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Old 03-14-2012, 05:00 PM   #1  
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Default Comcast DTA self-install kit

If your like me, you might still have an old fashoned TV or two bannished to the bed room when the HD plasma set moved in to occupy the living room. If you have Comcast as your cable provider they are phasing out analog cable broadcast on channels 2 thru 99; if you want to continue to use the old TV on the cable line, you must obtain a DTA (digital transport adapter).

The lady at the Comcast customer service counter at my local Comcast in Charleston, SC gave me a Pace DC50Xu unit and said that it was "plug & play". Well this is not exactly correct. What she failed to tell me was that you had to call in to have it activated. The instruction leaflet enclosed with the adapter and the manufacturer's website (Pace) also failed to mention this in their setup instructions, this also includes the trouble shooting chart on the Pace website. I wasted over two hours of my time replacing a coax cable under the house thinking that it was the problem.

Connection is simple: set adapter channel switch to channel 3 or 4 whichever broadcast channel is NOT USED in your area; plug it in and you should see a green light on adapter blinking twice; now call Comcast and have them activate unit; don't forget to set your TVs tunner to channel 3 or 4 matching the setting on the adapter.
In about 10 to 15 seconds later you'll have a picture & sound!
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:34 PM   #2  
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Good post. Here in the Houston area the DTAs also will not get all of the channels that are available if you have a cable card tuner.
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