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RG6 Cable Question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by AWAX1978, Aug 17, 2012.

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  1. AWAX1978

    AWAX1978 Cool Member

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    I'm taking advantage of the mover's program through D*. I originally started with D* in California. A little over a year ago, I moved back up to Washington and the installers up here use black cabling as the standard; in California it was white. The house we are moving into is bleach white and has not had Satellite in service before.

    I'd like to know if I could buy a spool of RG6 cabling in White and ask the installer to use it in place of the black. I know it seems a bit anal but I'd rather not have black cables running all over the outside of the house if I can avoid it.

    Have any of you done this before? Do you think the installer would say no?

    Thanks!
     
  2. revolg

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    Just make sure it's rated to 3ghz and hopefully you get a contractor. They will jump at the thought of saving there cable.
     
  3. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Any RG-6 should be fine.

    @revolg, why is that 3 GHz came ?
     
  4. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Any solid copper core RG6 will be fine.

    There is a myth that RG6 that has been "swept to 3 GHz" is a must, but like all myths, doesn't mean anything in reality.
     
  5. revolg

    revolg AllStar

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    Yes I've used stuff swept to 2ghz before and didn't have a problem. But depending in the installer an who he works for, directv technichian can't use anything under 3ghz or they will fail a qc and could result I a chargeback. So if u buy wire for him to use he may/not use it just for that fact.
     
  6. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    You didn't answer to my question.

    I could ask you different way - what real physical device use frequencies above 2.15 GHz in DTV domain ?

    [If you not aware, there are devices, but only dish Hopper require that, because it's use DPX technology to send third band in a range 2.5...3 GHz from a node to the DVR.]
     
  7. dielray

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    The main concern with white cable is to be sure it is UV resistant. When I see white cable in my area, it is many times cracked open already or cracks to the touch. The DirecTV approved coax is UV resistant.

    The manufacturer of the DirecTV coax is also a distributor, but they have a store front at: https://www.perfect-10.tv/ You just wont get as good of pricing without a dealer or tech account. If you click on cable just make note of what says DirecTV approved.

    You will need cable that includes the messenger ground.

    Be aware that the techs zipties and screw clips are going to be black. If that bothers you, you may consider picking up white versions of those as well.
     
  8. dielray

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    It's not a practical matter, but rather how strict the QC guys are in their area.

    DirecTV requires all existing cable to meet their minimum voltage and signal requirements. To me that means passing EIV on the AIM. To others that means solid copper 3ghz swept RG6 cable.

    Officially, any new cable ran, or any cable not finished off can only be DirecTV approved coax.
     
  9. AWAX1978

    AWAX1978 Cool Member

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    dielray - Thanks for the feedback. I was hoping an actual installer would reply just to get the official response. Much appreciated.
     
  10. Michael H..

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    Pro-Wire Communications online store INFO and SALES on solid copper center conductor RG6 coax.

    Pricing is competitive relative to online stores... and a lot cheaper than walk-in electronics/hardware stores.
    As revolg said, the contractor will jump at saving cable because this component is $$.
     

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