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wireless signal boost to help low signal from cable tv ?

  1. #11


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    I was going by his comment about it going south about the same time each day. Thought it meant a bandwidth thing more than signal strength issue.

    As Jimbo says, lots of ways to improve signal at various locations as long as you have good strength at one spot.

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by JimJoe View Post
    I think they are paying for 50 megs. There are several splitters in the basement to make connections for the tv and the internet.

    If we do buy a zero gain amp, it will be placed at the first splitter.
    Well if your paying for 50 down and not getting it, I think this would require a conversation with the cable company. I can't imaging having enough TV's/DVR recording running to use up that much bandwidth?
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  3. #13


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    Quote Originally Posted by JimJoe View Post
    I think they are paying for 50 megs. There are several splitters in the basement to make connections for the tv and the internet.

    If we do buy a zero gain amp, it will be placed at the first splitter.
    The Internet modem needs to be placed at the first splitter, which should be no more then a -3.5db per output. If the splitters are not the proper ones for CATV. You can get them from SolidSignal.com.

    I would check all connections, move the modem to the first splitter and see what happens. You can get one large splitter for all lines from Solid Signal. They go as large as 24 tap. I would not do anything with the Zero Gain amp, until you know that is what you need.

    Connect your modem to the incoming CATV line and post the signal levels from what you get at that connection point. Then we can help you redesign your infrastructure to make sure all outputs are getting the best signals at all tvs.

    You may also want to go outside and undo the coax connection at the Static Block and check for corrosion. If it is showing signs, then you may want to replace the Static Block, properly ground it to the Electrical Earth Ground Rod at the Power Meter on the home. You do not want any other ground connections anywhere after that. Due to it will cause a Ground loop.

    You can get the Compression Connectors from Lowe's (get the Ideal tool & connectors), or order them through solidsignal.com or Partsexpress.com.
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  4. #14


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    My relatives have worked with the cable company. All cables from the pole and in the house have been replaced, all conne tors have been replaced.

    The outage didn't happen yesterday.

    My relatives think that once school starts the weak signal, from the cable company, will go away and we will have a strong signal. They had the same problem last year.

    I get 1-2 bars in my storage shed/hobby building. In the house, typical is 4-5 bars. The building is about 65 feet from the wireless outer.

    No stucco walls, just lumber framing with sheet rock and paint.

    They have evidently had a number of phone calls, and cable tv repair people, coming out here. The house is out in the country.

    The only other Internet would be Hughes, but that is download only.

    I have a cable company compatible modem, and my relatives and I did talk about putting my own connection out there, pole to shed installed by the cable tv company. I have to spend some bucks and get power out there first. Just running on a power cord for now.
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  5. #15


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    Had to inject that Hughes is NOT download only, it is two way communication up and down. Although upload is only about 1Mbps and data is capped pretty low for today's internet. Satellite ISP is pretty much a last resort for those with no cable or WISP options available.

    There is also Excede satellite.
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  6. #16


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    The cable Node & quality of signal, does not magically get better when school starts. You can look up the FCC filing with the CATV company, for how many subscribers they have, how many nodes, how many sub's per node at https://apps.fcc.gov/coals/forms/sea...leSearchNf.cfm

    Post the information from the modem on the signal levels from the signal page. Also what is the manufacturer & model number of the modem/gateway that you have. Who is the CATV company that is also your ISP.
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  7. #17


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    As for the wifi signal. Only way to improve that for outdoors, would be to install an outdoor grade Wifi A/P that uses POE (Power Over Ethernet). Or just a really good indoor wireless Access Point.
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    The cable Node & quality of signal, does not magically get better when school starts. You can look up the FCC filing with the CATV company, for how many subscribers they have, how many nodes, how many sub's per node at https://apps.fcc.gov/coals/forms/sea...leSearchNf.cfm

    Post the information from the modem on the signal levels from the signal page. Also what is the manufacturer & model number of the modem/gateway that you have. Who is the CATV company that is also your ISP.
    If fewer people are using it, it does get better. No magic involved.
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  9. #19


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    My brother-in-law suggested splitting off a cable to my hobby shed. So I wouldn't need WiFi out there.

    I don't see how that would fix the drop out during the afternoon of any usable connection from the ISP, which is cableone.net.
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  10. #20


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    Quote Originally Posted by JimJoe View Post
    If fewer people are using it, it does get better. No magic involved.
    No it does not. All that happens is that the load lightens up. It works the same way as traffic on a Freeway. Less vehicles using the Freeway. You can move at a constant speed with no slow down or having to take detours to get around construction.

    More traffic on a Freeway, the slower vehicles are moving and possibly you end up not being able to take a detour to get around construction.

    What I just described is how the Node works, along with the routers at the Head-end & through your ISP's I-Bone and the other backbones.

    The majority of problems is signal issues. The other is overloaded/congested nodes.
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