How To Connect a TV Antenna to Multiple TV Sets (Two or More)

By | July 12, 2019

How To Connect a TV Antenna to Multiple TV Sets
Over-the-Air TV is a great way for cord cutters to get free TV channels with many stations available.

While many homes will often have one TV setup with an antenna, multiple TV sets can also share the same TV antenna.

It does require a splitter or distribution box for the antenna signal to go out to multiple TVs.

Signals can lose strength when more than one TV is using the same antenna but this is easily fixed with an amplifier.

If you live close to the broadcast tower a splitter with no booster may work but in most cases, the signal will need to be amplified.

There are many stand-alone amplifiers and TV Distribution Amplifier boxes available.
How To Connect a TV Antenna to Multiple TV Sets Channel Master
For example, Channel Master has several popular units that split an incoming signal, boost it, and give outputs to multiple TVs.

Channel Master Distribution Amplifier for Up-to 4 TVs on Amazon
Channel Master CM3414 4-Port Distribution Amplifier for Cable and Antenna Signal

Standalone pre-amplifiers or signal boosters are also a good option when a standard splitter is used with no built-in amplifier.

Sometimes both a pre-amplifier and distribution amplifier are used to boost a signal that is far away from broadcast towers.

Winegard LNA-200TV Antenna Amplifier Signal Booster.
Winegard LNA-200 Boost XT HDTV Preamplifier, TV Antenna Amplifier Signal Booster, HD Digital VHF UHF Amplifier

Hooking up a distribution amplifier is the same as a splitter with the added power plug to boost the signal.
How To Connect a TV Antenna to Multiple TV Sets Hookup
The coaxial line from the antenna is fed into the box along with power.

Each TV will have its own coaxial output to connect.

How To Connect an Antenna to Multiple TVs with a Distribution Amplifier

  1. Connect the antenna coaxial line to the input of the distribution amplifier.
  2. Connect the power input coaxal line and plug it in.
  3. Connect each TV to one of the output coaxial lines on the distribution amplifier.
  4. Re-scan each TV for OTA broadcast.

Summary
Using one TV antenna for multiple TVs is easily done with the right setup.

If you live very close to broadcast towers a normal splitter may be enough to get a good signal.

For most homes, a distribution amplifier box is usually used to not only split but boost a wireless TV signal.

If a home is very far from the broadcast towers a pre-amplifier or booster can be used along with the amplifier box to get an even better signal.



 




 

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