Private and public broadband CATV, VHF and FM networks.
Terrestrial CATV, satellite receivers, DVD players, RF modulators,
splitters, cable modems and other broadband video equipment.
Transparent to the user
3dB bandwidth:
5 MHz to 900 MHz.
Video Channels Supported:
CATV 2-142, VHF channels 2-13, FM broadcast band.
Insertion Loss Per Pair:
<3 dB: 5 – 295 MHz, 510 – 725 MHz.
<4.2 dB: 295 – 510 MHz, 725 – 900 MHz.
>10 dB: 5 – 245 MHz, 493 – 900 MHz.
>9.6 dB: 245 – 493 MHz.
-20dB or higher at 5 MHz to 900 MHz.
Return Loss:
Common Mode Rejection
Cable – UTP:
Shielded CATV Balun
Quick Installation Guide
The Shielded CATV Balun allows traditional 75-ohm coaxial cable to be replaced by a single
(1) shielded twisted pair (STP) of wires in the CATV, VHF and FM environments. Used in
pairs, the Shielded CATV Balun allows broadband video and Internet equipment to be integrated into a structured cabling system thereby facilitating moves, adds and changes via any
convenient modular wall outlet. Typically, the Shielded CATV Balun is installed on the connection between the RF head end and the set-top tuner or cable modem at the receiver end.
Applications include; private RF networks, guestroom TV and Internet services, apartments
and condominiums. The Shielded CATV Balun is designed for point-to-point connections
Cable – Coax:
24-AWG or lower solid copper twisted pair.
Impedance: 100-120-ohms
Impedance: 75-ohms at 1MHz (RG6)
Connector – Input:
“F” connector – male
Connector - Output:
RJ45S – female
RJ45 Pin Configuration:
RJ45 Pins 7&8.
Maximum distance:
Up to 100m (330ft) via Cat 5 UTP depending on channel frequency and
input power. Maximum 100m at CATV Channel 2. May require tilt
amplifiers at higher frequencies.
Operating: 0° to 40°C. Storage: -10° to 70°C.
Aluminum cast.
Maximum 95% (non-condensing)
Verify that the maximum distance between the two (2) Shielded CATV baluns is within
MuxLab specifications. Please refer to the specification table in this installation guide or
contact MuxLab Technical Support.
0.8” x 1.85” x 1.05” (2 x 2.6 x 4.7 cm) L x H x W + extended F conn.
1.5 oz (44 gms)
Caution: Do not attempt to open the housing. There are no user-serviceable parts inside
the Shielded CATV Balun. Opening the unit will void your warranty.
Regulatory Approval:
Turn off power and disconnect the CATV video equipment by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Order Information
Make certain that modular outlets and cross connects to which you will connect the
Shielded CATV Balun are configured properly and labeled appropriately to identify the
Caution: Do not connect the Shielded CATV Balun to a telecommunication outlet wired
to unrelated equipment. Making such a connection may damage the equipment and/or the
balun. Please ensure that all wiring is “straight-through” twisted pair.
Verify that the desired twisted pairs are not being used for other LAN or telephony
The Shielded CATV Balun operates in pairs.
Shielded CATV Balun
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Toll Free (North America): (877) 689-5228
E-mail: videoease@muxlab.com
URL: www.muxlab.com
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In order to install the Shielded CATV Balun, perform the following steps:
Application Tips
Connect one Shielded CATV Balun to the RF output at the head-end.
Caution: Do not mount the balun over equipment ventilation openings. Covering the
openings may cause the equipment to overheat.
10. Connect a line cord from the RJ45 modular jack of the Shielded CATV Balun to the horizontal wiring of the building.
11. At the receiver end, connect a Shielded CATV Balun to the set-top tuner or cable modem.
12. Connect a line cord from the RJ45 connector of the Shielded CATV Balun to the appropriate modular video wall outlet.
13. Power on the video equipment. See typical application below.
The following table describes some of the symptoms, probable causes and possible solutions in
respect to the installation of the Shielded CATV Balun. If you still cannot diagnose the problem, please call MuxLab Customer Technical Support at 877-689-5228 (toll-free in North
America) or (+1) 514-905-0588 (International).
No video
No video
No video
Snowy picture
Over bright
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Probable Causes
No continuity in video link
No power
Improper connection
Swapped pairs
Insufficient signal strength
Signal strength too high
Possible Solutions
Check cable continuity between baluns.
Check power supplies.
Check that baluns are connected to correct
video inputs and outputs.
Increase signal power at head-end using a
“tilt” amplifier. Verify cable grade. Use
higher grade cable if necessary.
Attenuate signal by reducing amplifier gain
or by inserting a signal attenuator in the link.
In a point-to-point scenario for CATV (superband and hyperband), VHF and FM, cable lengths of up to 45
meters may be achieved without amplification if the nominal input is about 15dBm. In some applications,
a tilt amplifier may be required since the STP losses are higher than coax at the higher frequencies. Linear
gain compensation of up to 20-25dB at 750MHz is usually adequate. Conversely, if amplification is used
to compensate for losses at higher frequencies and long distances, it may be necessary to attenuate the
lower frequency, shorter distance signals to avoid over-driving the TV monitors. The Shielded CATV
Balun may be used in conjunction with tilt/gain amplifiers, CATV splitters and splitters with built-in amplifiers. The following are some helpful guidelines when planning your cabling:
Try for 10dBmv of signal level at each television channel. Use a little more for big screen TVs.
Measure the signal level at the high and low end of the spectrum to determine whether a tilt amplifier
is needed.
When laying out your system, there will be approximately 5dB of signal loss per 100' of RG6coaxial cable.
Please ensure all splitters and amplifiers are broadband. For UTP installations, splitters should have
5 MHz to 900 MHz bandwidth with a bi-directional filter at 5 to 50 MHz.
Check and make sure that all televisions are set up for the proper frequency spectrum (i.e. UHF or
If extra channels are available, allow 1 to 2 channels spacing between “modulated” and "active"
Always compensate for insertion loss with a good amplifier. There will always be a drop in signal
strength when combining a modulator to an existing system due to insertion loss from the combiner.
When combining an existing signal with a modulated signal, make sure to have equal signal strength
at the point of the combiner so one signal does not degrade the other.
When possible, use the lowest frequencies available for the modulated channels. Lower frequency
channels have lower signal loss on the cable runs.
When in doubt, run the signal a little high to the television and use an attenuator to lower the signal
strength going into the TV. Attenuators may be combined (i.e. two -3dB attenuators will = -6dB).
10. Combine the modulator into the video distribution system as far "up-stream" as possible.
11. If the system needs to be amplified, use the amplifier as far "up-stream" as possible. For example,
place one amplifier at the head end and one tilt amplifier in each wiring closet where the baluns are
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