Its sad when you give someone proper advice when they asked for it.... I do not recall you asking to do it on a budget . $300 is not a lot to pay for a quality meter that will last you for years to come... not to mention you will probably have to peak it a few times because its on your patio which means anyone out there can mess it up... are you gonna call mastec everytime. ? Get cable.... your swimming in the adult pool over here and its too deep for you.