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When we built this house, the contractor told us there was no point to put a cable wall outlet in the living room as most people use it as a sitting area.


Yet the every room in the house besdies the living room has a cable outlet. The only reason we use the family room as a tv room.


Now the only reason we're holding back on a new tv is the no cable outlet in the living room.


We need options, like a wireless transmitter to send a cable signal to the satellite receiver in the living room so that the satellite signal will reach the receiver in order for the satellite signal to function or we can choose to drill holes in the wall to run a wire through.


If you know which is more economical and/or the cost of both [I'm in Canada btw], please mention


Thanks,

Tim
 

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Run cable. The only practical and worthwhile solution. Wireless is not there, especially for HD. If this is a first floor with a crawl space, it's pretty easy to run a new cable. If it is a first floor on a slab, with a second floor overhead, you'll need to get more creative (run it along baseboards or crown molding, or run it outside).
 

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Short of going with a wireless media extender or Slingbox you are a little limited. Pulling wire is your best and cheapest option. Even if you have to call someone to pull the wire for you you usually end up ahead, higher WAF, simpler controls and higher picture quality.
 

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Well this is just for Standard Def since the new TV would go in the family room.


This is on the main floor, above the basement suite.


At the same time running a wire might look bad -_-"


Just to clarify, just want to transmit a wall jack signal to the receiver box.
 

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You definitely CANNOT transmit the unadulterated SAT signal from a coax outlet to your receiver box wirelessly. Forgettaboutit. You COULD, leave your SAT box in the other room and wirelessly transmit standard def composite audio/video to the other room. But only do that if you are A) satisfied with Crappy SD Video, and B) willing to getup and go to the other room to the change the channel (or invest in an RF/IR remote system).


Run the wire. Pay someone to do it if you don't feel capable.
 

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Originally Posted by Tim L /forum/post/15525081


Well this is just for Standard Def since the new TV would go in the family room.


This is on the main floor, above the basement suite.


At the same time running a wire might look bad -_-"


Just to clarify, just want to transmit a wall jack signal to the receiver box.

Run it in the wall, outside the house, in an attic, under the floor, etc.... there are many options. If you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself call an electrician and they can do it for you.
 

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My suggestions:


1. Learn how to do run the cable, read online.

2. After a month or 2, if you've gotten nowhere, post details (pics & drawings helpful) in one of these AVS subforums, and everyone will jump at the chance to share some knowledge.

3. If you don't want to put in the time to DIY, at least learn how it's done before you call a Custom Installer (search CEDIA webpage for local CI's). Business for CI's sux right now, call around for a great deal.

4. Wire the room for 5.1 or 7.1 while you're at it.

5. Also run Cat5e or Cat6 to the TV location, for a few dollars more - no additional work needed, both coax and ethernet pulled together. Someday this may be extremely useful.


Your coax runs throughout the house are 'home run' to a central location, in a 'star' configuration, where the cable comes into the house.


Post your progress/outcomes, plz.
 

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Well we'll probably hire someone to do this.


BTW we have a furnished basement below the Living Room so yeah, not going to pull down dry wall =P


However its the wall that is the exterior wall that would receive the cable outlet.


BTW the "cable/grey" box is located at the exterior of the same wall of where the outlet would be prefered to be except it is around 24 feet away from the ideal location.


I'm reading about how its done though and just wondering if they can do it professionally with it looking like nothing really happened except a new outlet is there =P


Would prefer to have it with the electrical box and outlet cover and without making the exterior looking like a freaking mess if you know what i mean [we're going to call around when we have the time]


Anyone know how much it would probably cost to do it professionally?



Thanks,

Tim
 

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If you are running it along the outside wall, just call the cable/satellite company and have them do it, just be sure that you (not your wife, grandma, etc) are there to explain very specifically how you want it run... Right next to the electrical outlet, as low as possible along the outside wall, then up and in. Time Warner around here charges about $35-40 if thats all they're doing. I understand that satellite companies generally charge more for an after the installation additional outlet.
 
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