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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 2:30 PM

Cabling Used In-Home - AT&T Fiber Installation

I just signed up for AT&T Fiber (1Gbps) and have an installation scheduled for Friday. I was curious what cabling is used inside my home after I am connected to the Fiber network?  

 

I am planning on running some cables myself prior to the install so the technicians don't poke too many holes in the walls, floors, etc.

 

I know that fiber is run to the box outside but is it continued inside the home or switched over to Cat6? RG6 for TV?  I will have two Wired TVs installed as well if that matters.

 

Thank you for your help, AtlantaSBR

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JefferMC

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6 years ago

Cat 5e or better twisted pair cabling is used from the ONT into the home to the Gateway and between the Gateway and any wired TVs (using Ethernet protocols).  Coax (using the HPNA Protocol) may be used for Wired TVs, but wireless or Cat 5e or better is preferred over Coax.

 

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Perfect, I will pull new Cat6 for the installation team.  Thank you!

JefferMC

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@AtlantaSBR, also be prepared for the requirement that you will provide the ONT's power source.  An inside power adapter provides power through a cable run through the wall.

 

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How many Cat6 cables do I need to run to the ONT? Do all tvs come from that or another box inside?
JefferMC

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One Cat 5e (or Cat 6 or Cat 6e) from the ONT to the location of the U-verse Gateway (NVG 599 or 5268ac).  One Cat 5e (or better) from the Gateway to each wired TV Receiver.

 

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6 years ago

Hello JefferMC,

 

I have a similar question, except that for me the existing connection (Uverse bundle) from my NID to the RG is coax/HPNA. Everything I've read so far, including this thread says that ONT to RG requires CatX. I just wanted to confirm that HPNA is definitely out when moving to Fiber? Or does it "sort of" work? I could run some CatX myself but likely not in time for next week's install. Might have to postpone/cancel.

 

Thanks!

JefferMC

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HPNA is right out.  The protocol from the ONT to the Gateway is Ethernet and the physical medium will need to be at least Cat5e, and since you will want Gigabit Ethernet (for a Gigapower connection), you'll need all 4 pair of that Cat5e (no sharing for other purposes).

 

 

 

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6 years ago

Thanks on the quick reply!

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Hi, All! We are building a new home in Missouri and our new subdivision is fortunate to be one of first developments in Missouri receiving Gb service. I am doing all the low-voltage wiring and am not planning to do any RG6 cables. As of now, I will only be installing Cat6 for data & video networking, 16, 18, and 22AWG, and some Cat5e for security and audio signalling. All consumer components have RJ45 and HDMI connectors at a minimum. Does anyone see any need for RG6 for ATT service/capabilities/requirements (or any other in-house future-proofing for low-voltage components, security, automation, whole-house audio, etc)?

JefferMC

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DIRECTV service still uses RG6 extensively.  U-verse TV and U-verse Internet use Cat5e or better twised pair cable.  Always run some pull strings along with your active cables/fiber. 🙂

 

I would look at the specs for Cat 5e, Cat 6 and Cat 6a.  It is likely that Cat5e meets all the performance characteristics you need for the distances you are working on and is typically significantly cheaper than Cat 6.  If you need something better than Cat 5e, you'll likely actually need Cat 6a, which is yet more expensive.

 

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