Hello Lockergnome! I recently got the Roadrunner Lightning service from Bright House networks and I find it extremely awesome. But I have a small problem, the installer gave me a really short coaxial cable from the wall to the modem and its not enough to properly put it on my work desk. Will replacing it with a Dynex or Audivox cable from my local Best Buy affect performance or anything in general? I plan on getting a 25ft cable to properly place the cable on a wall cord cover kit. Thanks in advance Lockergnome!
Answer by Jim · Jul 16, 2011 at 01:27 AM
I'm not sure, on how long the cable has to be, to start effecting it, in my situation, I have bright house as well, with Road Runner Turbo, and I was getting over 200ms ping times, when the box was in my other room, on a very short cable, I moved my modem to the room where my computer is at, added in a HD signal boost splitter, and used a 6 foot cable, and I'm getting max 15ms ping times, it's not necessarily the length of the cable, it's the strength of the line, that's going to effect you. I would say test it, like on speedtest.net at any random given time, during the day/evening, and see how much you're effected, because the simple solution would be to go to home depot, get an HD signal boost splitter, which are less then $10 and a 1.5ft cable and add that to the line, if you're getting high ping times, and see if that fixes your problem.
Answer by kevin · Jul 16, 2011 at 01:26 AM
I know in analog signals, there is prone to interference. I believe digital signals has some of the same problem, but it is when using 100+ feet of cable wire. If you are paranoid, you could get double shielded coaxial wire and use a signal booster.
Answer by NoSTaBoNN · Jul 16, 2011 at 07:04 PM
The problem with any electical signal is that it will fade out over distance according to the input strength. The in-house distance isn't gonna do much to your signal unless it is already coming in bad into you home from the ISP.
In this case, you could ask you ISP to look at it, maybe they can put a stronger signal on the cable. If not, you could simply use a signal booster as suggested earlier.