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Old 07-05-2011, 04:22 PM   #1
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Just got Fios and have the triple play. All is well so far. I would like to add another box to Fios and was wondering how many times the outside splitter can be added to (currently three, want to make it 4 or 5) before there is signal loss?

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What outside splitter? Everything outside the house is fiber. You should have a single coax coming in the house from the network box going to a splitter. One coax should go from the splitter to the router for internet. All the others can go to TVs. The splitter Verizon gave me has six outputs, though I'm only using three.
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Fiber is coming off the pole into the box on the side of the house, but coax is coming of that box and is currently being split 3 ways. I would like to split it a fourth or fifth way as long as the signal doesn't degrade.
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Fiber is coming off the pole into the box on the side of the house, but coax is coming of that box and is currently being split 3 ways. I would like to split it a fourth or fifth way as long as the signal doesn't degrade.
Standard configurations support up to 10 separate splits (actually I guess it would be 11, since one of those splits will be to your router) for TV. Adding a 4th or 5th should be fine.
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JPL, thats not true. The length of the coax runs is incredibly important. Especially when you have the do-it-yourself'ers buying junk cable. 8 ways in an average size home is pushing it... but I know what you meant, we can have the 7 IP STB's + 3 DCT's.

Type of ONT makes a difference too. Motorolas start out with a stonger signal than Tellabs, I have never worked with Alcatel ONT's.

Bookmrc, if all are home-runs to the side of the house, you SHOULD be ok to replace that splitter with a 4 way splitter. Ive never seen a 5 way, you can do a 6. ( or use multiple splitters to make 5 ) Make sure the splitter you buy says 5-1000 Mhz on it.

Every time you split your signal there IS signal loss. Its a matter of whether or not the signal loss goes beyond what is acceptable. A lower signal than what your STBs are receiving now does NOT mean loss in PQ. The signal is either adequate or its not.

Add up the total costs and your time, and factor in that you can have Verizon do it for just $55, and the signal will be guaranteed to be within specs. If Im your technician, after I run your lines and change your splitter, I check the signal at all your STBs (even the router) to be sure no splitter ports, or previously existing wiring have issues. 888-GET-FIOS .
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Fiber is coming off the pole into the box on the side of the house, but coax is coming of that box and is currently being split 3 ways. I would like to split it a fourth or fifth way as long as the signal doesn't degrade.
If you are going to do it yourself, make sure you replace the 3 way splitter with the new splitter, don't just split one of the outputs of the existing splitter.
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JPL, thats not true. The length of the coax runs is incredibly important. Especially when you have the do-it-yourself'ers buying junk cable. 8 ways in an average size home is pushing it... but I know what you meant, we can have the 7 IP STB's + 3 DCT's.

Type of ONT makes a difference too. Motorolas start out with a stonger signal than Tellabs, I have never worked with Alcatel ONT's.

Bookmrc, if all are home-runs to the side of the house, you SHOULD be ok to replace that splitter with a 4 way splitter. Ive never seen a 5 way, you can do a 6. ( or use multiple splitters to make 5 ) Make sure the splitter you buy says 5-1000 Mhz on it.

Every time you split your signal there IS signal loss. Its a matter of whether or not the signal loss goes beyond what is acceptable. A lower signal than what your STBs are receiving now does NOT mean loss in PQ. The signal is either adequate or its not.

Add up the total costs and your time, and factor in that you can have Verizon do it for just $55, and the signal will be guaranteed to be within specs. If Im your technician, after I run your lines and change your splitter, I check the signal at all your STBs (even the router) to be sure no splitter ports, or previously existing wiring have issues. 888-GET-FIOS .
You're right... I was probably too quick and dismissive in my response. I guess my main point is - splitting out to 4 or 5 TVs shouldn't be an issue... even with a do-it-yourselfer. As long as you get decent cable, and good splitter, and the cable runs aren't obnoxiously long, the OP should be fine in doing this. In my old house, I ran an additional 50' of quad-shield RG6 to a new TV connection, did it myself, and had no ill-effects. While there are certainly variables at play, the set-up is spec'd to handle twice as many TVs as what the OP is going to set up.
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