Easily distribute TV signal wirelessly around the house

If you want to watch cable TV, you no longer have to set up your TV near the cable socket. There are now routers with integrated DVB-C tuners that can distribute the TV signal wirelessly throughout the house.

Some people are certainly familiar with the problem: In the apartment or your own house, there is only one cable socket in certain places, through which the TV signal is routed to the TV. There is no other way to distribute the TV signal. If the TV is not in the immediate vicinity, a cable may have to be laid. However, there is an option that makes cable TV at home much more flexible: streaming via your own Internet router.

Instead of just connecting a TV to the cable socket via coaxial cable, the TV signal can also be distributed wirelessly throughout the entire home with the right router. Users can then even stream the free-to-air TV program to a tablet, smartphone or PC. This makes them independent of the cable socket.

Cable routers that allow streaming of the TV signal are mainly offered by the Fritzbox manufacturer AVM. In the Fritzbox 6490 Cable and the Fritzbox 6590 Cable, the integrated DVB-C tuner is already enabled from the start. For models such as the Fritzbox 6591 Cable and the Fritzbox 6660 Cable, AVM has meanwhile added the function via an update. If you don’t have one of these cable routers, you can use the Fritz!WLAN Repeater DVB-C as an alternative to distribute the TV signal throughout your home.

How to distribute the TV signal in the house

All these devices work according to one principle – they process the DVB-C signal, i.e. the TV signal from the cable socket, and distribute it wirelessly throughout the home via WLAN. Thanks to the integrated quad tuner, the cable boxes can transmit up to four different TV channels simultaneously to different devices in the home network. With the repeater, there are only two different programs thanks to the dual tuner.

Step 1: Connect the cable router with the TV socket to distribute the TV signal.

Plug a classic coaxial cable, also called a TV cable, into the cable jack and connect it to the coaxial connector on the back of the router. If you also want to distribute the TV signal directly via cable and route it to a TV, even though there is only one output on the cable socket, you can use adapters. These are called 2-way TV distributors or T-adapters and can be purchased for a few euros in electronics stores. TVs connected directly to the cable socket receive the TV signal in the usual way. The cable router, on the other hand, streams the signal into the home network.

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Step 2: Install software on the receiver

Reception of the stations streamed in this way is possible not only on TVs that support Sat-over-IP technology (SATyoukuohao_52f27gfH$32JIP). Users can also receive the classic TV program via mobile devices as well as computers. Smartphones and tablets require the “Fritz!App TV” application for playback, which is available free of charge for both Android and iOS. For Windows PCs and Macs, the VLC Media Player is best suited for playback.

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Step 3: Channel search via router interface

Once you have connected the router and provided your receiver devices with the appropriate software, the last step is to set up the TV channels on the Fritzbox interface. You can find them at http://fritz.box. Now proceed as follows:

  • In the menu displayed on the left, click on “DVB-C” and then on “Live TV”. Now click on “Activate Live TV”. Attention: the router will restart afterwards.
  • After restarting, go back to the router interface to start the channel scan. You can find this in the menu item “DVB-C”.

Once you have completed this step to distribute the TV signal, you should now be shown channels from the public and private broadcasters. However, only the public programs are available in HD quality at no extra charge. In addition to the actual programs, the channels also transmit teletext, subtitles, alternative audio tracks, the EPG program guide, and program info.