25 reasons why cable technicians hate you

    August 1, 2014 10:57 AM by Matt Vincent
    From Consumerist , comes the following list , "written by a cable tech who isn’t afraid to let it fly."

    The blog containing the list is long on spicy language and an amusingly unhinged perspective. Technical highlights, however, include the following:

    6. Your router. Do it your damn self.

    18. Coax wiring — don’t try to do it yourself, because you probably don’t know what you're doing. Radio Shack and Wal-Mart coax cable sucks. It’s usually RG-59 equivalent and is good for nothing. We use RG-6 or better. and the connectors, and dielectric/outer sheet layer differences on our cable make worlds of difference. Thanks for trying to help, but trust us on this one.

    19. If your house is over 450 feet from the tap (or pole) don’t expect premium services (digital cable, Internet, or digital phone) to work well, if they work at all. You probably shouldn't even have cable.

    See: 25 Reasons Why Cable Technicians Hate You (consumerist.com)

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by Patrick McLaughlin & Matt Vincent

Patrick McLaughlin, chief editor of Cabling Installation & Maintenance, has covered the cabling industry for 12 years.  Reading this blog, you may be surprised to discover how little he has learned in that time.  He encourages everyone to use the comments section to set him straight on the opinions he voices in The Cabling Blog.

Matt Vincent is senior editor of Cabling Installation & Maintenance.  A perpetual student of the cabling industry, he has more questions than answers...and welcomes your feedback!

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