Most cable companies use coaxial cables for telephone, internet and tv connections. You can request multiple cable outlets for your home and office use, but if that is not a possibility or if that will be inconvenient in any way you can always split the coaxial cable connection to provide a connection to several devices using one outlet. Sometimes lazy cable installers will decline your request to split the cable for multiple devices, but don’t worry with the right tools and a little research you can do that on your own.
It is a no brainer that you will need a splitter to split the coaxial cable connection, but do you know how to install a splitter for a successful connection? Fortunately, splitters are inexpensive and easy to install. Here is a step by step guide about how to install a splitter.
Word of Caution
If you are getting a telephone and TV connection from the same company using a single cable, you can install a coaxial splitter to connect an internet router and multiple cable boxes to the internet. However, installing a splitter can sometimes weaken the signals and you may experience distortion and delays. You should consider calling the connection provider company for help or opting for a wireless digital alternative for internet connection. The cheaper splitters can have a varying degree of signal loss at different outlets. It is best if you do some research and invest in a high-quality splitter that will minimize any noise, distortion, signal loss, and delays. One thing for you to keep in mind is that the fewer outlets a splitter offer, the less distortion it will cause.
Here is the step by step guide on how you can split a cable connection of TV or the internet.
Step 1: Preparation
Locate the point to install the splitter near the point of entrance of the cable line in your house or office. Measure the distance from the point of installation of the splitter to the location of devices that require the connection and estimate the length of coaxial cable you will need. Purchase good quality coaxial cable and splitter beforehand. You will also need a wire cutter or a sharp knife and pliers or a wrench for this installation. Sole Engineering is a trusted supplier of high-quality coaxial cable, feel free to place your order now.
Chose a time to work on the cable connection by coordinating with other cable users so you do not cause an inconvenience for anyone.
Step 2: Installing Splitter
Installing the splitter is simple and straight forward. Start by disconnecting the cable from any device it is connected to and attach this side of the cable to the input port of the splitter. Attach the newly purchased cables to the output port of the splitter. You can use terminal caps on unused ports/outlets to reduce the loss of signals.
Using the wrench or pliers make sure these connections are sturdy and secure. Be careful not to apply too much force or you can damage the cable or splitter. Congratulations, you have successfully installed the splitter.
Step 3: Installing Connectors.
Take the other ends of the new cables coming out of splitter and install the F-connectors to them so they can be plugged into the devices they are intended for. If you do not know how to install the F-connector on a coaxial cable, you can read this article for a detailed guide for installing different types of F-connectors. You will need to strip off the cable-layers and, trim the falls before finally installing the connector.
You have successfully split the coaxial cable connection, now you can enjoy the services on several devices.