FIVE STEPS TO CONNECTING YOUR ANTENNA TO MULTIPLE TVs
Free HDTV on Every Screen in Your Home
1. Install your Antenna.
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2. Connect the Coaxial Cable to a RF Coaxial Splitter.
Once you have your Antenna all hooked up, the next thing you need to do is connect a coaxial splitter. This is an inexpensive device that will split your OTA signal into multiple sub-signals, allowing you to push free TV broadcasting to multiple TVs.
Worth noting here is that splitting the signal can results is a 50% drop in signal strength (3.5db). Furthermore, every additional split will continue to decrease the overall signals strength. So if you have a weak or marginal signal coming from your antenna, splitting it will have a negative effect. This also means that if you only need a two-way splitter, don’t use a 4-way splitter because you’re losing more signal strength with every unused output.
Finally the more distance the signal has to travel, the weaker the signal becomes. So less feet in coaxial cable, means stronger signal, equating to better picture quality.
Side Note: Be careful with 3 way splitters. Signal loss can vary substantially across the three outputs. Meaning if used, two TVs could work fine, while the third would suffer from a weaker signal. I did some research and found an example of a Splitter that addresses this issue: the Monster Standard RF Splitter.
To learn about a DVR for Over-the-Air TV – Read: Recording Over the Air Channels With No Subscription Fees
3. Connect Your Main TV
I dont suggest connecting more than one TV at a time because if something goes wrong you wont know where the issue is. As I eluded too above, we are trying to remove as many variables as possible from the installation. If done correctly, this method will allow us to troubleshoot any hiccups, more effectively.
4. Connect the 2nd TV
5. Determining if you Need a Coaxial Amplifier
“The reason we want to first try installing without amplifiers first is signal overload. If the signal is strong from the tower, too much amplification can overload the tuner and cause the TV tuner not to receive the channel. Amplification should always be seen as a way to improve reception, not installed by default.” Grounded Reason
When buying an amplifier you need to understand that there are two basic types:
- PRE Amplifiers amplifies the signal received by the antenna into the down cable. It should not be anywhere but on the original antenna cable right at the antenna.
- DISTRIBUTION Amplifiers allows you to redistribute that signal through multiple outputs, while maintaining the same signal strength.
- Tip: Read the Amazon reviews on the Channel Master 3414 4 Outputs Distribution Amplifier. This thing is a beast!