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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by ESA1178, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. ESA1178

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    I have directTV. The current cable needs to be rerouted under the eaves for cosmetic reasons. I tried coupling the existing cable so that it would reach around the house, from box to dish. But I guess the box doesn't like the coupling, cause I get no signal. When I restore the complete (non coupled) cable from dish to box, signal is back. Can anyone suggest a good cable that I should buy for DirecTV/HD? I intend to install about 200' Should I be looking at RG6? Or is there a better cable out there?

    Thanks!

    Mark
     
  2. bobnielsen

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    Bainbridge...
    RG6, solid copper center conductor should be adequate. Use compression connectors.
     
  3. ndole

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    It's probably not the coax, it's probably your fittings that are goofing up. Make sure that there is no metal braid wrapped around the center conductor. Not even just a little bit.
     
  4. ESA1178

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    Thanks guys...
    Can I also I go with RG59 Compression RCA Connectors? I have a choice of CATV or Quad Shield for the same price, I'm assuming the quad shield is better?

    Mark
     
  5. bobnielsen

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    Bainbridge...
    RG59 compression connectors won't fit RG6. Quad Shield is probably overkill (and it may be more difficult to attach the connectors).
     
  6. ESA1178

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    Thanks again...

    Looks like a compression tool is needed for the connectors. I hate to buy it just for 2 connectors. I don't have a crimping tool on my regular cable. Can the connectors be screwed onto the cable the same?

    Mark
     
  7. veryoldschool

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    Do yourself a big favor and either buy a pre-made cable, or buy the tools to do it correctly, "and" learn how to do it.
     
  8. dualsub2006

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    You can go to Home Depot and get a Klein compression tool for $20.

    And compression connectors are quite difficult to get on quad shield cable, ask me how I know.

    I bought a screwdriver like tool that has a male connector on the back end. I screwed the compression connector on to that, pushed with the tool and they went right on.
     
  9. ESA1178

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    I would do that, but since I don't know the exact length of the cable, I would rather buy without connectors and cut as I go...

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  10. veryoldschool

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    Then you should really "tool up" to do the job. When dealing with RF, cabling & connectors are very important to be done correctly.
     
  11. ESA1178

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    We're talking 4 connectors. I cannot see justifying purchasing a compression connector for a one time deal. As we all know, money is short, and I would like to keep the costs down..

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  12. veryoldschool

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    I understand, which is why pre-made might be a cheaper option.

    You just can't go half-assed with RF.
     
  13. ndole

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    It's only a one time deal if you're only going to be watching it for one day :lol:

    It's better to do this correctly now, and not have to redo it and redo it and redo it later :)
     
  14. deardeva

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    so, runnning 200 ft from the dish, is not a problem? I've been planning on doing something similar....
     
  15. davejacobson

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    Your best bet is to buy the correct tools and do it right or pay someone $100 or more to do it right after you mess it up. How expensive is that $20 tool now?
     
  16. veryoldschool

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    I would have a bunch of questions before saying that.
    "It can be done" with a SWiM, but NOT with an 8-way splitter, for example.
     
  17. F1 Fan

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    I bought mine from Lowes a few years ago - I was told by my installer that it ws the one he uses and loves it and sent me off to get one.

    Since then I have used it a lot more than the original 1 off. Every time "she who must be obeyed" decides to buy a $70 rug because there was $20 off, but we need to spend $5000 on new furniture to match the rug and then have to rearrange the room for the new furniture, I end up having to run new coax from the wall socket (or inside the wall to a new socket) to the receiver. So my original 8 connectors are now in the 20+ range :lol:
     
  18. veryoldschool

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    Which "of course" is all your fault too. :lol:
     
  19. jdspencer

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    A few years ago I moved my receivers to another side of the room and had to run new coax. The connectors on the cables were the old crimp type which are a pain to install. I found the coax stripper, compression tool and connectors at Lowe's. Very easy to install, so I decided to go though my entire system (dish to receivers) and replaced crimped on connectors with compression ones. They make for a very clean and consistent installation.
     
  20. ndole

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    And they don't squish the dielectric and foil up against the center conductor either :lol:
     

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