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Television on Cat 5/6

Data Distribution System

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

The hubs and end converters use high frequency baluns to deliver frequencies up to 860 MHz without using any bandwidth on the network itself.

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The Lynx Television Distribution System

The Lynx Television Distribution System features a passive design with distribution hubs located in the wiring closets (IDFs) and end converters located at the point of use.

High frequency RF baluns convert 75 ohm unbalanced signals into 100 ohm balanced signals that travel on pair four of a twisted pair cable.

External amplifiers compensate for signal strength losses in the cable and splitter losses in the hubs. One external amplifier typically supports up to 24 TVs.

RF balun technology uses the copper pathway in the network cable, but not the data network itself. No network bandwidth is consumed!

Television on Cat 5/6

The sixteen port hub shown above has 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.

Decora Converter SPC

Lynx converters installed at the point of use are shown above.  They convert the RF signal back to coaxial form for delivery to the F connector on the back of the television. The converters are available in a decora wallplate style or as a freestanding unit.

Layout Drawing

Layout Drawings

Performance Specifications

Television Performance Specifications

Price Information

Prices for the Lynx Television Distribution System work out to about $100 per TV when the hubs are used at full capacity. In addition the cost of amplifiers is about $20 per TV when the hubs 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. This eliminates problems with oxidation of the connectors and 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 these technologies become less expensive and use 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.

System Design Suggestions

Part numbers and drawings

Part Number Drawing
LT hub with rackmount plate
16 port LT hub 1 040-0102 Click here to view drawing
8 port LT hub 1 040-0101 Click here to view drawing
LT hub without rackmount plate
8 port LT hub 1 040-0090 Click here to view drawing
4 port LT hub 1 040-0217 Click here to view drawing
LT converters
Single port converter 040-0074 Click here to view drawing
Wallplate F (light almond Decora) 040-0232 Click here to view drawing
Wallplate F (white Decora) 040-0237 Click here to view drawing
Port terminators 2 040-0069
12 inch coax jumper cable
(connects single port converter to TV)
Rackmount plates
16 port (two 8s) 809-1274
20 port (five 4’s) 809-1647
Amplifier 1
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

Commercial Applications

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

Residential Applications

Residential installers can contact Lynx Broadband at 952-894-9590 for information on becoming a Lynx dealer.