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    I have a few questions and don’t know if some of you may be able to help. I live in an area that just got Cox cable installed. I currently have Directv and plan on keeping a real small package for HD and the NFLST. I ordered Cox for high speed internet, phone, and cable with 1 HD DVR, and 1 SD DVR. Here’s my dilemma. When we built this house I ran all the cable for Directv and internet. I ran 1 coax from my media closet to the outside for Cox. All of the Directv runs go to a 6×16 multiswitch in the attic. Can Cox split that 1 cable going to the media closet for internet, the DVR’s, and a few others for basic cable? Will I need to move all of those Directv runs over to the media closet for Cox? Will I need to run more coax outside :>( ? I don’t want Cox drilling thru my brick!!! I already have coax connections in all the rooms. Help please…



    DirecTV and Cox both use the same type of coax, so that’s not a problem.

    Cox can split lines, up to a point, before you start losing signal strength and see picture degradation. In-line amplifiers can take care of that problem if need be.

    The only problem I see is if you want to have DirecTV and Cox in the same room and don’t have enough coax lines running to that room. This would require installation of more coax lines somehow.

    Lines can be disconnected from your multiswitch and used by Cox for their service with no problem.


    ggore is correct about the coax. As long as you only want one signal to each room, your current setup will work just fine.

    I have a similar setup in my house where one cable comes in from outside and is then split to every room by an amplifier in my server closet. I initially used an amplifier provided by Cox but I needed more outlets so I replaced it with one from eBay. Cox provided the Electroline EDA 2400 (4 outputs) and I replaced it with the EDA 2800 (8 outputs). I don’t know how you feel about buying from eBay but the 8 port model is usually about $30 there.

    It works perfectly and I have experienced no problems with cable, internet or telephone. However, I have heard some people have problems with internet service through the amp. I have bypassed the amp for my cable modem by running a simpler splitter before the amp. One line goes directly to the modem and the other feeds the amp for the various TV outlets in my house.

    See this image for more details.

    Hope this helps.


    That’s the way to do it, pogopogo, cable modems are usually powerful enough to transmit upstream without the use of an amplifier, but it won’t hurt anything if you do have to use one. The cable modem will adjust its signal to whatever level the CMTS says is necessary. I have installed several amplifiers in customers’ homes that have multiple TV sets/computer connections, they work just fine.

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