OK, so I posted a while back asking about what I needed to do in my
house. per previous comments I will simply try a passive splitter first
- splitting off one line to the cable modem and then all the TV drops on
a second passive splitter. I'll homerun everything to the ceiling of
the laundry room so I can rearrange later if required.
What do I need to buy? I remember several different kinds of coax to
buy, one apparently being better than the rest. Also specific
recommendations on brands, terminals, strippers, crimp tools, etc. would
be appreciated. I have never done this before but am sure that I can
handle it with a little gentle direction.
replace "fly" with "com" to reply.
You want RG-6 coax, with at least a 1 GHz rating. You cable company may
well be the best source and often will sell the proper coax at cost to
builders or give away smaller quantities. The same goes for connectors,
splitters and ground blocks.
You have to remember that cable companies are regulated by the FCC for
their allowable CLI, cumulative leakage index, and every hack job that
someone does for their house distribution negatively impacts the CLI. It
also negatively impacts consumer perception since those hack jobs also
typically degrade reception quality which of course gets blamed on the
While you're at it, can you address FIOS? Verizon has put optical
cable in our neighborhood and is starting to offer service. I believe
they will have to put an expensive device in house and hook up each tv
We now have CATV and Comcast service is very good, i.e. they have come
in house and cleaned up some of my connections. Can anyone compare the
two services? FIOS seems the way to go but my concern with Verizon is
that like telephone lines they will charge subsequently for coming in
I've not seen the FIOS service yet, but from what I recall of similar
services, the glass stops at the NID / demarc at the side of the house
and everything inside runs on regular copper / coax. Presumably there is
some sort of FAQ for the service on the Verizon site.
Here it's $30 for the first 3 outlets and $10 each additional. You're
going to pay a LOT for the tools and cable...they buy in bulk.
You can also tell the fella who comes out that you want some additional
Coax (be nice when you say it, it's usually just a favor) so you can
hook up your TV's from the wall plates with the "good stuff". They
really couldn't care less about how much cable they use, so they
usually give you what you would like. Tell them you need about 50
Installers aren't all bad, some are just dumb as a box of rocks and
lazy as all hell. If they come out and start to drill directly into
your floor or soemthing then tell them to just leave you the wire and
the connectors and you'll do it yourself, by my calculation you're not
out anything because of how much good cable, connectors and a splitter
I always deal with www.partsexpress.com out of Ohio when I need
anything like this, they're cheap and they've got decent service. Let
me know if you find it cheaper elsewhere.
I've got 6 sets hooked up to the cable now and I think my total bill
with HBO is $75.
There has been a paucity of information from Verizon and TV is not a
service yet, but eventually both Comcast and Verizon will offer TV,
phone and internet.
Right now I'm thinking of getting high speed internet only and from
comments on installers I am reminded of the early cable days where they
must have scraped some clown off the streets looking for a day's work.
I had to do repairs to driveway (they made a hole tunneling under it),
siding (unlatched) and cable to one set (they just laid across the
floor). It was unbelievable.
Phone lines, no better. Over the years, I've had to make repairs on
phone company installation.
One, a company sponsored line, that they paid for, ran from box, around
the house and failed in a year because the installer had put a staple
The Verizon FIOS contractors were mostly Mexican. I went out to talk
to the 2 guys digging the box hole in the corner of my lot to see if
they had found a survey monument that got overgrown with bushes in
time. Neither one spoke English ;(
Well, some well-meaning family members sent me some gift cards to one of
the big box stores, so I figured this would be a good thing to burn them
on (since I can't seem to find the worm drive Skil saw that I also
want...) is there a big difference between RG-6 and RG-6 quad? I could
get the former but not the latter. I came home empty handed because
while I'm frugal I'm not cheap.
replace "fly" with "com" to reply.
There can be big differences in RG-6, particularly depending on the
brand. What you want is cable that is rated for 1 GHz which should be
marked on the spool. I doubt you'll find that rating in a version
without adequate shielding, but you may well find something labeled RG-6
quad that isn't rated for 1 GHz.
Best bet is to get your materials from the cable company and use the
gift card for tools and / or for household items to appease the SO.
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