Why does this cable splitter screw up my modem? What can I do about it?
February 26, 2013 10:04 AM Subscribe
Wall<>Cable Modem = Good. Wall<>Splitter<>Cable Modem + TV = Intermittent failures where the modem goes off line. What can I do to improve this? Is there such thing as a lower power splitter? Better cables? And did my cable company make a mistake? More details below!>>>
posted by bluelava to Technology (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Recently I changed apartments.
In my old apartment, the cable guy came and set up my cable modem in this way: Wall<>Splitter<>Cable Modem. There was nothing at the other end of the splitter as I didn't own a TV. It was strange I didn't question him. Things worked well.
I moved and got a TV hand me down. I didn't order TV services though. On a whim, I set it up such that it is Wall<>Splitter<>Cable Modem + TV and was pleased to discover that I get the local channels! Hurray!
But now, every few days, my cable modem gives up the ghost and can't connect to the cable network. To solve this, I have to connect my modem to the wall directly, wait, and then try the splitter again.
1. Is this, uh, considered, getting cable service for free? Even though all I get are the over-the-air channels?
2. Is there anyway I can connect my TV and Modem to the network effectively?