If you have an existing coaxial network sending signal to multiple TV's is easy!
First you would need to locate your master hub, usually in the attic, on the rear of the home or in a garage and they often look a little something like this.
You would then connect the Sky to the main "in" line, mount the antenna, connect your TV's to the coaxial ports in your home, run the channel scans on each and you should be getting free OTA signals sent to each port in the home. If you don't have an existing coaxial network all is not lost!
Here are steps to connect an antenna when using an existing network is not an option.
- Step 1: Install your Antenna: After you have done your research and know that an antenna will work at your location of course. If you haven't done this STOP before you go any further and check your area!
- Step 2: Connect the Coaxial Cable to an RF 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.
- Step 3: Connect your Main TV: Make sure that you run the channel scan to see what stations you are pulling in and make any directional adjustments to the antenna at this time. Make sure that you rerun the channel scan with every repositioning of the antenna. This is an important step that many miss. We don't suggest connecting more than one TV at a time because if something goes wrong you won't know where the issue is.
- Step 4: Connect the Next TV: Once you got the first TV working as expected, then hook up your 2nd TV and repeat the process and then the 3rd and so on. If any point during these steps you notice that you have lost signal strength, it is time look into buying an amplifier.
*Tip: We do suggest that if you don't use all of the "out" ports on your splitter that you purchase "caps" for the open port to prevent signal loss. Any electronics store will offer these if they aren't included with the splitter to begin with.