said by andyross: said by Morac:
The downside is that the 3.5dB leg had been feeding a 4-way splitter near my TV (don't ask), so now the downstream signals at my TV are barely enough to get a picture.
Being for TV, you could consider an amp for that leg. Just make certain it is 'digital' or 'broadband' compatible and will pass the upstream if you have any full cable boxes on that leg. Any TV's directly connected, or using DTA, don't send a return signal, and could be OK with a cheaper amp (but I still wouldn't waste money on one.) Use a quality amp like the Motorola series, and not some cheap Radio Shack or WalMart thing.
Wouldn't an amp just introduce noise into the signal? Part of the problem is that certain frequencies are pretty strong, despite the 4-way splitters, while some are borderline. I wouldn't want to overload my boxes on the "good" channels, simply to boost the "bad" ones.
I do have another option. I have a NetGear MoCA bridge currently hooked up off the 4 way splitter. The MoCA bridge has an amplified passthru which I could then feed into a 3 way splitter. That wouldn't help 2 of the devices, but the 3rd would get a slight boost.
The downside to that is that if the bridge loses power, the signal strength goes down the toilet. I have a few DVRs connected to a UPS so they can keep recording during a brief power outage. I'd have to connect the bridge to that as well.
In case anyone is curious I have 2 TiVos, a Comcast Cable box and the MoCA bridge off the 4-way splitter. Supposedly On-Demand is coming to the TiVo sometime in the future (it's already available in some areas). Once that happens I can get rid of the box and simply use a 2-way splitter.--
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