We don't have a basement, our cable box is actually out by the water meter in an underground box. I'll go pop it open to see if I can make any sense of it.
We deactivated dish, so the cable line going to the living room should be free to use; no problem with using cable internet there now.
There's a cable line that runs from the street into your house somewhere - this is what your cable internet comes through on. Once inside your house (or near your house), there's a splitter, and different lines from that splitter feed to each room. Sometimes there's several splitters to accomplish this.
When you had DISH, that setup was changed, so that the signal from the dish didn't interfere with any signal coming from the street. You need to find out how it was changed. It may have been as simple as the line from the street was removed from the splitter and replaced with the line from the dish, in which case you remove the dish cable and hook the street cable back into the splitter. It may be more complicated than that (in our house, they hooked into a cable running to one of the rooms to carry the dish signal, so we had to find that and disconnect it). Some runs to specific rooms may have been removed from the splitter.
Once you restore that setup, your cable should work on any jack in the house. You can test by plugging in a TV - I believe you should at least get the network stations. If not, your cable modem should work, too - they don't care which jack they're plugged in to, as long as that jack is connected to the run from the street somehow.
Marshall: Have the rest of you guys figured out by now that mmathis is the smartest guy on SlickDeals?
Well crap, sounds like it may be too complicated for me to fix on my own. I'll check out the cable box when I get home and report back what I see. Thanks for your knowledge gurus!
mmathis is spot on
prior when you had cable tv you had 1 cable into the house into a splitter. then from the splitter it goes into each room. When you got dish did they use existing coax connectors on the walls? If so all the dish installer did was disconnect the outside cable splitter and hookit up to the satellite dish.
Find how the coax/internet cable gets into your house and start there. It actually isnt that hard to do.
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