My internet company ("Spectrum" aka TWC) has been relentlessly mailing and emailing me with deals on internet+TV+phone bundles that are cheaper than getting internet alone. I don't want TV or phone (in fact I don't even have a phone to plug in anywhere) so it seems silly to sign up for this. But it is cheaper. What is the deal here? [more inside]
I just bought a condo and need to mount my TV to the wall. I’d like to conceal as many of the other external parts and devices (TV power cord, cables, cable box, and Roku) as possible once the TV is mounted. My brother-in-law mentioned infrared repeaters and RF remotes as possible solutions, but I am overwhelmed by the options and their mechanics, which products are compatible with my TV, etc. [more inside]
I don't have Comcast service, but I do have an old cable line going into my house. It's broken. How do I get it fixed? [more inside]
Exactly as it says above - can someone explain what makes some USB cables better than others? [more inside]
Anyone know how to find out if there is any fiber optic service in the Glendale/Montrose/La Crescenta/ Tujunga general area? (within say five miles of this area?) The Verizon, Time Warner etc. fiber optic "search availability" functions are really vague... even if you get them on the phone, they tell you to provide a specific address. How can they not have some sort of record of where they have laid cable??
I'm almost too ashamed to name which ones, but the one I watch the most is one of the more popular franchises on that network. And Top Chef. Yeah, that one. So I have Netflix and Amazon Prime already. I just signed up for the free trial of Hulu and discovered they don't stream Real Housewives unless you have a specific cable provider. I have Comcast, which they don't even accept and which I plan to cancel once I can find something to replace it.
I, a New Yorker, will be spending the month of May in Oakland, CA. What are my (legal) options for watching the Mets on my computer? (The home where I'm staying has no TV.) I am a Time Warner cable customer. Also happy to hear suggestions for East Bay bars that are likely to carry Mets games, but watching at home is my top priority.
Anyone know the name/station of a recent cable TV interview show shot in high contrast black and white? [more inside]
Does an A-A USB serial adapter cable exist? I know I could get two A-DB9 USB serial adapter cables and gang them together. But I want USB A-A. The objective is to run a serial terminal between two linux computers over USB.
Bought a property last year and after clearing out brush, found that the old school green telephone and cable boxes were still on the property. How do I go about removing these [more inside]
At least here in the U.S., cable companies like Comcast and Time Warner sell net access in tiered bandwidth packages. I.e., the more you pay per month, the more bandwidth you are supposed to get. Is this a scam? Or, is there a technical basis for this? What additional costs does a cable provider take on to provide more bandwidth to a single existing customer? The network infrastructure does not change. They don't install new cable lines. What actually changes and does it cost anything?
The TWC guy just came to install my high speed internet, but he couldn't find the place in the wall to plug it in. [more inside]
I have speakers in my living room driven by an amp with one input. I want to plug both the TV and the media centre PC into the amp. What should I buy? [more inside]
See the photo at the link below (the round connection that is over the white label): Link. What kind of connection is this and what kind of cable should I use? I need to connect a TV antenna (coax cable) to the TV input so I can watch TV on my projector. Thanks.
I'm trying to help my elderly parents sort out their internet bill, and apparently I'm an idiot. Maybe you can explain it to me like I'm five? Details within. [more inside]
Last winter my car door froze shut and the door handle cable snapped when I tried to open it. I had it repaired at the dealership at significant cost. It broke again on the very first freeze this year. What should I do? [more inside]
I've been a reasonably satisfied Verizon FiOS customer for a number of years, but they seem to be getting stingier with their discounts for existing customers. I've thought about doing the customer retention game again, but I'm not willing to call their bluff and go to another provider. I've read online that some people have had success canceling and signing up again under their spouses' name. Has anyone done this? If so, do they give full new customer discounts? Do you have to cancel service for some number of days, return equipment, etc?
The overlords who control the internet in my parents' rural town will not provide service to their house. How do we fix this? [more inside]
Comcast is offering me a deal that includes security. I can get out of my existing home security for it. It's a very basic ADT - and they're pretty scummy too to deal with. I wanted to hear (hopefully) from the people who have used them or chose not to use them. I'm looking for deal breakers; things they don't do or that they should be doing. [more inside]
Is there a good reason to use my own cable modem / router setup instead of the free, Comcast provided wireless gateway? [more inside]
I've got Time Warner for internet (no cable TV) and they charge $8/mo for an "Internet modem lease" (grrrr) Is it worth it to buy one outright (like this one?)? Will it be a hassle with Time Warner? [more inside]
Will be moving to the Mission, trying to decide between my internet options. Monkeybrains is cheap, local, awesome, but not as fast as Comcast, who suck, are expensive, but very fast. Do you have experience with either? [more inside]
TV/Cable filter: New LG HDTV, can't get to higher channels, need to access a free preview weekend of Starz, which is in the triple digits for my cable company. Manual is pointless, customer support of both cable company and LG offline for the weekend, googling has been futile: help me access channel 463 by 9pm tonight? [more inside]
I am considering switching cable companies. In this case, it would be from Comcast to UVerse. Having never done this before, I need help with the logistics. [more inside]
Do very long (>100') retractable cat 5 cable reels exist? If so, where can I find one?
Finally was happily using NimbleTV as a DVR alternative with Roku, and now the company is "regrouping" aka service is dead. Is there anything like it that I can use to record and play back tv? Limitations: must be compatible with ClearQAM (no cable card or box). Already tried and failed with SimpleTV and Tivo. I have Roku 3 and an external 1TB drive that I bought for the Simpletv but wasn't able to use. Me, Previously
Is it possible to pull audio to a external speaker set in a affordable hack or method? [more inside]
Woke up this morning, to find that I slept on my plugged-in iPhone wall charger for at least part of the night. My phone was not being charged at the time, so it was just the cord hanging out in my bed. What the hell? Was I mildly shocking myself all night in a way that I should worry about? [more inside]
I have a Koss HG857 stereo (1, 2) with an amazingly corroded power... wall plug part (?) on the power cord. Anyway, what is the name/type of this power cord? The end that plugs into the stereo doesn't match any of the cords I've been able to find. [more inside]
I am building a new house and do not currently have access to cable or DSL. It looks like my only two options for high-speed Internet access are to use a satellite provider like Hughes Net or to use Internet data from a cell provider. I do not have any experience with either option so I am looking for suggestions. [more inside]
That is the great debate I've come upon; my wife and I recently purchased our first home and are slowly getting used to having multiple rooms (just moved from a studio apartment), and we'll soon have multiple TV's. I'm expecting to grow from one TV to probably three in the next few weeks, but I cant decide if the HTPC Pro's outweigh the Con's, or if I should just pay the extra monthly fees for more boxes from Comcast. Help me decide.
My Comcast cable contract is up and I'm trying to decide if I want to cut the cord, or sign another contract in order to get my rate back down. The only thing not easily replaceable by Hulu / Netflix / Amazon is live sports. [more inside]
I'm moving. I want to keep using Comcast/Xfinity for TV/internet but I want to save money and/or upgrade my service. How do I do this? [more inside]
A few days ago I got high-speed internet from Comcast. When I placed the order, I was told I needed to upgrade my router and wireless to new models, specifically a TP-Link Wireless N300 and the Motorola SB6121 Surfboard modem. My internet speed is lower than ever. [more inside]
I've been having a lot of problems with my Comcast cable internet (both performance, and with their service, but this question focuses on performance) over the past few weeks. Is this really caused by a bad cable modem? Many details inside. [more inside]
Moving from a situation where I have 1 TV to one where I will have multiple TVs. What is the high-quality budget alternative to get DVR content to multiple sets? [more inside]
Haven't owned a TV ever since I got a projector, but now that I'm back in the US I'd like to catch Oakland A's games on local broadcast. How to do this as cheaply as possible? [more inside]
I'm much of the way through building a TRS Drawbot robotic arm thingy, and I need to buy cable organizer / management clips more or less like this that are large enough to hold a sharpie (or similar-sized) marker. The Make Magazine project was sponsored by a US retailer that doesn't exist in Canada, and I'm having trouble locating an equivalent or serviceable substitute on short notice here. If you've seen these or something that you think would work in a pinch around - at a national chain, or somwhere in the downtown/East end Toronto areas - I'd really appreciate your help! [more inside]
I need something to hold 2.79mm ID Viton tubing halfway up a rack. OD is about 5mm. I'm pumping water from a large plastic container down into a filter. The pump is on the bench, and the plastic container will be about 30cm above it (pic). I need some way to make sure that the tubing doesn't slither out of the container. I feel that there should be some sort of cable holder that will grip the tubing well enough to keep the tubing up, but still allow me to quickly remove all the tubing for cleaning or rearranging. So far the best thing I've come up with are twisty ties or electrical tape. [more inside]
Looking for a recommendation for a LONG (6 feet) Apple Certified Lightening Cable that works works to charge my iPad. [more inside]
My dad's fed up with his Verizon cable + internet package. It's expensive, and they won't let him suspend it when he's not there for months at a time. He'd like to get his services from a less user-hostile service provider. Ah, but what kind? Cable? Satellite? Something over phone lines? [more inside]
I need basically this. I'd rather order it from closer to home. My searches for this type of cable in the US haven't turned up anything, and I don't know enough about electronics to figure out what other names it might go by. I think it's a common type of cable so there must be something I'm missing. Thanks!
Yay--we bought a house! The house has what seems like miles and miles of coaxial cable in every room. I'm trying to figure out if we actually need it or not. [more inside]
We just received notice (so far just an automated phone message) that Charter is switching to 100% digital signal on their cable TV system, and as a result we would be required to get a cable box. Now, part of Charter's signal is on analog channels, and part is on digital, and the tuner in our TV can locate them all. Does tis mean that post-conversion all the channels will be beyond the range of the tuner in our recent-vintage LG TV? We have the 3-way bundle with Charter for phone, broadband internet, and cable TV all at their lowest level of service, the TV is called "Basic cable." I understand they are phasing this in, so I'm wondering if someone who already has experienced this could comment on what was the result. [more inside]
How I should network my house? I understand the basics of running cables, punch-down blocks, patch panels, jacks, network switches, etc. What I don't understand is how to put all of these together in a way that gives me what I want. Details inside. [more inside]
Help me connect a Laptop to TV with an HDMI Cable AND get sound. [more inside]
The company I work for is located in the midtown area (30th St./Park Ave) of Manhattan, New York City. We (and the rest of the building) are using Time-Warner Cable, and it's slow and unreliable. We're an Internet startup, so when the Internet is down, everybody leaves to go work from home. What options do we have, aside from moving our office? [more inside]
Do we have to leave our Charter cable box on in order to use the timer on our HDD/DVD recorder? [more inside]
I bought a house, yay. The cable company won't serve me, boo. Why not? They say I have no legal path to get from their utility pole to my lot. The property owner next door is willing to give me permission to cross his lot but balked at an easement. What can I do? (Picture contained within.) [more inside]
I have a Series 2 Tivo (dual tuner, with a 542 serial number if it matters), with the old lifetime subscription (so we don't pay monthly for the Tivo service). We would like to ditch our cable and get a Mohu Leaf Ultimate HDTV Antenna. Is there any way to keep our ability Tivo things without replacing the Tivo (and thereby losing our lifetime Tivo service?). Tivo says, officially, "no", but I'm thinking there must be something.....