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 Question by josh edelman posted 13 Jan 2004
 cabling for tv
i am a cabling contractor in nj. a client of mine wants me to cable out his 180 bed nursing home for basic cable tv service. he does not plan on billing each resident for the tv service .there are currently no tv's in the residents rooms.

can all these beds work off of one service subscription?

do i need any amplifiers?

how do i split off to all these extentions?

thank you in advance josh
 Answer by Dmitri Abaimov posted 14 Jan 2004
Dear Josh,

Yes, normally this kind of setup will run off of a single service subscription. You would have to use CATV splitters to tap the signal into the rooms. One of the ways to do that would be to run RG11 cable as a backbone in the hallway(s), and tap-off cables can be either RG59 or RG6, depending on the number of channels your system is designed for. Also, with 180 rooms you will definitely need amplifiers. It is difficult to say how many though: that would depend on the size of the building.

If I were you, I would give a call to a CATV equipment manufacturer, such as Blonder Tongue, and have them design the system for you. You will, of course, have to use their equipment. The other way would be to call a distributor and ask if they have (free) design services. For PA and NJ jobs we buy this equipment from Accutech out of Philly (+1 (610) 583-7789). They have sales engineers that are ready to help. This way is even more flexible: a distributor does not have to buy a particular brand, so they may recommend a cheaper solution where possible.

Need help actually preforming this installation in NJ? Drop me a message at, we have skilled CATV installers on staff.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

Dmitri Abaimov, RCDD

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