Cable modem owners hack for free cable TV

Drawing on old-school methods to splice cable TV lines for unauthorized use, hackers say they can buy a splitter at the local electronics store and easily run an additional line from the cable modem (news - web sites) line for the computer into the television. Without a set-top box, the result is free, basic, analog cable; with an illegal converter or set-top, hackers say they have access to premium channels such as HBO and Showtime.

"I only get (basic) cable. I don't subscribe; it just comes to my house along with the cable modem signal," said Noah, who wished to keep his last name anonymous. He saves roughly $40 a month on cable but spends about $42 a month on Internet access.

"Lots of people do this if all you want is analog cable," he said. "All cable services are run through the same line; they can't just cut power to analog cable and still give you a cable modem."

Cable operators have battled this form of piracy for years, but it's taking on new urgency in the race to build high-speed Internet service. Broadband providers are struggling with costs, with AT&T just last week instituting a price increase for cable modem customers.

 

155 comments for 'Cable modem owners hack for free cable TV'

ok ive seen this posted before, but i wasnt sure what the solution was from the reply posts. my cable tv signal from the cable modem line is fuzzy when i plug it in from the wall to the tv. when i use the 5-1000MHz splitter, the cable tv is even fuzzier with static sound. i was told its because i have too much internet noise making the tv signal fuzzy. if internet noise is the problem, what do i need to buy to reduce the internet noise? would a regular tv amplifier work for this? do i need to buy a bi-directional amplifier for this? do i need something else besides an amplifier? thanks for all ur help.

HELP!!!!! I have a similar problem. For 12 years i've been getting free cable using a simple black box and a cable converter. Some one in my building ordered cable and must have triggered the installer's eye to disconnect all tenants not paying but hooked up. The funny thing is i still get all my channels unscrambled but it's very hard to see them. Anyone know what they could have done that would allow my black box to still unscramble the signal but add so much snow that it's impossible to stand it for more that a few minutes of viewing?

HERES THE BEST THING I THINK OF YOU DOING GO TO RADIO SHACK FIND A BOOK ON FILTERING RLC PASIVE CIRCETS BUY SOME METERIALS AFTER YOU HAVE READ THE BOOK AND UNDERSTAND THE THEORY OF OPERATION OF ALL 4 DIFERENT TYPES OF PASIVE FILTERS. AND NO AN AMP WONT WORK BIDIRECTINAL OR NOT, MAKE SHUR TO HAVE TUNING OF BOTH TOP AND BOTTEM FREQUINCIES FOR YOUR PASS NOTCH FILTER PREFERBLY 2 POTENTAOMITER "POT "FOR SHORT AND THEN A 10 TURN TRIMMER FOR EACH AND IF YOU DONT FEEL LIKE GOING TO RADIO SHACK GO TO http://GOOGEL.COM

AND SEARCH RLC NOTCH FILTERS

There has been much talk about the FILTERS that cable companies use to block signals. I was recently tampering with my apartment's cable box in the basement trying to find this "filter" what does it look like? Where is it? And most importantly, how do I go about removing it?

Probably a TIER TRAP (search on the Web for suppliers to get a picture of one). They are typically cylindrical, with a male connector on one end and a female connector on the other, nickel or chrome-plated. I WOULD LOVE TO FIND AN EAGLE COMTRONICS TIER-TRAP LOOKALIKE THAT I COULD SWAP OUT.

DONT WORRIE ABOUT SWAPING GET A DREMAL CUT THE BEVALED EDGE OFF THE FILTER /TEIR TRAP GET A PLASTIC ALEN WRENCH FOR ADJUSTING THE LIL FERITE SCREWS AFTER YOU HAVE REMOVED THE CASE
MAKE SHUR ITS NOT A FILTER FOR BRING THE SIGNAL IN BETTER, IE GETTING RIDE OF THE UNDESIRED "BAD"PART OF THE DESIRED SIGNAL, THAT CAUSE PAY CHANELS TO GET ALL WAVY BLURY
ONCE YOU HAVE IDENTIFYED THE PROBLEM FILTER READJUST IT TO PASS EVERYTHING IN MOST CASES TAKING THE LIL FERITE SCREWS ALL THE WAY OUT WORKS BEST REASEMBEL AND PUT IT BACK IN LINE
***NOTE*** THIS POINTS A BIG FINGER AT THE SUBSCRIBER IF A CABEL TECH NOTICESE THE MOD CUT ON THE CASE IF YOU CANT CUT IT NEATLY JUST REMOVE IT TOTALY !!!
PROVE I DID IT "THE LAW SAYS INOCENT UNTILL PROVEN GUILTY "

I have found a filter Eagle comtronics, whit a red stripe and a brun #6mnf-ja-mc 100. How can i now wat it does ?
2: In a audit case, are they gona be able to determin whit filter i have installed? (i gess it's a yes)
3: if i open it in a way that i can reclose it prefectli. Can you tel me how to ''twik it''...
4: worst case i make a fake one (i reduce it to a simple wire inside the case) and put it to my junction box. Then I put the one i am supose to have on a spliter i my house...
Do I got it ?

6mnf

ok ive seen this posted before, but i wasnt sure what the solution was from the reply posts. my cable tv signal from the cable modem line is fuzzy when i plug it in from the wall to the tv. when i use the 5-1000MHz splitter, the cable tv is even fuzzier with static sound. i was told its because i have too much internet noise making the tv signal fuzzy. if internet noise is the problem, what do i need to buy to reduce the internet noise? would a regular tv amplifier work for this? do i need to buy a bi-directional amplifier for this? do i need something else besides an amplifier? thanks for all ur help.

I have obtained what I believe is a bunch of used AT&T cable splice boxes. I am trying to dismantle them for salvage value (I have seen them on the utility poles with the cable TV lines coming out of them). I am trying to remove the small cylindrical piece that screws into the splice box. It is about a quarter inch in diameter and about 2.5 to 3 inches long. I have been told that it is used to stop the Cable TV signal when put between the splice box and the cable. Is there a special screwdriver that will remove these and does anyone know what they are called ( Model number ? ) and where I can obtain one?

That's my story…………….!

Thank you
The Rookie

I've seen many filters/traps, but what do they do:
arcom: ddr-5/jjj
arcom: whp-5/13
eagle asia: exh5nf16-40 128
ubr-35/73
ppc 010
- these last 2 markings I've seen on the same filter, I don't know the brand name.

I've seen many of them at our local used stuff store that other people don't use.. But I do not know what they do. I couldn't find any information on the the Internet, or else I wouldn't be asking here. Anyone???

Thanks.

Here is what I found on the Arcom website:
Arcom is a leader in the development of drop noise devices designed to selectively "clean up" the reverse path. The WHP filter only passes the part of the spectrum where transmission over the reverse path is desired and removes other portions of the return path to eliminate undesirable noise. Various custom versions are available to match the terminal equipment used in the home.

arcom: whp-5/13
My friend just gave me this filter and from what he tells me you will not get a bill for PPV.I do not condone this in anyway it is merly for testing.

Hope this helps!

The DDR-5/JJJ is a low-pass filter with a cutoff right around channel 2. It is intended to pass the data and phone traffic but block the broadcast video. I have one on my house as I have a cable modem and phone service but do not subscribe to cable tv. I know the cutoff is near 2 as I get ch. 2 and a fuzzy ch. 3 despite the presence of the filter.

Keep in mind people that 'Arcom' is just the brand name. It's the numbers that tell you what it does like above (The UBR-35/73 blocks channels 35 through 73). UNLESS, your in a positive trap system, you dont need any of those traps/filters for your cable or internet to work. In a positive trap system, you need them there for your HBO or whatever, so, if you dont have any premiums and there are traps on the line just take em off. I may come by and put them back on and threaten you with a felony for removing them, but in most systems, removing the traps, ('bout 3inchs long, high pass filters are only 1.5 inchs if they are Arcoms) will make sure your getting everything that is not scrambled. For those you need a descrambler (or pirate box) which are getting cheaper since they are useless in alot of areas that dont have analog premiums anymore, (like mine).

I only installed cable internet. When I connect the cable directly to TV (no splitter), the image is fuzzy. Can I receipt clear image by installing a spliter? How can I know is there a filter installed?

I just got cable modem, but I saw the installers put a S4 filter on my line with a special tool. I have searched the internet but I can't find the tool they used to install it. Does anybody know where I can buy one?

What would happen if you took a blow torch and heated the notch filter? How about if you smacked it with a hammer? How about if you used a tuning fork on it?

I just went out side, and the trap filter had been disconnected, and a line had been rerouted around this. I'm getting basic cable now and paying for Cable Internet...

Can the cabel company (comcast Utah) know about this on their end?

I HAVE BASIC CABLE AND INTERNET ON CABLE AS WELL,,,IF I REMOVE THE FILTER WILL I GET ALL ANALOG CHANNELS???MY CABLE BOX IS ON A POLE..DO I HAVE TO PHYSICALLY REMOVE THE FILTER???ALSO IS THERE ANYWAY TO DECODE TV CHANNELS THROUGH MY TV TUNER CARD>??????THNX IN ADVANCE~~~

install a 3 way splitter and screw the filter into one of the output taps , this way the filter will still be seen during a audit (polling) of the line but will not block any stations , because nothing is screwed into its output connection on the end of the filter

All right, I've read a lot of posts about Filters, Splitters, Amplifiers and even connectors, but you know what? I have not found any good solution about getting rid of Filters.

So this is my point: I pay for Internet access thru my Cable Modem line. I used to steal TV signal from it without any problem. Recently my Cable company put a God dammed FILTER in my line. Since then I am not able to watch TV anymore. So how is it possible to bypass this??? First of all, IS IT POSSIBLE?? Yes or No. Because a lot of people says different things here and often contradictory. If IT IS POSSIBLE to do something then don't come with that remove-the-filter crap, because as we know, it may be neccesary some special tools in order to do it. But above all.. don't you think the Cable company would notice if you remove the filter??? Of course it would! And then what? Well, they would probably consider legal actions and/or definitively removing the service. So... for those who say that Removing a filter is a solution I give them the finger. Maybe a solution would be to "fix" the Filter... but I really don't think this to be an option, since they seem to be sealed.

PLEASE ANSWER THIS ONE, because I'm really getting desperate about Filters.

are u guys dumb or sumthing? i've worked cable for 3 years. Customers are stupid. a high pass filter is litterally a frequency blocker. they make many different kinds. the standard is a 25/78 trap, it blocks all channels between 25 and 78. most modem down streams are run at higher frequencies to get above this trap, and return is run extremely low to get below it. and for u idiots out there... the filter is always put on at the pole or pedistal near your house. go take it off and depending on your cable company see how long it takes em to notice it, go ahead try it. as with most CC today, our nodes, amps, le's, and taps are all monitored by a system called statis monitoring. it measures everything from actual a/c runnin in the lines to all of the rf, both foward and return. as far as u idoits and your digital filters for ur cable boxes.... the boxes are programed by the manufacturer not the CC, most with a limit of 5ppv orders. they will stop working for ppv until polled if the max is reached. if u peeps wanna talk about this shit and make stupid remarks, at least show some respect and do some god damn research before opening ur phat mouths.

hi i subscribe to basic service...i went into the green box in my yard and i took out the filter to get all channels..it worked...every 3,4 months the cable company does an audit and they put a filter in there again..well i took the filter out 3 times already..i dont want to keep doing this becasue im afraid i might get fined or something...does anyone know on how to "hollow" out or do something to the filter to allow the channels to still go through?i tried opening one,but they make it impossible to do that.Has anyone tried to DE-MAGNATIZE a filter to see if anything happens?please anyone respond

solution , install a 3 way splitter .
sep 1 remove the filter and screw cable into input tap on splitter . step 2 screw modem into tap 1 . step 3 screw tv into tap 2 . step 3 screw filter into tap 3 , this will diable the filter, but will still be seen by the cable co

solution , install a 3 way splitter .
step 1 remove the filter and screw cable into input tap on splitter . step 2 screw modem into tap 1 . step 3 screw tv into tap 2 . step 4 screw filter into tap 3 , this will diable the filter, but will still be seen by the cable co

Lol True True... They obviously should learn what QAM is and How to decode that. That would be the real test. Yea PathTrack and TDR's not to mention leak detectors pretty much let us know what you are doing. Not to mention you should understand how RDC works before you go throwing radio shack crap splitters in front of your modem. Want to slow your modem down use radio shack wire, splitters, and connectors.

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ok stop with the 3 way splitter, its a terrible idea. If any of you haven't found it yet, the answer is on this page (if you searched for 'cable modem'). you might have to put in some effort, damn y'all must be liberals, wantin' someone to hold your hand through step by step instructions so you don't have to try

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i live in an aprtment so i never seen this green box. i used to get all the channel including hbo and all of that for free. i never knew the reason but today i called my cable tech for some help on another subject the result, i think he found out and cut the free channels. could he have done that? and could i get those movie channels for free again? i have the comcast digital cable box. i realy want those channels back!

isnt there some software to descramble the cable? i have hooked it up to my tv tuner card but only get 3 channels. if you could only imulate the cable box with software, then you wouldnt have to remove filters

I live in a basement apartment. The people upstairs have full digital cable, and internet from r*ger's cable.

An analog signal for basic cable also runs on the same which was disconnected from my apartment today.

The cable guy only disconnect from the box on the side of the house, he did not add a filter to the pole. (I watched).

The plastic grey box on the side of the house is made by PRIMEX , and has a lock that looks like you could add an actual cable too.

Now, I'm thinking that r*ger's being the cheep bast*rds they are, have a lock on these boxes that can be opened with a standerd tool that the cable guys already have. Instead of a key.

This is what the lock looks like...
-There is a male cable connection, and within it a hole longer then would be normal for hooking up and actual cable ( a test port of somekind as well?)
-The male connector is within another piece of aluminum tubing that spins either way, same with the male connector.

Now, the tool, (I didn't get a good look at it) or key looks something like a screwdriver, with a female connector on it. I don't know if this is just the cable guys homemade version or not.

I have searched the web (even found PRIMAX.ca homepage and the original box) but cann't find a security key for this box. I'd like to make my own. It maybe that this is just the same thing as a security tool as seen on primax.ca even so , I'd like to know how to get into the box WITHOUT breaking it. Even lock it back up agian.

Using a screw driver just spins the lock, nothing more.

Hi im new to this site and from what i can tell alot of you dont know what your talking about.
The cable modem filter can just be takin off nothing real hard just twist.the filter that keeps you from getting cable there is a tool for but its not needed to take the filter off.
Get your self a pair of needle nose plyers put one side in to the filter and one on the out side grip the plyers tight pull down and twist do that a few times and there you go its comes off.
As far as the legal stand point of cable stealing well then you should be here unless your a narc.

Just keep spinning the sleeve to the left (counter-clockwise) and it should open up. I just did the same thing, I've got it open and now I don't know what to do? Any help anyone? Inside there are some sort of tube shape metal things connecting the coaxial cable together, whats the next step? I have internet that I pay for but no tv. whixh I would like.

Hi, today is my first time here. I just went out and looked at my box. I have Comcast broadband and the very basic cable TV. Which is local channels. Tired of paying their outrageous fees. Anyway looked at my box attached to my house. After trying a few things finally got in. This is what I had to do. Put a flat screw driver into the center of the lock. Use a crew driver that has a blade wide enough to fit in that center hole snugly. Now you want to grab the outer housing that spins with a pair of long nose vise grips. Once you have a secure hold on the outer housing with the vise grips, start to turn the screw driver to your left (counter clockwise). If the screw driver is in there tight enough it will start to loosen the lock. Just keep turning screw driver until the whole thing falls off.
Now I have a question. As I said I am new at this. Now that I have the box open I see what resembles a 3 way splitter. It has an (in)-(out) and a (tap) male connection. On it says (Regal RDCT 10-9 9 dB 5-1000mhz 110 dB EMI Installation Tap) On the (in) side I have the cable coming from the box by the street. On the (out) side is a white cable going into the house to my modem. On the (tap) side the cable is going into a silver cylinder shaped thing which I am assuming is some sort of filter. On it is says Lagel Comtronics. The black cable coming out of it is going to my TV.
What do I have to do in this box now to try and get free cable???

my cousing had bought 5 dvr boxes from a friend and they where all hacked and recieved all 1000 chanels thrue a basic cable line. i just bought my dvr box on ebay and would like to get it hack is there someplace i can go for more info?

For all of you that remove a arcom signal trap/filter how the hell did you get it off?

I had my cable guy come out and put a new line into another room. He noticed my filter was burnt out and there goes my free tv.

Thing is my green box outside is open no locks just resting on top. So I look in there and there is a hole in the cobwebs and the old filter lays on the ground.

So I have the old arcom filter...I just need to swap the new one out for it and I am back in biz.

Only thing is I cant turn the damned thing it has two lil holes meant to twist it on the front of the male side. I don't have a tool to do that with and my mini leatherman was almost bent in half in the attempt to twist it off.

Please help! :)

I am using high speed cable and I removed my filter about 3 months ago. I am watching free tv since then. I don't know there is anything that cable company does when he finds out. Will they sue me or put a new filter in? Any comments....

I will update my status if it is changed.

I have basic cable (2-30) and cable internet. I removed the filter on the cable box outside to get the rest of the channels, but the modem stopped working. I got all the channels but no internet. I placed the filter back on inside on the line going to the computer but nothing. I went outside and placed the filter on the side of the house but nothing. It started working (the modem) when I put the filter back on up on the pole where the cable co. had it. any suggestions??

My personal experience is with Cox cable in Phoenix, AZ. When I signed up for high speed inet, I also got tv with it without asking/paying for it. When the install tech came and was screwing up over and over, he hooked the coax to my tv to test his connection. I told him I did not order tv and he shrugged. They knew. However, months later I got a call. "Would you like to order cable tv and continue getting it?" "No thanks," I replied. Minutes later it was off and the internet was still working. They can split the signal, and likely most don't until they see it is becoming a problem. It is all a matter of return on investment. They have to think they will gain something by forcing people to cut off/pay by implementing whatever it takes to split the signal.

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