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What kind of coax to run?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by ITrot, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. ITrot

    ITrot Godfather

    Aug 14, 2006
    A friend of mine is building a theatre system in his basement and wants to know what kind of coax to run from the sat to his HR23? There are no wires down there now since it is an unfinished basement. Is there a 'special' brand or specs he has to buy for coax or will any do?

  2. mobandit

    mobandit Hall Of Fame

    Sep 4, 2007
    RG6 is the generally accepted coax. Make sure it is solid copper, and not copper clad steel, center conductor. RG6 Quad Shield may be an overkill, but it is also a very good choice. Also make sure that good quality compression fittings are used.
  3. Draconis

    Draconis New Member

    Mar 16, 2007
    Las Vegas, NV
    RG6 cable, copper-core, and rated to handle at least 2 - 2150 MHz.
  4. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Run an absolute minimum of two RG6 coax to each potential receiver location, as well as a Cat 5e or Cat 6 ethernet connection and a phone connection. If he plans multiple DVRs, wire for each one individually. Plan about twice what you think you might ever possibly want or need, and you will come close to what you end up really wanting.
  5. ITrot

    ITrot Godfather

    Aug 14, 2006
    thanks for the replies, another question is can he run power and coax together or is it best to have it run separatly. Running separatly means more drilling of holes in the studs.
  6. mobandit

    mobandit Hall Of Fame

    Sep 4, 2007
    Not sure of the specs, but generally it is always better to separate power and any signal-bearing cables. The power line can induce interference into a signal-bearing cable.
  7. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Low voltage (coax, phones, Cat 5 or Cat 6) and high voltage (power) are never good to run together, in fact....in many areas, it violates the building code.

    One other thing to consider....running key cables, such as HDMI, etc. to the location of whatever TV or projector display is used is good to route through some PVC piping...as to allow for future changes and easy access without having to tear out drywall in the future....its easy and cheap to do now - costs alot later.
  8. Mike500

    Mike500 Hall Of Fame

    May 10, 2002
    Here is the basic design of the OPEN WORK METHOD, which I prefer to fixed conduits, which are not necessary and NOT required by code in most all localities.

    Run each wire separate and straight.

    Do not twist tie any of the wires together inside a wall cavity. Do not staple to the studs or any wood inside the wall cavity.

    Do not use any conduit.

    All holes through the wooden top, bottom and floor plates should be two or 2-9/16 inches in diameter. One side of the wall stud usually has the "new work" line voltage box nailed to it. Run the low voltage cables down the other side of the stud.

    Cables can be fastened and bundled in locations outside of enclosed cavities, so that they can be unfastened and unbundled, and easily removed and replaced.

    The top of holes can be covered by cutting pieces of galvanized steel flashing and folding one edge. Place this folded, while clamping the cables to the edge of the hole bored through the wood. Fasten down to the sides of the hole with 1/4 drive hex washered sheet metal screws. Make sure that this plate is accasable from outside the enclosed wall cavity after the house is completed. This will allow the install to meet code.

    Cut the back off of the "new work box" where you will eventually have access to the cables. Have the installer staple a wire tie, wrapped and bundle the cables to the stud, so that cutting the wire tie will let you release all of the cables.

    If going two or more floors, install a removed back "new work box" at the same level as the other outlet boxes over the cables coming down the wall next to the stud. You can install a blank plate over this frame. Removing two screws on the blank frame will allow easy access to the cables for pulling.

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