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Getting cable TV in a bedroom

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Getting cable TV in a bedroom

Friend of mine has cogeco cable and the Cable wiring run in her bedroom is crap causing her digital adapter to work off and on. The house is a old home so drilling can be a problem.

Is there a way I can connect another outlet to some adapter and then plug the adapter into the upstairs bedroom to get the cable Signal? This way I don't have to do any drilling. The other run has new cabling and no issues.
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Look into wireless tv? Some cable companies offer it
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How about locating where the cable splitting is done and replacing the splitter with a powered unit. Every time a cable is split, there is signal attenuation. If the signal strength drops below a minimum threshold, the cable box will have connectivity issues. Give the cable provider a call. Sometimes they will supply the powered splitters for free.
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this may not be any help (i don't even know if she has wifi), but i was in a roughly similar position and found it a lot easier (and better) to just get an Android box in the bedroom and put Kodi (via TVAddons) on it.
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will888 wrote: How about locating where the cable splitting is done and replacing the splitter with a powered unit. Every time a cable is split, there is signal attenuation. If the signal strength drops below a minimum threshold, the cable box will have connectivity issues. Give the cable provider a call. Sometimes they will supply the powered splitters for free.
This is what I had to do at m in-law's house for their bedroom.

Only half the channels worked on their HD box.

I tried a cheap RCA amp, and it didn't do anything, so I got heavy duty powered amplifier and it's working like a charm.

It wasn't a true RFD solution as it was an impulse purchase at the Source (spent $80+tax) where I could have probably bought it for half the price by shopping around online.
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How about a Slingbox instead? Access to their cable box from anywhere on the Internet.
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At least Telus has wireless TV cable box, just need power.
The Devil made me buy it - RFD. :twisted:
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at416905 wrote: This is what I had to do at m in-law's house for their bedroom.

Only half the channels worked on their HD box.

I tried a cheap RCA amp, and it didn't do anything, so I got heavy duty powered amplifier and it's working like a charm.

It wasn't a true RFD solution as it was an impulse purchase at the Source (spent $80+tax) where I could have probably bought it for half the price by shopping around online.
That kind of pricing is in the right ball park. Not too many people have to rely on such a solution and so it is rather pricey. I have an 8 port amp that has active return path. It cost me $100 US.
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hdom wrote: At least Telus has wireless TV cable box, just need power.
The Original Poster (OP) is in Toronto. We don't have Telus Wireless TV in Toronto or Ontario. The OP would need to go to Bell as I believe they have the wireless TV in Toronto.
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hightech wrote: Friend of mine has cogeco cable and the Cable wiring run in her bedroom is crap causing her digital adapter to work off and on. The house is a old home so drilling can be a problem.

Is there a way I can connect another outlet to some adapter and then plug the adapter into the upstairs bedroom to get the cable Signal? This way I don't have to do any drilling. The other run has new cabling and no issues.
There should be no problem pulling a wire through the wall in an old home.

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