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browndk26

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Fri, Feb 14, 2014 3:04 AM

Coax or Cat5

We had Uverse TV and cancelled it. Now we are considering getting Uverse TV again with one or two STB's. The coax cable, AT&T splitters and connectors are still in place. Does the installer still have the option of using existing coax or must cat5 cables now be used?

 

If I wanted the installer to run cat5 cable from the RG to an Home Theater System, how would I order that and how much would I be charged?

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browndk26

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7 years ago

I would want everything wired. If we do get TV again I will tell the tech to use cat5 instead if coax. There would be two wires run. We already have cat5 from the inid to the existing RG (i38hg).
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browndk26

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If we do have an ethernet cable run to the Home theater, can someone recommend a switch(?) to use to connect three devices? I would assume the cable from the router into the switch and three ethernet cables out to the devices. For future proofing, a 6-8 port switch would work too. Would the tech have one in the truck that could be bought and used?
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aviewer

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7 years ago

browndk26 - I use one of these 108 switches that I believe had been recommended in posts. THere do seem to be variations of the letter designation. Not sure how much difference it makes.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00006RVPW/ref=asc_df_B00006RVPW1644937?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B00006RVPW

One thing that does make a difference is - keep a path to the RG for video and one for internet access. If you mix video and internet on the same path/switch it may flood the switch. This forces at least two cat5 cable from the location to the RG. Then you have to decide if you want more cables, one or two switches.
browndk26

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7 years ago

Thanks aviewer. I will have them run two cables to the Home theater. With the above switch, does the cable from the router plug into any of the 8 ports pictured? There is no "in" port and "out" ports?
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7 years ago

browndk26 - Now that you mention it, I think that confused me too. The directions must have covered it.
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@browndk26 wrote:
Thanks aviewer. I will have them run two cables to the Home theater. With the above switch, does the cable from the router plug into any of the 8 ports pictured? There is no "in" port and "out" ports?

Yes. It's auto-uplink enabled, so it will detect which one of the ports is providing uplink data. (Out of habit, I always do port 1 or 8.)

browndk26

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7 years ago

I have read in some of the forums that inid installations are not being done anymore. If we added TV services again, would our inid be removed and would we be given another router? Or would we keep all the same equipment? We currently have the 2wire i38hg RG and a nid and inid on the outside of the house. Cat5 home run from the inid to the RG.
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JefferMC

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7 years ago

If you were a new customer, you would not get an iNID.  You would have a Cat5e home run installed between your NID and your RG, and both pair would run from the VRAD, through your NID, to a Motorola NVG 589 RG which would handle the pair bonded VDSL2 connection.

 

If there isn't a problem with your current equipment, I don't know that they would want to replace stuff that's working.

 

It's a good question.  I hope my thoughts wanders through and can give a more informed, but still personal, opinion on this.

 

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browndk26

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7 years ago

Thanks for the responses. "If it is not broken, don't fix it" seems appropriate here.
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browndk26

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6 years ago

My Thoughts,

 

Can a cat 5 cable be run to a TV without an STB? To connect an internet device such as an Apple TV or Home Theater Receiver?

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browndk26

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6 years ago

We have u200 TV service scheduled to install tomorrow 05/16/14. I will post back how the install goes and if the existing INID and RG are replaced or kept. I am going to ask for one cat5 cable to the family room tv and 2 to the basement TV.

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6 years ago

securedownload1.jpgsecuredownload2.jpgInstall took about 1 1/2 hours. The tech left the existing INID AND RG(i38hg). Ran cat 5 cable to the TV. He didn't want to run the extra cat 5 cable to the home theater so I didn't push that. The dvr is tiny and responds much quicker to the remote than the DVR/STB's we had before. The dvr is an IPH8005. I don't know what capacity hard drive it is. The tech said it has a replaceable hard drive.

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JefferMC

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@browndk26 wrote:
Install took about 1 1/2 hours. The tech left the existing INID AND RG(i38hg). Ran cat 5 cable to the TV. He didn't want to run the extra cat 5 cable to the home theater so I didn't push that. The dvr is tiny and responds much quicker to the remote than the DVR/STB's we had before. The dvr is an IPH8005. I don't know what capacity hard drive it is. The tech said it has a replaceable hard drive.

Replaceable in the refurbishment center, maybe.  Why do techs say stuff like this?

 

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aviewer

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6 years ago

JefferMC - That caught my eye, too. I googled it & the Pace web site does tout it as a feature -

DVR functions are supported utilizing a 500GB, 2.5” field-removable hard drive. By allowing for quick technician removal of the hard disk, operators can reduce service costs and simplify logistics when servicing customer returns. In addition, the IPH8005 offers quiet operation and a low-temperature, fanless design.

http://www.pace.com/americas/products/set-top-box/iptv/iph8005/

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