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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 55330 30-Dec-2009 12:59
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Hey guys,

I've recently moved into a new place in Wellington.

The wall in my new office has the only aerial-looking plug in the place - there is no direct Belling Lee (or 'usual'-TV-looking aerial plug) outlet or cord attached anywhere else.

The plug in my office, I've worked out, is an F-Type Female outlet. I've tried to follow it to the aerial type but with no success. Short of contacting the landlord, I thought I would see if it's possible to get Freeview, if not normal TV reception, from these types of outlets?

I bought from DSE a 'F Type Male to Belling Lee Male Flylead' in the hopes that it would show me some reception but alas, the Freeview box didn't pick up anything at all.

If anyone can shed any light on this issue that would be fantastic.

Cheers in advance all, and hope you have a sweet New Years!


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Master Geek

  Reply # 286055 30-Dec-2009 13:23
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It may be a previously used TelstraClear Cable connection.

Chances are that since the socket is located in the office, it may be for the TelstraClear cable broadband and not usable for freeview.  If it is TCL and the previous tenants had the Telstra Cable TV service (and the cable is still physically connected), you can tune in the free-to-air channels (not freeview, unfortunately) on your television set itself (some old models, like my previous CRT one, lack the broader band of frequencies - I understand this is what is meant by 'cable-ready').  So you could connect the television directly to the socket and scout for reception.  The giveaway that it is TelstraClear is the existence of the TelstraClear weather channel and/or the non-interactive EPG.

Also note that it is probably not recommended to plug your television directly into that socket. I've known many cable techs to frown upon it as there is potential for issues for their network and your equipment if it's not authorised.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 286077 30-Dec-2009 14:29
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Ah, I see - thanks Damo-K for your response.

I am yet to try plugging it directly into my TV, but as you say, I may check with someone first before doing so.

That does make sense that it may have been for their cable service as it is in the smallest room of the house (hence the 'office' nickname). There's no phone jack in here, but one in the lounge. Strange.

I will see how I go with any reception I can find by plugging it directly into the TV. Thanks again!

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