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Old 08-19-2008, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Charlotte. Or Detroit.
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Here's what I mean:
I'm moving into a new apartment soon. It is pre-wired for cable -- there are five "outlets" in four rooms. The Time-Warner guy says that there is an installation fee of about $20/room. My question is, can he actually just turn on the cable to specific outlets? In other words, if I only have him "install" cable in the main sitting room, won't the bedroom outlets also be live? Or does he actually have to connect each of the cables in some box somewhere?

What I'm hoping for is that I can just pay $20 for the one room, and hook up the other rooms myself with some coax cable bought from Radio Shack.


Anyone know how this works?

(also posted in the Charlotte forum)




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Old 08-19-2008, 10:55 AM
 
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All of the outlets in your rooms are probably wired to the same main line, and will all be active if he installs it. I wouldn't pay the cable guy $20 per room unless you have money to burn.
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Old 08-22-2008, 12:51 PM
 
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Here's what I mean:
I'm moving into a new apartment soon. It is pre-wired for cable -- there are five "outlets" in four rooms. The Time-Warner guy says that there is an installation fee of about $20/room. My question is, can he actually just turn on the cable to specific outlets? In other words, if I only have him "install" cable in the main sitting room, won't the bedroom outlets also be live? Or does he actually have to connect each of the cables in some box somewhere?
Most new apartments are going to have a box somewhere in the apartment (mine's in the bedroom closet) with a 5-way splitter. The cable guy will most likely just hook up that splitter if it isn't already hooked up. Then you will have cable in all 5 outlets.

In an apartment that says it's "pre-wired", the splitter is most likely already hooked up, so in reality, the cable guy just has to go to your building's communication room and hook up the cable to your apartment. There's no way you should end up paying $20 per room for such a simple task.
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Old 08-22-2008, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Lemon Grove, CA USA
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Pretty much he will only test and hookup one room. Most of the time though the other ones will work fine. If he does have a signal issue though he may bypass any room you don't tell him about. Usually not a big deal to get the other rooms going though.

I've seen everything from wiring hanging off of balconies and through windows (with splitters hanging off them) to in wall wired with a central splitter located in the apartment. It just depends on the complex.
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Old 08-22-2008, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Montana
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Most newer apartments are wired in a "home run" configuration, meaning you have a coax running from each outlet to a single location where your main feed is brought it. You could hook up the rest yourself in a "home run" configuration IF the outlets run into an accessible box, some apartments are set up so that only the cable company has access to the other end of the coax runs, so if this is the case, either be real nice to the installer, or you'll have to pay the extra fee to hook up additional outlets.

Some older ones were wired "in series" meaning they pull a wire "through" each outlet, and cut/split it in that spot. (not very efficient when it comes to signal loss, as for every 2 way split you lose 3.5dB, plus the line loss)

Hope that helps,
-TW-
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Old 12-13-2015, 02:34 PM
 
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I was wondering weve got 4 apts in our building. All have sep lines total of one from each apt. They go to the box in which all 4 lines go into spliter and then one line out to the cable company. How do they know who pays for what.
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Old 12-13-2015, 06:22 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I was wondering weve got 4 apts in our building. All have sep lines total of one from each apt. They go to the box in which all 4 lines go into spliter and then one line out to the cable company. How do they know who pays for what.
No they don't. It looks more like this (someone knocked this box off its wall mount):


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Old 12-13-2015, 06:25 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I was wondering weve got 4 apts in our building. All have sep lines total of one from each apt. They go to the box in which all 4 lines go into spliter and then one line out to the cable company. How do they know who pays for what.
No they don't. It looks more like this:

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Old 12-13-2015, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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I would think it would be similar to a single family home. A single wire enters the house, usually above the garage, where it is connected to a splitter, wires go from the splitter to each separate room. What installers usually do is connect only one wire. This way, most people who want to place an additional TV in another room call for the service when all they have to do is screw the wire into the splitter.
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Old 12-17-2015, 04:03 AM
 
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Here's what I mean:I'm moving into a new apartment soon. It is pre-wired for cable -- there are five "outlets" in four rooms. The Time-Warner guy says that there is an installation fee of about $20/room. My question is, can he actually just turn on the cable to specific outlets?
You may very well have a live signal running to each room in your apartment right now. Most modern digital cable systems require some kind of set top box for each television, or one main box with a DVR and several client boxes that use MoCa network to run the tuners in the main box.

What you are saying is true about an old fashioned analog system. Either all the rooms work, or you can probably find a disconnected coaxial cable in your closet that you could screw in yourself.

If the set top boxes are required, and they won't give them to you to install yourself, then you are stuck with the $20 install fee. There is usually a monthly rental fee as well.
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