It’s very frustrating to own multiple televisions in a home but only receive cable service on one set. Fortunately, there are ways to attach multiple televisions to one digital cable without spending large sums of money each month for the convenience. Following are four simple steps that anyone can follow today to ensure all televisions in a location receive the benefit of the digital service.
Connecting the Main Cable Receiver Box
The first step in the process will be to connect the main cable line in the residence or office to the cable receiver box obtained through the provider. This is done through the input port on the receiver, which is typically found on the back of the device and a coaxial cable will be needed for this purpose. If more help is needed in locating the input port, visit Optimum.com for details on where to locate the different ports on the box in question, as the location may differ by manufacturer.
Connect the Second Coaxial Cable
Once the cable in the input port has been secured, a second cable is needed for the output port on the device. The opposing end of the cable is then connected to a two-way splitter if only one additional television is to be hooked up to the digital cable. If more TVs are to be used with the service, a multi-port switch must be obtained. These devices can easily be obtained through a wide range of retailers, including electronics stores, big box stores, and online.
Obtain Additional Coaxial Cables
Once the right splitter or switch has been purchased, the subscriber needs a separate cord for each device to be hooked up to the digital cable. Each cable’s length depends on where the device to be connected to the cable is located. Make sure to measure properly and take into account where the cord is to be placed.
For example, do not measure from the television directly to the splitter or switch if the cable will actually be run along the ceiling or baseboard. This may lead to the need for additional coaxial cable to account for running the cord in this manner and delay the use of the device until the proper length is obtained. Any delay at this time can be very frustrating, especially when multiple devices cannot be used because the proper cords are not available.
Test Each Device
Once all devices have been hooked up to the splitter or switch, check to ensure they are receiving the digital signal. Some individuals complain of a loss of signal as more devices are connected to the cable service and those responsible for this task need to ensure there are no issues. For most, however, the signal is strong regardless of where the devices are located or how they are connected. It’s simply a matter of making certain everything works as intended. Once this step is complete, everyone can sit back and enjoy their favorite shows on digital cable with ease.
Why pay more for cable than you must? Many providers now charge by the television obtaining the service and people pay these fees not realizing they have other options. Add the splitter or switch and cord or cords and spend less to watch your favorite programs each month. Those who do so find they enjoy their digital cable more as they know they aren’t overpaying for it any longer.