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Running coaxial cable through window or side of building

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by BobCochran, Apr 16, 2005.

  1. BobCochran

    BobCochran Network Guru Member

    I'm installing my first wifi antenna for someone (a 12 dBi omni connected to a WRT54G) and it just struck me that the coaxial cable is going to have to go through the wall of the house. What is the best way of running cable from the interior to the exterior? I guess I'd like to do this through a window if possible. Is there hardware I can purchase that will fit into a window and yet be waetherproof (no water leaks) and secure?
  2. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    i think that you could do this http://freenet-antennas.com/WeatherproofAP/

    i know it is not what you are looking for you want to run a coax line out side but this is easier and does not require you to drill a hole or run it out a window
  3. BobCochran

    BobCochran Network Guru Member

    Thanks -- this is an interesting option. I'll keep investigating what is available out there and discuss options with my friend.
  4. cromrell

    cromrell Network Guru Member

    coax & window hardware

    While renting, I ran my Dish Network coax through my window.
    I purchased some window-hardware @ RadioShack.

    The hardware/wire was about six inches long, and converted the bulky coax into a white thin/tall wire which was intended to work throught the window and around the screen w/o any damage, and allowing the window to close (didn't quite lock, but didn't create any drafts).

    It worked great for 2 years until I moved into my house.

  5. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    the only real problem you will run into with squishing the wire in the window is when you squish coax the impedence changes, so a 50 ohm wire becomes a 56 or so ohm wire. this seems like not alot but when you install a higher power xmitter or when you up the power on th efirmware it will also increase largely the swr of the system im not sure how much this will matter. but it is a factor becase it will degrade signal and range.

    i too have done it with a satelite but a satelite dish for tv is unidirectional (recieve only) so there is no swr to worry about.
    more than likely it wont hurt it. i just wanted to let you know
  6. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    instead ofmaking a bo of the wrt you could put it in a plastic zip lock bag. if you are cheap. or you are lazy like me
  7. Simpleton

    Simpleton Network Guru Member

    I don't get it, how is spending $270 easiar then learning how to use a drill?
  8. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member


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