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Why Should You Keep Your Cable Runs Short and Sweet?

Updated: Apr 11

When setting up your home network, it might seem tempting just to buy a longer cable to connect your router to your antenna. However, did you know that stretching your cable could stretch your budget too? Here's why keeping those cable runs "short and sweet" is the way to go, with some fun tips and clever workarounds to boost your signal without breaking the bank!


The Shorter, The Better

The truth about coaxial cables is that they're a bit like gossip—the longer the story travels, the weaker it gets! In technical terms, coaxial cables lose signal dB gain the longer they are. This loss becomes especially noticeable once you hit the 35-40 ft mark. Beyond this length, you're just airing your signal strength out the window, and that's not something you want!

Quality Over Quantity

If you find you need a cable longer than 30 ft, brace yourself for some sticker shock. You’ll need something like an LMR 400—a high-quality, low-loss cable. But these cables are the designer labels of the wiring world: excellent quality but at a premium price. So, what can you do if you're not keen on splurging?

Move It, Don't Extend It

Sometimes, the simplest solutions are right in front of us—move your router closer to your antenna instead of opting for a longer cable. This little shuffle can save you from a significant signal drop and keep your wallet happy.

Extend Without Expense

Here’s another neat trick: use a Wi-Fi extender. These handy little devices can boost your signal without needing to lay down expensive cables. It's like giving your Wi-Fi a megaphone to shout across your house! Check out our blog post on Wi-Fi extenders to get the scoop on the best picks and setup tips.

Remember, in the world of networking, longer isn't always better. Keep your cable runs as short as possible to maintain a strong, stable connection. Want to learn more about optimizing your home network setup? Dive into our series on home networking tips and let’s keep that signal strong and steady!


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