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Topic # 14432 3-Jul-2007 13:23
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Hi there all,

I am putting in a home smart wiring type set up so i can run all the network, skytv, tv arial and Ph cables to plugs in the wall from a patch panel hiden away out of sight, I have 300m of cat 5 for the phones and network, alsoI have mounted the plugs in the walls ready to wire. I want to have tv going into the patch panel and then out to 5 rooms, same with Sky digital, the phone i want to have one into the patch panel and 9 out, and the network is going to have about 16 wall sockets throughout the house. I believe i can get 2 x tv splitters to use for the tv arial and sky coax but i am not sure which cable to get, I also need to find a shop in CHCH that will be able to sell me a patch panel and can understand what i am trying to do and offer advice, does anyone know such a place and what type of cable i need for a tv arial and sky digital, our flatmate/boarders intend on getting their own decoders. I would greatly appreciate any help.
Thanks

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  Reply # 76788 3-Jul-2007 19:29
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RG6.
Dual shield should do,quad shield may be better when dig terrestrial comes along

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  Reply # 76954 4-Jul-2007 21:41
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I would go with tri shield or the quad shield as mentioned. the difference between dual and tri is that dual has about 60% braid and tri has about 80% braid. Go to your local electrical wholesaler they should be able to help. There is currently on the market a lexcom system that utilizes data cable to transmit all your audio,video,data and phone around the house and you can chop and change the outlet to suit your requirements. Great if you are wanting to future proof your home is quite pricy though.

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  Reply # 76961 4-Jul-2007 22:26
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Electical suppliers will most likely (infact definitely) only supply duobond which is dual shield and Sky approved. Quad sheilded is over the top and to be quite honest not worth the effort. It is also not commonly available.

In Aus where DVB-T has been around for sometime there is lots of noise about having to need quadshield, however if you ask installers who have to sort all sorts of interference issues out due to local RF noise, they will tell you that dual sheild is just as good as quad and most dont carry anything other than dual shield in the trucks.

You should be able to find duobond (dual sheild) Sky rated RG6 at your wholesaler for around $1/meter and discounts applied on that.

Cyril

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  Reply # 77065 5-Jul-2007 17:40
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If you live in Chch and you use Telstraclear services ie. Cable Tv, Cable modem I do recommend you use Tri shielded rg6 as this is the TCL standard. If there was to be an ingress fault of any kind comming from your house and it was identified that you were not using trishield you would get disconnected. this is due to the fact that someone in TCL has deemed that dual shielded cable has insufficient braiding and therefore is susceptable to ingress faults. I know this because I used to hunt down these ingress faults(which can potentially be harmful to the entire CATV/Modem Network) and if substandard cable was identified then they would get disconnected.



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Reply # 77618 10-Jul-2007 15:06
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Thanks for your help,
I will have a look for the cable mentioned.

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