The average American household has between 2 and 3 TV sets. So, it’s not surprising that one of the most common questions I get asked is whether or not it’s possible to connect multiple TVs to a single antenna. Yes, you can connect your antenna to more than one TV. It’s pretty simple, and I’m going to show you exactly how to do it.
What You’ll Need
- Multiple TVs
- RF splitter (purchase a 2-way splitter if connecting antenna to 2 TVs, 3-way splitter if connecting to 3 TVs)
- Coaxial cables
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How to Connect Multiple TVs to One Antenna
Connecting your HD antenna to multiple TVs is simple and requires only a few basic steps.
1. Mount your antenna in an optimal location.
Enter your address in the app at AntennaWeb.org to see where the broadcast towers are in your area. If you are using a flat antenna, it’s best to mount it on an outward facing wall near a window. You may want to test out different positions on your wall to see where you get the best reception. I like to use adhesive tape on the antenna to temporarily try it in different positions, running a channel scan each time to see where I get the most channels at the best quality.
2. Connect the antenna to the RF splitter.
You’ll use a basic coaxial cable to run from your antenna into the single input port. This port is typically by itself on one side of the RF splitter.
3. Connect the RF splitter to the desired TV sets.
Using the multiple output ports on the RF splitter, you will run a coaxial cable out to the different TV sets in your home. It’s likely that at least one of the TVs will be far away from the splitter, so you may need to use a long coaxial cable, 50 feet or longer depending on your needs.
4. Secure the coaxial cables.
You don’t want loose cables running all across your house, creating a tripping hazard and just looking plain ugly. So, make sure you secure the cables to the walls, baseboards, or floor using electrical tape, a cord channel, or other protective devices.
5. Check your TVs to verify a good connection.
Turn on each TV set to make sure you have a clear picture on each. If the cable run is too long or the antenna is too weak or not mounted optimally, the signal quality could decrease and affect the picture. If this is the case, you may need to use an amplifier to boost the signal.
That’s all there is to it! Your antenna is now hooked up to multiple TVs, allowing you to enjoy free HD over-the-air programming on all of your televisions.
Need Some Help Installing Your Antenna?
The Mohu Leaf antenna I recommend is incredibly simple to install, but I realize not everyone will have the time, ability, or interest to install their own antenna. In such cases, I recommend using a service like Angie’s List or TaskRabbit to find a top rated handyman in your area that can install your TV antenna properly. I’ve personally used both services multiple times, and have had very positive results with them. Each service lets you easily see real, uncensored reviews for various contractors in your area, so you can choose the professional that’s best for the job.
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