I am at the point of locating outlets etc. Does internet need a dedicated line or can it be split for tv and internet from one line? What are my best option re future proofing to shaw gateway system voip etc?
Best thing to do would be to run coax and cat 6 to each tv drop. Keep your options open...
A home only has one coax line coming from the street, and is split from there.
But if you are doing wiring for a new home, put coax (RG6 or RG6-Quad Shield) and Ethernet (Cat5e or Cat6) to each room.
Some houses are doing fiber to each room now too, but in my opinion, the benifit isn't worth the cost.
I am limited to what developer will provide which is usually cheapest option available. So I need to know if I can make do with a split cable tv & internet signal or not. I will most be using a wireless router for house internet but would like option to relocate computer in house without having to have so many lines installed through house. They want to charge me per outlet install.
Yes, it can be split from a single outlet Shaw will provide a 2-way splitter if needed.
You had asked about future-proofing as well, so we answered accordingly
I have had issues in past with running internet & tv from one outlet. I would get error codes on dct700 box. Not immediately planning to go with gateway but want option down road without having to rewire house! Is it merely a matter of shaw controlling signal strength output?
Yes, it becomes a signal strength issue, speaking from the internet modem, it would prefer an Rx signal of -7 to +7 but will accept -11 to +11, each split drops 3.5db.
TV is a little more forgiving, there are other signal factors as well, but this is the main concern.
The developer is going to wire the house for TV / internet? Isn't it usually the cable company that comes in and roughs in those connections?
As for a "split cable TV and internet signal"... I'm afraid I'm not sure what you mean.
As Kevinds commented, there is only 1 coax that comes into the house from the street and is split from there. As for Ethernet (Cat5e or Cat6), you would wire that back to wherever you want to mount your modem or switch. Any internet that goes to the TV's would neet to be routed thru the modem in order to process the signal for an "internet device"... media player, PS3, XBox... These require an ethernet connection.
I my house, the outside coax goes into a 3 way splitter. The first cable goes to the Shaw phone box in the laundry room downstairs that is mounted to the wall by the panel where the coax comes into the house. The second cable off the splitter runs to the DPC3825 modem/router. It has 4 ethernet ports on it but I simply have that connected to a 8 port switch. The ethernet cables I have running to each of the TV drops are connected into the switch. The third cable goes to signal amplifer they put in and that gets split to all the coax TV drops.
As I said in the prevous message, if you can - get cable and cat wired to each TV drop might cost a couple of dollars more?? You can either get each wired to their own device box with their own dedicated coverplate or both to one device box - I think there are coverplates that offer a coax end and ethernet connector. If they won't do both, do you have the option to run the cat by the coax yourself after the developer has installed the coax? Just spit-balling here.
I guess i will find out tomorrow when I meet with the developer & pick outlet locations.
If it's Shaw people doing any of the wiring, just make sure you watch them every moment! We had a Shaw tech come in to install the phone line and I turned my back for only a few moments after discussing location. Rather than properly installing a wall outlet, the idiot drilled directly up from the crawlspace through our hardwood floor to install the phone modem. I was pissed off as all hell, but there was little that could be done.
I guess I'm always going to have to have a table or couch in that corner of the room now.
I apologize for the installation problem you described. I will PM you in a moment. Please reply back with your address and further details of the installation and we'll look into this for you.
I'll take some pictures and PM you back in the next couple of days!
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