Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




390 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 203


Topic # 57199 5-Feb-2010 15:19
Send private message

Hello! I've recently set up Freeview on my HTPC, but unfortunately certain family members aren't yet capable of using it and insist on having an aerial plugged into the TV itself so they can use its tuner. Unplugging and replugging every time I want to watch Freeview is quite the chore.

I imagine I need something like this. However, my problem is that my aerial connection is a cable coming straight out of the antenna and terminating in a male jack (which plugs directly into the tuner/TV/whatever), and I have a feeling the input on that splitter is female. My cable is also not F-type (threaded) but rather plain coax.

This should be so simple but is making my head spin. What do I need? What about one of these and one of these? (link may not work due to stupid DSE site).

Create new topic
1049 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 51

Trusted

  Reply # 296439 5-Feb-2010 15:42
Send private message

So the inputs on your TV/VCR/PVR and computer are both female coax (ie. they accept male coax and they are *not* f-type)? I think the item in the 3rd link is probably what you need but I would wait for a consensus before buying.

For what it's worth you should be aware that splitting the cable will lead to some loss in signal strength. Computers are renowned for having higher signal strength requirements than TVs etc... I don't think you'll have any problems as long as it's only a 2 way split with a reasonable aerial and cable lengths.



390 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 203


  Reply # 296443 5-Feb-2010 15:50
Send private message

Every input I have is female coax (VCR, TV, PC with HVR 2250). Right now the aerial is plugged into the VCR, which has its own splitter cable with male jack (plugged into either the TV or the PC). I'm trying to remove the VCR from the equation and have the aerial go into a dedicated splitter, with male-male cables leading from the splitter into the TV and into the PC. I have nothing F-type in my whole setup. At least I don't think I do... are they incompatible or could I be jamming coax on to F without realising it?

I did know about signal loss, but I'm hoping I'll be ok. The signal seems very strong and it's already semi-split as it is, coming from the VCR.

Thanks for the advice. Does anyone have any thoughts on the most elegant way to do what I need? There's actually a DSE just down the road from me so I'll potter down and see if they have anything useful.

 
 
 
 


20695 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4010

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 296613 6-Feb-2010 14:32
Send private message

VCRs usually have a net gain after going thru them, they need an amplifier in the so that they dont send the modulated output back up the antenna.




Richard rich.ms



390 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 203


  Reply # 297641 10-Feb-2010 13:04
Send private message

Quick update, the splitter from DSE plus a female->female adaptor did the trick. The signal is definitely a bit reduced and now Freeview Prime, HD test and a couple of others don't have enough signal to display without dropping out. The main channels are however fine, so as an interim solution this is acceptable.

Thanks for the help.

Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

CPTPP text and National Interest Analysis released for public scrutiny
Posted 21-Feb-2018 19:43


Foodstuffs to trial digitised shopping trolleys
Posted 21-Feb-2018 18:27


2018: The year of zero-login, smart cars & the biometrics of things
Posted 21-Feb-2018 18:25


Intel reimagines data centre storage with new 3D NAND SSDs
Posted 16-Feb-2018 15:21


Ground-breaking business programme begins in Hamilton
Posted 16-Feb-2018 10:18


Government to continue search for first Chief Technology Officer
Posted 12-Feb-2018 20:30


Time to take Appleā€™s iPad Pro seriously
Posted 12-Feb-2018 16:54


New Fujifilm X-A5 brings selfie features to mirrorless camera
Posted 9-Feb-2018 09:12


D-Link ANZ expands connected smart home with new HD Wi-Fi cameras
Posted 9-Feb-2018 09:01


Dragon Professional for Mac V6: Near perfect dictation
Posted 9-Feb-2018 08:26


OPPO announces R11s with claims to be the picture perfect smartphone
Posted 2-Feb-2018 13:28


Vocus Communications wins a place on the TaaS panel
Posted 26-Jan-2018 15:16


SwipedOn raises $1 million capital
Posted 26-Jan-2018 15:15


Slingshot offers unlimited gigabit fibre for under a ton
Posted 25-Jan-2018 13:51


Spark doubles down on wireless broadband
Posted 24-Jan-2018 15:44



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.