Coax cabling

tarnbrick

Novice Member
I have moved into a new build house and need to set up my TV, Computer, Internet etc. I need to have a TV aerial installed. I am confused by the coax cabling installed by the builders. There is a TV wall socket in the living room and one in a bedroom. In the loft the coax cable is a loop about 6 feet long which would appear to feed both TV sockets. I expected to find two cables waiting to be connected to a splitter which would then be connected to the aerial. But this is a continuous cable. So is it a single piece of coax that is connected to both TV sockets and is simply waiting to be cut in two by the aerial installer? Then after cutting attach both ends to a splitter and then cable from splitter to new aerial? I can't think of any other explanation. It seems as though they have cabled one of the TV sockets then run the cable up to the loft where they have left a 6 foot loop after which it has gone back down to the other TV socket. Maybe this is the way builders do this nowadays.
 

Ron Hilditch

Well-known Member
I have moved into a new build house and need to set up my TV, Computer, Internet etc. I need to have a TV aerial installed. I am confused by the coax cabling installed by the builders. There is a TV wall socket in the living room and one in a bedroom. In the loft the coax cable is a loop about 6 feet long which would appear to feed both TV sockets. I expected to find two cables waiting to be connected to a splitter which would then be connected to the aerial. But this is a continuous cable. So is it a single piece of coax that is connected to both TV sockets and is simply waiting to be cut in two by the aerial installer? Then after cutting attach both ends to a splitter and then cable from splitter to new aerial? I can't think of any other explanation. It seems as though they have cabled one of the TV sockets then run the cable up to the loft where they have left a 6 foot loop after which it has gone back down to the other TV socket. Maybe this is the way builders do this nowadays.
All I can suggest is you unscrew esch of the coax antenna sockets from its box and see if the cable has been looped through if so there should be two coax cables connected at one of the boxes.
 

tarnbrick

Novice Member
All I can suggest is you unscrew esch of the coax antenna sockets from its box and see if the cable has been looped through if so there should be two coax cables connected at one of the boxes.
Thank you I will try that. I have aerial installer number two coming in a couple of days . Installer number one didn't know what to do so off he went.
 

outoftheknow

Moderator
I would link the centre and outside of a socket and head off to the other one and get the ohmmeter out. Probe on inside and outside of the other socket and if short circuit it is the same cable. I would say there is a good chance they used one cable and left the splitter etc to the aerial installer
 

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