coax splitter - need signal booster?

Jonathan Duncan jonathan at
Sat Mar 10 22:33:58 MST 2012

On 10 Mar 2012, at 21:44, Levi Pearson wrote:

> On Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 9:36 PM, Wade Preston Shearer
> <wadeshearer.lists at> wrote:
>> I have a 100" boom HDTV antenna in my attic. The signal goes down into my basement where I split it four ways to the various rooms in my house. I am in the process of finishing my basement. I will have three more rooms there that will need a signal. I don't currently have any signal issues (length of run, concurrent draw, etc). Will I be fine simply upgrading to an eight-way splitter [1] or would I be smarter to get a splitter with a signal booster [2]? What exactly does a coax signal booster do?
> All splitters cause some signal attenuation.  A signal booster just
> amplifies the signal a bit to compensate for the attenuation.  If the
> signal is fine now, the plain splitter may be fine as well, but either
> way I'd make sure the junction point was in a utility box of some sort
> that you can still get to after you finish the walls.

Amen to that.  Those types of cables can be a problem.  Hopefully you are putting them in conduit in case you need to pull and rerun or adjust in the future.

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