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Posted: 08/23/22 07:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hard for me to explain.

What's the name of the piece of equipment where you select cable, air, vcr, dvd and satellite for the tv?

I think mine may be on the fritz.

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RV video switch box.


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way2roll wrote:

RV video switch box.


Thank you!

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way2roll wrote:

RV video switch box.

aka BOMB ( box of many buttons)


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way2roll wrote:

RV video switch box.


Also known as a "BOMB" (Box Of Many Buttons). [emoticon]


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way2roll wrote:

RV video switch box.

MAYBE !

if you have OLD equipment that has screw type F-connectors, then this is likely what you want. Even a compatible connector is not a guarantee as depending on the vintage of the equipment you have it may or may not "play well together"

More modern televisions (anything built after 2009) do have a screw type connector, but will NOT accept a signal from old VCRs or old DVD players. Older televisions will NOT accept a signal from "over the air" (OTA) TV broadcasts or modern DVD/Blu-Ray players.

The current universal input for televisions (except for OTA and cable) is called HDMI. It looks and works completely different.

OTA and cable still come in on coax cable with a screw connector, but they use a different/incompatible signal.

Getting old equipment to work with new equipment is frustrating, expensive and will give poor results. I bought a spare DVD/Blu-Ray player last year for under $100.

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My newer TVs let me plug in everything and I select which source the TV displays on the TV screen. No "box" or equipment.


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As someone said RV Video Switch box

Technical name "Matrix switch"

I call it "Box of Many Buttons"

They come in different configurations but here is a link to an example

(2,3,4,5.6 on 2,3,4 out are examples of different configs)

Some switch ONLY Video, some Video and RF Some HDMI some Composit.

Here is an example


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Lwiddis wrote:

My newer TVs let me plug in everything and I select which source the TV displays on the TV screen. No "box" or equipment.

When HDTV first came out, 4 HDMI inputs were common. Now you are lucky to get 2 !

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The remote does ours. In the RV and at home.


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