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Installation Question, coaxial cable signal splitting?

I'm an existing cable broadband customer with M200. I'm interesting in upgrading to the Ooomph package and dumping Sky.

The omni box is at the front of the house, my broadband router is currently located in extension at the opposite side of the house and cable was drawn under tiled flooring to that location.

My Sky box is in the same room but on the opposite wall, the coaxial cable for this is also draw under the floor to the front on the house for the dish (near to the Virgin omni box). There's no option to run/re-run cables under the flooring as it's all tiled.

So, my question is 2 fold...

1. Can the coaxial cable split the incoming signal from the omni box at the front of the house to the broadband router in one location and the TV box in another?
2. Can the existing coaxial cable used for Sky be repurposed to do this?

If 1 isn't possible, is 2 possible? So worst case then is that I'd have to run CAT5/6 from set top box/Virgin Router by the TV to PC/wifi Router location while trying to avoid divorce and somehow hiding the cable.

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@Insane_Homer wrote:



So, my question is 2 fold...

1. Can the coaxial cable split the incoming signal from the omni box at the front of the house to the broadband router in one location and the TV box in another?

Yes - but it will depend on the distance being run and it will have to be surface mounted. The alternative if it practicable is for VM to surface mount a cable on the outside of the house and run it round to the TV location, then provide a second wall box for the TV.

2. Can the existing coaxial cable used for Sky be repurposed to do this?

Absolutely not. Under no circumstances. VM use specialised coax to avoid noise entry into the system.

If 1 isn't possible, is 2 possible? So worst case then is that I'd have to run CAT5/6 from set top box/Virgin Router by the TV to PC/wifi Router location while trying to avoid divorce and somehow hiding the cable.


Hope that helps.



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The VM technician could possibly use the existing Sky coax to pull the VM coax under your floor. It’s worth asking them.


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Re: Installation Question, coaxial cable signal splitting?

Some technicians will simply use the Sky cable to provide VM broadband. Yes they shouldn't, but sometimes they do. 

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if they do that they are insured and may lose there job. not worth the risk really. THATS ON THEM BUT YOU SHOULDN'T ever TRY IT
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Re: Installation Question, coaxial cable signal splitting?

I'm confused as you've got the Sky box in the same extension as your hub but you are now asking for a VM installation with the TV box and hub to be in different rooms. Bear in mind that the VM TV box (V6 or 360) will replace the Sky box, so you just connect the HDMI cable from one TV box to another. If this is the case I don't see what the problem is as VM's coaxial cable can be split in the extension, one leg for the hub and the other leg for the TV box. An Ethernet cable is all that's needed to connect the TV box to the hub.

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@Roger_Gooner wrote:

I'm confused as you've got the Sky box in the same extension as your hub but you are now asking for a VM installation with the TV box and hub to be in different rooms.<snip>

Funny I read it differently, in that the Hub is on one side of the extension and the OP wants to avoid running a co-ax and ethernet cable to the TV boxon the opposite side. It may be possible to use the hollow skirting board add on's to hide the cables though?

 

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Re: Installation Question, coaxial cable signal splitting?

Thanks for all the quick replies. Too much of a kerfuffle, I can't go and order £99 of services and then gamble that the install works the way I need it to.

So I beat sky down by £25 a month and retain my VM M200 connection for internet as before.
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