Blaming the Tablo - well, yes and no. I had thought the tuner was as strong as the TV and other devices but when placed on the same cable we had the TV on, it's having a hissy fit any time there's a few pixels showing where the TV simply shows the show and the DVD recorder records the shows pixels and all. Tablo seems to think "bad reception, can't record" where everything else keeps going. And the Tablo seems to believe there's "no signal" before our other things reach that conclusion.
HOWEVER, I also am not so sure there's not something wrong with this Tablo as it's freaking out not letting me watch shows or record more than one at a time........... "no receiver" which is a WEIRD message when trying to play a recorded show.
We had the TV on the exact same jack as Tablo is on now. The current Tablo line is actually the best in the house! (and shortest)
I've noticed that when the Tablo shows pixels as in not perfect reception the TV is clear.
I've also noticed that the downstairs Toshiba TV with the converter box is clear when the main tv is a bit less than perfect and Tablo chokes on recording as if there's any hiccups in the signal, Tablo stops recording where the DVD keeps on recording and the TV shows what it's got to show until or unless the signal is totally lost.
I did a ton of testing last night. I had multiple TVs and devices on and moved cables around and found the Insignia converter box has a GREAT tuner that pulls in things others deem too weak, the LG TV is next and the Tablo is a bit behind that.
The coax to the Tablo is the best, newest and shortest from the main splitter.
So in a way, yeah, did the basics. The Tablo sits where the TV was sitting and the TV did great there. The TV is along the east wall with old cable that has connectors in it and a splitter. If anything the TV and DVD recorder should be doing horrible!
I got on a coat, gloves and dust mask and went into the attic last night. The cable from the antenna to the east wall where it goes down the wall, to a connector and then another length runs from there to the large splitter - that attic cable is RG59 and longer than needed.
I started a run of new RG6 high-end cable but got stuck trying to get up through the ridge vent so stopped for the night about 11pm. I got the cable down an interior wall into the ceiling in the basement. It's a 50' cable and doesn't quite make it to the splitter.
I already have new RG6 to the Tablo from the splitter, did that when wife decided to have the TV on the south wall. That lastest about 4 months and we moved the TV back to the east wall - and I put the Tablo where that new RG6 cable had been run for the TV - on the south wall. So the TV has spliced cable, a mix of 59 and 6, the Tablo has a new RG6 that's a bit shorter and 1 piece.
I removed the splitter from the wall jack the Tablo was on as I can't see a second device going there any time soon so it's a straight run of new cable from the main splitter to the Tablo, no splitter between Tablo and main splitter.
I still have to have a wall jack/splitter between the main splitter and the TV as the DVD recorder sits with the TV so it's main splitter to wall jack with splitter, then to DVD and TV and they still do fine even with that setup.
The prior owner had an attic antenna. He had a run of cable from the attic antenna to a splitter and from that splitter in the attic he had runs to 4 locations - kitchen, and 3 in the living room to electric boxes in the wall with coax wall jacks. We did not use any of those, and the kitchen one is buried as we totally gutted and remade the kitchen.
I put an antenna on the roof and ran a cable from my roof antenna into and through the attic and connected my cable to one of his cables that went down the wall to a wall jack. I used his in-the-wall cable that went into a box and connected another cable and extended that into the basement where I connected to my splitter.
So I ran cable from antenna into attic, connected to his cable that had run from his splitter to the wall jacks and used one of his runs down a wall to get me into the basement. The cable in the wall is thus 1982 vintage RG59.
The cable I ran in the attic is 1994 vintage RG59.
I figure my cable and his combined mean a good 75 feet to get to the splitter in the basement. And from there another 50 feet back to the basement family room TV.
So basement family room converter box and TV are running through an easy 125' or MORE.
From the splitter it's got to be close to 20' of cable to reach the main TV jack and splitter and then another 6 to the TV for over 100' from antenna through main splitter and through second splitter to TV and DVD recorder.
And from the splitter to the Tablo that's 12' to the wall jack and another 6 from the jack to the tablo.
Just shy of 100' from antenna to Tablo if you figure 75 attic through wall into basement to splitter, then splitter over to south wall, up wall and to Tablo.
When I saw that mess in the attic, and knew what was in the east wall as far as his original cable stapled to the studs and my connecting to it and running it down from the wall box into the basement to reach the splitter down there, I said "#$% it", start over with NEW cable and invested about $100 in cable last night and spent the night in the attic and fishing cable through an interior wall so I can abandon his 1982 cable in that east outside wall forever.
The reception was so bad last night for some reason I wasn't able to get Scorpion and was super PO'd so it motivated me to get the cable done right, remove extra crap, etc.
I figure I had been lucky to get by for so long on that mess - especially since after going 75' from antenna to splitter, then 25' from splitter to south outside wall of house and another 150' to my shop splitter, then another 25' to the upstairs TV, I was REALLY lucky!
That run alone was antenna to farthest shop TV likely 350' of cable and 2 splitters and 3 connectors to join cables.
I like the idea of a house plan and cable layout to help here - I'll work on that. Great idea!
Youse guys is good.
BTW - that's a 1982 Eagle SX/4.
the wood shop is 30' x 15' and has power miter saw, drill press, antique wood work bench, table saw, RA saw, planer on stand I made with outfeed rollers, larger router table, dust filter system hanging from the ceiling and a dust collection system connected to each tool and a hose at the bench can be used to vacuum or connect to sanders, recesses in the wall between the trusses for storage and a whole-house type fan in the south window for the summer.
The auto shop is 30' x 36' 15' ceilings, 12x12 doors, and infrared heat running down the center of the ceiling.