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#40757 by Aveamantium
Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:13 pm
joeed2 wrote:I'm using Comcast with Ooma and it works great.

But I basically got a spool of quad shield RG6 from Home Depot, a compression fitting kit, a handful of digital cable splitters, and about 40 feet of schedule 80 PVC. Then dug a trench from the box on the street to my home, ran fresh RG6 in the pipe underground to my house. Then redistributed to all the cable drops to my router and TV's.

I called Comcast twice about picture problems on my TV's. They sent out techs, but basically told me everything was within specs, nothing wrong, or I'd have to pay out of my pocket to do any additional work. So I just did it myself.

I think part of the problem is when Comcast set up my neighborhood (19 years ago) all anyone ever had was analog cable standard definition TV. Now with HD digital cable TV, on-demand, cable modem, voip, etc. the original setup was inadequate.

They installed RG6 in my neighborhood but, typical of Comcast, they didn't bury it... I ended up having to do that myself when I put in my landscaping! :shock:
#40758 by Aveamantium
Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:15 pm
amoney wrote:Good point TOMMIES. Watch out for RG59

Interesting note when I got cable internet, the cable guy said they recommend a dedicated line from the box, although my inside wireing is RJ6 and could work fine. I know many cable installs that piggy back off of the TV line splitters and all.

Guess people just cared more back then. Oh thats right it was actually ATT, then Comcast took over. Than Comcast gobbled up more and more, mind you they never replaced the support that they fired. Ah the sh4327 customer service woes.

RG6 to the house to an On-Q distribution system. I'll probably put the modem at the On-Q system so it will be at the first split. Besides all my other equipment is right there! :D
#40760 by joeed2
Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:19 pm
My original cable was burried about 2 inches deep, was even poping up from the sod in a few places. But every 6 months when my neighbor did landscaping, they hit the underground cable with a shovel and cut it. Then Comcast would be called, and they would put a splice in the cable.

I finally got sick of it, and dug a trench about 8-12 inches deep, and ran the cable in schedule 80 PVC (the heavy walled PVC). You'ld have to hit that several times with a pick axe to even put a scratch in it.

When I dug up the original cable, it probably has 8 splices in the cable along the 30-40 foot run from the street to my house, and RG59 cable with hardly any shielding. Right off the bat I probably had poor quality, before it even got into my house.
#40764 by Aveamantium
Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:27 pm
joeed2 wrote:My original cable was burried about 2 inches deep, was even poping up from the sod in a few places. But every 6 months when my neighbor did landscaping, they hit the underground cable with a shovel and cut it. Then Comcast would be called, and they would put a splice in the cable.

I finally got sick of it, and dug a trench about 8-12 inches deep, and ran the cable in schedule 80 PVC (the heavy walled PVC). You'ld have to hit that several times with a pick axe to even put a scratch in it.

When I dug up the original cable, it probably has 8 splices in the cable along the 30-40 foot run from the street to my house, and RG59 cable with hardly any shielding. Right off the bat I probably had poor quality, before it even got into my house.

Smart idea... Fortunately, my cable ped is in my yard so the only one that could cut it is me and so far so good! :cool:
#40773 by tommies
Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:47 pm
Aveamantium wrote:House was built in 2005 so I hope it is ok! I just ordered a SB6120 so I can take advantage of the DOCSIS 3.0 when it is available in my area.

For newer house(10yrs or less) the cable line is RG11 and you should be fine.
#40778 by Aveamantium
Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:04 pm
tommies wrote:
Aveamantium wrote:House was built in 2005 so I hope it is ok! I just ordered a SB6120 so I can take advantage of the DOCSIS 3.0 when it is available in my area.

For newer house(10yrs or less) the cable line is RG11 and you should be fine.

Good to know! Thanks!! :D

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