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Pre-Wire for upgrade

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by GPro, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. GPro

    GPro New Member

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    Hello,

    I currently have DTV SD to one room. I am going to upgrad to HD and add an additional 2 or 3 rooms.

    I have pretty good access under my house and will pre-wire each room if it's needed. I really don't want a bunch of wires strung all over the place or entering the house at seperate locations for each room.

    Is there anything I can do to pre-wire these rooms?

    The overall service I'm considering is:

    HD / DVR in main room
    HD in Den
    HD in one or two bedrooms

    Thanks for any help.

    GPro
     
  2. curt8403

    curt8403 Hall Of Fame

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    run 3 RG6 solid copper core lines to each location. mark each end so you can tell which is which. that way you have wires for HD DVRs without a swm or with a swm,, and a spare or OTA. run them all to one location so that you can put in a switch or spitter or whatever. plan on running cat 6 cable to each location as well.
     
  3. asjamias

    asjamias AllStar

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    don't forget to drop also a couple of Cat5E for either ethernet or phone....
     
  4. curt8403

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    I said Cat6 which is better, and more reliable
     
  5. BattleZone

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    Good plan! Cable is relatively cheap; installation is expensive, so since it isn't much harder to pull 3-4 cables instead of just 1, it is MUCH smarter to go ahead and do it. You never know what you'll want/need a year or two from now, but if you follow Curt's advice, you'll probably be ready for it, even if you don't need it today.

    BTW, in most of my rooms, I have 3 coax and 3 CAT6 going to a 6-outlet keystone wallplate (1 of the 3 CAT6 is terminated with phone jacks instead of Ethernet, but the cable is there and can be easily converted later if need be). I have double that in the livingroom, where I have my main entertainment setup. It really helps to simplify testing equipment, which is something I also do frequently (I have both DirecTV and DishNetwork dishes installed). In my case, it helped that I have a single-story house with a fairly empty crawlspace.
     
  6. GPro

    GPro New Member

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    Thanks for all the input. I think you're all right, might as well run all the cables now then I won't have to go under the house again. :grin:

    GPro
     
  7. bobnielsen

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    Bainbridge...
    I thought that once. I've been back in the crawlspace a dozen times since :D
     
  8. sadoun

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    Also, don't forget to use compression type connectors instead of the crimp type. Better performance overall. I would recommend the PPC EX6XL or equivalent.
     
  9. asjamias

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    what made you say Cat6 is more reliable, better probably just because of the rated bandwidth which I doubt the OP would use right now and is probably overkill. Even Cat5 can do gig bandwidth if wired properly.
     
  10. firefighter4evr

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    I too have 6 RG6 cables and 4 CAT6 lines run to each room where i have TV (living room, bedrooms and kitchen) 2 RG6 lines for direct, 2 for dish, 1 for OTA and 1 for sirius. then, 1 CAT6 for Ethernet, 1 for phone and 2 spares for future use.... :hurah:

    of course this is all ran into a central location where my muti-switch & hub (Ethernet and phone) are located... I found a house in town where the owners where remodeling and gave me a nice panel box to make my central location... I cut the drywall out next to my electrical panel box and mounted it next to that ... so, all my stuff is hidden in the wall and i have a nice access door to get to it:goodjob: :goodjob:
     

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