In the older days, getting cable in multiple rooms with a single connection was simple. So simple you could do it yourself. You would need just one coaxial cable, on which you would attach a coaxial cable splitter. From there, it was a simple matter of attaching as many cables as your coaxial splitter permitted. These cables would run to different TVs in different rooms in the house. So you got cable in every room for just one bill. But all good things come to an end.
Splitters in the 21st Century
In the early 2000s, the cable went digital. The picture quality and channel choices improved substantially. But the signals were digital, not analog. You now needed a set-top decoder to descramble the signals between your wire and your TV. So you can’t split your cable connection to different TVs anymore? Not exactly. Most cable companies can handle getting cable TV into every room in your house. But they will ask you to get a separate set-top box for each TV. Since most cable companies charge you an extra monthly rental for a set-top box, this can be expensive. You’d be getting multiple Frontier packages for one house!
Pros and Cons of a Splitter
Of course, we don’t mean you still can’t use cable splitters in the 21st century. If you know how you can pretty much still get the cable to every TV in your house yourself. Unlike a separate set-top box for each TV, a single splitter can connect every TV in the house to cable. Cable splitters have a number of advantages which include easy installation and inexpensive prices. Of course, there is a downside. You can’t view channels independently on every TV, just the one with the set-top box. There is also the risk of losing signals and getting poorer picture quality with a splitter.
Installing a Splitter
Like we said, most cable technicians can handle running cable to every TV you have in the house. But the cable company is going to charge you a rental for every extra set-top box. However, a coaxial splitter can take care of the problem for you. It doesn’t even require much technical expertise, so you can do it yourself. All you have to do is screw on the splitter and run cables to other TV from it.
How Does It Work?
A splitter works by channeling a single cable signal line into multiple signals. Usually, these signals go out to a few TV sets as well as your high-speed cable internet gateway. Essentially, all cable splitters do the same thing. They redistribute incoming information from a single line to other devices. However, this information mirrors the information coming in from your Frontier TV Packages set-top box. The splitter needs to be attached between your set-top box and your main TV. You can then run cables from the splitter to your secondary TVs.
There is a catch, however. Each TV will mirror the channel your main TV tunes in to. This may not be the ideal situation, but it is a cheap fix. If you have limited viewing habits, a cable splitter is your best bet.
Things You Might Want to Consider
There are a number of things you might want to consider before trying a coaxial splitter. Here’s a few of them that might help you get a better overall experience:
- Cables experience a signal loss if they are longer than 50 feet. If your secondary cables are longer, you may need to get a coaxial cable signal booster/amplifier.
- A booster may interfere with your cable internet modem, so check the line with and without amplification to make sure there are no issues.
- Always use a splitter with the exact number of outputs you need. This will help make sure you get the optimum signal strength from your splitter.
Alternative to a Splitter: A Wireless Cable Transmitter
If you feel running extra cables feels like too much work, there is an alternative. You can use a wireless cable transmitter to get a TV signal across your home. It works much like Wi-Fi does. You will still need a splitter, but instead of secondary cables, you connect it to a small wireless transmitter. Most modern wireless transmitters come with multiple outputs for Blu-ray or streaming devices. This means you can step outside cable programming on every TV in the house.
Wireless cable transmitters don’t need you to run long secondary cables. They also have much better options to connect different devices than splitters. However, a wireless transmitter costs many times more than a simple coaxial splitter. A wireless cable transmitter will also tap into your internet, consuming significant bandwidth when you’re trying to watch on multiple TVs.
Things to Know About Wireless Cable Transmitters
Like coaxial splitters, wireless cable transmitters also mirror your main TV. Whatever your cable box tunes into is what you get on your secondary TVs. Sure, that may not seem any different from a splitter but there is a plus side. A wireless cable transmitter can help your secondary TVs mimic your streaming device. That means you can mirror your Roku or other streaming devices on your other TVs. You can easily step out of your Frontier channel lineup at any time.
There is another plus side. A wireless cable transmitter does not need secondary coaxial cables all over your house. From an aesthetic standpoint, that means no ugly cables cluttering up your living space. You can set it up easily behind your wall-mounted TV and get your multi-screen system up and running.