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Peace, through superior firepower
Manassas, VA
reply to hambone42

Re: Structured wiring questions for new (old) home

OK, I'm getting ready to pull cables. As I was looking around the basement yesterday, it occurred to me that it might be smarter to locate the backboard and cable terminations on an interior wall that's on the other side of the staircase leading to the basement. The only issue I can see with that location is that it's closer to the HVAC system. Other than being a slightly (physically and electrically) noisier environment, is there any reason not to consider this location? It would actually be a more centralized location than mounting to the outside basement foundation wall.

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Milford, NH
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Does not really matter too much where you locate it. The considerations revolve around how easy it is to pull cable and do you have enough room to locate everything and work once it is installed.

By way of example in our house the phone wiring terminates under the electric meter on east basement wall. That was a planned wiring closet when we built the house. LAN wiring, installed years later, terminates on top of the water heater in the middle of the basement in pretty cramp location. But that was the preferred location, near my basement office and minimized drilling holes in beams. We have a post and beam house, running cable can be a challenge.

Having a dedicated circuit is nice but unless you have some serious equipment typical home LAN does not draw much power. Ours is powered by the stair lighting, fire alarm circuit. All critical stuff you don't want to be off.

I'm a fan of plywood backboards rather then residential wiring cabinets: cheaper, more flexible, and give you plenty of room to add stuff. Once you have a LAN the equipment seems to multiply like rabbits, or least it did for me.

Enjoy you project.


The E
Please allow me to retort
Burnaby, BC
reply to hambone42
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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