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New Home Instal Requirements

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by xsumx, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. xsumx

    xsumx New Member

    Sep 15, 2012
    I'm having a new townhouse built and need to know the pre-wiring requirements. So I have two questions:

    1. How many RG6 cables do I need to have run to my roof?? My builder says 4 but everything that I read online seems to indicate that the latest dishes only need a single cable. Who's right?

    2. My builder wants to install copper clad steel core RG6 but I've been told by others that I need to make sure they use solid copper core RG6. Again, who's right? What's the implications of using copper clad steel core RG6?

  2. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    Four sounds good. Run those cables down to a single point "distribution center" where switches, nodes and splitters can be installed. Then run cables to each TV location from that central point.

    If you only have a single cable from the roof you will be limited on what receivers you can have. The multiple cables will allow you to bring all three outputs from a dish (four if you have an international dish) into your "distribution center" where you can do whatever you please with the signals as technology continues to change.

    With today's technology a single cable would limit you to a single receiver (622/722/922 ViP or older receiver) or a single Hopper (no dual hopper setup).
  3. Grandude

    Grandude RichardParker II

    Oct 21, 2004
    I would insist on solid copper core.
  4. greatwhitenorth

    greatwhitenorth Godfather

    Jul 18, 2005
    Dish standards allow up to 200 feet of copper-clad steel rg-6 between the dish and receiver.
  5. gtal98

    gtal98 Godfather

    Jan 30, 2011
    Definitely 4 cables for the reasons James mentioned. It would also be nice if he ran a bonded ground wire up to the roof so that the Dish installer could just put the ground blocks up there. Copper clad steel is fine - it's what I use every day as an installer. The only thing pure copper is required for is internet dishes, it handles the extra power requirements of the transmitters better.

    And you didn't mention this, but I would also run two RG6 and two Cat5e/6 to each possible location you would want TVs. This should help future-proof you for the foreseeable future.

    Also, make sure all TV locations are home runs from the TV location to the distribution box. No splitters allowed!
  6. Grandude

    Grandude RichardParker II

    Oct 21, 2004
    Since the power to the switch and LNBFs is supplied by the receivers, or in some cases by a power block, connected to the RG6 cable, I would always feel better if it was copper core which is and always has been a better conductor of electricity.
    Just my humble opinion...........:)
  7. coldsteel

    coldsteel Hall Of Fame

    Mar 29, 2007
    Since you could also use those cables for other apps, go with the copper core. Better to have too good a cable than 'just enough'. Also, what gtal said, take as gospel for the cable runs.

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