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A 3x8 Video Distribution Amp, Now With Bi-Directional Capability
Channel Plus DA550BID 3x8 Bi-Directional Distribution Panel
Channel Plus DA550BID 3x8 Bi-Directional Distribution Panel
Channel Plus DA550BID 3x8 Bi-Directional Distribution Panel
Item# 7712BID
Price: Normally $292.50 
Hot Deal $199.85
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  • Now available in single- or bi-directional models
  • 3 inputs, one for CATV or off-air antenna and two from modulators
  • 8 outputs for runs up to 150 feet
  • Compatible with digital TV and HDTV signals

Essential Info

This amplifier works like a zero-loss splitter. The signals coming into the amplifier will be about 3dB stronger at the device (television, VCR, etc). The amplifier brings up the level of the signal just enough to overcome the losses associated with splitting the signal 8 ways and traveling down 100 to 150 feet of coax cable.This 3x8 Bi-Directional Distribution Panel offers a 5-42 MHz return path for bi-directional communication for use with digital cable interactive set-top boxes and cable modems. Power supply included.


What's Included

  • Channel Plus 3x8 Bi-Directional Distribution Panel
  • Power supply
  • More Info

    This model includes an IR engine that will pass IR control signal over the coax cable between rooms or locations in the home. The 12-volt bi-directional IR engine works with the In-Wall IR Interface and a 12V IR Target. Each room can have one of these targets and the signals are routed to a Two IR Out, RF Video In Interface or a 4-Channel S-Video Modulator with MTS Stereo Sound.



    Manufacturer:Channel Plus
    Manufacturer Product No.:DA550BID
    CATV/Antenna Port to Output:3dB
    Modulator Input to Output:-10dB
    Output to CATV (reverse) (5-42MHZ):-15dB
    Modulator input to CATV/Ant (Isolation):>35dB
    Bandwidth:54-806MHz fwd
    5-42MHz rev
    Max CATV/Antenna Input:20dBmV(+85dBuV)
    Power Supply:15V DC @ 300mA (included)
    Size:6 1/2"x 1 1/4" x 4 1/2"
    Weight:4 lbs.
    Warranty:1 year

    Important notes:
    Defective exchanges for identical item within 30 days of purchase. After 30 days, please contact the manufacturer.
    Manufacturer contact information: Linear Corp, Tel: (760) 438-7000 Ext 263


    5 Ratings
    5 star: 80%  (4)
    4 star: 20%  (1)
    3 star: 0%  (0)
    2 star: 0%  (0)
    1 star: 0%  (0)
    Average Customer Rating
    (5 customer ratings)
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    HENRY J -- central lake, MI   3/13/2014
    just what I needed
    SEAN -- great falls, VA   4/12/2010
    Great quality picture - have not even had to use the attenuators on long runs.
    JASON -- horseshoe bay, TX   2/15/2009
    This product works as described. I have 2 working together; one as a master and one as a slave. I have 2 modulated stations with a filter and it works great. This is the least expensive way to split multipule signals.
    GARLAND -- searcy, AR   7/27/2007
    The product required DC blockers to avoid problems because of it's inclusion of remote IR power over coax which might not be compatible with some TVs. Those were obtained after receipt of this amplifier from another source and at additional time and cost.
    DAVID -- cordova, TN   7/25/2007
    Product made my cable reception crystal clear.
    RICHARD -- solon, OH   3/4/2007
    Works EXACTLY as I'd hoped.
    ERIC -- chatham, NJ   2/14/2007
    It works as advertised. Gain may be a bit high for shorter cable runs, but this can be compensated with use of attenuaters in line. Build quality is excellent.
    DORIAN -- scottsdale, AZ   2/10/2007
    The perfect integrated solution to my digital CATV dsitribution problem. I eliminated a seperate single output amplifier and three 3-to-1 splitters and their asscoiated losses with this product! The bi-directional capabilitity was a must for my digital internet connection. Thanks Smarthome for once again having the item I needed to solve my problem!
    MARY -- poway, CA   1/15/2007
    This was fairly easy to install and worked properly with very little trial and error. Overall very pleased with product.
    JAMES -- jacksonville, FL   1/4/2007
    Works great - better than what COMCAST installed.
    BYRON -- montgomery, AL   8/5/2006
    Works like a charm. My cable guy was impressed. He said he wished he could use these in his installations.
    JAMES H. -- menominee, MI   4/22/2006
    Well satisfied overall with the product.
    MARK -- steilacoom, WA   4/22/2006
    Great product. Works great.
    JACK -- hatboro, PA   4/22/2006
    nice item
    KENT -- minneapolis, MN   9/20/2004
    MARIO -- roswell, GA   11/21/2003
    Great product. Could use a little more detailed intructions since there are so many ways it could be wired. Getting some interference on my modulated channels, but I don't think it's related to this item.

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