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Attenuation

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Attenuation

I've had spotty internet service for a long time, really always.  I went to pure streaming this weekend and so far the results are less than desired.  I don't have any RF meter equipment but I would bet my soul on the problem being attenuation.  Part of it is due to the service cable from the drop.  It's got that extra thick orange cable, but they ran it all the way around the back of my house to the end furthest from the drop which is probably close to 200 feet.  Then the installer used previous Direct TV distributions and hacked them into a literal mess on the exterior of the house.  There are exposed connectors everywhere and lines that are abandoned.  Plus the dog gone cable that goes to the other end of the house probably runs another 100 feet due to it being mounted on the exterior.   I've checked the connectors for loose points where I can get to them and found a few that had worked loose.   Got a small improvement out of the apparent signal strength out of my effort.  I've got a roll of high quality RG59 which I'm gonna run through the attic to new keystone receptacles where needed, but I'm really frazzled about this service drop length which really was unecessary since my basement is not finished.  I want to cut that drop at about 90-100 feet and bring it in the other end.  Unfortunately, I have no BNC fittings for that thickness of cable.  I've looked on line with no success so far and I can't find any labeling on the exposed end of the cable.  Anyone know where I can get high quality compression fittings for it?  Again, it's extra thick orange, probably triple shield and maybe close to 1/2 inch thick.

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Re: Attenuation

Sounds like RG11, (used because of distance. RG 59 (high quality or not), is probably not the proper answer. Post the modem levels. If all you have is a modem, eliminate any extra splitters and have a direct shot to the modem

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Re: Attenuation

Gotcha.  I got to some of the unused distribution legs and removed them today.  The rest are too high on the house to get to easily because of the grade.  Got an increase, but still not what I'd hoped.  Tomorrow I'll search for the BNCs and when they get here, I'll reroute that long end and take over 50% of it off.  Won't be running RG11 in the walls though.  Too tough to get through an existing build.   What do you think about a Channel Master signal booster/splitter where the 11 ends and the 59 starts, with 5-6 endpoints?  This is a just in case scenario for if I decide to go back to television instead of streaming.