1 Reply Latest reply: Nov 14, 2011 3:42 PM by chakkarinen RSS

    How many cable outlets are need to configure a normal setup


      I am trying to set up a sling box for my son who is stationed in Germany with the US Army.  I have my modem conneted to the cable wall outlet in the room that I was planning on using for the set-up.  The modem has a cable in port but no out port.  I now have a cable box that also has on in port with no out port. There is only one cable outlet in the room.  Is there a way to make this work or do I need to have two cable outlets?

        • Re: How many cable outlets are need to configure a normal setup
          chakkarinen Apprentice

          Have you already arranged with your Internet Service Provider to provide Internet service to your home?   In my case, I get my cable TV service and my Internet service from the same company.   That cable company's technician installed a special type of signal splitter on the coax cable that entered my home from the street utility pole -- he plugged one end of the split signal into the single input coax cable connection on my modem, and the other end into the coax cable input connection on my cable TV service box.   Then I connect an ethernet cable on the ethernet output from my modem to the WAN input ethernet plug on my router.   Then another ethernet cable on one of the LAN outputs on my router to the Ethernet input plug on my Slingbox. 


          There are then several ways to connect the output side of your cable TV box to the input side of your Slingbox -- you can use a coax cable, or a 3 member yellow-red-white composite cable, or a 5 member red-blue-green-red-white component cable.   Then an identical cable set from the output side of your Slingbox to your TV -- this allows you the TV signals to "pass thru" the SB when you are not using it, so you can still watch TV locally.


          So, you probably should have at least 3 boxes in your setup -- a modem, a router, and a cable TV setup box.


          If that is not correct, describe in a further reply how the TV signals are currently distributed in your home, and how Internet service is currently provided in your home, and forum members will respond with more tips on how to complete your setup correctly.