How to Connect a Splitter
Connecting a splitter is a simple way to allow you to share your cable line with multiple devices. This is particularly useful if you want to get a TV signal to more than one room and are using a single coaxial cable to do so.
Typically, splitters come with one input port and one or more output ports. The input port connects to your TV or other device (or a wireless router) and the output ports send the splitted signal to any connected devices. Some splitters are even designed to split HDMI signals as well.
Before you buy a splitter, it’s important to decide on the type of connection you need and what you want to do with it. It’s also important to remember that splitters can be quite expensive, so you should think about your needs carefully.
If you’re just looking to share your TV and internet signal with a few other devices, then an HDMI switch might be all you need. These switches will take multiple HDMI sources and then send one of those signals to your TV or other device.
However, if you need to split the input and output cables for other devices, then you’ll need something more powerful. You might consider buying a distribution amplifier to handle the job.
Once you have your equipment, it’s time to install the splitter. First, you’ll need to find a suitable spot in your home for the device. It should be close to the cable line so that the incoming signal is not affected by any noise or interference.
Next, you’ll need to locate a power outlet and plug in the splitter. Then, you’ll need to run a coaxial cable from the outlet to the splitter.
When you’re ready to connect the coaxial cable, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s clean of any debris that may be on it or near it. It’s also a good idea to test the connection to ensure that there is no EMI or other interference between the cables and the splitter.
You’ll also need to tack down the cables using cable tacks to secure them to the wall. This is a good idea because the cable will be exposed to a lot of wear and tear while in use, so you’ll need to be careful not to damage it or your splitter.
Finally, you’ll need to run another coaxial cable from the splitter to your TV box and the internet modem/gateway. This cable will need to be at least a few feet long for optimal performance.
If you’re connecting the coaxial cable from your splitter to a TV, be sure to use a high-quality cable that is made to withstand long periods of exposure to heat and moisture. You should also consider purchasing a ferrite shielding element to help protect your cable from any EMI or other signals that could affect your television.
If you’re not sure which splitter to purchase, check out the features section for more information on what’s included with a certain model. Some models come with features like EDID handshaking and HDCP compliance. These features make them easier to operate and can help save you money in the long run.