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catv over 600' coax boosters or fiber?

catv over 600' coax boosters or fiber?

catv over 600' coax boosters or fiber?

I have a question about extending catv about 600'. I have to run fiber for the church network, and would like the catv (and other items) to ride on the other fibers. I plan to run a 12/12, because most of the cctv coax converters are for SM. All the cctv fiber converters that I see, are around $500+ for the transmitter. I could run rg-6 or rg-11. If I go coax, is it better to boost before the run or at the end of the run? I will be coming straight off of the cctv tap located inside the church. I have placed alot of different media converters before on the network side, but not for catv. What would happend if you used a standard video fiber converter for cctv? Does anyone know of a cheaper cctv media converter? I also see this "HD-SDI to FC Fiber Optic Converter ", I feel like this is just HD video on fiber. I also have seen some media converters for voice. Is it possible to use these fiber phone converters for digital 4x16 nortel pbx sets? I know the nortel 032 makes fiber exp mods. thank you for any help on this

Robert Hungerford
Installations supervisor

RE: catv over 600' coax boosters or fiber?

Couple of answers:
1. Fiber is always better. Not necessarily cheaper, but almost always better. Especially if you already have fiber in place. If you need two-way communications (cable modem, etc), you'll need two fiber stands - one for forward band, and another for the subband return. Yes, they realistically always require single-mode fiber.
2. You can also easily use coax for that distance. Larger coax has lower loss per cable foot. I would use RG11 at a minimum - most depends on what you need at the far end. You ALWAYS amplify at the source end.
3. CCTV to fiber converter will not work for this task - as you want to extend RF modulated signal, not baseband signal.
4. There is a nice third-party extender made by Citel/MCK that can be used to extend Norstar sets over fiber.
Good luck

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