With bundling options that feature internet and other services, cable TV can deliver a variety of entertainment. To enjoy uninterrupted streaming, you’ll need quality equipment and proper installation. Cable and internet providers use different equipment to connect your home to all of your favorite entertainment channels, making them available on demand. Here’s an overview of the equipment you’ll need to install cable TV:
Cable and internet service providers can deliver basic and advanced equipment. Basic equipment simply covers the components needed to provide cable internet access. Advanced equipment can offer extended functionality and added benefits.
You can still achieve reliable streaming and connectivity using the basic equipment, which includes the following:
1. Coaxial Cable and Grounding Block
Cable TV relies on coaxial (coax) cables, which enable communication with the internet service providers. In most homes, a single coaxial line is installed and split into multiple lines, serving different rooms.
A coax cable features an inner wire and a shield (a foil or braid pipe). 75 Ohm RG-6 is the standard coax cable used in most American homes, but other options are available. Grounding blocks are merely for dissipating static charges and high voltage charges from lightning.
2. Coax Splitters and Attenuators
A coax splitter is used in line with coaxial cables and splits a single line into two, allowing the lines to serve multiple rooms or units. Splitting coax cables can result in signal level reduction, and some splitters feature multiple two-way splitters.
An attenuator reduces the signal power while maintaining the signal waveform. Cable TV installers use them in homes or offices where the signal level is too high because the modem is closer to the ISP transmission box.
3. Coax Amplifiers and Terminators
A coax amplifier is used when you have extended cable runs. The amplifier should support up to 1000Mhz for internet or 11625Mhz where MoCA communication is required. Coax amplifiers amplify the signal in the desired direction, extending its reach.
Make sure you don’t over-amplify the signal. Coax terminators absorb the electrical energy in signals, preventing reflection. They’re mainly used with coax cables, splitters, and wall outlets.
4. MoCA Devices and Low Pass Filter
A MoCA device allows local devices, such as DVRs, to communicate with each other over coaxial cables. You can run an Ethernet network over coaxial cables using MoCA adaptors, but the signals only travel a maximum of 91 meters (300 feet).
MoCA low pass filters remove unwanted 1GHz frequencies from the transmitted signal. Eliminating the low signals at the point of entry reduces congestion. The filters also reflect the signal, boosting MoCA communication.
5. Cable Modem & Ethernet Cable
Modems communicate with the ISP’s equipment via coaxial cables and connect to your router using an Ethernet cable. You can purchase one or rent from the internet service provider. The modems also support varying DOCSIS versions with speed and feature improvements.
Ethernet cables connect your home/office network. They connect modems, routers, hubs, switches, computers, and access points using RJ-45 connectors.
6. Wireless Router
Routers are another component of cable TV equipment use to send and receive data. The router sends data packets between your local network and the internet. A router can connect to the local client network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet cables.
They also connect to your home modem via Ethernet cables and may combine with other devices. Routers send data packets to the correct channels on route to their destination.
7. Wired & Wireless Client Devices
Computers and printers are considered wired client devices, which refer to devices connecting to routers, hubs, or switches using Ethernet cables. Wireless client devices don’t require Ethernet cables. They connect wirelessly to your router or hub.
Popular wireless client devices include smartphones, iPads, tablets, and video streaming devices. You need wired and wireless devices to connect to the internet or stream cable TV channels.
Cable TV installers can use advanced components to extend your system’s functionality and versatility and enhance connectivity. Popular advanced equipment includes wireless access points, wi-fi extenders/repeaters, and wireless mesh systems. Others include wireless bridges, network hubs, and switches.
Although you can do without additional equipment, these components come in handy during specific situations.
A wireless access point can avail an existing network wirelessly using a new name (SSID). Repeaters/extenders expand the network by wirelessly repeating the data, while mesh systems push the signals into hard-to-reach areas.
Wi-fi bridges connect different networks wirelessly, while network hubs replay data packets to connected ports. Lastly, a network switch connects multiple devices or equipment.
Reputable Cable and Internet Providers
Setting up home cable and internet should be effortless if you choose reputable providers. You can discuss the equipment choice with the provider to determine which of the suitable options are use in the installation.
If you’re new to cable and internet equipment, consider your provider’s recommendations. Make sure you work with experienced cable TV and internet companies. If you know what’s require or have personal preferences, communicate your recommendations with the provider.
Choosing the best cable and internet providers is the best way to guarantee premium equipment and high-quality installation services. Reputable companies can connect you with leading providers. The goal is to work with reputable businesses that can cover your home/office internet, cable, and security needs.
Each home has unique needs, so equipment may vary depending on your space and how you use cable TV and the internet.