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TV and Satellite Coaxial Cable FAQs

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There are always questions surrounding some of the most common types of cables. We’re here to break down and give you some insight and answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

What is the Best Satellite Cable?

The best cable depends entirely on your specific use and which satellite TV service you use. For example. For example, RG6 cable is designed specifically for Virgin Media installations, whereas Twin Low Loss coaxial cables are designed for BSKYB – you would choose the cable specifically designed for your provider and installation, meaning no overall cable can technically be the best.

What Type of Cable is Used for Satellite TV?

Coaxial cable is predominantly used for connecting a satellite TV to the aerial.

Is Coax Cable the Same as TV Cable?

There are a number of different uses for coaxial cable, and satellite TV installations are just one of these. Coaxial cable is the umbrella term for a type of cable, and TV cables are one of the branches underneath this umbrella.

What is Coaxial Cable for TV?

Coaxial cable for TV is a cable that transmits radio frequency, audio and data signals to enable you to view picture, hear sound and tune your TV.

What is Low Loss Coaxial Cable?

Low loss cables deliver lower amounts of signal loss (or attenuation) in comparison to other TV and satellite cables. Their solid inner conductors and superior shielding help reduce interference and enhance performance.

Which Coaxial Cable has the Least Amount of Signal Loss?

Longer cables can often cause slightly more signal loss than shorter cables. High frequencies are also a culprit, so if you can lower both of these factors, there is a chance you can reduce your signal loss.

What Causes Loss in Coax Cables?

There are two main causes of loss in coaxial cables:

Resistive loss: this is loss from the resistance of the conductors. It often happens when the current flowing in the conductors results in heat being dissipated.

Dielectric loss: this is when the alternating electric field interacts with the insulating material and separated the central conductor from the surrounding shield.

Can Coax Cables be Extended?

Coaxial cables can be extended in order to span further distances.

How Do You Extend Coax Cable?

Coaxial cables can be extended using a specially made extender which joins two different lengths of cable.

To extend your cable using this method, you can follow these steps:

  1. Disconnect all the connections to prevent yourself and your system from accidental damage.
  2. Prepare the coax – plug the first cable into the outlet where the connection is. Tighten this end to make the contact firm – you can do so with your finger or with pliers.
  3. Connect the other end of this cable to the coax extender. Now plug one end of the second length of cable into the extender too.
  4. Repeat this process as many times as you need, adding more cable and connectors until you reach the length of your connection.
  5. At the end of the connection, plug the other end of the second wire into your multimedia device.

For more help or information, get in touch with our team.

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