How To Hook Up a Splitter for a TV Antenna

Coaxial cables are usually used to deliver signal information from the antenna to the television set. One of the best things about coaxial cables is that it can actually supply the information for a number of television sets, which can be done by splitting the coaxial cable. Here’s how you can do this.

  • Disconnect. First of all, you need to turn off the television set so that you can safely disconnect the coaxial cable connected to the TV set.
  • Splitter. Once you have done this, you will need to take the coaxial cable and connect one end of the cable into the splitter that should have gone to the television. Once the primary coaxial cable is connected to the splitter, you can then connect the other end of the coaxial cable with the antenna as usual. In splitting the coaxial cable, you will not need to actually cut the cable in half. The splitter will do this for you. There are several types of splitters that you can buy, some of which have two additional ports, which in effect allow you to ‘cut’ the coaxial cables into two. There are others that have three, four, and even more ports in the splitter, which will allow you to connect up to four or more television sets into a single splitter.
  • Devices. Next, take another coaxial cable and place one end into the free ports into the splitter. Take the other end and connect it on the coaxial port of a television set. For each television set, there should be one coaxial cable. Therefore, if you have five television sets that are connected to a single splitter, the splitter should be connected to at least six coaxial cables. Five of the cables will connect the splitter to the five different televisions, while the sixth coaxial cable will connect the splitter to the antenna.
  • Securing the coaxial cables. If you are using splitters, chances are you are connecting several televisions in different rooms to a single antenna. If this is the case, you will need to make sure that you secure the coaxial cables from one room to the next. Use wall pins to keep the coaxial cables discreetly tacked into the walls. If possible, you should cover the coaxial cables with a cord protector, in order to prevent it from insects and rodents in the house that can bite the cable and damage the cables.
  • Device input. Finally, you will need to select the switch in the splitter that manages the device inputs. Each device input should correspond with the splitter. Once you have done this, you should open the television sets and check to see if the TV sets are able to get the signal from the antenna. If the signals are blurry, you may need to adjust the antenna, or you may need to tighten the connections of the coaxial cables in the back of the TV set and in the splitter.

With these steps, you should be able to use a single TV antenna on various TV sets, using a splitter.


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