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I think I'm going to get Verizon Home Fusion internet at my house. I have a wireless system now (not cell or satelite based), that's only good for 256K. It just doesn't cut it anymore. I can't get DSL or cable, and I hear that satelite sucks due to the latency. Since 4G recently came to my area, and I can get 10Mbit on my new iPhone 5, Home Fusion is my best option.
I've got a few questions that maybe you IT guys can help me out with.
1) I've got a meter pole that I've got my Dish Network dish mounted to, I've got 1 inch conduit all the way out there from my utility room. I've heard that Home Fusion uses Cat5 between the outside equipment and the inside equipment. I would like to mount the home Fusion antenna on the pole and run the wire into the j box, just like my Dish Network. What kind of Cat 5 wire would be suitable to have a couple feet exposed to sunlight, and ran through buried conduit (wet location rated), and what would be the O.D. of such a cable?
2) What would be customary for grounding once I'm inside the building. There are many such products available for coax cable.

3) Do any of you know anything else about Home Fusion?

Free installation is included, but as many of you know, it usually leaves a little to be desired. I will have everything done that I can, and just rely on the install guy for commissioning.
Here is a picture of my J Box. I just pushed my fish tape through and pulled a 14 gauge wire in to use as a pull wire. After 13 years, the conduit was bone dry inside. I was happy, but surprised.
 

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I would try to get some direct bury CAT5 cable, maybe you can find a piece on eBay to suit your needs. How long do you need it? OD will be about 1/4" if its shielded. Grounding is easy with a simple clamp, just remove about 1" of jacket to expose the shield and clamp with a suitable wire. Sorry, I know nothing about the Fusion service.
 

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Thinking CAT6, what the heck. Maybe per terminated, in as much as you have a 1 inch conduit. A good crimping tool for an RJ45 will cost more than the wire, depending on the distance.
 

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I've had the Home Fusion for about 4 months. I'd let them do the complete install. They use co-ax from the cantenna into the house and it's grounded within 20 feet of the cantenna. From there it goes to the power injector (power brick) to the router.
Spring for the $6.99 mo. service contract, 'cause if you don't have it, it's about $150.00 to get a truck to roll for service.
Mine has been solid though I have had to reboot occasionally. It's quick like a bunny but it only runs in 4G. If your service is spotty it won't fall back to 3G. I just checked mine and I'm getting 28.39 Mbps download and 5.72 Mbps upload (speedtest.net). I just upgraded to the 16 Gig plan caused you use more when it's faster because it's so much more convenient. Good luck.
 

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I've had the Home Fusion for about 4 months. I'd let them do the complete install. They use co-ax from the cantenna into the house and it's grounded within 20 feet of the cantenna. From there it goes to the power injector (power brick) to the router.
Spring for the $6.99 mo. service contract, 'cause if you don't have it, it's about $150.00 to get a truck to roll for service.
Mine has been solid though I have had to reboot occasionally. It's quick like a bunny but it only runs in 4G. If your service is spotty it won't fall back to 3G. I just checked mine and I'm getting 28.39 Mbps download and 5.72 Mbps upload (speedtest.net). I just upgraded to the 16 Gig plan caused you use more when it's faster because it's so much more convenient. Good luck.
That's good information about the coax. The guy in the Verizon store said it was CAT5 that went from the cantenna to the indoor equipment. He said the earlier ones used coax, but I don't pay too much attention to them. I'm trying to get the installer to call me and let me know for sure what wire I need to get.
 
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