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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by MarkN, Dec 3, 2008.

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  1. Dec 3, 2008 #1 of 15
    MarkN

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    is the flat coax cable used for windows and doors ok to use with HD equipment?
     
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    curt8403

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    there are some that are rated for HD, so if it is rated as such then yes
     
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    MarkN

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    were would I find one thats rated for HD? Also would it work with the SWM
     
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    solidsignal
     
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    BattleZone

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    If you're using a SWM, you don't need the HD version, BUT... do not use the flat cable on a patio door or anywhere the flat cable is going to sustain damage, because the power inserter will be pumping lots of DC power through it and it could potentially be a fire hazard. Go through a window, and try to use the window as little as possible and be gentle on the cable.

    I don't do an install that requires flat cables on a patio door, because the customer (or their friends/family/guests) always slam the door and damage the flat cable, causing endless service calls.
     
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    joe diamond

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    Exactly,

    If they would just make them about two feet long the damage to the fitting area might be eliminated.

    I charge extra to use them and give the customer two spares.

    Joe
     
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    the sad thing is that I bet that they could make a device that converted the signal into light pulses, you could mount two of them on either side of some glass and that should work
     
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    joe diamond

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    Drills are cheaper.

    There must be a wi fi way to do this stuff.

    Joe
     
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    Rockaway1836

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    Years ago Toshiba made something called a glass link. It was expensive and never really caught on. The closest thing to it that I could find on the net isn't made anymore either.
    http://www.smarthome.com/7816.html
     
  10. houskamp

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    Still would have to get power to "outside" tho..
     
  11. clb4g9

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    very cool....surprised it didn't catch on.....
     
  12. BattleZone

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    Power is the reason; sat coax not only passes RF signal, but also DC power. Most solutions that would require power on the outside cause the same problems as having the cable; it's easier to drill.
     
  13. avmaster

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    screw flat cables, I will not use them. They are tacky and they break too easily.
     
  14. MarkN

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    what would you do if you lived at an apartment that won't allow you to drill?
     
  15. BattleZone

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    Drill anyway, and either repair the hole yourself or pay out of the deposit for it to be repaired when you leave. That's what most tenants do. They won't through you out of the place for a (sealed) hole in the wall.
     

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