Grounding a Coax (Cable TV) Splitter


Old 08-21-09, 07:51 AM
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Question Grounding a Coax (Cable TV) Splitter

I just bought a 6 way coax splitter because the cable CO. said it is better than multiple smaller ones through out the house and will result in stronger signal (If this is true I don't know?) I have connected two cable modems (One for voice, one for data) A computer which requires two coax inputs + a DVR Set top box and anther television in another room for six total devices connected.
Setup One 4 Way + another 4 way (All I had at the time) with two unused ports not capped.

OK my question is should I ground the new six way splitter?
It has a grounding screw whereas the other ones did not just mounting screws. I was thinking of just making a pigtail and grounding to the cover plate screw of the nearest outlet but I don't know if that is the right or wrong way to do it. I also thought I should ground it to the computer case (Since it is already grounded and has two coax cables going to in)

Oh I should mention I live in an apartment and I can't muck around in the main panel or anything that serves this Apartments electrical as there are four different apartments on one meter box. I however changed two light fixtures and a couple of the outlets/switches (So I know what I am doing with electricity and yes I got permission from the management)

Thanks and sorry for the super long post just trying to get all of the facts there
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Old 08-21-09, 08:08 AM
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It is supposed to be grounded to the grounding electrode system with no smaller than a #10. You could run a #10 to the cold water pipe if it's copper.

Technically it's supposed to be within 5' of where it enters the building.
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It only needs to be grounded once at the entry point of the building. This should be done by the cable company when they installed the drop to a grounding block on the exterior of the building.

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