If you want to watch cable TV, you no longer have to set up your TV near the cable socket. Because there are now routers with integrated DVB-C tuners that can wirelessly distribute the TV signal around the house.
Some of you are probably familiar with the problem: In the apartment or your own house there is only a cable socket at certain points through which the television signal is routed to the TV. If the television is not in the immediate vicinity, a cable may have to be laid, which is laborious. However, there is one option that makes cable TV much more flexible at home: streaming via your own Internet router.
Instead of just connecting a television to the cable socket with a coaxial cable, the TV signal can also be distributed wirelessly throughout the apartment with the appropriate router. Users can then even stream the free-to-air television program on a tablet, smartphone or PC. You are therefore independent of the cable socket.
The Fritzbox manufacturer AVM in particular has cable routers that allow the TV signal to be streamed. In the Fritzbox 6490 Cable and the Fritzbox 6590 Cable, the integrated DVB-C tuner is activated from the start. With models like the Fritzbox 6591 Cable and the Fritzbox 6660 Cable, AVM has meanwhile delivered 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.
This is how the TV signal can be distributed 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 in your own home via WLAN. Thanks to the integrated quad tuner, the cable boxes allow up to four different TV channels to be transmitted to different devices in the home network at the same time. With the repeater there are only two different programs thanks to the dual tuner.
Step 1: Connect the cable router to the TV socket
Plug a classic coaxial cable, also known as a TV cable, into the cable socket and connect it to the coaxial connector on the back of the router. If you also want to route the TV signal directly to a television via cable, although there is only one output on the cable socket, you can use adapters. These are available under the designation 2-way TV distributor or T-adapter for a few euros in the electrical shop. Televisions 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 the software on the receiving device
The channels streamed in this way can not only be received on TVs that support Sat-over-IP technology (SAT> IP). Users can also receive classic television programs via mobile devices and computers. Smartphones and tablets need the “Fritz! App TV” application for playback, which is available free of charge for both Android and iOS. For Windows PCs and Macs, VLC Media Player is best for playback.
Step 3: Channel search via router interface
Once you have connected the router and provided your receiving devices with the appropriate software, the last step is to set up the TV channels on the surface of your Fritzbox. You can find this at http://fritz.box. Now proceed as follows:
- In the menu on the left click on “DVB-C” and then on “Live TV”. Now click on “Activate Live TV”. Attention: The router will then restart.
- After the restart, go to the router interface again to start the channel search. You can find this in the menu item “DVB-C”.
Public and private broadcasters should now be displayed. However, only the public service programs are available in HD quality at no extra charge.
In addition to the actual programs, the stations also transmit teletext, subtitles, alternative sound tracks, the EPG program guide and program information.