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luv
09-02-2006, 12:13 PM
The current place I live in has the cable modem built into the wall. All I have to do is plug into the Data outlet. I'm going to be moving pretty soon. The place I'm moving to also provides cable internet, but I'm going to need a modem. How do cable modems work, and how much is a reasonably dependable one?

DaFace
09-02-2006, 12:16 PM
Basically, you plug your cable TV cord into the cable modem. On the back of the modem is a port just like the one that you plugged into the wall. So, basically...

CATV--->Modem---Ethernet Cord--->Your Computer

There's not much to them nowadays. You can pick up a Motorola Surfboard at most Wal-Marts for around $60 or so.

luv
09-02-2006, 12:18 PM
Basically, you plug your cable TV cord into the cable modem. On the back of the modem is a port just like the one that you plugged into the wall. So, basically...

CATV--->Modem---Ethernet Cord--->Your Computer

There's not much to them nowadays. You can pick up a Motorola Surfboard at most Wal-Marts for around $60 or so.
So what if I want to put both my computer and a tv in one room? One cable cord, but I'd need two. How much are cable cord splitters (if that's what they're called)?

DaFace
09-02-2006, 01:51 PM
There's not much involved in splitting a cable signal. The splitters themselves (like this one (http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062050&cp=&origkw=cable+splitter&kw=cable+splitter&parentPage=search)) are pretty cheap. Even the premium branded ones are no more than $20. You don't have to plug them into electricity or anything - just run the cables to it.

luv
09-02-2006, 06:48 PM
There's not much involved in splitting a cable signal. The splitters themselves (like this one (http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062050&cp=&origkw=cable+splitter&kw=cable+splitter&parentPage=search)) are pretty cheap. Even the premium branded ones are no more than $20. You don't have to plug them into electricity or anything - just run the cables to it.
Thanks. Just trying to get an idea of how much to expect these things to cost me. I need to be able to budget them in with moving expenses (which hopefully will just be deposit, first month's rent, $10 for u-haul trailor, and a few cases of beer to pay the help).

htismaqe
09-02-2006, 09:54 PM
There's not much involved in splitting a cable signal. The splitters themselves (like this one (http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062050&cp=&origkw=cable+splitter&kw=cable+splitter&parentPage=search)) are pretty cheap. Even the premium branded ones are no more than $20. You don't have to plug them into electricity or anything - just run the cables to it.

DO NOT BUY THIS SPLITTER. :D

It's rated for analog cable. It will cause problems with digital signal transmission because it doesn't have enough bandwidth.

Use this one instead:

Wideband Splitter (http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103928&cp=2032057.2032187.2032188.2032195&allCount=63&fbn=Type%2FSplitters&f=PAD%2FProduct+Type%2FSplitters&fbc=1&parentPage=family)

luv
09-02-2006, 10:01 PM
DO NOT BUY THIS SPLITTER. :D

It's rated for analog cable. It will cause problems with digital signal transmission because it doesn't have enough bandwidth.

Use this one instead:

Wideband Splitter (http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103928&cp=2032057.2032187.2032188.2032195&allCount=63&fbn=Type%2FSplitters&f=PAD%2FProduct+Type%2FSplitters&fbc=1&parentPage=family)
What's the minimum bandwidth I would need for non-digital cable?

htismaqe
09-03-2006, 02:15 PM
What's the minimum bandwidth I would need for non-digital cable?

If you have cable internet, it's digital. You just subscribe to the "non-digital" channel package...

DaFace
09-03-2006, 02:28 PM
DO NOT BUY THIS SPLITTER. :D

It's rated for analog cable. It will cause problems with digital signal transmission because it doesn't have enough bandwidth.

Use this one instead:

Wideband Splitter (http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103928&cp=2032057.2032187.2032188.2032195&allCount=63&fbn=Type%2FSplitters&f=PAD%2FProduct+Type%2FSplitters&fbc=1&parentPage=family)

Thanks for catching that. I meant it as more of an example rather than a possible purchase, but I didn't even look to see what it was rated. Oops!