I'm planning on rewiring my home to upgrade the coaxial cable running
from where the cable comes into the house and splits, to the various
rooms we have TV's in. The longest run will probably be less than
feet, with most around 50 feet. I'll be running it through the attic
and pulling it down the walls where there are already outlets.
Currently we receive digital cable through a converter box on each
but I'd like to use something that will be good enough for HDTV when
it becomes available in our area. Does anyone have any
recommendations as far as the best coaxial cable for the job, or
characteristics I should look for?
I'd use a quad-shield cable (RG-6/UQ). Regular RG-6 will probably do
fine as well, but the price difference is small. Should you have any
interference in the house, the extra shielding will help. You can buy
this at your local home center in boxes of 500ft or 1000ft
I've used both kinds with HDTV without problems.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Splitting usually causes most of the signal loss. Use high-quality
splitters suitable for digital/ HDTV. Spend the few extra dollars for a
- Connections are important. The screw-on connectors are OK, but the
crimp connectors are much better. I picked up a crimper and 15
connectors for ~$20 at the local home center.
- If you have severe signal issues, a last resort is an amplifier, but
these can cause as many problems as they solve.
One suggestion: If you're running new cable, you may want to think about
adding some CAT-5 at the same time. I had to run a network cable to hook
up a Slingbox, expect to see more devices needing network access before
Quad shield RG6 is what you need for coax.
As the other fellow mentioned, if you are going up to the attic
and pulling cable anyway, add in CAT 6, not CAT 5. The labor is
the worst part. If you are doing the labor, do it only once.
Think about the multi cable stuff. It contains CAT, coax and fibre optic.
Use that and have only one thing to pull and run, but you have all options
for the future.
I did my house about 8 years ago with two runs of CAT 5, one for network
one for phones (yellow jacket) and one run of coax; home runned them to
I built in a lower level family room storage closet. If I had any sense
then I would
have run fiber optic at the same time. The stuff just wasn't on the
It still isn't for the most part. You can do gigabit on copper and
copper is easy to terminate unlike fiber. It is really unlikely that any
individual end point device you might have in your home in the next
couple decades will need more bandwidth than you can get on copper. The
only exception might be your central server and that would just have
fiber the few feet to the network switch which would still have copper
out to each end point device.
Different and higher standard. If the computer and telcom industry
teaches one immutable lesson it is that the technology evolves, and that
as it evolves, old hardware ceases to be supported.
Seem a mobo lately that supports RMR (I think that was the acronym) hard
Let me repeat. The labor is the worst part. If you are doing the labor,
do it only once.
If you don't like CAT 6, at last be sure ou leave pull strings in every
On or about Mon, 14 May 2007 19:38:34 -0500 did CJT
Nothing now, except make your wallet more empty.
But it should be CAT 5e, not just CAT 5.
The technical difference is in bandwidth. CAT 5e is tested to 100MHz,
while CAT 6 is tested to 250MHz. No current copper networking
technology uses more than 100MHz.
On or about 14 May 2007 07:47:00 -0700 did cottonchipper
RG-6 (also called RG-56) should be the minimum gauge. That's probably
also the heaviest gauge you're likely to find in the store.
I wired my house when it was built with a number of very long runs of
RG-6, and it works fine with my current digital cable (which has HDTV
channels, though I don't yet have a TV to display them).
Make sure you check what you're already wired with, so you don't spend
all that time trading one RG-6 wire for another.
The standard today is RG-6, but whatever you install make it changeable.
Standards keep progressing and what is great today is inadequate tomorrow.
Such as those recommending you install some Cat 5 cable -- while it is still
good today -- it is being replaced by Cat 6, just as the Cat 5 replaced the
former Cat 3.
Don't install the cable in such a way that you cannot pull something new
into place as you remove the old stuff.
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