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Old 01-03-2011, 10:38 PM   #1
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CATV/Internet Install

I'm about to start a project of replacing all of the loose hanging cable in the basement, and installing Cable TV and Internet outlet/jacks throughout the house; flush mounting everything.

The only items (cable-wise) I have in the home right now are the TV, DVD, telephone and Internet... no video gaming equipment, or anything fancy. The phone, cable and internet are all provided by the same broadband service provider.

I want to begin with the basics of running everything to a homerun in the basement where it enters the house. The walls are all closed, but I can get access wherever I need it.

What do I need for supplies? I was thinking about placing a splitter where the cable enters the house, and running the cable and internet to all rooms (3 rooms total, plus access in the basement). I'm not familiar yet with extending telephone jacks, but I want to do that as well.

I really need the very basics on a professional install throughout the walls. I don't want to drill through the hardwood floors (even though the current runs are that way, I want to eliminate them).

So, first, I guess, are there cable/internet/phone service panels available for these installations (at the entrance point), or is a splitter the way most pros go? I'd really prefer a panel, if they exist.

Sorry for the basic questions, and long rambling, but I don't find anything in print or online that shows the 101s of installing cable professionally. All I seem to find are the ones that say "run the cable along walls, and under carpet and baseboards; I don't want that, that's already here, and I want to change it.

So, my questions revolve around the basics.

I'm assuming that I would be unable to do anything within the provider's boxes outside; is this correct?


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Old 01-04-2011, 07:00 AM   #2
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I will offer a couple of points, based on my (non-professional) understanding.

a. passive splitters will degrade a signal. There is a limit to the number of devices your cable system can support without additional amplification.
b. connectors degrade signal quality to some degree. I tend to prefer minimizing these, avoiding the use of wall outlet connectors.
c. routing a wire up from the basement into a non-insulated wall cavity is not overly difficult. The only tricky part can be identifying the exact location through which to drill the hole for the cable.


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Will get you pointed in the right direction.
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:58 AM   #4
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Will get you pointed in the right direction.
Leviton provides a lot of info and they sell the stuff at HD in my area. I ran all the coax, phone, and cat 5 in my house 2 years ago using home runs. I went from attic down because I live in FL and have no baement. Leviton has a real good online resource center. A structured media center is the way to go.
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:13 PM   #5
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thanks for the good info, guys.
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