Signal from Comcast interrupted throughout the day using a splitter
Signal fm Comcast continues to be interrupted throughout the day. Using new Ideal 1 Ghz splitter 4 dB output each to modem and tv. Modem connected to router. Router connected to CPU. This is the third splitter I've tried. System works fine w/o splitter. Any options besides doing without a splitter and tv?
Cable internet lines do hate to be split. Out of all the outlets in the house you'll see any good cable tech do everything possible to dedicate the internet line to bypass splitters. The best option is usually to install an additional outlet for the TV if that is an option for you, otherwise you're going to keep dealing with issues.
With a cable modem look for a high frequency bandwidth splitter
I use a 2500mhz (2.5 ghz) splitter I got from Home Depot
but as MrYoink correctly states
having too many splitters and couplers is detrimental to the cable modem/phone line
cable tv needs less DBs of signal compared to a cable/phone line modem
Try entering 192.168.100.1 in your Internet address bar
This should take you to the modems internal menu/stats screen
look for status screen
it will show you the Signal To Noise ration measured in decibels
On mine it gets about 35-36 dbs
which I find to be borderline
My cable install suffers from too many splits and couplers itself so
I have been dealing with this issue myself
try to use high frequency splitters
use the better quality cabling where you can and try to keep the runs short
if it is possible to run one two splitter where the cable comes in then
one leg to the cable modem and one to the rest of the TVs
make sure all connections running to the cable modem are tight
use pliers if need be to tighten
I was up to 5 a.m. dealing with just this problem
I managed to get my service back online but I am monitoring it by checking cable modem internal software
I might have to run a new line which of course I am trying to avoid since I am lazy
jsut to show you
I copy/pasted the signals strength from my Arris modem menu
Freq/Power: 711.000 MHz -9 dBmV
Signal to Noise Ratio: 35 dB
Freq/Power: 29.400 MHz 54 dBmV
Channel Type: DOCSIS 2.0 (ATDMA)
Symbol Rate: 5120 kSym/sec
if you notice I am doing okay since I am running at DOCSIS 2.0 for up signal
for the Residential Performance Internet package you want to be running D 2.0
I know that is more than just SNR signal that matters that frequency at top 7xx mhz with the DBM number matters but I have to research what that means
I think that is a carrier signal
here is a link to most of the major cable modem spec and user guides
this a basic expanation for signal levels though I am trying to find a more in detail
okay been studying
using my stats as an example
Freq/Power: 711.000 MHz -9 dBmV (-power level-between -8 and +8 ideally)
Signal to Noise Ratio: 35 dB (SNR ratio-above 30 is good)
Modulation: QAM256 refer to your owners manual but for my Arris this is the highest level for mine
Freq/Power: 29.400 MHz (Head signal-above 29 is good) 54 dBmV (signal to provider-lower 55 is good)
Channel Type: DOCSIS 2.0 (ATDMA) (D 2.0 is for residential Performance internet-there are better DOCSIS standards for business customers)
Symbol Rate: 5120 kSym/sec
Is this all that you have, one modem and one TV?
In my house we have a lot of old wiring and splitters. It started as just 2 TV's but we have added outlets and splitters and so forth over the years, a lot of it installed by Comcast. When my cable started acting up I studied the wiring and finally realized that the signal went through several splitters before getting to the modem. For some reason the cable modem wants a much stronger signal than the TV's do. I rearranged some wiring according to recommendations on the internet. In general you want to take the incoming signal and split it once with a 2-way splitter. Send one of the splitter outputs direct to the cable modem, send the other splitter output to everything else in your house. This signal can be split again, but minimize the number of splitters.
Another factor is the type of cable that you have. Our old wiring is a mixture of different cables. I bought a 500' spool of new RG6 cable and rewired my entire house.
The main issue when comes to cable modem internet, is based on how cable systems weren't truly designed with 2-way communication in mind. So the balance between downstream and upstream signals is very touchy and why the internet has so many issues when being split as raising 1 signal drops another etc.
If you go into the modem status at the 192.168.100.1 as mentioned you are ideally looking for signal in these ranges:
Downstream power level (Receive): -10 to +10
Upstream (Transmit): 35-52
Carrier/Noise Ratio: 35 and above
Check your signals without the splitter and compare them with it and at least then you'll get an idea as to the problem in your scenario.
Im a cable HSD tech and your main problem is the high return. 54 db is very high. The advice given for a dedicated line is spot on. You want the service line going to a 2 way. one leg feeds the modem and the other leg feeds the larger splitter feeding the restof the house. Docsis 3.0needs even better signalof 50 dB or lower somight as well start getting prepared!
thank you VictorF3
From my reading my numbers are borderline decent
but I do want better numbers
just with a two family 150 year old house with lathe and plaster walls
running line is a nightmare
I am thinking about going thru the basement up into the modem room
for now I have a splitter I want to upgrade
I have it split to go to my tv tuner in tower so a higher pass splitter might helps
since it is just a 1100 mhz splitter now
OP sorry for hijacking a little
really would love to see your stats from your cable modem
this is my pingtest.net results link
When I go to the address 192.168.100.1, I don't find the Downstream/Upstream Carrier/Noise Ratio numbers that you mentioned should be there.
I get Cable Modem Info such as DOCSIS 1.0/1.1/2.0 compliant
Mac Address; IP Address; Serial Number; Boot Code Version; Software Version; Hardware Version but no numbers.
if it possible to get a higher frequency splitter
then try that
what country are you in?
try to get something like a 2500 mhz splitter
usually be labeled digital splitter
a 1ghz is really low
that is fine for cable but you need a higher freq for cable modem
hopefully VictorF3 or MrYoink can back me up with that advice
your ping test sounds good
let me see what I can dig up on the ubee modem