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My neighbor has cable internet service.  The local cable company will
run 320 feet which puts it on my property but it is still another 400
to 500 feet to my home.  How can I extend the cable to my home?  I
can't get DSL and satellite would involve cutting a lot of trees and
only provides 1mb service.  Is it possible?  I've tried talking to the
cable company (no luck) and have searched the net with no luck.  I can
set up a shed with AC power at the point where the cable company will
run to.  I am willing to spend a considerable amount as all I have is
dialup and I really need high speed for both personal and business
reasons.  Can I extend the cable and use some type repeater?  I can
get 16mb service fromt he cable company so I can stand some
degradation is speed.  Please, any help appreciated.
Jim in rural Alabama

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jmbamboo@gmail.com wrote:
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I would think you would either just pay the CableCo what they charge
to run the last 4-500' or you could make the run yourself.  You could
trench the distance and lay some PVC and snake a rope inside it in
preparation for the cable and they might run the 500' for free if you
had it all ready for them to pull through - the cable doesn't cost
all that much itself if they won't pay for it and PVC isn't too
expensive.  The digging would be the big part unless you're on a farm
and already have the equipment to do it.

Above ground (I wouldn't recommend) you could
follow whatever you already have running above ground (electrical ?)
using the same poles, etc.

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FWIW, the drop bury I've seen done in two different subdivisions here
used a team of 3 guys with landscape shovels hand digging a a tiny
sliver trench and direct burying the cable.  Comcast
contractors... who arrived in a beat up 4 door sedan, no uniforms, no
identification, and didn't speak english very well, heading to my
backyard with shovels.  

Equipment and PVC... heh... well, not so much.  

For a run that long, you'l absolutely want to use the lowest loss
cable you could afford.   But you may not have the choice--providing
your own cable and such might only invite them to say they can't
afford to support that which they didn't isntall.    You might be
stuck with paying them for extending things farther.  

If you wanted to be inventive, and are friendly with the neighbor,  a
piont to point wifi network between your house and his might be a good
way to go.  Or running cable to his house.  Probably breaking the
terms of service from the cable company, but  you DID try to pay for
service from them and they turned you down.    But... technically
feasible certainly.

Todd H.
http://www.toddh.net /

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Todd H. wrote:
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Well, around here it is run in PVC and we have all underground utilities.
PVC is cheap and makes it a lot easier to upgrade the cable (which they
did recently to probably new RG6 [no graphics on it]).

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You said you could run power / build a shed at the drop.

You can setup a point to point wifi bridge from the drop to your house.

I am not current on all the brands ... but if you can find a wireless
router, that will accept a wifi access point as a client, and then setup the
wifi access point in your house connected to a hub/switch.  Maybe two
routers where one can be set as a client?

I had it setup where I had a normal old style Linksys router, connected to a
Linksys WAP11 access point in one building, and a Linksys WAP11 access point
connected to a 8 port Linksys switch in another building ... which connected
the two buildings wirelessly, and all worked liked a champ!

As a matter of fact I still have the "kit" (The befsr11 router, the two
wap11's) .... for sale if interested (if you don't mind old 802.11B


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