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The house we purchased only has 1 coax line going into each room, and 2 rooms don't have any. We used to have D* for so long and then had to move to ATT because of the wireless clients for those 2 rooms. Since I live in FL we get some nasty storms here and at the house we previously rented were able to use an antenna for OTA for when one of those storms came through. I am unable to run a 2nd coax line out through the house for OTA from my AM-21. The location with the OTA signal would at a minimum be downstairs of a 2 story house, with no attic. I have been told there is a way to run the OTA feed in through a power outlet. Is that true? We would like to move back to D* because the HD PQ is getting worse with ATT, and we have the AM-21 and an owned HR20-700 with a much larger hard drive on it.


Are there any other creative ways to run an OTA in from the outside that don't include drilling a hole from the outside in?
 

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Power outlet? Maybe you're thinking of PowerLine Adapters which are used for extending an ethernet connection. I suppose you could run a coax thru the power outlet if the power ( and wiring) was removed and you just used the chase for the coax but that's not very practical, or easy to do. Sounds like a masonry drill bit is in your future.
 

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Are there any other creative ways to run an OTA in from the outside that don't include drilling a hole from the outside in?

1. Put antenna inside window that faces transmitter (no metal screen or low-e glass). Signal will go thru glass to antenna. If transmitter is not exactly in line with window, use metal mesh reflector at angle outside window to bounce signal into antenna.


2. Use flat coax feed-thru jumper under window.

http://www.amazon.com/Holland-Electronics-Coaxial-Jumper-Windows/dp/B005F0QILU

https://www.google.com/#q=flat+coaxial+jumper+cable


3. Use 300 ohm twin lead connected to metal disks on inside and outside of window glass. The outside disks will couple to the inside disks because the disks and glass form a capacitor that will pass rf signals.


4. Have a tuner outside with A/V connected to an rf link transmitter with receiver inside. It is possible to control tuner with this link to select channels.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2367761&clickid=prod_cs

http://www.rflinkusa.com/products_AVS5811-faqs.html

http://www.amazon.com/AVS-5811-5-8GHz-Wireless-Control-Extender/dp/B0002EXJ8Y

http://www.smarthome.com/76543/RF-Link-ACS-5820-5-8GHz-Wireless-Cable-TV-Sender/p.aspx

https://www.google.com/#q=rf+link+transmitter+for+tv+signal


5. Convert TV signal to WI-FI outside to be received inside.


6. Replace the window glass with Lexan (polycarbonate) and drill a hole in it for an F81 coupler.

https://www.google.com/#q=f81+coupler


I agree with Ratman: drill a hole. If you have metal frame windows you can use an F81 coupler to get the signals through.


If you have an outside antenna or even just coax, the coax shield should be grounded with a grounding block that is connected to your electrical system ground. It's not a good idea to mess with Mother Nature in your part of the country.


Please let us know what works for you.
 

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Thanks everyone for the info. The house we moved into, wiring wise, is not ideal. At least not near as good as our old house in another state where I was able to run coax thru the walls and attic into each room for another OTA run. That side of the house doesn't have any windows near it, other than the sliding glass doors 10 ft away. The flat coax jumper or F81 coupler might be the best options at this point.
 

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You can use "HDMI Wireless Extenders" between the OTA Tuner and the HDTV....and if CEC (Remote Control via HDMI) doesn't work, a pair of IR Transmitters/Receivers.

PS: AT&T Uverse offers Wireless STB's and you can set-up Wireless Router (possibly with Wi-Fi Repeater)...all SEPARATE from the House Coax Wiring, which is then available for OTA:
https://www.att.com/shop/u-verse/wireless-receiver.html
 
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