April 8, 2008 11:53 AM
Thanks for the kind words, I hope you tell others about TechLore. I think it's a great site too, and it would be awesome to get more gadget enthusiasts here talking about all kinds of things.
Unfortunately, it was not me you saw on Modern Marvels. The MEGA Museum belongs to Steven Jones, one of our founders, and you also saw our other founder Ron Repking. While I was not featured on the show, I've been with TechLore since the very beginning writing, managing, and helping folks like you. If you'd like to see more of Jones' MEGA Museum and other collectors like me, we've started up the Gadget and Technology Collectors group. Check it out and chime in! http://www.techlore.com/group/3/Gadget-and-Technology-Collector-s-Group/
So on to your questions:
"I want to be able to watch regular cable in the liv off the box, and be able to have my sweety sit in bd rm and watch an entirely different channel in bd rm. I do not know what methods to use. I guess I am willing to go as far as $100 or so to be able to do this."
I think we can rule out anything designed to wirelessly transmit your entire cable line (meaning your TV's tuner in the bedroom does the work). I'm not familiar with any product that can do that, so no matter what it's going to have to be tuned in the living room and then sent to the bedroom.
One of the products that came to mind was the Slingbox, which would take advantage of your home network. The problem here is that for this to work easily, you'd need a Slingbox and a product called "SlingCatcher," which isn't out yet. Problem 2 is that this is far above the $100 budget.
Probably the easiest option right now is to pick up a wireless video transmitter/receiver system. The Terk Leapfrog has been around for years, and was designed for this kind of thing. In your living room, you'll need a device with a basic cable tuner separate from the cable box. If you have an old VCR, it will work great for this. Even if you don't have a VCR, go hit some garage sales and you'll find one on the cheap. It doesn't even need to play tapes; you only need the tuner to work.
First, you split your cable line using a basic cable splitter. One goes to your gear as is, and the other goes to the VCR. You connect the transmitter to the VCR and stick the IR extender over the IR receiver of the VCR. Next you take the receiver and connect it to your TV in the bedroom. Fire everything up and position the antennas to get the best signal. Carry your VCR remote into the bedroom and aim it at the receiver to tune the channels up and down on the VCR.
You asked about interference, which is a valid question. The Leapfrog LF-30S system is under $100 bucks, but uses the 2.4GHz band to send it's signal. In the modern home, this band can be a little crowded. Reports from consumers say that some cordless telephone systems on that band and some 802.11 b/g routers don't play well near eachother. Others haven't had problems. If you have both of these, you may want to consider upgrading to a different type of system that operates on the 5.8GHz band. I found one on Amazon, but it was $150 bucks. I'd say you could always start with the Leapfrog at 2.4 and see how it goes. You can always return it and upgrade to the 5.8 if need be.
And there's no trouble with the cable company. You can split your cable line and enjoy your basic services on any TV.
You can find these at Amazon here, but you may also find similar products at your local retailer.