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Old 07-31-2011, 04:20 PM   #1
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Good day all! Bear with me I'm a newbie. My son and buddy need a splitter.
They will go from wall to splitter to digital box (HDMI to tv) and a modem (to a wireless router). Also, they will be running 2 laptops, PS3, XBOX 360 and streaming Netflix.
Best Buy tried to get me to purchase a Monster 2Ghz for 22 bucks
saying it's needed because of all of the things they are going to run.
Found one at Walmart that says 2 way splitter, 5-2500Mhz, power pass all ports for 10bucks.

What do they need? Thanks for your time and patience.

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Old 07-31-2011, 05:08 PM   #2
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So... where is their signal coming from?? Cable, satellite, TV antenna?

The modem thing makes it sound like maybe cable, if that is the case the cheapest $3 splitter at Wallyworld or Radio-Shack will work since all they are doing is splitting the signal ones for TV and cable modem.

Make sure cable signal is strong enough because any splitter cuts signal strength in 1/2 plus a bit more.
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Old 07-31-2011, 06:22 PM   #3
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Jim5506, sorry, it's a cable hook up. Thanks for the help. I'll give the Wally world splitter a go. If that slows things down should we give the cable company a call or due we have to make due?

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I never buy the splitters at Wal-Mart, but I have an electronics dealer available which sells much better quality splitters. Got a tip from an installer a long time ago to watch the back of the splitter. If it's soldered it's a good one, otherwise pass. Advice has held up well over the years.

If you have a cable office close by, just go in there and they will probably give you one for nothing and it'll be much better than one you get from the average retailer.
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:28 PM   #5
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AFAIK (as far as I know) the modem connection being digital is either a 1 or a zero, it works at full speed or it fails 100%, so unless your cable signal is crap, splitting it once should not have any effect on your up/down load speed.
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AFAIK (as far as I know) the modem connection being digital is either a 1 or a zero, it works at full speed or it fails 100%, so unless your cable signal is crap, splitting it once should not have any effect on your up/down load speed.
Nope. Splitters reduce the signal power. If you reduce the power level too much, the signal to noise ratio drops below the threshold needed for reliable decoding of the modulated signal. When it's near the point of dropout, reliability is sacrificed due to repeated retransmission of dropped packets.
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