Originally Posted by hiyman
I was already to drop cable and get Direct TV and my dealer told me that I need RG6 cable and I have the old RG59. Has anyone use the old cable with Direct TV. Or is it just not a good idea. I can't really run new wire, so if I need RG6 I am pretty much stuck with Charter cable and no NFL network or Big Ten Network.
I use high quality RG6 cable from the dish to the multi-switch since the distance between the two is at least 75 feet, BUT from there on and since my house was already pre-wired with low quality RG59 cable, I was forced to use it, the RG59, from the multi-switch to my Directv receivers.
I get excellent reception numbers at all of the HR20 receivers, and some of the RG59 runs are at a minimum 50 feet, perhaps more.
I tried an experiment one day where I ran a length of RG6 from my multi-switch to the HR20 in my basement by just running the RG6 across the carpet. There was NO difference in the reception strengths between the existing in-wall RG59 that the house was wired with, and the RG6 that I had just drapped across the basement carpet.
Bottom line is I believe you will be fine with your existing RG59. It's at least worth a shot.