RG6 Coaxial Cable - Bulk
RG6 coaxial cable is the most common cable used to deliver cable TV and satellite TV signals throughout your home or business. RG6 provides the bandwidth needed to supply your TV’s with the cleanest high quality video signals possible. We provide the RG coaxial cable you need for any residential or commercial video applications. All of our RG6 products are UL and CMR rated, while being guaranteed to deliver premium video signals directly to your television sets!
Use the RG6 Coaxial Cable that provides the best cable TV signals!
Everyone has RG6 coaxial cable installed at their home or business. It is the #1 recommended cable type used to distribute premium video signals in CATV cable television, and other RF applications like antennas and satellite installations. RG6 coaxial cable is designed with high bandwidth capabilities that make it perfect for delivering high quality video signals over long distances. RG6 coaxial cable is constructed with various insulation and shielding components that protect the video signals it delivers against electromagnetic interference (EMI) from external sources.
RG6 coaxial cable has been recognized for numerous decades as the most important component in a video system installation. You may be asking yourself what the “RG” in RG6 actually means. The “RG” is short for “Radio Guide”, which is a term introduced by the military back in the World War II era when they first started to heavily use coaxial cable. The name has stuck over the years as RG6 has become the most heavily used coaxial cable by all satellite TV and cable TV companies. When you look at the construction of an RG6 coaxial cable you will notice why it is able to deliver the high quality video signals it is intended for. A quality RG6 coaxial cable features an 18 gauge copper center conductor that is surrounded by foam type insulation. The insulation then has a foil shield and a copper braid that is designed to give the copper center conductor total resistance from any outside interference. The final component is an outer jacket that is in place to protect its internal components during installation and use.
RG6 coaxial cable is commonly sold in two different types. The two most common are a regular 60% shield type, and a quad shield type. Although both provide the same purpose, an RG6 quad shield cable offers extra layers of shielding for installations in areas where outside interference can be problem. Using RG6 quad shield is very common in installations near military bases, airports, or any other external facilities that have a large antenna system in place. Sometimes these external facilities can cause interference to your video signals which will result in a poor signal quality and poor quality picture on your TV. So when choosing the RG6 coaxial cable for your installation, it is important for you to evaluate your location and environment, so you can buy the right cable type for the job.
At Cabling Plus we offer numerous RG6 coaxial cable options to support various video applications. We offer both regular RG6 and RG6 quad shield cable types to ensure you have the right cable that best supports your needs. All of our RG6 cables are CMR rated and UL listed to ensure you have the cable that best support your local building codes. All our RG6 coaxial cable in manufactured to the high standards, with the best materials, to ensure you receive nothing but the best video signals delivered to your television!
What is the main purpose for RG6 Coaxial Cable?
The main purpose is to deliver cable TV signals from the street to your TV set. In any business or home the cable TV company will have a main entry point where their signals are landed. From that main distribution point RG6 coaxial cable is used to carry the signal in the home or business so it can be distributed to each television or cable TV box. RG6 is the best coaxial cable type used to deliver cable television signals throughout a home or business.
What does “RG” and “U” mean?
The term “RG” stands for “Radio Guide” or “Radio Grade”. This term was first adopted as a unit indicator for bulk radio frequency cable in the U.S military. The “U” in RG6U was a term that labeled the cable “for general use.” Today RG6 is really the most commonly installed coaxial cable type used in all CATV distribution applications. Since it is now so widely used in all applications the term “RG6” now describes coaxial cable that has 75 ohm impedance characteristics with a 18 gauge center conductor.
What are the most common connectors used on standard RG6 coax?
Since RG6 coaxial cable has so many uses, there are many connectors used to support its installation. Some of the most common are RCA connectors, BNC connectors, and F Connectors. The F connector is the most popular since that is the connector you use to attach the RG6 to the back of your television, cable box, or to a wall plate when creating cable TV outlets.
How do I install a connector on the end of an RG6 coaxial Cable?
Although there are many connector types used for RG6 coaxial cable, they really all install the same way. You will need connectors, a coaxial cable stripper to prepare the cable, and a termination tool to crimp or compress the connector onto the cable. Installing connectors on the ends of coaxial cable is very simple as long as you have the tools and correct connectors to do the job.
I am installing RG6 outdoors. Do I need a special cable?
Installing RG6 outdoors is very common in applications where televisions are installed outdoors, or where there is the need to deliver video signals from one building to another. Often this entails either installing the cable in the ground or having it on a roof top where it is heavily expose to the sun or rain. In both instances it is important to use an outdoor rated or direct burial rated RG6 coaxial cable. This type of cable will have a special jacket that will protect the cable and its signals from all environmental elements. Most outdoor RG6 cables also have a UV rated jacket that protects the cable from failing even if it is exposed to extreme sun and heat.
Do I need standard RG6 or RG6 Quad Shield Coaxial Cable?
Both standard RG6 and RG6 Quad Shield will deliver high quality signals. The majority of the homes and businesses in the world are using just the standard RG6 cable. RG6 Quad Shield was developed to provide extra protection against any outside interference that could interrupt your video signal or lower its quality. The RG6 Quad shield features extra foil shields that provide the cable with more protection. It is recommended that if you are installing RG6 close to airports, military bases, or any other areas that have large antennas or strong RF/radio signals present you may want to use the Quad Shield cable type. Remember, both the standard and Quad Shield versions require different connector types. Since there is extra shielding on the Quad Shield the connectors needs to be bigger to accommodate the cable size. This is why it is important to match the right connector with the cable you choose.
What types of ratings and certifications are needed for RG6?
A good quality cable will always have a UL listing. This means the cable has passed the minimum requirements set by the Underwriters Laboratories. The Underwriters Laboratories will test the cable and ensure its specifications are valid and that it is a quality product. Professional grade RG6 cables will also have a CM or CMR rating. This is the rating that qualifies the cable to ensure it supports local building codes. All of our RG6 coaxial cable is CMR rated which means it can be installed in commercial and residential buildings for non-plenum applications. We also offer plenum rated coax to support installation where cables are installed in a plenum open air ceiling. This ensures you are following the CMP or Plenum building code requirements.
Is it possible to damage RG6 during an installation?
All cables can be damaged during an installation. Often cables are damaged by nails, splinters, or other sharp objects that are found in the walls and ceilings of a home or commercial building. You can also damage the cable by not recognizing proper bend radius or not using proper cable management like D-Rings, Drive Rings, and J-Hooks. But overall RG6 coaxial cable is a very durable cable that can withstand some serious punishment. It really has the reputation of being the most durable cable type on the market.
How can I splice RG6 Coaxial Cable?
You can splice or repair it by simply cutting the ends, putting new F connector on the ends, and then using a coaxial barrel connector to join the two cables together. This is really another reason RG6 is so popular, because it is so easy to repair!