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Home-CATV Distribution Plan - Revised

Talent312
10-01-2007, 09:38 PM
I previously posted about re-wiring my house for HD service. Well, I'm re-thinking my options.

Originally, I was concerned with signal strength, but I think there's another issue: If I don't want to use more than 2 cable boxes (or satellite tuners), I'd need to use each to feed 2-3 rooms. The question then is which rooms to join together for which tuners.

IOW, if one tuner set to watch ESPN and the other is set to watch PBS, Discovery, etc., which rooms do I wire together for the sport's feed and which for the more "serious" feed.

OTOH, perhaps I can leave the "kids" rooms with analog service.
I may need to ponder this a bit more. :-/
=T=

billinprinceto
10-02-2007, 07:04 AM
Somewhat depends on your cable service and what you can get off of the cable without a box. Some cable services deliver "basic" or "expanded basic" (up to 60+ channels) without a box; others only 13 "local" channels without a box. That could be a factor.

If you must, or plan to, feed the other sets from the cable box(es), don't forget, you'll have to run S-Video(SD) or Component or HDMI from the box to each set.

Mark M
10-02-2007, 01:39 PM
I have a dealer that is in the process of wiring a house where all of the DVD players and cable boxes will go into an equipment rack in the basement. Each TV location is being wired with a RG-6 cable and a CAT5e cable. The RG-6 cable will be used for whatever channels come over basic cable. The CAT5e cable will be used in conjunction with a Xantech video switcher model # HD44CC5 and the wallplates HDRXSG01. The DVD players and cable boxes will be able to be transmitted to each TV through this Xantech piece.

You would also have to do some wiring for IR control and or rf remote functions.

Good luck with the wiring

billinprinceto
10-02-2007, 07:16 PM
I have a dealer that is in the process of wiring a house where all of the DVD players and cable boxes will go into an equipment rack in the basement. Each TV location is being wired with a RG-6 cable and a CAT5e cable. The RG-6 cable will be used for whatever channels come over basic cable. The CAT5e cable will be used in conjunction with a Xantech video switcher model # HD44CC5 and the wallplates HDRXSG01. The DVD players and cable boxes will be able to be transmitted to each TV through this Xantech piece.

Let's see, that's a bit over $2,000 for basic hardware, plus labor to install - so maybe $3,500 -$4,000. Just what every homeowner needs, I guess.

Gosh, I hope the installer doesn't forget to use shielded CAT5 on the video lines.

rbinck
10-02-2007, 08:54 PM
Actually, the Xantech just requires standard cat5e. The last ones we put in were just SD video though. I have some Terk Leapfrogs in my system that runs over regular telephone lines!