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Passive Splitters are the ones you see every day. They have an "In", and 2 or more "Outs". You hook them up, they do their thing, and you never touch them again. They do not require any kind of power to run.

Active Splitters run on power. Most active splitters also boost the signal a tiny bit to compensate for the signal that would usually be lost after passing through a passive splitter.

Do not confuse an Active Splitter with an Amplifier.

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  • So, does the 3.5db loss make a difference to my modem? To my TV? Is there such a problem as too much signal when using active splitters?

    2008-10-14 14:31:34

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last modified: 2002-03-01 08:19:09