Coaxial Cable to CAT5

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Coaxial Cable to CAT5

Hey, I am currently upgrading my internet connection from 12 mbps to 45 mbps. The reason why I am upgrading is because AT&T has a promotion going on and instead of paying $51 for 12 mbps, I can get 45 mbps for $54.96 or something close to that price. So I thought that is a deal and took it. I did some searching around and it seems I may have a coaxial type cable, but I can't really verify it because I'm new to this. The phone rep at AT&T told me that I will not be charged a installion fee because all I'm doing is upgrading the equipment. I did a little research and it looks like I may need to upgrade my coaxial type cable, if I do have that type, to CAT5. At this point I am now worried because, of course, that will need some installing. I called AT&T back and talked to a man that verified if the phone rep did in fact told me that there will be no installation fee then you can contact billing and they will waive the installation fee for you and the only item I would have to pay for is any excessive cable that needs to be used. I do not know if they will honor that. Now my question, is it expensive to convert coaxial to CAT5? About how much am I looking to spend? Because if I have to pay too much just to have it converted I would rather stick to the same coaxial and choose the 24 mbps plan.

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Re: Coaxial Cable to CAT5

The way I would look at it is if they told you there was no install fee then your good to go whether they need to run cable or not.  They won't be replacing your coax but simply adding a NEW Cat 5e cable in the same spot.

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Re: Coaxial Cable to CAT5

So is adding a CAT5e something anyone can do on their own? and if not, I do want to prepare for the worst. Lets say I ended up having to pay for this installation. About how much will this add-on be? The reason I would like to know is because, I don't want the technician to waste his/her time. Will this DIY CAT5e add-on be on this forum?

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If you know how to run the cable I guess you could go buy some at your local hardware store like Lowe's or Home Depot but I would let the tech terminate it.

 

I still say if you were told there would be no install fee then all of this is a moot point.

 

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They can look at your order and tell you for sure whether you will have to pay or not if a cable is run.

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Re: Coaxial Cable to CAT5

Yes, you could run a Cat5e cable from where the RG is to your NID yourself.  Techs like not having to pull cable and can be forgetful about adding all the proper charges when a customer agreeably does something like this.  Also, if you want it fished (instead of running around your outsides walls or baseboards), this is the way to go.

 

If you know enough about wiring, and have the proper gear, you could terminate the ends yourself (removing the connection to the Balun on the Coax on the NID end, and properly connecting the Blue and the Green pair to the incoming drop at the NID), and terminating the RG end in either a Cat5e plug, or with a Cat5e jack in a wall plate (if so inclined) and using a Cat5e drop from the wall to your RG.  The risk here is messing up your existing connection and having to get a premise tech to come fix it (at a charge).  I have access to test gear and may do this myself, but I'd not recommend it to everybody.

 

Your current RG will work over twisted pair just as well as Coax, and most RG's are set to auto detect the connection.  This would test the blue pair before you switch to 45 Mpbs, but wouldn't test the Green pair.

 

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