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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-24-2007, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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How to: Fight "The Man" (cable company)

So some of you have seen my other posts regarding Direct TV, well the installer came today to hook it up. I'm going from paying $160 to Time Warner Cable.... to roughly $45 per month to Direct TV (after a year it goes up $10). I'll get MORE channels and HD too With internet, it bumps me up to around $60 a month, but still a substantial savings over the monopoly that Time Warner Cable is.

So the Direct TV guy came, and immediately a problem. He can't access the cable junction box, where all the cables run to. The idea is to open the box, disconnect the cables and plug them into the Direct TV router which runs to the dish. Problem is Time Warner has a special key on the box, which won't allow access. I called them to see if they could send someone out, of course not. They also cited FCC regs and said it would be illegal to tap into THEIR BOX that is mounted on MY HOUSE. Very much a pain in the ass. Here is a picture of said box:


And the special "key" that you need to get in


So, I told them to f00k off, we didn't need their box. Myself and the tech from Direct TV head off to Home Depot, we WILL make this work. I picked up a large electrical box, which we can mount to the wall and which will house the router thing (this item cannot get wet, hence the need for the box)


From there we mounted the box to the house, and started to run the cables


Since we couldn't get inside the OH SO SACRED Cable box, we simply snipped all the wires from the outside and spliced into them. Here you can see that process, we had to add extensions to make it work.


Checking for a fit..before connecting all the other wires


Install complete. Never had to get into the SACRED cable box. I'm sure they wanted to create as much of a hassle as possible, when all we wanted to do was get to the wires. The Tech said there had been plenty of other times where they came and unlocked boxes for him, unfortunately today we just got the idiots on the phone.

So here is to you, Time Warner cable, for your monopoly and outrageous prices


Chalk one up for the little guy!


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That's hilarious Fight the power bro !
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yea, the only other alternative would have been to run NEW cables...but why do that when they already existed? Hell no....


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Wow, "F" Time Warner. I have Cox out here and all I need is a screw driver and one of those Torx bits with the hole in it to open mine..

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post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-25-2007, 05:07 AM
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That's an ugly mess of cables if I've ever seen one. Although, if you're using satellite internet now, expect to run into delay issues.
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Well, there are 5 cables that have to run into the box from each receiver, plus 2 for the dish and 1 for power......so yea there is a lot.

I've had satellite before, (dish network) and only when weather was really at its worst would there sometimes be interruptions. I'm willing to deal with that to get more channels, HD, and to save over $100 a month..


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I was referring more to latency issues with your connection. For browsing it's fine, gaming and anything requiring fairly close interaction responses not so well.
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KD..How did you splice the wires in ?

On coax, the insertion loss is fairly big. Pretty much anything you do in splicing or manipulating the cable will result in a 6dB loss

Now for digital TV it doesn't matter much, but as Fjorn said, for gaming or any latency/jitter sensitive applications (VoIP, gaming,...) your insertion loss will come into play due to increased BER...
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oh.....sorry guys, misunderstood

these wires are specifically for digital TV.

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This wouldn't be a package deal via your phone company would it? Such as what's available here via Qwest
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Call the cable company tell them to come get THEIR shit off YOUR house and EVERYTHING better be just like new or charge them to fix YOUR siding....

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Thats awesome! I would send that picture to the cable company with my request for them to come remove their sacred box from my house.
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