Setting Clarification - RF Bypass

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by ACraigL, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. ACraigL

    ACraigL Member

    Feb 12, 2003

    I have a Motorola DCT-2000 cable box and SA Series 2. In order to watch a live program while one is recording, I have split the cable:
    Split 1: to the cable box > TiVo
    Split 2: directly to the TV

    My problem is that I must be on the hairy edge with signal strength, as I'm now getting some screen garbage, pixelation, and slight signal interuption. In researching the cable box, I came across the RF Bypass setting. (page 21)

    Can the RF Bypass on the cablebox be used in leiu of a splitter, or does this only work when the cable box is off? (I have read both). I don't have an extra bypass box but RF bypass appears to be built into the unit itself (as noted in the manual).

    If I can't use this feature as intended, are there any suggestions as to how I can split the cable without the signal degradation? I've heard the RF signal boosters are not great... what are my options?

  2. ZikZak

    ZikZak Neurostim Addict

    Aug 12, 2002
    Arecibo, PR
    Presumably, the RF bypass on the cable box can be used as a splitter, yes. Also call the cable company and tell them your signal strength is weak; they should be helpful in getting it up to speed. Also, You can look into getting an RF signal amplifier from Radio Shack.
  3. ACraigL

    ACraigL Member

    Feb 12, 2003
    I added an RF signal amplifier (actually had one lying around!) at the wall source and I seem to be OK now. Thanks for the advice.

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