Universal service box for cable

Old 09-01-12, 08:13 PM
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Universal service box for cable

I have a rental that I plan to put new siding on and would like to keep the cable companies from ruining the new siding.

Previously, each new tenant chose a different cable company and each new cable company refused to use the existing cable, so I ended up with another black cable snaking across the cream siding with new penetrations wherever they felt it was easiest to enter the building.

Does anyone know if there is what I think should be called a universal service box?
Old 09-01-12, 09:59 PM
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Probably the only way is to have all your own "inside" cable with jacks and ONE point of entry for cable and telephone. My experience has been that cable installers really like using an inside cable as it means a much easier instal for them. Further, if they have been told it requires all new cable they get to do the job in 15 minutes and then screw off off for 45.
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Yeah, basically you have to run new cables (run both RG-6 coax and cat5 or 6, just to future-proof) from each room to a central location, and run a cable (I would run two actually, to allow for satellite) from that central location to a single point on the side of the house facing the utility pole.

Furd, they may not be using the existing inside cable because it may be 'serial split' rather than home-run, or it could be older RG59 cable.

Also, the tenant is supposed to be getting permission to do this. You can absolutely stipulate on the landlord consent form that you have installed brand new home-run cable inside, and that the company does not have permission to wrap the house in cable. If the tenant were to allow an installer to wrap the house against your wishes, you could hold them liable for the damage.

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