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Wire up a new garage

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by seanoj, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. seanoj

    seanoj New Member

    Jul 16, 2007
    I am rebuilding my garage as the old one is falling down. I have a pretty good sized trench dug between the house and the dig for the new garage pad.

    I was thinking of running two RG6 lines and two Cat5e in a conduit in the trench.

    Couple of questions...

    1) Do I need two RG6? Thinking one backup is not a bad idea.
    2) Do I need the grounding cable on the RG6?
    3) If I upgrade to a genie box and put a client in the garage one line should be enough?

    Also, if anyone has any opinion on Cat5e vs. Cat6 please let me know. I understand that Cat6 can be temperamental...
  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    - two - in case if you'll need second receiver
    - grounding cable ? - be careful with it; use it if you know/measured ground in the garage is same as in house
    - enough
  3. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    If the conduit will be large enough to pull additional wire in the future, and you leave pull string in it, then you should be fine.

    If not, then I would pull 3 RG6 and 3 Cat5e or Cat6. Cat6 isn't "temperamental", its just hard to terminate properly (in which case it doesn't meet the cat6 spec so you might as well have cat5e). Properly terminated Cat5e will outperform poorly/improperly terminated Cat6.
  4. GregAmy

    GregAmy AllStar

    Jan 7, 2008
    This may be useful for you:


    Cat 5e is fine.

    You can buy direct-burial Ethernet and coaxial, but I guess since you've already dug the trench there's no value in it. Though, you may wish to use direct-burial even within a trench, in case the insulation on either is compromised.

    Put in two runs of each, in case you lose one of them for whatever reason (the marginal cost is minimal). You can use a switch on the garage end to connect it all to the same Ethernet cable and same goes for the SWIM system for the coax.

  5. cabletech

    cabletech Legend

    Jan 20, 2011
    seanoj must not like the answers he is given on the DTV forums.

    There are many answers to the questions, but the bottom line is all of them I have seen so far are great.

    What part of LA are you in? If you do not think you are getting the correct answers, go to the local city/county building department and get it stright from them.

    Put your cable and catxx in conduct and be sure you use sweaps at both ends instead of 90 deg so that if you need to add or replace cables it is earier to do.

    As for the power, your electrican is licensed by the state, city, county and is much more quialityed to run the power and the install the correct grounding system per the National electrical code and the local code. DO NOT SECOUND GUESS THEM.

    National code has a higher requarement then local and it say's that buildings that are on the same electrical supply meter and seperate, must be tied together with the gounds.

    This means that the electrican will run 4 wires to the main electral panel, two for the primary and one for 'ground' and for 'nutral'.

    No seperate ground rods are needed ot required.
  6. Getteau

    Getteau Icon

    Dec 19, 2007
    It's not my money to spend, but I'm a firm believer of more is better. Especially when everything is open. Dragging cable through a conduit once it's buried or through a wall once it's closed is a PITA.

    I would buy the RG6 in the dual cable bulk packs and run at least 4 if not 6 lines. I would also run 3 or 4 Cat 5e's.

    While 6 - RG6 may seem like a lot, here's how it could be used. This is actually 7 lines
    4 lines to the dish to support a SWM 16 or Zinwell
    1 line for a receiver or a slave TV in the garage
    1 line for an antenna
    1 line for a cable modem

    For the cat 5e
    1 line for your main phone
    1 line for networking in the garage
    1 line if you wanted to dedicate a line for Uverse/FIOS/DSL.
    1 line for a spare.

    While you could get by with 2 and 2 and while you may never use the extra lines, you'll be happy that you spent the extra $100 if you ever do need them.

  7. Cyber36

    Cyber36 Legend

    Mar 20, 2008
    Byron NY
    No need to ever run two lines of anything as long as it is flexable - just use the failed wire as a fish to pull the new one through.........
  8. funnyfarm299

    funnyfarm299 AllStar

    Mar 3, 2012
    And if he needs two at once?
  9. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    W.Mdtrn Sea
    Same way: use wire's tape, make it smooth as conical and pull !

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