Just wanted to clear up some misconceptions regarding coax.
RG59 is coming to the end of its useful life. With newer digital equipment continuing to use higher and higher frequency ranges, the signal loss on RG59 starts to become a problem - especially on longer runs. That being said, RG59 can still be used for a few years yet, provided some details are taken care of.
- Replace F-connectors! Most old RG59 have the crappy crimp on or low quality compression fittings. Replace these and you'll save yourself quality issues. Newer gen connectors ensure the signal integrity is solid; no leaky in, no leaky out.
- Replace F-81 connectors (wall plates). After a couple decades of use, the pins that bite and hold the stinger start to wear providing a less than adequate connection. This can cause all sorts of issues; pixelization on higher band HD broadcasts, modem flapping, etc.
If you take care of just those two things, your RG59 can continue to service most of your TV/ satellite services.
- 100% copper - better or worse? No effing difference!
RF travels over the outside or "skin" of the copper
between the copper and dielectric material. Look up "the skin effect". Copper clad steel is 110% A-OK to use
. don't let anyone tell you different.
- Quad Shield
necessary? NO! (well usually not). Dual or tri-shield is just fine in 99% of residential and commercial environments. The only time quad is important is if your run is in a truly "noisy" environment. If you get a deal on it there's certainly no harm in using it, other than it's thicker and a bit of a PITA to terminate w/F-connectors.
I am a "cable guy" and take pride in quality installs. I install TV/phone/internet services, drops and rewires. I'm not in the league of crappy installers I hear about on this forum! Hope this helps. --
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