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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 9:05 pm 
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Just next to my front door is a cable contained in a small box. I'm not sure what the cable is. I'd like to push it back into the wall so I can remove the box and put a number plaque on the wall, but want to know what it's meant to be for first, just to be sure.

My first thought is that it isn't electrical, but perhaps a satellite cable? (Although the previous owners installed a satellite at the back, and has it's own cable running through to the front.

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 9:25 pm 
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Its a coax aerial cable for a TV.

(Nice clear picture :thumbleft: )

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Thanks - I thought it might be.... but why on earth would they stick it right next to the front door???!! Every house in my street and the surrounding ones (all built about 8 years ago) has it!!

At least I know I can safely tuck it back in now :cheers:


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Maybe it was for a CCTV camera? (But it is the wrong coax for that, but perhaps the builders did not know at the time)

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That would make a bit of sense I suppose!!


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If you can extract a longer length of it you will find the specification of the cable printed on it - but it's definitely coaxial and probably satellite quality, maybe CT100 cable - air-spaced dielectric, solid plus braid screen, solid core.

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Maybe it was for a CCTV camera? (But it is the wrong coax for that, but perhaps the builders did not know at the time)


As it is at the height the OP wants to put a house number I would say door entry. Although that would still need an additional cable for the power)


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It is possible (and quite common) to send power over the coax too.

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Yes but you also need a seperate cable for the audio and call button.


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The original Phillips CCTV system sent power down the coax, and pictures and audio UP the coax

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Yes but you also need a seperate cable for the audio and call button.


just a plain camera without audio, if it was a door push it could of been wireless with a button cell

a bit unusual to use air spaced coax tbh the termination must of been very tight


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Scrub that its just a coax outlet possibly for a old bsb squarial that was commonly put 5-6 foot off the ground

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squarial

edit. if your door can bee seen from the road have a look at google street view (and select the earliest image)


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Doubt it was for one of them, they were long gone when his house was built in 2010.

All the ones i have seen were high up not low down. (Just saying)

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Doubt it was for one of them, they were long gone when his house was built in 2010.

All the ones i have seen were high up not low down. (Just saying)



And at the wrong side of the house to receive satellite signals!


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I missed the 8 year old bit, odd that its a bit of air spaced coax


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