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I am in the process of doing a major remodeling in my house right now and have pretty much all my walls open, and I'll need roughly 900ft of cable for all the rooms and to the dish. I know that there are lots of opinions about the best cables. Look, I'm not running a space station here and I don't live below a cellphone tower, I just want something decent that will work well for the future. I don't want to spend $350 for a roll of 1000ft of cable. Is the monoprice cable sufficient, or can anyone recommend me something fairly decent? I would be willing to spend around $100-$120, if I can get something better than the $47 roll from Monoprice. I would appreciate some advice.
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I've bought plenty from Monoprice, and generally recommend them ... for exposed wires. Because they're cheap, and if its bad you can get another one. My 2 cents says spend the extra on good coax for inside your walls because replacing it could cost much more. Generally folks around here recommend a solid copper conductor instead of the copper clad steel stuff. Having said that, my house has a butt load of copper clad quad shield (not from Monoprice) and I haven't had any issues. Though if I had it to do over again, I'd probably run Belden 1694A all over the place.
 

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JeffTex42 said:
Though if I had it to do over again, I'd probably run Belden 1694A all over the place.
The Belden 1694A is pecifically the cable that I was referring to that costs $350. :(
Isn't there anything in between that's reliable that I won't worry will fail when it's in my walls?
 

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bruinfever said:
The Belden 1694A is pecifically the cable that I was referring to that costs $350. :(
Isn't there anything in between that's reliable that I won't worry will fail when it's in my walls?
You may want to look at Belden 7915a Duobond Plus which is high quality and meets D* specs. If in high RF area, you might look at Belden 7916a quad. That 1694 is way over the top unless you're building a broadcast studio which is what it is designed for.

Never used Monoprice, but stay away from store brand cable which is usually imported. It may be fine but it is difficult to find the manufacturer's specs (which are easy to find on US manufacturer's web sites).
 

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2dogz said:
You may want to look at Belden 7915a Duobond Plus which is high quality and meets D* specs. If in high RF area, you might look at Belden 7916a quad. That 1694 is way over the top unless you're building a broadcast studio which is what it is designed for.

Never used Monoprice, but stay away from store brand cable which is usually imported. It may be fine but it is difficult to find the manufacturer's specs (which are easy to find on US manufacturer's web sites).
Check markertek.com for Belden 7916A. $128 plus change (and shipping) for 1k'.
 

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Check out Perfect Vision cable. This is what DirecTV uses as their own brand cable and meets all their specs including solid copper cc. From SolidSignal.com it is $97 for 1000'. http://www.solidsignal.com/prod_display.asp?PROD=ULPVRG6SCBLK

Also for a little more money, you can get the same thing with phone wire attached which may make it easier to run the wire since it is already attached to the cable. $122 http://www.solidsignal.com/prod_display.asp?PROD=ULPVCX2W They no longer have that in black, but the white is the same price and as long as it is in the walls, or inside, it will hold up just fine.
 

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bruinfever said:
Thanks for the info. If I'm running these wire in-wall next to electrical will quad-sheild help protect from lighting and electrical interference or is it not needed?
Try not to run coax in parallel with electrical wire (romex), keep it one or two feet away if at all possible. Even quad may have problems with a long parallel run.

Many folks here (installers) will argue that quad is overkill. It may be useful, i.e. insurance, if your house is near a ham/radio/tv tower, near high voltage transmission lines, near an airport, near a military base, etc. Most homes do not have RF interference problems like that and regular RG6 works just fine.

That being said, the costs to upgrade to RG6 quad is minimal when you are only wiring a single house. Your call.
 

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rahlquist said:
Yeah I saw that, now thats pretty cool cable and should be used in all new house construction.

I thought for sure I saw a few installations around here that had 4 conductor RG6 cables coming out of the LNB's. Hmmmm.......
 

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theratpatrol said:
Yeah I saw that, now thats pretty cool cable and should be used in all new house construction.

I thought for sure I saw a few installations around here that had 4 conductor RG6 cables coming out of the LNB's. Hmmmm.......
It seems very appealing but what about if I want to change from cat5e to cat 6 in a few years? Or an RG6 cable fails? When you have everything bundled together than if one thing needs to be replaced it all needs to be replaced....
 

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Does anybody make a dual RG6 that is approved for D* HD or equivalent to Belden 7916? For runs where you need two cables, it seems like it would be easier to pull a dual cable.
 
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