Should I replace any RG59 cable I have with RG6?

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Right now my setup works fine, but I have to wire in another box. Would I see any benefit replacing the cable on the existing box or should I just leave it alone? Thanks!
 
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3Ghz sweep tested RG-6 (It's all I use) RG-59 is only used for connection of the TV to the ant/cable wall jack IMHO.
How long is your run?
 
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RG59 is supposedly high loss cable, not recommended for a cable run of any length. I used it one time because I had a lot, but have since got rid of that for all Rg-6 cable.
I did run some 59 under the house from a splitter to another tv, and am about to throw that, soon as it is warm enough to make me want to tackle the crawl-space lol.
 
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I had a functional second birdview dish that was originally used for audio feeds only, so pq was not a big deal to me. I re-aimed that dish keeping it stationary on 137 West. It was fed by RG-59. Quality was not the best. Changed the cable to RG-6, immediate improvement. You may find a better overall system with the upgrade of the cable. Small price to pay for big improvement in your system's potential.
 
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Thanks guys, I went ahead and bought it!
 
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RG-6 is absolutely recommended for satellite. I would never use RG-59 for any application.

It is still ok for things like analog video cameras and other applications that use relatively low frequencies (think VHF, FM radio, etc). If I was replacing or installing new cable it would definitely be RG-6 or better. Comparatively small price difference and RG-6 can be used pretty much anywhere RG-59 was used but offer much more flexibility for the future.
 
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Yes rg6 is the Standard


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I always use RG-6. However, if you are using something that is working, such as RG-59 in this case, if it ain't broke then don't fix it. No point in fixing something that is still working. It also don't hurt to upgrade it to RG-6 though. I have seen RG-59 being used and later it would burn out and require a cable replacement.
 
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