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If we buy an HDTV antenna, can we still connect through the existing cable wires without losing internet access?

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January 29, 2014 11:48:36 AM

We have our internet and cable services bundled, but we're ready to drop cable TV. If we use the existing cable hook-up to attach an attic/rooftop HDTV antenna, will we love our internet? Any ways around this? Special splitter? Please advise - gotta dump this underused cable service!

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January 29, 2014 11:57:34 AM

you need to cable, one for the antenna and one for the internet
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January 29, 2014 11:58:04 AM


You will not 'lose' your Internet but you should check with your provider to verify the cost of web-only options.

And you do not need an "HDTV" antenna -- any conventional TV antenna will work just dandy. Even 'rabbit ears' ...



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January 29, 2014 12:29:03 PM

As RGD1101 states, you will need to run a second cable from your attic/rooftop antenna. Your Hi-Speed Internet will still require the use of the current cable TV cable.

-Wolf sends
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January 31, 2014 9:20:47 AM

Are your PCs wired with coax cable for internet access? Don't think so. You need to run the wire from the TV antenna to the place where the cable coax wire is connected to the house wiring. That will feed all the TVs. The Cat network cables are still connected to the cable through the cable modem.
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February 14, 2014 10:41:34 AM

Wisecracker said:

You will not 'lose' your Internet but you should check with your provider to verify the cost of web-only options.

And you do not need an "HDTV" antenna -- any conventional TV antenna will work just dandy. Even 'rabbit ears' ...





True, there is no such thing as an HDTV antenna, but rabbit ears... only if you live very close to the tv station.

@OP: I suggest you check out antennaweb to see what size/type of an antenna you need.

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March 4, 2014 7:07:35 AM

Thanks for all the replies. We purchased a MOHU antenna and hooked it up to the existing cable line with a splitter that allowed us to continue using the high-speed internet.
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