Will existing RG59 cable work with the new
Infinity X1 technology?
I was told it would all have to be replaced.
Anyone have any ideas?
08-14-2013 05:03 PM
RG59 has a higher loss at high frequencies than RG6. It's perfectly fine for shorter lengths like between the wall and the box. Probably less than 20-25ft should be OK.
08-14-2013 05:26 PM
08-14-2013 11:00 PM
Thanks to you both for your input. It will cost a great deal
of money to have an electrician try to fish all the existing
cable through the walls on a 2 story home and replace it. My cables
are in a box attached to the house. Comcast wants RG6
cables and have them dropped in the cellar which then
they will put an amp or booster on. Apparently this amp
thing is not suitable for outdoor installation in the box. The
electrician says he can run one rg6 into the cellar. We
are awaiting a call from a Comcast tech to determine what
will happen. I have a 20 yr old home. This must be a problem
for many people who don't have homes built within the past
Comcast is saying this new dvr will sometimes freeze and it
could also effect my phone & internet without the rg6 cabling.
Thanks again and if you have any further ideas, please let me
08-15-2013 08:05 AM
Just had a thought; Would it improve my situation if I were to
run rg6 cabling just from the wall box connection to each of
the TV's which in all cases is a short distance?
08-15-2013 08:40 AM
08-15-2013 11:51 AM
Two techs came out with the dvr and related equipment. The one tech connected the
dvr which was loading and from what I saw of it briefly, it was showing information as it
was loading as to what it was doing. The other tech went and looked at the cellar and
the box outside the house and said to disconnect the new dvr and he wasn't going to do
anything until all the cable was changed.
Maybe a different tech would have done differently.
08-15-2013 12:19 PM
You might also want to check with a local contractor to see what they suggest you do, as they would be concerned about more than just the Comcast cable. Not all Comcast techs are not looking out for the customer as much as they are looking out for Comcast.
08-15-2013 12:54 PM
08-15-2013 01:05 PM
Not sure about that question; One guy drove a car and the other had
a Comcast van and said he was the office manager but they were so
busy he had to be in the field. He is the one who decided to not
install anything. Maybe the other guy was a subcontractor. I know
Comcast has used them in the past.
Probably the office manager isn't the best person to be doing installations.
08-15-2013 01:31 PM
08-15-2013 01:57 PM
This could actually turn out to be a simple job, if the cable isn't stapled inside the wall. You could use the existing cable to pull the new one.
If your existing cable is just coming out of the wall through a hole, give it a gentle tug and see if the other end moves.
08-17-2013 07:34 PM
Female to female RF cable connectors can be found at most electronics/building stores to accomplish using one cable to pull another through the wall(s)..
08-17-2013 09:17 PM
08-17-2013 09:53 PM
And the proper tools to get the connectors on right so you don't create more issues
That's right, you might need to run a longer line than you can conveniently buy.
08-17-2013 09:56 PM
I know this is an old thread, but curious if there are any new solutions available for anyone with RG59 cable in their house to be able to get X1 without having to re-wire?
12-19-2014 01:27 PM
Have not heard of any but would certainly like to.
I would like to be able to have the x1 technology
in my house.
12-30-2014 01:33 PM
12-30-2014 01:51 PM
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