How to Split Coaxial Cable

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When you have cable or satellite hooked up in your home, you have a control box or receiver to receive the signal for your television. Sometimes, you want to hook up a VCR to receive the signal or you may even want to run coaxial to another room or TV without having an additional receiver, which you would have to pay for monthly. If you know how to split a coaxial cable, you can successfully hook up a VCR or an additional TV in another room without having an additional receiver.

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    Buy a double splitter if you only want to hook up a TV and a VCR. Buy a 3-way splitter if you want to split the signal 3 ways for a VCR, TV and an additional TV.

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    Buy coaxial cable the length you need to run to everything that you will hook up to the splitter. The coaxial should be as close to the length needed as possible. You do not want to distort the signal by using coaxial cable that is ten feet long when you need only three feet.

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    Take the coaxial cable coming into the house that carries the cable or satellite signal and hook it up to the receiver. Then run a coaxial cable from the output on the receiver to the splitter that says cable in.

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    Hook up the first coaxial cable for the TV to the cable out and connect to the cable in on your television. Then, hook up the second coaxial cable on the splitter in the next available coaxial out. Then hook the other end up to the VCR or run it to another TV in another room, and connect it to the cable in.

Tips and warnings

  • Only split one signal three or less times. Any more than this and you can lose the quality in the picture.
  • If you are using a splitter, make sure that you use screw on cable connector ends and not push on cable connector ends.

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