Advice needed for cable distributor/amplifer
I’m no expert on this subject but the cable lines in my parent’s house appear to have grown into a less than ideal patchwork. An also non-expert (but learning) friend of mine suggested a “distributor” that he though could be had for about $50. I took a quick look at what PE had to offer. The prices seem to vary quite a bit and I still don’t know what would be necessary to get the job done. I thought it would be easiest to describe the current setup and let you guys make suggestions.
Signal is split 2 ways as soon as it enters the house
1)to digital cable box
2)to basement distribution where a series of splitters are all located
The basement distribution is then split 2 ways
1)to cable modem
2)to a 3 way splitter
The 3 way splitter then feeds
1) another digital cable box
2) a TV (I think, no digital box)
3) a 2 way splitter that goes to 2 more TVs (no cable box)
If a distribution/amplifier is deemed necessary I thought the incoming cable line could be routed to the basement where most of the splitters are located instead of its current location. The line that currently leads to the basement could be “reversed” to feed the digital cable box listed in the 1st 2-way split. This approach would have all of the lines originate from one location. I need 6 outputs total.
The longest line is maybe 75’, at the most from the 1st split. Moving the input point of the incoming line would decrease the longest run to about 40’.
On a related note, how important is it to have RG6 line in place for the length of runs mentioned? I believe it is currently all RG6 except for a 40’ line leading out of the 1st split to the basment.
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