If you have an indoor antenna, connecting your antenna is as simple as screwing it into coaxial port on the back of your TV. But what about outdoor antennas? What if you have multiple TVs? This is where it can get a bit more complicated.
The first step is choosing the right antenna for your area. There is an android based app that I used to find my antenna called TV antenna helper. This is the antenna that worked best for me (and several coworkers). Paired with this booster, I am able to receive 42 channels. Your results will vary widely depending on your location. There is also a great app to help you aim your antenna called DTV Antenna.
Once you have your antenna, you will need to mount it and connect coaxial cable from the antenna to all of your televsions. This can be the part that trips people up. There are many ways to mount an antenna. If you had satellite service like I did, you can simply take down your satellite dish and mount the antenna to the same post that once held your satellite dish. If you had cable TV, you will need to find another way to mount your antenna. The antennas normally come with a mounting pole and screws that have sealant on them so you can install it on your roof or on a post in the ground. I have seen people mount them in their attics.
If you had cable or satellite, the existing coaxial cable will work just fine to bring the antenna signal to your television or televisions. If your home is not pre-wired for cable or satellite, you will need to pull coaxial cable from the antenna to any televisions in your house. I recommend RG6. It has a thicker core that will deliver a better signal than RG59.
If you have multiple televisions or live far from a metropolitan area, you will almost certainly need a signal booster. Installing the booster can be tricky and can cause permanent damage to your equipment if it is done improperly.
There are two parts to a powered booster. One piece installs at the antenna. The other requires power and, therefore, needs to be installed indoors. The power supply looks sort of like a small USB hard drive. Except it has a coaxial connection on each end. This needs to be installed BEFORE any splitters. And it is directional. It is marked on one side with “ANT”. This end connects to the coaxial cable that goes DIRECTLY to your antenna. It sends power to the part that is installed by the antenna. If you put this in incorrectly you will send power to your tuner and possibly cause permanent damage.
Once the antenna is installed and connected, it’s just a matter of turning on your TV and auto-programming the channels in. You will need to refer to your owner’s manual for that.
If you have an older, tube type TV, you may need to purchase an HD tuner (this one even has a built in DVR). Most tube type TVs don’t have a built in HD tuner and the signals that are sent out over the air by your local broadcasters are all HD.