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Hello,

Was hoping you could help. I have cut the cord from cable tv and currently using bunny ears. I am tired of having to move that thing around to get different channels. So, I purchased an outdoor antenna to hook up to the existing wiring from the old dish hook up.

There are two coax cables (and a ground, I think) from where the LNB used to hook up to the dish itself. This double coax runs down to the side of my house where it goes through a diplexer aloing with another cable from the ground and then goes into the house. The other coax cable from the antenna goes through another connection that goes into the house. Both of these are then routed into an AV/Internet box inside my home where things are split up again and divided to the house.

Here are some pics. Any advice on what to hook up where would help. I have some generic uhf/vhf splitters 5-1000mhz to replace any of the satellite splitters/diplexer if need be.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Here are some pics:
First, the outdoor box.


And now the indoor box.
 

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Hello,

Was hoping you could help. I have cut the cord from cable tv and currently using bunny ears. I am tired of having to move that thing around to get different channels. So, I purchased an outdoor antenna to hook up to the existing wiring from the old dish hook up.

There are two coax cables (and a ground, I think) from where the LNB used to hook up to the dish itself. This double coax runs down to the side of my house where it goes through a diplexer aloing with another cable from the ground and then goes into the house. The other coax cable from the antenna goes through another connection that goes into the house. Both of these are then routed into an AV/Internet box inside my home where things are split up again and divided to the house.

Here are some pics. Any advice on what to hook up where would help. I have some generic uhf/vhf splitters 5-1000mhz to replace any of the satellite splitters/diplexer if need be.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Here are some pics:
First, the outdoor box.


And now the indoor box.

Assuming your only installing one antenna, you will only need one feed from the previous lnb.
Plug that feed into input of your splitters. Then connect the uhf out put lines from the diplexer into your output of your splitters.

Couple points, others may argue with me but i go overkill on everything.

For anthing more than a 2x 1 spillter (more than 2 tvs) i strongly urge amplification. Hell even splitting off to two tv can cause problems depending on the amount of rg6 involved.

If u need an amp, i suggest the antennacraft 10g212. Adjustable up to 30db of gain, plenty to power up a 1 x 8 splitter and more.

and two, not all splitters are created equal. I have seen signal quality increase by 10% at the set using a high quality splitter. I strongly suggest extreme broadband splitters. Very high quality and nicely priced too. You can find them on ebay.
 

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Assuming your only installing one antenna, you will only need one feed from the previous lnb.
Plug that feed into input of your splitters. Then connect the uhf out put lines from the diplexer into your output of your splitters.

Couple points, others may argue with me but i go overkill on everything.

For anthing more than a 2x 1 spillter (more than 2 tvs) i strongly urge amplification. Hell even splitting off to two tv can cause problems depending on the amount of rg6 involved.

If u need an amp, i suggest the antennacraft 10g212. Adjustable up to 30db of gain, plenty to power up a 1 x 8 splitter and more.

and two, not all splitters are created equal. I have seen signal quality increase by 10% at the set using a high quality splitter. I strongly suggest extreme broadband splitters. Very high quality and nicely priced too. You can find them on ebay.
what about the box on the inside of the house with the other diplexer (second pic)? Is that diplexer in the second picture going to the two separate tvs that were previously hooked up in the house? If so, I am assuming I will need to swap out that with a splitter as well. Is that correct?

Thanks a lot for your help man. I really appreciate this.

ryan
 

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Hello,

Was hoping you could help. I have cut the cord from cable tv and currently using bunny ears. I am tired of having to move that thing around to get different channels. So, I purchased an outdoor antenna to hook up to the existing wiring from the old dish hook up.

There are two coax cables (and a ground, I think) from where the LNB used to hook up to the dish itself. This double coax runs down to the side of my house where it goes through a diplexer aloing with another cable from the ground and then goes into the house. The other coax cable from the antenna goes through another connection that goes into the house. Both of these are then routed into an AV/Internet box inside my home where things are split up again and divided to the house.

Here are some pics. Any advice on what to hook up where would help. I have some generic uhf/vhf splitters 5-1000mhz to replace any of the satellite splitters/diplexer if need be.

You don't need any TV/Sat diplexers with just a TV antenna so you can bypass those in your pictures with barrel connectors although they may not be hurting you much.

I don't know what's in the AV/Internet box but you probably don't need that either.

I can't comment on whether you might need a distribution amp because I don't know how many TV's the antenna will be feeding or how strong your stations are. Please post a link to your TV Fool report when you get 5 posts or PM Dr. Don to do it for you.

Note: Diplexers and splitters are different devices. Diplexers are for splitting/combining frequency bands and splitters are for dividing power.
 

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what about the box on the inside of the house with the other diplexer (second pic)? Is that diplexer in the second picture going to the two separate tvs that were previously hooked up in the house? If so, I am assuming I will need to swap out that with a splitter as well. Is that correct?

Thanks a lot for your help man. I really appreciate this.

ryan
Yes u will be ditching everything that is there.

So here is your setup, we will assume two tvs.

Anetnna line coming in previously from satellite dish goes into input of splitter. Outputs go to tvs. You may need some f-81 barrel connectors for bypassing the switches (threaded barrel on both sides for joining two pieces of rg-6 coax)

more than two tvs plug antenna wire into input of amplifier, output of amplifier goes into input of splitter.

You can try it without an amplifier, but if your dropping channels after hooking up multiple tvs you need an amplifier.
 

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Suggesting an amplifier, especially a very high gain unit, without first knowing ANYTHING about the signal environment, is ill-advised.

Step 1. Get your exact location TVFool plot posted. Use dummy posts to hit your minimum post count or PM a moderator to add it. He is going to chastise you for not following the instructions that start with "READ FIRST".

Step 2. Set your priorities. Make a list of the stations that you "need" and another that you "want".

Step 3. You say you already bought an outdoor antenna. Please identify it so we can determine it's appropriate for your system (or not).

Step 4. Identify how many outlets you plan on sending the signal to and estimated lengths of cable runs.

Step 5. Describe what your signal path looks lie from your desired mounting location.

Step 6. Post a picture of you A/V box so we can understand what's in there.

Once we have that, real progress can be made.
 

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thanks

bought this antenna: RCA ANT751 Durable Compact

TVFool gave a pretty accurate diagnosis of what my signals/reception would be. Put the splitter in at the junction/hub inside the house. Great reception - no amplifier needed. Barrel connectors worked pretty well.

Thank you all for your help. Much appreciated.

Ryan
 
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