I am getting ready to have cable internet installed for the first
time in my house. Due to the odd location at which I would like the
cable to emerge, I would like to route the cable myself before the
installer gets here..
Should I use RG59 or RG6? Any other issues I should be aware of?
Thanks for your help.
P.S. I'm guessing RG6 would be the "safest" option? The run to the
outside box should be less than 100 ft.
You should be using RG6 for modern cable service...
Be forewarned, the cable company may not offer any sort of service
guarantee on customer installed wiring, choosing to do this work
yourself now might result in the cable company either having you
replace it later by paying a huge fee to them OR hiring your own
You can fix that by having the cable company install a jack in a place
convenient to them. then connect your cable to wherever theirs
connected. Or run your cable to their box and use a jumper.
If you ever have an issue, move the cable box to the approved connector
before you call 'em.
I've been doing that with DSL for years. I can disconnect the whole
house and use my dedicated wiring only...or just plug into their
socket directly to convince 'em it ain't me.
And, if there are such regulations as obtaining a permit, inspections, and
having the work done by a licensed hippie with a pencil-thin mustache, then
plan on moving to a more benign jurisdiction.
If a city or county regulates how TV cable is run, pretty soon they'll be
prohibiting broccoli in the garbage disposal.
Can you imagine spanding life in prison for installing your own cable
tv wire? Scary thought, but I bet it happens all the time. Of
course the actual reason could be that Bubba likes electricians in his
bed at night? Maybe they spark his interest, or he has a fetish for
wire nuts, or they are just his outlet to relax after a hard day in
But all this makes sense. We cant just let every noodle in the soup
can playing electrician, just like we cant have mothers playing doctor
with their children. Why just yesterday I saw a mother apply a
bandaid to her sons thumb, which he scraped on the swing set at the
park. Seconds later the police hauled this mother away in a paddy
wagon, and charged her with medical fraud. On the police report, it
said she was practicing medicine without a medical license. According
to her lawyer, she'll get 20 to 30 years in prison and could be
eligable to leave in 15 to 18 years for good behavior.
Doncha just love living in the land of the free!
Use RG6 cable. RG59 has been obsolete for over 20 years.
My understanding is that inside wiring for telephone and cable has been
deregulated at the federal level. The catch is that it performs poorly
you're responsible for it. The installer should note that preexisting
wire is being used and test it for proper bandwidth.
The biggest hazards with DIY cable wiring are poor connections on the
ends and smashed cables or sharp bends. Run the cable carefully without
sharp bends (no less than a 1 inch radius) and protect it against
getting smashed. Let the cable installer put the connectors on at the
ends of the cable.
Use RG-6 and a good grade of it. If you tell the cable people what you are
going to do, they may give you the cable. Also if you can just run the
cable and let the installer put the connectors on it, so much the beter.
The cable should be well shielded for two reasons. To keep other signals
from getting into the system and more so to keep the cable signals inside
the cable so they will not cause problems with other services that use the
For free. Most of them (at least those that also serve businesses) would
be glad to subcontract a local installer and charge $80-$90/hr + trip
charge for the job. This will make it one very expensive cable run very
The installer would have to be a real jerk to not go (slightly) out of his
way and find a matching connector he should already be carrying on his
truck for repairs and such. But you make a valid point: if OP is not
comfortable with terminating (connectorizing) the cable, he should leave
the ends open for the CableCo installer to terminate. They may refuse to
pull the cable due to time, effort, insurance etc. but they will never
object to terminating one that's already pulled.
RG6/U is the way to go.
Additional comments noted. I'll leave the fittings in place- they can
cut them off and redo them if they want to.
I really don't think I would get this location done for free
*unless* neatness is not an issue. The modem needs to be placed near
the inner wall of a room. I know what the snaking would involve and I
can't imagine there wouldn't be an extra charge.
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