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How to install and connect a TV cable splitter?

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Installing and connecting a TV cable splitter is a simple task that requires sufficient lengths of cable and tools to route cables neatly. Installing a cable splitter is cheaper and less time-consuming than installing a new outlet in another room.

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Necessary equipment


  • Cable splitter
  • Coax straps
  • 1 1/4-inch drywall screws
  • One short coaxial cable with connectors
  • One long coaxial cable with connectors
  • Nails
  • Hammer

The short coaxial cable should be long enough to reach the TV closest to the original signal outlet. The longer coaxial cable should be long enough to reach the second TV, taking into account the routing it will follow. Additional cables are required when installing a four-way splitter.

Connecting the splitter


The following steps apply if one TV is already connected to the original signal source. If there is no existing coaxial cable running from the source to a TV set, an additional cable is needed to connect the source to the input jack of the splitter.

  • Users should first unscrew the coaxial cable from the back of the existing TV set.
  • The splitter is then mounted to a baseboard with drywall screws within reach of the original coaxial cable.
  • The cable is attached to the input jack of the splitter.
  • The short cable is connected to one output jack of the splitter. The other end connects to the original TV set.
  • The previous step is repeated with long cables for additional TV sets.
  • Coax straps can be installed to support cables between devices.
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