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Have a friend who just got setup with comcast/xfinity and they shipped those cable adapters - one coax in and one out.
He's been using a monitor for a tv, that has no coax in - only s-video, rca/components...
What options does he have to get this fed into the monitor for tv viewing?
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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It depends on which Comcast/Xfinity box he has, but I've had many Comcast/Xfinity boxes during many years and they've all had numerous forms of output. I just checked my current box and it has HDMI, Component (RGB), S-Video, and Composite outputs. These should work fine in the corresponding ports of his monitor with the right cable. Regards, Joe
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This is one of those small ones - only has a coax in/out.
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Are you sure? What is the manufacturer/model number? I've never seen a Comcast box without some other form of output. If this one really doesn't have Component or Composite or S-Video outputs, I suggest asking Comcast for a different box — they have lots of 'em with these outputs. I think this would be preferable to a coax-to-RCA adapter, which probably requires a box with a tuner — and isn't cheap. Regards, Joe
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100% certain.  It's the one in this image: http://wtneary.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/dta_w_stapler.jpg

I'll recommend what you suggested.  Thanks.
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Ah, from the picture that seems to be a digital transport adapter (DTA), not a digital set-top box. Make sure your friend gets a a digital set-top box (also known as a digital cable box, digital converter box, digital receiver). Here's a link to the current offerings from Comcast:
http://customer.comcast.com/help-and-support/cable-tv/cable-box-user-manuals/

If he wants to go upscale, he could get one of the DVRs. Regards, Joe
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Ah, I think based on their cable package, this was all that they received.  But they're trying to work through some issues, so perhaps this is one of them...thanks for the help.
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You're welcome. They should definitely make a better box one of the issues with Comcast.
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