How do I know if my Coaxial cable is bad?

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Have you ever struggled to determine which of your coax outlets is in good working order so you can plug in your cable modem?  When you use your coax TV wiring for Internet, it’s important to have a solid connection.

A tangled mess of coax wires and dead coax outlets can challenge even the best cable Internet trouble-shooters.  But not anymore.


What causes Coaxial Cable to Go Bad?

Coaxial cable, also called coax wiring, is made up layers of metal wire, metal braid and a protective plastic outer sheath.  Coax wiring typically runs within the walls of your home and terminate at coax outlets located throughout your home.

Many things can affect the performance of your coax wiring and a weakened or lost Internet signal:

  • outer protective sheath becomes chewed, cut or damaged
  • inner wires become bent or broken
  • multiple splitters are used throughout the home
  • multiple varieties of coax wiring are used and connected together
  • loose fitting connections at your modem or coax outlet


The Importance of Testing Your Coax Cabling

Everyday wear and tear on your coax cables and modem over time, can produce issues with your Internet connection, affecting your coax wiring, producing a weak, or non-existent signal.  By testing your coax, you can instantly tell if the issues you have are with your cable modem, coax wires or with your ISP.

A simple tool like Hitron’s DSS-01 Coax Cable Tester can be used to quickly test your coax outlet or wiring, to ensure it is receiving an Internet signal from your ISP.


With a DSS01 Coax Cable Tester You Avoid

  • Troubleshooting signal reception
  • Troubleshooting signal transmission
  • Using a Multimeter
  • Tracing a coax cable
  • Testing for coax continuity


What You need:


Cost: Under $25

Time: Less than 10 seconds.


Steps to Test Coax Wiring and Coax Outlets:

Step 1 – Plug in the DSS01 Coax Cable Tester into the coax outlet

Step 2 – Press the Test button – results in less than 10 seconds

The DSS-01 Coax Cable Tester significantly cuts down on your time to test your coax cables and coax outlets because it’s simple to use.

By having a DSS-01 Coax Cable Tester you will save yourself the hassle of lengthy troubleshooting or calling your ISP and waiting for an expensive Technician to come to your home.


Internet Signals from Cable Operators

Cable Internet Service Providers transmit their broadband Internet signals between a specific frequency range.  Many of the common tools available today are unable to easily and accurately detect this signal.  This is because these tools detect a wide spectrum of frequencies and are unable to accurately pinpoint the specific signal range used by Cable Operators.

Many other testing products such as multimeters test for voltage, resistance, and current, and are more likely to give you false-positive readings, meaning your connectivity may not be effectively determined.  Detecting valid Internet signals helps to verify not only connectivity to your Cable Broadband provider, but also whether or not your coax wiring or outlet is usable.


Test for Valid Cable Internet Signals and Troubleshoot Internet

Whether you are looking to troubleshoot your cable modem or cable Internet connection, the DSS-01 Coax Cable Tester can quickly perform the majority of troubleshooting, saving yourself time and money.  The benefits of a DSS01 Coax Cable Tester are many.

It’s perfect for home owners, apartments, and office buildings to test and detect valid Internet signals from your cable Internet service provider.  The DSS-01 is available to purchase from Amazon.

Looking for more information on the DSS-01 Coax cable tester or how to troubleshoot your cable modem?  Read our other articles on Cable Modems and Routers, or Coax Cable testing on Hitron’s Learn page.

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