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Television and other services on CAT 5/6 cable

Data Distribution System

A Great Alternative to Coax

The Lynx Television and Data Distribution System delivers digital and analog television (RF) on pair four of a Cat 5/6 cable.

Data Distribution System Television and other services on Cat 5/6

The other three pairs can deliver other services, including:

  • Internet TV
  • Internet
  • VoIP phone service
  • Streaming video / IPTV
  • Data and VoIP
  • Data

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Lynx Television and Data Distribution System

Like the Lynx Television Distribution System, the Lynx Television and Data Distribution System uses RF baluns to deliver television on Cat 5/6 cable. The television signal is delivered on pair four, so the other pairs can be used for other services.

RF baluns deliver the television signals on the copper pathway in the network cabling, without using any bandwidth on the network itself.

Television and other services on Cat 5/6

The unit consists of two 8 port hubs mounted side by side. RF signals enter the hub through the two F connectors on the back side.

Then each signal is split 8 ways and sent to RF baluns. The resulting “balanced” signals are delivered to the RJ-45 jacks on the front of the hub.

In addition 100 BaseT Ethernet services enter the back of the hub via the RJ-45 jacks and pass through to the corresponding RJ-45 jacks on the front of the hub.

Breakout Converter Decora White 3 Views

Lynx converters installed at the point of use convert the RF signal back to coaxial form for delivery to the F connector on the back of the television. The other services pass through to the RJ-45 jack on the front of the converter.

The converters are available in a decora style wallplate or in a freestanding form factor for external use.

Layout Drawings

Layout drawings showing how the equipment is configured are available in the pdfs below.

Performance Specifications

Televeision Performance Specifications

Price Information

Prices for the Lynx Television and Data Network work out to about $130 per TV when the hubs are used at full capacity. In addition the cost of amplifiers is about $20 per TV when the amps are used at full capacity.

Features and Benefits

Lynx has the following benefits relative to coax:

Simple - One type of horizontal cabling handles data, voice, and television – compared to two types of cable with coax. A universal infrastructure is cleaner, less expensive, more flexible, and easier to maintain.

Flexible - Moves, adds, and changes are easy with Lynx. MAC work with coax is extremely time consuming and expensive because you have to pull new cable.

Reliable - Lynx uses a homerun design with no taps and splitters between the wiring closet and the TV. That eliminates problems with oxidation of the connectors provides better picture quality over time.

Cost Effective - Lynx and Cat 5e is 16% less expensive than coax. Lynx and Cat 6 is 10% less expensive than coax. Contact Lynx for supporting information.

Future proof - Lynx sets up a twisted pair infrastructure between the wiring closet and the TV that is available for future technologies like IPTV, when this technology becomes less expensive and uses less bandwidth.

In addition, Lynx features a passive (unpowered) design, which has many benefits relative to active products.

Simple - Keeping amplifiers and other active components outside of the hub and the converters keeps the design simple, small, and trouble free.

Reliable - Active products have up to 24 amplifiers in each hub and 24 amplifiers in the related converters (as well as a power supply and fan in each hub). This means there are 50 active components that will eventually fail. Ultimately the expensive hub and all the expensive converters will have to be replaced.

Cost Effective - The Lynx Television Network is 60% less expensive than active products – even when the price of an external amplifier is included.

System design suggestions

Lynx will provide a complete system design showing what Lynx equipment is needed, what amplifiers are needed, how the equipment is configured, and what the amplifier settings should be. This service is provided upon request at no additional cost.

The drawings below are a simplified version of what is provided in a system design. Note that one amplifier can support up to 24 TVs from a given wiring closet, as shown at right below.

The drawings below to not show the internet / streaming video / data / VoIP connections in order to focus on the television delivery capabilities.  The connections for these applications are shown in the section titled "Layout Drawings" above.

System Design Suggestions

Part numbers and drawings

Part Number Drawing
LTD hub with rackmount plate
16 port LTD hub1 040-0119 Click here to view drawing
8 port LTD hub1 040-0118 Click here to view drawing
LTD hub without rackmount plate
8 port LTD hub1 040-0117 Click here to view drawing
LTD converters
Breakout Converter 040-0114 Click here to view drawing
Wallplate FRJ (light almond Decora) 040-0233 Click here to view drawing
Wallplate FRJ (white Decora) 040-0238 Click here to view drawing
Port terminators2 040-0069
12 inch coax jumper cable
(connects single port converter to TV)
Rackmount plates
16 port (two 8s) 809-1389
40 dB Power Doubling Amplifier 180-0521
  1. Amplification is usually needed upstream from each hub. One amplifier usually serves up to 24 TV from each wiring closet.
  2. Port terminators are required for all unused ports in order to prevent electromagnetic emissions. An eight port hub serving six TVs has two unused ports that must be terminated.

How to Purchase

Products for commercial applications can be purchased directly from Lynx Broadband if you are willing to handle the installation yourself. Products can also be purchased from approved Lynx dealers if you prefer local assistance with the installation. A third option is to purchase a turnkey package from Lynx Broadband, click here for more information on turnkey services. For self installation or dealer installation Lynx will assist by providing a system design and layout drawings for no additional charge.

To purchase Lynx equipment or get the name of a dealer in your area, please contact:
Phone: 952-894-9590