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Do You Need a Cable TV Amplifier?

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You may need a cable TV amplifier if you’ve split the signal cable coming into your home to feed it to multiple devices. These tips will help you troubleshoot problems.

Do You Need a Cable TV Amplifier?

One of the most important things to realize about the cable signal coming into your home is that every time you split it, it gets weaker. Other factors can impact signal strength and clarity too, like how many feet the line run is to your device and how much interference there is from other electronics in your home.

When you run additional cable lines, you have a couple of choices. You can use a basic splitter with one input and multiple outputs. To run a line to a second television a short distance away in another room, this type of connector and a few feet of cable may do the trick and give you good clarity and uninterrupted service on the second line. If you start experiencing problems like ghosting or freezing, you may need to boost the signal by adding an amplifier. Before you take the plunge, though, try moving the cable line around and adjusting the connections on either end. Sometimes a small adjustment to a basic splitter can make a big difference.

If you have consistently poor quality, then you probably need an amplifier. These devices are small and easy to install on your existing TV cable via standard TV “F” connector. They come in a range of prices, too. Some require their own electrical service, while others don’t. You can amplify television programming and cable modem signals as well. An amplifier can solve problems with picture quality in under a half hour, and extend the effective distance of a cable run in your home, like to a basement or a garage. In fact, cable installers often use amplifiers for installations in large homes or commercial buildings.

Before you attempt to run additional lines from your cable box or incorporate a cable TV amplifier into your setup, consult your cable company. Terms of service differ from provider to provider. Some discourage adding additional lines, while others will be happy to run as many lines as you wish for no extra charge when you sign up for service. If you’re having trouble with an existing line that was professionally installed, you may be able to schedule a service visit to add an amplifier at no cost to you.

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