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4-Port Bi-Directional Cable TV Splitter Signal Booster/Amplifier with Active Return Zero Signal Loss and VoIP Telephone Bypass Feature

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  • Compare to Electroline EDA-FT08300. Provides 4 amplified output ports with Active Return.
  • All ports are LOSSLESS both forward and reverse. This is a true lossless 4-port splitter.
  • MODEM port provides a connection point for VoIP equipment, so that a power failure will not affect services.
  • Compatible with all standard and digital Cable TV services, including the "Triple Play" phone service.
  • Unique mounting design allows for horizontal or vertical mounting in any space. 5-year warranty.
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The PCT-VC series provides full compatibility with all cable TV services. The VC-5U provides an alternative to the higher priced Electroline FT08300, while providing some additional capabilites that other products cannot provide. The VC-5U provides a full set of 4 amplified output ports. Each port carries the exact same signal level as the input port carries - in both the forward and reverse directions. This unique design makes the VC-5U a true lossless splitter in both directions, allowing you to connect virtually any cable TV device and enjoy worry-free operation. All 4 ports can be used for any type of device including a cable modem. The VC-5U also provides a Modem Bypass port. The bypass port allows you to connect any device to the amplifier (usually a cable modem or VoIP phone device) and insure operation of that device in the event of a power failure.The amplifier is surge protected (when properly grounded) and waterproof. It also has a unique mounting design that allows the amplifier to be mounted either horizontally or vertically with two separate sets of mounting brackets. This provides you with the best options for mounting the amplifier anywhere inside or outside your home. Supports operation from -40 degress to +140 degrees Fahrenheit. The amplifier can be powered from any location using an optional (not included) PCT power inserter. Power supply is included.

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Item Weight 2 pounds
Product Dimensions 6.9 x 5.8 x 4.2 inches
Shipping Weight 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B003UHRVA2
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4.1 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #22,744 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#175 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Signal Processors
Date first available at Amazon.com July 1, 2010

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After rerouting some of my coaxial cable lines to far-flung TV sets in the house (some of which I had to resort to over-the-air broadcasts because of the coaxial routing resulting in too many splitters), I then installed the PCTVC5U as close as possible to the in-house coaxial cable entry point from the cable company. I connected the modem to the bypass outlet port which does not receive any amplification. If I had VoIP phone service, I would probably move the modem to an amplified port and run the VoIP line through the non-amplified port.

NOTE! Per instructions, this unit is intended for use on cable TV systems, NOT satellite. They say that by connecting this product to a satellite system, you can damage the amplifier and void the warranty. Also, they do NOT recommend using this lossless amplifier with an Antenna system. For Antenna systems, they recommend a "passive return" amplifier such as PCT-MA2-4P.

This unit is heavy duty and well built. The instructions were very clear, useful and thorough. After installation, I was able to receive cable on all TV sets throughout the 3-level house without any problem.

For those here who say "no power adapter", the power adapter is in the bottom of the box under a layer of cardboard. If you don't look carefully, you can miss it and throw it out with the packaging. Also, the power adapter does NOT come with a power cord for use between the adapter and the unit. You supply a section of coaxial cable which serves as the low voltage power cord. On the other hand, if you didn't receive a power adapter, it sounds like they were quite responsive when you called them.
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I had some major cable signal issues throughout my house, and despite a new ground line, splitting the main drop without an amplifier would make it impossible for some of our outlets to receive the signal they needed. I had a early-2000s era Radio Shack amplifier, but it wasn't really intended to be used in conjunction with a cable modem. I had to find a better option, but I didn't want to spend $$$ on some of the active return amplifiers being offered.

After some research I settled on this PCT model, since it was lossless, compatible with modems, and didn't introduce any extra noise. Installation was fairly simple and having a power adapter that uses a coax cable made it easy for me to get the right size. I didn't opt to use the Bypass Feature, but it's nice to know it's there. After installing, I noticed marked improvements in signal level, SNR, and upstream power. Does this translate to better, faster, internet? No, but it's certainly more stable, and now all outlets in my house are capable of transmitting digital signals now that Comcast has turned off analog signals.

Running solid for a month with no issues, and the 5-year warranty will ensure my happiness for some time (just make sure to buy from a qualified vendor).
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I have Comcast for my cable company. I was using an Electroline EDA-2100 signal booster/amplifier with a 4-way splitter and Comcast's digital cable boxes for four tv's. Everything was working fine.

I then replaced one of the digital boxes with a HD Receiver. The on demand and search functions on the HD Receiver (both of which require a strong return signal back to cable company) would not work. I replaced the Electroline with the PCT-VC-5U signal booster/amplifier with active return and am now able to use the on demand and search functions.

I would highly recommended this PCT-VC-5U.
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Had issues with my cable companies uplink noise ratios. Well, normally when the cable comes into the house they use a splitter to split off the cable TV from the cable that goes to the Internet modem. The splitter itself loses 3db which is 1/2 of the signal.

This unit is not an amp but a unity amp. In other words, what goes in comes out all the ports at the same signal level that it went into. No splitter loss! So by using this I literally DOUBLED the output power of my modem talking to the cable company and the Internet access is now much more stable.
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I live in a rural town, and our house has underground utilities. When over-the-air broadcasts became digital, we lost virtually everything and had to resort to cable. Our only cable service available had to run a long cable underground from the nearest telephone pole to the entry point/grounding block near our power meter.

We had good response from our cable boxes, but when we upgraded to HD and DVR service, we began to experience random losses of the online guide, no response from OnDemand, and occasional times our tv shows would get blocky and stutter. A call to Customer Disservice got us a basic one-way amplifier installed, which helped in some ways, and glitched out worse in others. Internet became slower than dialup, OnDemand would never respond. After doing some research, I discovered that an amplifier must be able to amplify and allow the signal to go BOTH WAYS - I know, right? Once I figured that out, I knew exactly what the problem was - no need to pay $85 for some dummy to spend 7 minutes in the house making the problem worse! Forget the service call, I'll fix it myself! (And if I don't fix it, I'll be the only one that knows, right?)

So I ordered this beauty, and as soon as it arrived, I unboxed and installed it (and yanked that Cable Provider amp out). Instantly, internet connections were normal, OnDemand functioned perfectly, and we've never had problems with the guide. I installed it as the first and only splitter, operating one 30' cable to my modem, one 40' cable to my mother's bedroom (and split from there another 20' to my bedroom), and a third 150' run to a tv outside, and it was able to do this all flawlessly. (Well, ok, the outside tv was SD, connected to a digital cable box, but audio, video, guide, OnDemand worked perfectly!)
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