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can I use a splitter to split my coax TV cable to route to my internet router?

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tsuami1
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can I use a splitter to split my coax TV cable to route to my internet router?

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The tech initially routed one coax into a bedroom for the computer and another coax into the living room for the TV. My dilemma is now that I just moved my computer into the living room where my TV is- where of course there is only the one cable feeding the TV receiver. Can I simply use a splitter off that TV cable so I can run a new cable to the internet router? Or is the TV cable dedicated to a TV signal, and I'll have to go **bleep**her back to the source?
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It would be better to run a new cable back to the splitter and connect where the unused cable now sits on the splitter.

 

You can use a splitter, however most of the splitters you buy from low cost sources don't support spiitting at the frequencies MOCA runs at. You want a splitter that is good up to 1500Mhz. MOCA runs at frequencies above those used by Cable TV.

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thanks. I'm just trying to avoid crawling under the house in order to trace back the old internet router cable to its beginning source- apparently a splitter of some kind that I'm guessing is near where the "main brain" equipment is in a recessed box on the outside of my house.

I'd much rather get a high quality splitter that I could simply screw in to the existing TV coax. So it seemed like you're saying that as long as the splitter is of the right quality then there will be no signal loss- or that I won't load up the single coax line by pulling both a TV signal and internet through it? 

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help- I just read elswhere that FIOS uses 5-1000 mhz splitters, not the 1500 mhz and above you recommended. Apparently the key is to use a 5-1000 and one that supports TWO WAY frequency????
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@tsuami1 wrote:
help- I just read elswhere that FIOS uses 5-1000 mhz splitters, not the 1500 mhz and above you recommended. Apparently the key is to use a 5-1000 and one that supports TWO WAY frequency????

 

Yes. I have a bi-directional two-way splitter that a Verizon tech gave me and that is exactly what it is; bi-directional is needed so the STBs can communicate back to the router. The brand that Verizon uses is a PDI Mega Splitter, at least here in North Texas. If you see a tech driving by, stop him and ask, he will probably give you a few free, that is how I got mine. (FWIW, when I go to the PDI Communications website, I see the same model splitter listed as I have, but the frequency range options listed do not include the 5-1000MHz range that is printed on my splitter, I don't know why)

 

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Ok looks good, so apparently bi-directional and high-quality splitters are the only concerns- not the MHZ? And will I suffer signal loss? Is the fact that I'm pulling TV and internet off the same cable an added factor in this concern? Should I just re-route the original internet cable from the office to the living room?

Another thought- If I understand it right there is only one feed cable coming out of the "main brain" When you have multiple TV's and internet connections the tech then uses factory splitters to route to the different sources. So if this is the case then it shouldnt matter if I use this splitter, as long as its a good one- OR is the fact that I'm splitting it so far away from the "main brain" a factor? 

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your best bet is if you see a verizon tech out in the neighborhood, flag him down and ask if he has a splitter you can have. most will just give you a splitter, then you can split that line in the living room. Verizon does this all the time. just make sure that you use RG 6 coax when you do the split and with the verizon splitter, you'll have no issues.



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