial 15 room estate, you should probably just hire an AV guy to do it for you. But here are some things to consider:

    Do you have 15 tv's?
    Is it analog or digital cable?
    Do you have phone service or internet from Mediacom?

    Best of luck.
  4. Sousaclone

    Sousaclone Member

    Apr 29, 2006
    New York
  5. CYdTracked

    CYdTracked Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Grimes, IA
    With an analog signal you could probably hook up nearly as many as you wanted, digital is another story I'm sure. I haven't had Mediacom since 2005 but my basic cable I could hook it up in as many rooms, even split the feed with one of those cheap 2 to 1 or 3 to 1 adapters on the same jack and have 2 TVs in the same room if I wanted. With digital I'm sure it's a lot like my Dish is where each feed runs off it's own receiver. You could essentially put the adapter in and split it but you's have 2 TVs running off the same receiver so they both would be seeing the same channel and not running independently.
  6. bobh33

    bobh33 Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Thanks everyone! Is it true that the satellite systems have 100% pure audio coming in where cable TV does not?? It seems I never have consistent audio on our home theatre system via cable.
  7. fatkid1974

    fatkid1974 Well-Known Member

    Apr 3, 2010
    network technician
    van down by the river
    When I used to install dish I saw some splitters in the basements that were pretty big. I don't know if they came from Media com or a AV shop. They would have one imput and 2 rows of 10 or so outputs. I'm pretty sure it had to have a amplifier in it of some sort, but any good AV shop should have what you need. Most important rule of thumb, every splitter you have in the system causes signal/voltage drop.
  8. Cyclones_R_GR8

    Cyclones_R_GR8 Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2007
    I have 8 cable outlets in my house. The cable into the house goes into a combination splitter amplifier. Mine was just replaced in the last year or 2. I think the one I have now can have extra splitters added to it.
  9. ruxCYtable

    ruxCYtable Well-Known Member

    Aug 29, 2007
    If you find yourself needing any equipment, check out


    I'm sure you could find a combination splitter/amp on one of those sites for a reasonable price.
  10. Cyclonepride

    Cyclonepride Thought Police
    Staff Member

    Why on earth would you want to have them all hooked up? Any one that is not connected to something is basically a waste of signal strength. I'd figure out which is which, and label them, and connect them as needed.
  11. bobh33

    bobh33 Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Even with a really good amplifier/splitter, do you still lose alot of signal strength??
  12. 3GenClone

    3GenClone Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    A/V Support Specialist
    Windsor Heights
    It depends. How far is the farthest pull and how many times is the signal split? I'm doubting the pull is all that far, but you could see a faint sign of visual noise if all 15 rooms share a splitter.

    If it were me, I would break my home up into zones - basement, main floor, 2nd floor; or bedrooms, essential rooms (man cave, tv room, den), secondary rooms (kitchen, dining room, bathroom [I've seen it done]). Each zone would have one amplifier off the main feed and that amp feeds a splitter tapped for 4-6 rooms. The essential rooms where you know will have TVs will want to have the least amount of resistence, so figure out rooms based on importance and you can determine which rooms need amplified and which can deal with some noise. Of course, if it were me and I had 15 rooms, I would just buy an HDMI switcher and pull cat5e for a whole home audio/video distribution system:smile:

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