hauppage vs. cable modem

By dimmakk
May 19, 2006
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  1. Hi all, new to techspot, so i hope you guys will be able to help me with a problem with my hauppage pvr. u seem pretty knowledgeable and responsive from the few posts i read

    enuff of the sucking up :rolleyes:

    my problem is that i am i first time builder and have wow cable(in chicago) internet. i also have hauppage pvr usb2 that i want to use on my rig for obvious reasons(pvr, watching cable,etc).

    so i buys me an rca digital splitter to connect rig from the wall to splitter.then one of the cables go to the cable modem,and the other going to the pvr. after talking to the rude tech guy a hauppage, he stated that i should still be able to use the pvr even if i dont have an internet connection. and he was right. i was able to watch cable tv,tune,etc. but i have no internet connection. he said it must be a prob with the splitter

    so i exchange splitter for a reg rca splitter,and i still have the same problem. can view cable tv,but cant get internet service.

    so then i buy an ethernet card,and still same problem(even with all the lights on the cable modem on,i couldnt connect via ethernet card) so,i just disabled card and went with previous connection.

    so, to wrap it up(hope i dint bore anyone) do i need to use a cable router to be able to view cable AND have internet connection or what. the hauppage tech guy said he had his split 4 ways using a splitter(i assumed he meant a splitter) :blackeye:

    thankx in advance
  2. dimmakk

    dimmakk Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    i think i may have a solution for my problem (or just more questions)

    can i use a desktop switch to resolve my problem?like this one

    or a crossover cable? plx help :knock:
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,342   +297

    a typical sequence of cables would be

    >cable from provider > splitter > one or more TV devices

    from one link of the splitter --> your cable modem > a router > one or more systems.

    the switch would be useful IF you have more systems that the number of
    ports on the router and then
    ... router > n-1 systems
    .............|
    .............+ the switch > still more systems

    THE SPLITTER DOES MATTER. there's a mhz rating on it and be sure
    to get the highest possible AND all of them must be this rating.
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    splitter should be about 6dB at 1000MHz
  5. dimmakk

    dimmakk Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    so let me see if i understand correctly...before i get the switch,i should be getting a router? im completely a novice to networking and just want to make sure im doing the right thing.

    and if i do get a router,should i go wireless(which we are thinking of adding another rig to the network very soon). and if so,which ones do u recommend?

    thnx for any and all replies
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,342   +297

    YES
    sure, go wireless. The system that is closest to the router can be wired to ensure
    full 100mbs rate and a 802.11g wireless connection will give good thruput to
    the rest of your systems. As to vendor selection, DLINK, NETGEAR, and BELKIN
    are easy to find and install.
  7. dimmakk

    dimmakk Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    thx joebeard,will try that next. appreciate all the replies :giddy:
  8. dimmakk

    dimmakk Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    p.s. i couldnt have a usb conflict could i? i have a usb mouse,kb,pvr, and cable modem. someone suggested on a dif forum that that may be the case. but everything works except for the cable modem when i have the splitter on, so it didnt seem right to me
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,342   +297

    process of elemination. good conclusion.
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