Relocating modem

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We moved our computer desk (where our modem is and the coax comes through the wall) to the opposite wall in our living room. Our walls are 11 feet high, and the room is 17.5 feet across. I'm estimating I'd need around 50 feet of coax to relocate it. Will there be any signal degradation in that extra length? If so, could I get a signal booster for the extra length? Thanks!
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Merle Jennings

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You will first need to measure the length of coax from where it comes through the wall to your dish. I currently run 110 feet from dish to computer and have no problem but then I am not a gamer. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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You definitely don't need and should not use any kind of signal booster.  You should use coax on the ViaSat approved list, but generically it should be RG6 with a solid copper center conductor, not copper clad steel.  And you should use compression F-connectors, not screw-on or crimp-on connectors.  I don't think you can find the appropriate coax at Wal-Mart.  If you can find some DirecTV 3GHz coax, that would probably do the job for you.
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Alternately, just leave the modem where it is and run a pre-terminated Cat-5 (or Cat-6) patch cord of the approriate length from the modem to the computer/router (or invest in a wireless router located near the modem). .   
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It might be much easier to run a CAT5 or CAT6 Ethernet cable from your modem to a wireless router in the new location. That is how my installation is, and always has been. To keep the coax as short as possible, my modem is installed in the den at the far end of my house, my wireless adapter is on the second floor, in the middle of my house. I have the original Surfbeam2 modem. If you have the new modem with built in WiFi, it still makes sense to extend your network using the Ethernet cable and add a wireless router. If you are only connecting to one computer using the Ethernet connection, then you would not need a wireless router.

Exede's recommendation on maximum coax length is 150'.
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Great minds think alike...
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But my typing took longer. Thanks for your input too.
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Yes, the wireless router is the best solution of all.  Just add a small shelf if there is no place to put it.
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Thanks for the ethernet cable idea, guys. I initially wanted to move the modem to cut down on the cables coming out of that wall and number of boxes over there, but given the already large size of my satellite tv box, I don't think a modem stacked on top will make that much of a difference. I'll just go the ethernet cable route, and run one over to my computer/wireless router. Thanks again for the input. 
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Sheesh...  all those wires and the problems of poor WiFi signals and the like.  Look here sometime..

https://www.google.com/search?q=Power+over+Ethernet&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=powerline+ethernet+n...
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