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Comcast Cable Questions (SW Michigan)

Doc Ox
11-07-2007, 01:12 PM
I'm about to drop DirecTV in favor of Comcast and I have a couple of questions:

1. The primary reason for my switch is the ability to receive analog stations in any room without the need for a digital converter box (as DirecTV requires). That's a great advantage but what happens after this digital/HD initiative occurs in 2009? Will I need a digital converter box in every room at that point?

2. I need to add cable outlets to some of the rooms in my house. I'll have the single RG6 cable coming into the basement from the outside. What are the guidelines I should use when 'splitting' cable to ensure the I receive the best possible signal with minimal losses? For example, should I only use amplified splitters? What's the 'rule of thumb' for the number of inputs and outputs you can use for a splitter (i.e., 1-in / 8-out, etc.) before significant losses occur. Is it okay to 'split' in the basement (for the basement and main floor rooms) and then 'split' again off of one of these outputs to cover the upstairs bedrooms?

Any advice you can provide is greatly appreciated!

deadhead68
11-07-2007, 03:01 PM
I'm about to drop DirecTV in favor of Comcast and I have a couple of questions:

1. The primary reason for my switch is the ability to receive analog stations in any room without the need for a digital converter box (as DirecTV requires). That's a great advantage but what happens after this digital/HD initiative occurs in 2009? Will I need a digital converter box in every room at that point?

It depends on your system, I don't know if Comcast in your area has gone 100% digital or not. You may need a STB, you'll have to call them to confirm that. As far as I know, in 2009 the cable co.'s do not have to cease their analog feeds. It's only the networks that have to cease tranmitting their analog feed over the air.

2. I need to add cable outlets to some of the rooms in my house. I'll have the single RG6 cable coming into the basement from the outside. What are the guidelines I should use when 'splitting' cable to ensure the I receive the best possible signal with minimal losses? For example, should I only use amplified splitters? What's the 'rule of thumb' for the number of inputs and outputs you can use for a splitter (i.e., 1-in / 8-out, etc.) before significant losses occur. Is it okay to 'split' in the basement (for the basement and main floor rooms) and then 'split' again off of one of these outputs to cover the upstairs bedrooms?

Any advice you can provide is greatly appreciated!


When I switched from D* to Comcast, the installers added 3 outlets for me for free. They installed an amplified splitter and ran new lines where I wanted. My installers did not recommend, and I agreed, to split again an already split feed. They installed the amplified splitter (1x6) in the basement and fed my outlets directly from the splitter. Good signal everywhere that way.


DeadHead68