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How to Connect Multiple TVs to your OTA Antenna

FIVE STEPS TO CONNECTING YOUR ANTENNA TO MULTIPLE TVs

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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 connect an HD antenna to multiple TVs in your house.

1. Install your Antenna.

For some, an Indoor Antenna (like the excellent Mohu Leaf 30) will work, but for those who need to access a far away signal, an Outdoor Antenna (we recommend the Winegard Elite 7550) 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 lookup 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 an 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 designed for splitting an antenna signal to multiple TVs. This lets you use one antenna for multiple TVs, so you can watch your local channels on every television in your house.

Worth noting here is that splitting the signal can result 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 fewer 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 antenna signal to multiple TVs will cause a 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 an 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 don’t suggest connecting more than one TV at a time because if something goes wrong you won’t 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 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 range 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!

What is Mohu AirWave? Review, Cost, Performance, and More

For the uninitiated, Mohu is a brand that is very familiar to cord cutters. Mohu pioneered the thin, flat and affordable antenna that has ushered in the modern antenna revolution. And now the Mohu AirWave (review below) takes their antenna technology to the next level.

Many who have opted to get rid of cable use these sleek, unobtrusive antennas to pull in local over-the-air (OTA) broadcasts, all in glorious high definition for the low, low price of nothing.

A quality antenna, like the ones offered by Mohu, combined with Internet streaming services, have enabled many people to say goodbye to pricey monthly cable bills.

While the arrival of high-quality antennas and streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime was a welcome one, there is one minor, but annoying, elephant in the room. The biggest downside to this entertainment set up is the fact that users have to manually switch inputs in order to access all of their content. This can really detract from the feeling of channel surfing that comes with a more traditional television set up. Unfortunately, this can prevent many people from cutting the cord.

However, Mohu hopes to change all that with their newest product: the Mohu AirWave.

Read on for our full Mohu AirWave review.

 

What is the Mohu AirWave?

Before we talk about how this antenna performs in our Mohu AirWave review, let’s go over the basics.

The Mohu AirWave was released in 2017 to the delight of many cord cutters. The device collects all of the available OTA broadcasts (channels like NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC, PBS, etc.) and slots them into the streaming device you’re already using, whether that be a Roku, Apple TV, Fire Stick, or whatever else.

This works sending the OTA broadcasts to the Mohu TV app, where it lives alongside other streaming video apps like Netflix and Hulu. The ability to integrate OTA channels into your streaming device eliminates the need to switch inputs on your TV, creating a more streamlined viewing experience.

 

How Does the Mohu AirWave Work?

The Mohu AirWave is an antenna that can be placed anywhere in your home so long as it is in range of your Wi-Fi network. Alternatively, the Mohu AirWave has an Ethernet port so you can hard wire the antenna to your router if you like.

The AirWave then scans the airwaves for OTA broadcasts in your area. It then pipes the channels you’re able to pick up with this antenna to a companion app on your streaming device called the Mohu TV App.

The AirWave works with Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire TV, Android, iOS and standard web browsers, tablets, and smart phones, so you shouldn’t have any difficulty watching OTA channels on your device of choice.

 

Advantages of the Mohu Airwave

As we mentioned earlier, the Mohu AirWave integrates OTA channels into your streaming device alongside the likes of Netflix and others. While this convenience alone is worth the price of admission, the AirWave has other additional benefits.

The Mohu AirWave app has a full-featured electronic programming guide (EPG) for all of the OTA channels it picks up. The EPG gives users information about the programming on each channel, including things like how long the episode is and brief plot synopsis. It’s a welcome feature that doesn’t cost the end user anything.

Furthermore, the Mohu AirWave compresses all of the OTA broadcasts itself before sending them to your streaming devices. This means that low-end devices shouldn’t have any trouble with playback. In addition, the AirWave also employs something Mohu has dubbed “ClearPix” technology. This improves the video quality by automatically adjusting the internal configuration of your antenna based on your location and the strength of the OTA signals in your area.

Finally, the AirWave is able to transmit the OTA broadcasts over Wi-Fi to multiple clients simultaneously. This means that multiple users can be tuned in to the same channel at the same time. No additional antennas or pesky splitters needed.

 

Drawbacks of the Mohu AirWave

While there is a lot to like about the Mohu AirWave, there is room for growth. Unfortunately, at this point in time, the Mohu AirWave does not yet include a DVR function. It is possible that the AirWave might have the ability to record shows in the future, however the absence of USB ports suggests that recordings would have to be stored in the cloud as opposed to a user supplied hard drive.

 

2nd Generation AirWave

Earlier this year Mohu unveiled an updated version of the AirWave. The big draw of the AirWave is the fact that it can transmit OTA broadcasts to different devices over Wi-Fi.

The updated version still boasts the same functionality but instead of being a standalone antenna, this time around the Wi-Fi transmission system is its own dedicated box.

The advantage of this is that you can now use any Mohu antenna in conjunction with the 2nd gen AirWave to stream OTA broadcasts.

 

How Much Does the Mohu AirWave Cost?

With a starting price of $179.99, the Mohu AirWave is more expensive than the company’s other basic antennas, like the popular Mohu Leaf, but that’s for good reason. This wireless antenna has features regular antennas don’t have, most notably the ability to stream your local channels to your streaming devices for an improved viewing experience.

 

Where Can You Buy the Mohu AirWave?

The AirWave is available at Best Buy, Fry’s, and other retail stores, but your best bet is to buy directly through the Mohu website so you can get guaranteed product availability, the best price, and the best support directly from the company throughout the process.

 

Mohu Review Conclusion

In short, the Mohu AirWave is a unique antenna that is ideal for those who want to be able to watch their local channels directly on their device of choice, without having to switch inputs on the TV back and forth. It’s a groundbreaking product in the antenna space for sure, but if you’re just looking for a basic antenna at a low price without the bells and whistles, the Mohu Leaf might be a better value.

Build Your Own OTA DVR

Using a TV Tuner Card to build a PC based DVR for Recording OTA Free TV

You can use your home computer to capture and record free TV using an Over-the-Air Antenna!

Since 2009, United States tTV Tuner Card - USBtelevision programs have been broadcast Over-the-Air (OTA) exclusively in digital format. This means that HD signal is available for free in many locations using an indoor or outdoor TV antenna. Goodbye snowy picture!

If you’re already using a digital antenna to watch local programming, and you currently use a PC to stream video to your TV, you may be interested in purchasing a TV tuner card.

What’s a TV tuner card, you ask? Well, a tuner card is a peripheral that can be easily added to nearly any home computer to record free broadcast TV directly to your device. That’s right! You’ll be able to pause, rewind or fast forward your local programming exactly the way you would with an expensive cable or satellite box, without any of those pesky monthly expenses!

Did someone say it’s Football Season?

Record your favorite NFL games and watch them on your own time, and or commercial free. With a setup like this you can not only get Sunday and Thursday Football for free in HD, but you can watch a standard 3 hour game in an hour and a half. Learn more about watching NFL for free in HD

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