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bolhuisbe
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5 years ago

in a thread called Coax cable Specs by jackfish66:

okay, so ... RG6 is the new standard,, according to the feedback for that post.  i live in Salina KS, and the last techincian to look at my landlord's setup, looked at in-home cables that i've been using for years, made one for me of the RG6 "cut and run" that he had handy, and recommended i use no cables that have copper pieces [including copper cores].

so, i'm wondering two things, though:  1- it's been my observation, since 8th grade, that brass is usually the best kind of stuff for this and gold/gold plating has been recommended in general over the years, so ... what's the best? at least, the most cost effective? since i'm choosing to avoid copper.  2- that same technician left a piece of "cut and run" without connectors on it.  what kind of tool(s) would i need to put a couple of connectors on, and fom where can i get appropriate connectors?

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  • KevinM2's avatar
    KevinM2
    Former Moderator

    Hi Bolhuisbe, Nickel is typically a great conductor of electricity. As far as connections, are you referring to coaxial cable connectors, splitters, amplifiers, or boosters? If you're interested in having a technician go out to the home, please reach out to us on Twitter at @CoxHelp, visit us on Facebook, or at cox.help@cox.com. -Kevin M. Cox Support Forum Moderator

  • Bruce's avatar
    Bruce
    Honored Contributor III

    The tech installed copper but recommends not using copper?  Why didn't the tech install the connectors?  Good lord.

    Just stick with copper.  Gold-plated is a gimmick and you don't need nickel.  You seem to be taking an overly clinical approach for an overly compressed signal from Cox to be processed through a lowest-bidder cable box in a rental.

    • bolhuisbe's avatar
      bolhuisbe
      New Contributor

      the connectors aren't copper; i think they're nickel.  he cut two pieces of cable, put connectors on one, and left the other as scrap.  i'm wondering if the core conductor will always be copper, so that i'm not looking for something that doesn't exist.

      i've decided to go with whatever the connectors in the Klein Tools kits are made of, anyway.

      besides, being able to do the connectors myself will help when i buy what's most appropriate and it's too long [like i would from Amazon] for what i need, down the line.  DIM [do it myself] also means that i'd like to get what's most appropriate across the board, not just for Cox.  i'm looking forward to relocating to Louisville KY, in a few years, so what's best across the board would be best for 4K signals, even over OTA, so ... shouldn't fault me for being clinical about my DIM.

  • bolhuisbe's avatar
    bolhuisbe
    New Contributor

    connectors, and i don't have service at the moment because i'm waiting for my landlord's permission for a new line to be installed in my apartment; i'd like to put the connectors on myself, in case i don't get permission, so that i may save the technician an extra trip and may use this new cable with my HD ota antenna.

  • bolhuisbe's avatar
    bolhuisbe
    New Contributor

    new question, though:  since all of the cables that i'm looking at have nickel-plated connectors and, still, copper core conductors ... could the technician just have been commenting on the connectors, then? do all coaxial cables have copper signal conductors?