Connecting one antenna to two TVs: step-by-step wiring instructions

We divide terrestrial TV broadcasting from one antenna to two TV sets without signal loss. Learn about ways to connect an antenna with and without an amplifier.

Connecting one antenna to several TVs is an opportunity to save on the purchase of additional antennas. We will tell you, how can a signal be divided into two points, so that you can watch different programs on two TVs at the same time. This instruction is intended for connecting digital terrestrial television.

Checking signal strength

Before, how to mount a fork on TVs, it is worth checking the signal quality, transmitted from the antenna. If the signal is uncertain, you will have to install an antenna with an amplifier. A good signal will allow you to use an antenna without an amplifier for two TV sets. There are two ways to check the signal:

  1. On the remote control we find the ‘INFO’ button. When the antenna is connected, press this button twice and the signal level will be displayed on the screen.
  2. On the remote control, press the ‘Menu’ and switch to the ‘Manual Setup’ mode. In the window that appears, enter the channel number, which works well in your region. The signal strength will be displayed on the screen.

If the signal strength is above 70 %, then everything is in order and you can connect an antenna to two points without an amplifier. We will consider the connection diagram of a conventional passive antenna and an active antenna with an amplifier.

Accessories, which will be needed to perform the work

To connect the signal between two TVs, you will need:

  • Splitter for two outputs
  • 5F-connectors.

 

  • 2 plugs
  • 2 TV cables

Connecting an antenna without an amplifier to two TVs

Step 1: Mounting the F-connectors

Installation of F-connectors is performed as follows:

  • Remove the upper insulation. We step back 15 mm from the edge of the cable and with a neat circular movement of the knife we cut and remove the upper insulation. At the same time , the main thing is, so that the braid wiring remains intact.
  • Remove the lower insulation. First, we bend the braid back onto the cable, releasing the lower insulation. Then, in the same neat circular motion, remove the lower insulation, freeing the copper vein.
  • We fasten the F-connector. We wind the connector over the braid in this way, so that in the end the tip of the copper core was 2-3 mm higher than the edge of the nut. It should work out, as in the picture below.
  • We take the connector with our fingers and lightly move up and down to check the quality of the connection (nothing should hang out).

Step 2: Connecting the cable to the splitter and TVs

We attach it as follows:

  • The antenna cable is wound onto the input of the splitter (IN).
  • Two outputs with F-connectors on TV cables are connected to the outlets of the splitter (OUT).It should work out, as in the image below.
  • Screw the adapter plugs into the remaining F-connectors on the TV cable.
  • We insert television cables into televisions. If there is a tuner, then you can attach a cable to it, and then with another cable from the HDMI connector to the TV (as shown in the picture below).

After completing the first and second steps, you need to check the signal quality on each TV. And it is worth doing it simultaneously on two TVs, since individually everyone can show well. The image should not jump, twitch or slow down. For two TVs, an inexpensive LUMAX DA2203P antenna is suitable, you should not expect anything supernatural from it, but the signal transmits clearly.

Connecting an antenna with an amplifier to two TVs

The antenna amplifier must necessarily be additionally powered. There are two ways to power it:

  1. Using an active splitter
  2. We use our own antenna power supply

Pay attention, that the remaining steps for mounting an antenna with an amplifier will be the same, as for the model without an amplifier. We can advise an inexpensive antenna with a REMO BAS-1159-5V Orbita-19 SUPER amplifier, a power supply comes with it right away.

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