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Can cable type slow internet connection

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by shebe, Feb 22, 2007.

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  1. shebe

    shebe Thread Starter

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    Hi...

    Just had to run a new (longer) cable from the wall outlet to the modem and downloading now _seems_ slower and I'm getting a lot of timed out when making a new connection.

    I'm using a 50 foot "RG6 Quad Shield" with about 10 to 15 feet of excess. I've also recently changed over to a new router, but it didn't seem to be a problem until I changed the cable.

    So, I guess my questions are: How can I be sure it's the cable that's causing the issue vs the router? Also is it my imagination or is most cable out there "thinner" then what the cable company gives you? And lastly is one cable better then another?

    Any thoughts or opinions?

    TIA
     
  2. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

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    RG6 is superior to RG59 (the usual cheap CATV home wiring cable), so the cable is likely not your problem if you extended it less than 50-100 feet. Check for proper termination of the connectors, because that can have a major impact if the shield is open or if the center conductor is intermittently open or shorted.

    Another problem area... if your modem connection is on the output side of a second or third cable splitter, or output of a distribution amplifier, your connection may not work at all.

    You can test it by connecting a TV to the cable and tune to various channels 2 and up. If they are all ok (especially high channel numbers, cable likely isn't the problem).
     
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    RG6U is what I recommend for running cable runs, so if it's properly terminated, I can't imagine it being an issue.

    One thing to check, have your ISP check to see if you're getting too MUCH signal, I had that happen once.
     
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