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Old 01-23-2009, 01:00 PM   #1
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Default FIOS COAX Splitter help

Currently I have a splitter with 4 places to attach. I'm being careful not to say 4 way splitter as I'm not taking one input and making 3 outputs. FIOS says the splitter has to work in both directions.

Here are my current connections to it

1)in frmo FIOS
2)to router
3)to standard definition FIOS TV box
4)To HD FIOS TV box

Everything on this works perfectly.

Now I'm adding another HD TV in our new addition. I prewired it with with about 30 feet of coax. Verizon tells me the splitter has to work in BOTH directions. I cannot find one. All splitters I can find that have 5 connections have one maked IN and 4 marked OUT.

I guess I could futher split one of my TV out's with a 2 way but that would leave those tv's with less signal, right?


Thanks in advance for the answers.
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:21 PM   #2
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You want a powered amp with bi-directional support. I'm pretty sure I've posted links to such devices, and I know I've posted them in an amp/splitter thread.
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Old 01-24-2009, 07:17 AM   #3
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No need for a powered amp in this case. In fact, given the short runs that the OP has mentioned and the original quality and signal levels of the FIOS signal an amp would probably do more harm than good.

The outputs of the present 1x3 splitter look like this:
output #1 - signal is down by 3.5 dB
output #2 - signal is down by 7.0 dB
output #3 - signal is down by 7.0 dB
The outputs are normally labeled accordingly.

There are two simple options:

Either change the main spliter to a 1x4 in which case all four outputs will provide signals that are down by 7.0 dB.

Or, add 1x2 splitter to Output #1 of the existing splitter; it too will yield two outputs that are down by 7.0 dB from the original input.
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Old 01-24-2009, 11:30 AM   #4
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Hey dude, any splitter will work and you will NOT lose any signal if you have 7 or less devices you might see a drop on the signal if you connect more than that. I believe they jump the signal a few months ago in some areas so now you can do more but not sure where you live.
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Old 01-24-2009, 02:42 PM   #5
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No, not all splitters will work. The splitter must be bi-directional. Believe it or not, you can buy one way splitters.
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Hey dude, any splitter will work . . .
Just a word of caution:

The splitter must be speced for operation over 5-1000 mHz (or greater).
Some older splitters may only operate over 40-400 mHz, 5-450, or etc. These won't work.
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Believe it or not, you can buy one way splitters.
Not at Radio Shack, Home Depot, Lowes . . . .
A one way splitter would be a specialty item.
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:16 PM   #8
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Thanks for your help. I bought a 4 way (one labeled in, 4 out) non-powered splitter and put the cable from the FIOS OST on the in, the rest on the outs. It works great in all rooms. Thanks.
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