Long Comcast Cable Run
Posted in the Powder Springs Forum
#1 Feb 14, 2013
Has anyone here had any experience getting Comcast to do a long cable run to a residential address? Comcast services my area but it's over 500' from the pole to my house and I haven't even been able to get an installer to look at it. Anyone know of any alternatives / solutions?
#2 Feb 14, 2013
They wouldnt run line to my house and there pole is on my property.i went with u verse tv and internet w no problems and they ran cable to my house.
#3 Feb 14, 2013
Thanks for the reply mt. There's not a lot of of other service options where I'm at other than DSL and possibly wireless but DSL speed is pretty lousy and wireless has bandwidth caps, latency issues, etc.
I believe I've checked uverse and they said that service wasn't available to me. I'll check again, though.
Out of curiosity, how far is the run from the pole to your house and what kind of cable did they run? What kind of internet speed do you get? Speedtest.net is great for this, btw.
#4 Feb 14, 2013
Uverse is a vDSL product where the last-mile is usually just telephone wiring.
The coaxial cable is usually only from the "box" that connects the house to the vDSL line.
Your distance from the road may be an issue as the UTP wiring may not support that distance without an amplifier.
Google is you best bet to get info - AT&T has several resources online to ask questions.
Topix is usually only good for venting your spleen.
#5 Feb 14, 2013
Hi JTF. Thanks for the reply. I've actually been googling this on and off for months and the general consensus is that I'm SOL. The one possibility would be to get something called a plant extension but that can cost 5-10K and I can't even get Comcast to give me an estimate...
I've called and even stopped by their office on several occasions and been told that someone would contact me but they never do. Hell, if I could get them to at least give me access to the cable at the pole I'd build an enclosure there and run fiber from there to my house. I've researched this and it wouldn't be that hard to implement myself but from my research and a couple of conversations I've had with them this isn't going to happen.
I guess I was just hoping someone local - possibly even a Comcast employee might see this and offer some advice.
I did check on UVerse and they don't offer service in my area. I even looked at nearby addresses and it's not available anywhere around here.
I know what you mean about Topix but I figured there had to be at least a couple of sane, helpful people on here.:)
#6 Feb 14, 2013
the reason comcast doesnt want to run the cable to your house is
1) they have to use a RG-6 cable. Its very difficult to pull that distance.Basically the installer doesnt want to pull it especially if its thru trees..
2) the futher you run canle from the tap at the pole, the weaker the signal gets.You may not be happy with a 1000 ft RG-6 line to your house once it was installed.The picture may not be plain .
3)number 1 is the most likely reason you have no cable.I would get a dish or uverse
#7 Feb 15, 2013
Hi Installer. Thanks for the response. I would be happy to dig the trench myself as long as I could get the cable laid. As you said though, the db loss at 500 feet would just about completely kill the signal. I think it's possible to use inline amplifiers to deal with this, though and I'd be willing to run power for these if necessary. I'd also consider paying for a plant extension if that's what it took and if the price wasn't too ridiculous. The problem is that Comcast won't even give me an estimate for this.
I'm mostly interested in getting better, faster internet access but I'd be happy to sign a contract for cable TV as well if it meant getting it installed.:)
#8 Oct 29, 2013
Actually, RG-6 shouldn't be run more than 150'. RG-11 is usually good up to 300'. What you need is a hard line extension, possibly flex 500 or something like that.
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