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How to Connect Multiple TVs to your OTA Antenna

FIVE STEPS TO CONNECTING YOUR ANTENNA TO MULTIPLE TVs

Connect Multiple TVs to One Antenna
Free HDTV on Every Screen in Your Home

First of all congratulations! If you are reading this post you are ahead of the masses, and have realized OTA (Over-the-Air) TV is an amazing alternative to Cable TV. Now you are looking for a way to push your free HD TV signal to multiple TVs in your house.

1. Install your Antenna.

For some, an Indoor Antenna will work, but for those who need to access a far away signal, an Outdoor Antenna will be necessary.

If you are new to Antenna Installation, here is a video I put together on how to install the Mohu Leaf Outdoor Antenna:

If you are not sure what channels you will get, try using AntennaWeb’s look up tool. And if you don’t know what subchannels are yet.. take a quick read.

 
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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.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves; you won’t even know if splitting the signal will cause problem – until you test it.
HOW TO CONNECT YOUR ANTENNA TO MULTIPLE TVs

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.

Click here to read the reviews: “If you are looking for a 3-way splitter with equal signal loss on all 3 outputs, for $12 this is a good value.”

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

Once you got the first TV working as expected, then hook up your 2nd TV.  If successful go ahead and connect three TVs. And again, test the signal. If any point during these steps you notice that you have lost signal strength, it is time look into buying an amplifier. If this is not an issue, YOU ARE DONE my friend.

5. Determining if you Need a Coaxial Amplifier

I don’t suggest starting out with an amplifier because some antennas come with built in amplifiers that can easily support multiple TVs.

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.
    • Amplify Adjustable Gain PreamplifierChannel Master Amplify Adjustable Gain PreAmplifier – By design, this PreAmplifier can boost signal strength on any Indoor or Outdoor Antenna on the market. Professional grade, easy to install, TV antenna amplifier.
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  • DISTRIBUTION Amplifiers allows you to redistribute that signal through multiple outputs, while maintaining the same signal strength.
    • HOW TO CONNECT YOUR ANTENNA TO MULTIPLE TVs Tip: Read the Amazon reviews on the Channel Master 3414 4 Outputs Distribution Amplifier. This thing is a beast!
If you would rather not deal with an amplifier all together, the Sky from Mohu for example, is small, powerful outdoor antenna that can provide uncompressed HD broadcast to multiple televisions in a home (also has a rang of 60 miles by the way).

Going Wireless

If you would rather go wireless, and stream your OTA signal across your entire home, to every WiFi connected device, then check out the HDHomeRun
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If you have already connected multiple TVs to your antenna, what suggestions do you have for us. What did I miss? Cheers!

Cutting the Cable Bill in Style

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As more and more TV viewers are looking to save money by “cutting the cable,” the antenna is once again becoming popular among homeowners.

Mohu Curve 30

When it comes to indoor antennas, most of us often imagine those bulky “rabbit ears” from our parents’ generation that never gave the best reception. But, times have changed. Mohu’s engineers have come up with a new indoor HDTV antenna – Curve 30 (with a 30-mile reception range) which has a modern look to it and adds to your décor.

Place this antenna on a tabletop or shelf and it will bring a touch of modern look to your home or apartment while giving you free access to your favorite TV shows.

The Curve 30 takes the antenna design to a whole new level with its clean and sophisticated arched structure. TV viewers who want to have an access to high-definition TV programming from local channels but also desire a unique, modern look to their home or apartment can place Mohu’s Curve 30 antenna on their shelf or table and enjoy the TV viewing experience like never before. If you live within 30 miles to a broadcast tower, simply plug-in Curve 30 and you will have access to TV broadcast channels in full 1080 HDTV.

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Get Amped with the Mohu Leaf Ultimate

Over the Air TV with a Kick

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As the #1 Selling Indoor Antenna on Amazon, the Leaf Ultimate HDTV Antenna fully supports 1080p. And with its built in amplifier, the Leaf Ultimate can access free HD programming from towers up to 50 miles away.

Now more than ever, cord cutters have a viable cable TV alternative at their finger tips. Designed by experienced engineers who have been developing antennas for the US military for decades, the Leaf Ultimate is revolutionizing the Indoor Antenna industry.

If you have cut the cable or are looking to cut it, you will need an antenna solution for picking up the wide array of free HD TV channels that are available locally. With the Leaf Ultimate HDTV Antenna you get more than enough power without the need for a bulky box-style antenna.

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Mohu Leaf

Over the Air HD Channels for Free
No Cable. No Dish. NO BILLS

Mohu Leaf

How many of us remember the good old days when a pair of rabbit ears sat on top of the TV? If you are looking for a way to cut your cable bill, then you will want to hear about the Mohu Leaf. HD television has made TV clearer than it’s ever been before, but of course, the cable and satellite companies are taking full advantage and raising their prices for that HD signal.

The Mohu Leaf Antenna

Is a paper-thin HD indoor antenna that is perfect for picking up channels and getting a clear picture in suburban and rural areas. Many people today complain about the hefty price they are paying just to watch cable TV. With a leaf antenna, you can get the quality without the price. Depending on the area you live in the Mohu Leaf can pick up channels that are more than 30 miles away from a broadcasting tower.

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Free Cable Alternative

Once known as Rabbit Ears, we now use OTA Antennas to Capture Free Broadcast TV

Mohu Leaf Ultimate AntennaOur society has become so reliant on the television. It is very rare that I go through a day without someone asking me if I saw something on TV last night, so it was very difficult for me to let my cable go, despite the fact that the cable company decided to double my monthly bill. My contract was up, so I didn’t have any obligation to keep that company, but I couldn’t imagine my life at home without some noise from the TV.

After canceling my cable service, I would play music, watch shows online through the internet, and go to friends’ houses whenever I could. These were all great alternatives, and it was all much easier than trying to make the ridiculous monthly cable payment, but I couldn’t help but miss being able to relax in my living room at the end of the day. That was when I realized that there was still another option, and I felt really stupid for not thinking of it sooner.

Do you remember rabbit ears?

Our parents and grandparents used them for years, and yet we forget that we can still use rabbit ears to pick up local stations. Using an indoor antenna is as old as television itself, and recently, the switch from analog to digital TV has brought this alternative back into the limelight. However, people have become so used to their special channels that they wouldn’t even consider this to be an option.

The truth is, for most individuals, the antenna can be a very satisfactory option. It may even be better than cable for some households. Our lives usually keep us busy enough that we don’t really need hundreds of television channels to keep us entertained. When we do want to sit and relax in front of the TV, an indoor antenna can give us more than enough and without the high cost of cable or satellite.

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HDTV Without Cable – Using a Simple Indoor Antenna

No Cable. No Dish. NO BILLS

How to Watch HDTV Without Cable

mohu leafThe picture quality an Indoor Antenna can deliver has greatly increased in the past few years. This is largely due to Digital broadcasting – which is an improved method of TV broadcasting that offers cable Television Stations for free over the airwaves. In June 2009, TV stations in the US switched over to this new standard.

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Watch TV 4 Free

Determining if you have a built-in HDTV tuner is the first step before a HD Antenna purchase. High-definition tuners, which are also commonly referred to as HDTV, digital or ATSC tuners, are tuners built into HDTVs that allow you to access high-definition television broadcasts over-the-air. OTA refers to television broadcasts that can be accessed without any cable or satellite television service. Without a high-definition tuner, your won’t be able to view high-definition channels, even if you own a high-definition TV. Many older TV sets on the market come as “HDTV-ready”. The problem is that HDTV-ready TV sets cannot be used for watching HDTV over-the-air because they lack a tuner. If you don’t know whether your TV set has a built-in tuner, look for the RF antenna connector on the rear/side panel. If your still not sure check the manual or find out when the TV was made. The federal government mandated that all TVs made after February 2007 that cross state lines to be sold or that are imported from other countries must come equipped with a digital tuner. If yours was made after that, you’re set. If you find that your TV does not have one, don’t worry, this is something you can purchase.

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