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Splitting Cable Signal - Does It Weaken

Discussion in 'General Cable TV.' started by smcmullan88, Mar 6, 2017.

  1. smcmullan88

    smcmullan88 Member

    Hi all,

    Just curious if you split the virgin media feed coming in to the house will these weaken the signal strength? I know it sounds like an obvious question but just wondering as the virgin box itself is cable of recording and watching another channel yet it only uses one feed. I take it their box splits the signal internally? I guess my question is if i split it manually will I get any picture break up?

  2. dangerous

    dangerous TK Veteran

    As long as you use the correct splitter then you won't lose much signal that will effect your setup.
    If your signal is very low coming in then splitting it will cause issues, you would then have to use a powered HDU unit which can split the cable without signal lose.
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    XSONY_NGUX TK Veteran

    Any recommendations on HDU unit my singal sometimes drops for VM and using speed test it goes down from being 40-50 to

    Help would be appreciated i bought a HDU 4 port PCT passive amplifier which was from the United States and it sometimes turns my internet of sometimes when its being used a lot.

    Here's the one i bought:


    Someone said the issue that this amplifier may not have been good is because it's passive and not active not sure what the difference is.
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  4. Jazzie_bee

    Jazzie_bee Member

    the ones the engineers use are the Technetix HDU ones. Try that but what is the problem you're having?
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    XSONY_NGUX TK Veteran

    USB Cable tuner glitches whilst tuner B on cable is fine.

    Issue occurs when both tuners are in use i.e. when im recording on tuner B and tuner C is put to use.

    Any links to purchase one rare to find them can't find them mate.
  6. Burlesy

    Burlesy TK Veteran

    Have a similar problem the signal coming into the house is so weak.
    I have 3 things being fed:
    • TiBo
    • BB
    • Tuner A ;)
    if its just TiBo and internet being fed. everythin is okay, as soon as i split with a Eco line 5/1000mhz splitter some channel pixelate or dont even clear on TiBo. and getting tune failed on a handle in tuner a.

    did you find a solution XSONY_NGUX?
    It is a new install and they have used technetix isolater.
    I had a look at these
    technetix is more money, but is less likely to cause issues?
  7. ste

    ste TK Veteran Forum Supporter

    Konig do powered splitters which should help.
  8. Burlesy

    Burlesy TK Veteran

    so this one should be ok or could you recommend a better one?
  9. gravehead

    gravehead Member

    Swapped 2 way splitter for 3 way splitter running TIVO, BB and technomate without any problems
  10. Burlesy

    Burlesy TK Veteran

    Okay so now I've got the feed into the house into a 3 output splitter
    • tibo
    • BB
    • tuner a
    still the same issue, so I would put it down to it being a weak feed?
  11. Burlesy

    Burlesy TK Veteran

    double post, delete
  12. ste

    ste TK Veteran Forum Supporter

    If you've got a good quality splitter and good quality cables and connections then check there's no other splitters on the same cable further back and check they're screwed on properly.
  13. Burlesy

    Burlesy TK Veteran

    The cables ive laid are good quality the link upstairs was already laid by Virmin so i assume it was okay...

    Would you avoid at getting amp or not?
  14. Burlesy

    Burlesy TK Veteran

    The cables ive laid are good quality the link upstairs was already laid by Virmin so i assume it was okay...

    Would you avoid at getting amp or not?
  15. ste

    ste TK Veteran Forum Supporter

    If I needed an amplified splitter then I'd buy one of the konig ones recommended on here.
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  16. ste

    ste TK Veteran Forum Supporter

    Last edited: Jun 1, 2017
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    XSONY_NGUX TK Veteran

    I did not fix the issue, i sold the usb tuner to a guy on here think it was ste lol xD

    I did however purchase a Technetix HDU amplifier.

    It might be due to the tuner A box taking too much signal so only solution would be is try a better cabler booster.

    Konig as the link you included or try Technetix.

    Got mine for £25 don't know what made me spend that amount but it's a rare booster xD
  18. ste

    ste TK Veteran Forum Supporter

    Yes I bought the hmp usb tuner - worked fine on the h2h with atv 5.3 to give me the additional tuner but now I've got the h5.2tc it's not needed so up for sale shortly lol
  19. Burlesy

    Burlesy TK Veteran

    How did you get on with your Technetix HDU amplifier? did it do the job?
    yeah i've tryed tuner a on its own without tibo plugged inand all the channels clear but when tuner a tibo and bb are all in only getting some channels on both box so does sound like not enough signal.

    I ended up purchasing this:

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  20. Lesefc001

    Lesefc001 Member

    I am thinking of getting the zgemma h5.2Tc box, do I require a splitter for the vm cable and if so which is best?
  21. ste

    ste TK Veteran Forum Supporter

    That depends what other equipment you have - you only need a splitter if you're using something else alongside the zgemma like a VM router. The best splitters are the Tratec / Technetix / Ecoline range of 5-1000mhz ones but i've also used the Labgear 5-2400mhz ones from Screwfix which have done the job fine. Use quality cable (wire) and the shortest length possible for the job.

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