So getting a TV antenna on is quite exciting especially when you have cut the cord. But when it comes to connecting multiple TV to just one antenna then it may seem to be a bigger task since there would be issues of losing out the signal strength. If the signal strength in your area is already low, then it can turn out to be a bigger ordeal. There can be multiple reasons on why the signal strength does not work for more than one TV antenna. But today, let us have a look at how we can hook up
- First and foremost, it is important to get the antenna positioned properly whether indoors or outdoors. You have to ensure that the antenna is at least able to provide optimal signal strength to one TV before you can hook it up to the other TV units. When you connect the antenna to just one TV, ensure that there is no coaxial cable splitter. All you would need is a grounding block to be present in between the antenna and the TV unit. Mount and place the antenna properly pointing it to the right direction so as to receive strong signal reception. Note that if the reception signals come from multiple directions then you can go in for omni-directional antenna. Once you are sure that the first TV is capturing all of the channels then it is time to move on with the other TV units.
- In the next step you would need a coaxial cable and antenna splitter. Note that the length of the coaxial cable would in a way contribute to the signal loss. This would mean that longer the cable length, there are higher chances of losing out on signal strength. Hence you can make use of the RG-6 coaxial cable.
- Get an appropriate antenna splitter. It is important to note that each output of the cable splitter would in a way degrade the strength of the signal. Having a splitter with 4 output would mean dividing the initial strength by 4. Hence in such cases it would be a better decision to get antenna splitter wherein the number of output would match exactly to the number of TV you need it to be connected.
- Now at this point, there is proper amount of signal coming from the antenna since we first set up the TV. If there is any loss of reception at this point then it would be attributed to the equipment such as coaxial cable, the digital tuner or the antenna splitter. Before getting the connections in place, it is important to draw with paper and pen on where the cable and the splitter would be placed. Measure exactly how much cable you would need for each of the run. Try to keep the length minimum as possible. Now get the first TV installed with the splitter. Test each one after you have connected. Continue adding one at a time and test for the channels after each connection. If at any given point the TV is not receiving equal number of channels, then there would be a need for getting the signal amplified.