Wireless Cable TV

Sharing a cable connection with TV sets in other rooms is a problem for many households. A wireless cable TV system is a simple and inexpensive solution to that problem. It consists of one unit that sends out the TV signal which is picked up by units in other rooms. It can even sends back signals from a remote control to the set-top box. Along with cable TV, these systems also work with satellite receivers, DVD players, video cameras, computers, and video game consoles.

Most people would agree that a cable subscription offers a superior viewing experience, provided you don’t mind paying the bill every month. It has many more channels and provides a more diverse range of programs. Many important sports and cultural events are shown exclusively on cable TV, and movies are shown earlier and repeated more often as well. Ideally, every room in a home would have its own cable connection and set-top box, but that is impractical due to the extra installation costs and monthly fees.

When a cable service is installed in a house, the installer will typically put in a single connection point and set-top box. Extending the cable to other rooms costs extra and the whole job can end up being very expensive. Installing a wireless cable TV system is a better alternative to installing cables around the home. It costs less to do and avoids potential damage to roofs and walls. The units can be installed by anyone and only require a few cables to be plugged into the back of them.

Wireless cable TV works by using a transmitter unit to convert the signal from the set-top box into a radio signal which can be broadcast. The receiver units located around the home pick up the radio signal and convert it back into a TV signal. Essentially, it is no different to running an extension cable to the other TV sets. A receiver unit can also detect the infrared signal from a remote control and send it back to the transmitter unit, where it is fed to the set-top box by an small infrared light source.

Installing a wireless cable TV system is a simple task that can be done by most people in just a few minutes. It does not require a license or any special training and can be done without using any tools. The transmitter unit can either be plugged directly into the set-top box or plugged into a cable splitter that is connected to the box. A splitter allows the set-top box to be used with both the unit and a TV set. The receiver units are plugged into their respective sets. Each unit also needs to powered by a power pack that is plugged into a wall socket.

Interference can cause the signals to drop out at times. It is often caused by heavy rain or thunderstorms but it can also be caused by other units being used in neighboring homes. To avoid this problem, a wireless cable TV system should have selectable frequencies, so that the frequency with the interference can be avoided. Systems that transmit a digital radio signal are even better, as they are less prone to interference.

While many receiver units can be used with a single transmitter unit, they can only show the cable channel that is selected on the set-top box. For a large household with many TV sets, this can be a frustrating problem. One way to avoid arguments arising from this problem is to use two separate wireless cable TV systems. This requires another set-top box which significantly increases the monthly fees. Both systems also need to be set to different radio channels to avoid interference between them.

This Wireless Cable TV Review is Written/Updated on Dec 8th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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