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rgs2233

12:02PM | 10/30/02
Member Since: 10/29/02
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I recently had AT&T Broadband at my house to install a cable for internet access. However, they refuse to snake any wires. All of my utilities are underground and I would rather not have holes drilled through any outside walls. Is snaking a wire something I can do myself? Could someone explain how to do it??

Mark Hammond

01:55PM | 10/30/02
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
Hi Rgs,
If you are going to snake the wire through the conduit it shouldn't be too hard. You will need a snake long enough to reach through from one end of the pipe to the other plus some extra length. Carefully push the snake through the conduit tryig to avoid the wires within. It will take a bit of twisting but not too much for you don't want to cut any existing wires. Once the snake is through you can fasten your wires to be installed to the end of the snake. This is usuakky done by wrapping the ends of the wire and snake together using electrical tape. Try and keep the connection smooth so as to avoid any snarling when you draw the wire through the conduit. That, I hope, should do it.....Mark Hammond

rgs2233

02:05PM | 10/30/02
Member Since: 10/29/02
2 lifetime posts
Mark,
I may have been unclear. I have an existing cable (for cable television)in a second floor bedroom in an "outside" wall. Can I use a splitter, run the cable up the wall into the attic and then drill a hole through the top plate in the room I would like internet access in? I would then cut a hole in the wall of that room and run the cable down. Is there anyhing I need to watch out for? Can I use a splitter from that cable, even though it's for television or do I have to start in the basement at the source? Is there an easier way to accomplish this? Thanks

alexh

05:42PM | 10/30/02
Member Since: 10/28/02
31 lifetime posts

alexh

06:44PM | 10/30/02
Member Since: 10/28/02
31 lifetime posts
yes you can use a splitter but i don't think AT&T is done. The people I know who have cable internet have additional equipment. Perhaps you have this. To be safe I would call AT&T tech support. Most of their techs are useless but just keep calling till you get your question answered. On a new install like this there may be more than one problem if it doesn't work and you want to eliminate as many potential problems as possible or you will have no idea what's wrong.

rpxlpx

04:00AM | 10/31/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
Don't wrap the cable around or against any AC wiring or you might pick up electrical noise that will mess up your signal.
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