September 26, 2010

Changing Cable Splitters and cables for better TV reception sharing a cable connection!

Recently, I change my coax TV cable splitter for me TV cable which I am sharing with my other TV. It was an RG 6 coax splitter which I bought from Monoprice. The splitter was a lot better then the $1 splitter now my TV is more clearer and has less static while watching TV. The sound also improve. I no longer hear static and cracking sounds coming out from my speakers while watching TV. The new splitter cost only 5 dollars, but it was totally worth it. I did not even have to change my cables. I am using my old RG 59 cables, and my TV channels look great on most channels, or the static is not as noticeable compared to the past when I was using my poorer quality cable splitter which made channels unclear and the sound bad.

By changing to a more high quality splitter, you can also reduce or eliminate pixelation/those annoying boxes which show up on your digital cable, HDTV channels, digital satellite, or HDTV antennae channels since high quality splitter has less signal lose compared to low quality ones. Also, make sure to get an RG 6 cable splitter which is rated for up to 5-2400+ MHz frequency.

In the ideal situation, it is best not to use splitters, and have your TV cable directly plug into the cable outlet. But, if you need to share one cable connection, you might as well buy a quality coax cable splitter.

If switching your poor quality cable TV splitter with a better quality does not work, you may need to buy a amplified coax splitter which uses electricity to amplify your cable TV signal for better reception. However, amplified TV splitters use more power, and may break over time like all electronic devices. But, the reception will be better then most passive coax splitters which use no electricity.

If you are still experiencing poor reception, it may be your TV cable, so it might be best to phone up your TV cable provider to help you fix your poor reception problems. But, if you want to troubleshoot your TV cabling yourself, you can try using a different brand of TV coax cabling. Philips and Belkin usually make pretty good cables in my experience of buying TV cables vs. other brands I tried. Also, try to buy enough coax cable for connecting your cable jack, TVs and splitter to each other since you may lose some reception quality if your cables are overly long. Also, make sure all your cables are not tangled and touching other wires like other coax cables, power cables and sound cables, so there is less interference from the environment.

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