Comcast splitter question

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Dan, Jan 31, 2005.

  1. Dan

    Dan Guest

    I just bought a Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150. I am going to be having a new
    system built to put it into. Here's my question:

    My cable modem is fed from a different outlet than my TV. In other words,
    the cable goes directly from the wall to the modem. I would like to use a
    splitter at the wall to have one cable go to my modem, the other to the
    tuner card. Is this going to present any issues?

    My plan is to record TV show then burn them on DVD to play in my home
    player. I have already researched what DVD formats my home player can
    handle.

    BTW, I do pay for internet access and extended basic. :)
     
    Dan, Jan 31, 2005
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    roguejag Guest

    I did it that way, with a VCR/DVD player in between to boot. It works
    fine, and the tuner card works the same way as a regular TV would with
    respect to the computer (ie; set the tuner card to channel 3). That
    way, I can record to the VCR and do a halfway job of editing later in
    the play mode, before it gets to the computer (playing from the VCR
    into the TV tuner). It makes for less space on the hard drive. It all
    depends on what you're going to do with it later, and how much video
    quality you require. I didn't notice any loss of connection speed with
    the cable modem with everything else running, either.
     
    roguejag, Jan 31, 2005
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  3. Dan

    roguejag Guest

    I did it that way, with a VCR/DVD player in between to boot. It works
    fine, and the tuner card works the same way as a regular TV would with
    respect to the computer (ie; set the tuner card to channel 3). That
    way, I can record to the VCR and do a halfway job of editing later in
    the play mode, before it gets to the computer (playing from the VCR
    into the TV tuner). It makes for less space on the hard drive. It all
    depends on what you're going to do with it later, and how much video
    quality you require. I didn't notice any loss of connection speed with
    the cable modem with everything else running, either.
     
    roguejag, Jan 31, 2005
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  4. Dan

    Dave Guest

    Have you used the Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 yet? I've been reading about it
    and it sounds pretty good. Plus I see it for $69 (after $30 rebate) at
    Circuit City. I'm thinking about trying it.
     
    Dave, Jan 31, 2005
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  5. Dan

    Dan Guest

    That's where I bought mine today. I have not used it yet since I was
    waiting to purchase my new system first. I did not want to waste any time
    buying it since I have noticed that every Web site that sells this card
    below MSRP is sold out. I am excited to get my new system built now. :)

    The customer reviews at CC's site are overwhelmingly positive. You can
    also find out a lot of info about it at http://www.byopvr.com/ .
     
    Dan, Jan 31, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    You can use a splitter, but remember that this basically cuts your
    signal strength in half for each leg off the splitter. This may reduce
    the signal below usable strength for the cable modem.
     
    Ron Hunter, Jan 31, 2005
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    Anymous Guest

    I think thats how mine is done but the cable guy had to go through a
    bit of testing and removing some stuff to get it there. From what I
    understand, the splitter works best as close to the street as possible
    for some reason. Havnt had the time to look into it though.
     
    Anymous, Jan 31, 2005
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    James Knott Guest

    No, provided you can maintain proper signal levels to the modem. In my
    condo, the cable company placed a splitter on my cable. One side of the
    splitter goes to the TV and the other side, goes to my computer room, where
    there's another splitter, going to my modem and another unused connector,
    for TV. It was also installed by the cable company. Also, there are red
    tags on the cables leading to the modem.
     
    James Knott, Jan 31, 2005
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    Dave Guest

    I bought the WinTV-PVR-150 at Circuit City yesterday. It installed easily
    and all seems to be working with no problems. I'm pretty pleased with it
    especially for the price. Maybe the only think that's a little weak is the
    included software. I may do some research into other software products
    such as SageTV, BeyondTV etc. I'm told they're compatible.
     
    Dave, Feb 1, 2005
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  10. Definitely check Sage, I've heard only good things about them.

    I'm seriously considering dumping my All-in-Wonder for something that will work with Sage.
     
    Never anonymous Bud, Feb 1, 2005
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  11. Dan

    Dave Guest

    This is my first Hauppauge product and I have to say I'm impressed so far.
    The remote control works well and lets you do almost everything with it.
    The scheduler works good using TitanTV. But some of the reviews of SageTV
    and BeyondTV make them sound better than the standard software.
     
    Dave, Feb 2, 2005
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    Dan Guest

    I ordered the PC last night. I remembered that we have a 13" TV in the
    spare room, so I went down to the Comcast service center and picked up some
    coax and a splitter-no charge. I hooked the TV and cable modem to the
    splinter and everything worked fine. I can't wait to get my new PC now.

    Thanks for all the replies.
     
    Dan, Feb 2, 2005
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