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Re: Comcast Bait and Switch, "Unlimited" Has a New Meaning

George Berger (
Thu, 12 Apr 2007 11:44:50 -0400

In article <>,
Doug McIntyre <> wrote:

> George Berger <> writes:

>> A year ago, I called and asked for upgrade of our dial-up connection to
>> broadband cable.

>> I had already wired our home with a two-way splitter from the Comcast
>> cable entry to our home (which, by the way, provided -- and still
>> provides -- excellent TV reception). I used top-line Belden RG 59 cable
>> for the 20' run to our top floor den where we have our computer.

> FYI: RG-59 has an upper bandwidth pass of around 800-900MHz. Cable
> companies have long been using RG-6 for their installations which has
> an upper bandwidth pass up around 1.8Ghz.

> I couldn't tell you what channels and ranges your cable company runs
> their DOCSIS channels for cable modem bandwidth, but if your area
> depends on channels beyond the 800MHz part, your RG-59 cable very well
> could have had too much attenuation in the channel allocations needed
> for their cable-modem setup.

> Of course, this doesn't excuse the installation tech that couldn't do
> basic troubleshooting, but it could very well have been your interior
> wiring not being the proper type.

Thanks, Doug -

I'll get some RG-6 and do it over. However, the cable run from the
toadstool in the alley to the entry point in our home (attic) is well
over 80', and it was installed around 1984 by Jones InterCable - the
predecessor to Comcast. I'm wondering if that cable also should be
replaced -- although we still get 100% good basic cable TV service (we
haven't gone to digital as yet).


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