How Can I Test a Coaxial Cable Outlet for Internet Signal?

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If your Coaxial cable outlet isn’t functioning properly, internet connectivity will be poor or nonexistent. The good news is that discovering if your Coaxial cable outlet has a signal can be easy and relatively quick.

Testing a coax cable for a signal accurately, requires a tool that can detect Internet signal frequencies that your Cable Internet provider uses.  Here’s why this is important.

Your Cable Internet provider uses a specific frequency range to send out their Internet signals over your coax wiring.  These frequency ranges are only for your Cable Internet provider to use and only one tool on the market today uses patented technology to detect this specific range of signals.  This tool is the DSS01 Coax Cable Tester from Hitron (see Fast & Easy Way of Testing).

Any other tool will not measure these Internet signals, but can only measure voltage on the coax wiring.  Detecting voltage will not help you when troubleshooting your Internet connection and coax outlets if you want to rule out any issues with your coax wiring versus your cable modem versus your coax outlet.


Slow Way of Testing

You can test your coax outlet’s signal by taking your cable modem from cable outlet to cable outlet manually, and plugging it in to each coax outlet to verify a signal and connectivity. If your internet modem connects like normal, that means a signal was detected. If it doesn’t connect, then you have no signal.  This method of moving a modem from place to place can be very time-consuming.


Fast & Easy Way of Testing

The easiest way to test your coax cable outlet signal is by using a coax cable testing tool that is built specifically for the task. Hitron’s DSS-01 Coax Cable Tester detects the valid signals from your Cable Internet provider, by detecting the specific signal range (range of frequencies) that they use. This means you won’t receive false-positive readings like you could with other testers. Additionally, the DSS-01 Coax Cable Tester works regardless of whether there are hidden splitters on your line, so you are going to get an accurate reading on a signal every time.

Using the DSS-01 Coax Cable Tester is an easy one-person job. Simply plug the tester into the coaxial outlet of your choice and press the button.  In less than 10 seconds you will know if you have a valid signal at that particular coax outlet or not. This pocket-sized handy tool will save you huge amounts of time and hassle, plus it fits into hard-to-reach areas.

The DSS-01 Coax Cable Tester is easy to read, even for beginners. Once connected and turned on, the bright, easy-to-read LED indicator will either display red or green. When the LED-light indicator is red, it means that no signal was detected. When the LED-light is green, it means a valid signal was detected.

The DSS-01 Coax Cable Tester is perfect to test and detect for the presence of valid signals from your cable Broadband service provider anytime you need to troubleshoot your connection or if you are simply moving apartments!  Plus, it will save you a lot of time!

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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