Ok, I hope I can explain this clearly. The cable tv company has a cable
coming to my house and going under my porch. There it hits a cable splitter
with 2 lines going to 2 different rooms. The cable coming in is a single
"strand". One of the room lines is also a single "strand". The other is a
double "strand", but only 1 strand is connected to the splitter. I imagine
this is leftover from when cable boxes had A/B knobs. In the room, both
strands come out of the wall, but only 1 has a proper connector on it, the
other strand is just cut.
Will the 1 "strand" work like a single cable, or will it need to be
According to the original post, "strand" isn't referring to stranded
wire (all the TV RF coax I've seen has had solid wire) but dual coax
(2 coax cables with the outer jackets connected, like zip cord).
Does your tv receive programs? Programs above channel 13? If so, it
Also, iiuyc, the cable guy wouldn't have left it this way if he didn't
think it would work. And if the same strand is connected to the
splitter as is connected to the tv, that should be fine
Is the "second strand" on the outside of coax?If it is it is a ground wire
and is not really necessary unless you are hooking up something than needs a
ground.It is mostly used to go to satellite dishes.
On Wed, 27 Jun 2007 07:51:27 -0400, "digitalmaster"
I think they call that extra wire (not coax itself) a "messenger
wire". The first time I saw one it was being used to ground a
satellite dish. A cable installer told me it was usually used to
physically support overhead cables rather than for any electrical
purpose. Since the OP mentioned dual cables, I expect the "strand" he
referred to was not that, but a second coax (with independent
The first time I saw dual coax, was with satellite internet. That
setup used separate transmit and receive cables. Dual coax is also
common with mini-dish satellite TV (where you need separate cables for
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