Coaxial Wall Plate with Two-Way Signal Splitter Replacement

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Replace messy cables with an integrated coaxial splitter for your cable connections.

  • Author: Advanamics
  • Time required: 90 seconds
  • Difficulty: Very easy

Wall outlets for electricity had only a single socket when first introduced in 1930s America. Those evolved to the double-socket or duplex outlet wall plates we now take for granted. Had they not evolved, we would all have extension cords coming from the single sockets to split the incoming electricity, just as connector cables (with splitters) still split the incoming broadband cable signal today. Now more than forty years old, the cable TV industry is evolving to duplex style wall plates for its customers' incoming cable signal.

Edit Step 1 Two-Way Signal Splitter  ¶ 

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  • ...you know the old school setup, a connector cable coming out of the wall attached to a splitter—both lying on the floor collecting dust.

  • Unscrew the cable extension from the wall plate; you're not going to need it after this.

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  • Use an appropriate screwdriver to remove the wall plate mounting screws. This wall plate used flathead screws, but yours could be Phillips.

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  • Remove the existing wall plate by unscrewing it from the coaxial cable in the wall.

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  • Connect the new two-way splitter plate to the coaxial cable.

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  • Replace the mounting screws and tighten them with the proper screwdriver.

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  • Install the outer wall plate and tighten the mounting screws with the appropriate screwdriver.

  • Enjoy your reclaimed floor space and futuristic wall plate!

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  • Scary flashback (especially, for cable-management aficionados).

For more information, check out the Coaxial Wall Plate device page.

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