DVR Location with Coax Install
Uverse installation is entirely coax, and has been for over 4.5 years. RG is in central location, with 3 STBs spread out.
Original install pre-dates WHDVR option, and the DVR box was placed near our main tv (where it remains).
This location is the "farthest" - in terms of cable length & connections - from the RG, and my question is whether it would make sense to relocate the DVR box to a room that is "closer" to the RG - ??
Coax cable runs out of RG, and into the basement, where it enters a Holland 2-way splitter.
From this splitter:
Cable 1 runs to the STB for our TV3;
Cable 2 runs around the outside of the house, re-entering the basement at the opposite end - where it connects to another Holland 2-way splitter.**
From the Second Splitter:
Cable 1 runs to the STB for our TV2;
Cable 2 runs to the DVR box, which is connected to our TV1 (the primary tv).
RG Out ---
\ Output 1b ----> Input Splitter 2 Output 2a --> STB for TV2
\ Output 2b ---> DVR Box (TV1)
Essentially then: should we move the DVR to the "TV3" location, with its shorter cable run & fewer connections (plus one less split), even though MOST DVR viewing will take place on TV1, with nearly all of the remainder being viewed on TV2 - ??
Are we likely to gain enough DVR PQ by placing the DVR box closer to the RG to offset any loss due to the longer run to TVs 1 & 2?
Question arises as we have recently (past 10 - 14 days) experienced multiple PQ issues with Uverse, including recorded programs. Passed this off as due to the extreme heat for a while, but found out today that TWO of our three STBs had lost their connection altogether.
The two that went down were for TV2 and TV1 - that is, both units running off the second splitter.
** This second Holland splitter appears to have failed, and now have a RS splitter (rated to only 1100MHz) in its place until a replacement for the Holland is delivered. ALAS, installing the RS splitter has only revived ONE of the STBs (fortunately the DVR box).
Was somewhat SURPRISED when AT&T Tech Svc said told me that "We do NOT replace splitters any more" - as both of the Hollands were put in place by a AT&T premise tech after WHDVR service hit our area.