Detecting a signal on your Coax outlet

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If your internet isn’t working from your cable provider, there is a chance that the issue lies with your signal at your coax outlet. If your coax isn’t functioning properly, connectivity will be poor or nonexistent. The good news is that testing if your coax outlet has a valid signal can be a rather painless process.


Testing coax outlets and cables

There are two major ways to test your coax’s connectivity and detect if there is a valid signal from your service provider. The more time-intensive, not to mention a more labor-intensive, way of detecting your Coax outlet’s signal is to take the internet modem from cable outlet to cable outlet, individually checking each outlet for signal and connectivity ability. If your internet modem connects like normal, that means a signal was detected and that coax cable or coax outlet is receiving a valid signal.

The second way to test your coax’s connectivity and detecting a signal is faster and easier – the pocket-sized DSS-01 Coax Cable Tester. The DSS-01 Coax Cable Tester detects signals by identifying specific Radio Frequency (RF) signals, meaning you won’t receive false-positive readings like you would with other testers using voltage. The DSS-01 Coax Cable tester also works regardless of whether there are known splitters on your line that can sometimes interfere with other testing methods.


One simple test

Testing for a valid signal with the DSS-01 Coax Cable Tester is easy – simply plug the DSS-01 into a coaxial outlet and press the button. Once turned on, you will start receiving results in 10 seconds or less – effectively detecting whether or not your Coax outlet has a valid signal. The test results are intuitive and easy to read. When the LED-light indicator blinks red, it means that no signal was detected. When DSS-01 Coax Cable Tester LED-light blinks green, it means an RF signal was detected and the coax outlet is live.

The DSS-01 Coax Cable Tester is an ideal tool for those who have frequent problems with signal detection, as well as self-installations, home builders and contractor technicians.

Hitron’s DSS-01 is available on Amazon.  To learn more about the DSS-01 Coax Cable Tester, check out Hitron’s Learn page or Blog.

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