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Topic # 64379 14-Jul-2010 12:30
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Hi all,
We are trying to hook up a Tivo and are coming to a fork in the road. I have several cables and am unsure which to try (as they're of course located in a different room to where the TiVo will be so we need to buy an extension coaxial. So here's where the confusion is:
Which of these is a UHF antenna cable?

I have one cable (pictured below) that has a very tiny hole,( and it  fits into the end of the cable supplied by TiVo)



But then, I have three, similar looking coaxial/ satellite cables--



My question is:
Do UHFs have a specific look (the male part that is...) I've googled images and still am unsure.
 How can I determine which cable is for what? Do testers exist? (I'm trying to avoid 150+ for an installer to come out)..


Here are the TiVo cables...

Can anyone provide any assistance? MUCH thanks for anyone that can!




EDIT: the UHF males I have seen online look like this.


My cable (first picture) is similar but it has a very tiny hole in the middle of the male part.. could that too be a UHF male?

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  Reply # 351351 14-Jul-2010 12:32
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The first one is what you need.

Tivo is DVB-T UHF, Not satellite like you have in your second picture



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  Reply # 351353 14-Jul-2010 12:35
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Boby-- thanks for the reply-- is it okay that it has a small hole in it? It's a little different than the typical male UHF antennas I've seen...

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  Reply # 351354 14-Jul-2010 12:35
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Where in NZ are you?

Your first picture is most likely to be the aerial cable.
(Do you have an aerial on the house?)

The second picture is most likely to be satellite cables.

The TiVo supplied cable picture seems odd. Maybe too small and blury to really reliably comment on. Appears to be f type on the left and PAL on the right? Maybe wall socket to normal aerial PAL? Doubt that though.



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  Reply # 351355 14-Jul-2010 12:37
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in North Wellington.
The TiVo cable is a normal satellite looking into box, and an antenna plug out-- i can retake the pic if you think it'd help.
We have a VHF and UHF aerial on the roof.

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  Reply # 351358 14-Jul-2010 12:41
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Jaxson: Where in NZ are you?

Your first picture is most likely to be the aerial cable.
(Do you have an aerial on the house?)

The second picture is most likely to be satellite cables.

The TiVo supplied cable picture seems odd. Maybe too small and blury to really reliably comment on. Appears to be f type on the left and PAL on the right? Maybe wall socket to normal aerial PAL? Doubt that though.


I'm sure my Tivo has an f-type connector on it.  That might be because it was one of the beta test units though.

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  Reply # 351369 14-Jul-2010 13:13
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The coaxial cable that came with my TiVo has the satellite/f-type on one end which you put into the TiVo, and it has a 'female' connector on the other end.

Since most wall sockets are female too, I used the coaxial cable I already had going from the wall to the TV for normal UHF/VHF reception and plugged that one in from the wall to the female end of the TiVo provided cable.

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  Reply # 351400 14-Jul-2010 14:21
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Oh ok TiVo guys, thanks.

Yeah, your aerial lead is the top one in your post then definitely.
The little hole is not a problem. ( I just know someones gonna quote me on that)...

The other leads you have are satellite leads, which TiVo does not use at all.
They're probably ex SKY TV leads.

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  Reply # 351622 14-Jul-2010 22:05
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meremaiden: Boby-- thanks for the reply-- is it okay that it has a small hole in it? It's a little different than the typical male UHF antennas I've seen...


If the hole fits... oh sorry its just a connector but yes that first plug is the normal one. If your house has any jacks that fit the first plug then ok, otherwise there might be some F connector with UHF. just move the decoder to the room with the UHF sockets and test iwhich one works before you buy any cables.




Qualified in business, certified in fibre, stuck in copper, have to keep going  ^_^



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  Reply # 351635 14-Jul-2010 22:23
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Hi all-- thanks for the replies. Well it looks like the UHF wasn't working for some reason, I have an installer coming tomorrow. I tried every cable and alas, no glory.  I hated the thought of someone coming to do this for me, but I'm at a loss of what to try next besides going up on the roof. 


Much thanks for all the help though-- you all are a great community...

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