TV antenna installation: how to receive the best signal.
We often get questions on how to install an antenna. These questions already start when in the process of buying an antenna. Because what is the best TV antenna for your situation? And what are the pros and cons of the different types of antennas? How to get the best signal on the antenna after buying it? And so on.
In this blog we will go through the process of finding the best TV antenna for you and installing it. So that at the end of this blog you will know exactly what to do to install an TV antenna yourself!
It’s all about the location you are in
We suggest choosing an antenna based on the distance that you live from the nearest transmitter. With our One For All Assistant app you can easily find out what your distance to the nearest transmitter is. If you live within 15 miles to the transmitter, an indoor antenna will be perfect for you. If you live further away an outdoor aerial will be better.
Pros and cons of installing an indoor antenna
Pros of installing an indoor antenna
- Installing an indoor antenna is extremely easy. Just connect the coax cable to the TV and do a quick channel scan.
- Easy to move around, so you can find a better spot for a clearer signal when needed.
- Minimal in cost and easily portable when moving homes.
Cons to installing an indoor antenna
- Does not work in weak signal areas.
- Concrete walls can interfere with the reception.
- When installing the indoor antenna it should be in line with the nearest transmitter with the least obstruction of metal objects
Pros and cons of installing an outdoor antenna
Pros of installing an outdoor antenna
- A stronger and better quality TV signal.
- Works well in areas far away from the nearest transmitter.
- Won’t interfere with your interior design.
Cons of installing an outdoor antenna
- The installation is much more work as it needs to be attached to the roof or chimney.
- Needs to be connected to the TV with a long coax cable and drill holes in the wall.
- More expensive.
A quick how-to guide
Below you will find a quick how-to video on how to place your indoor antenna best.
The installation of TV antenna
Now that we are done picking the best TV antenna it is time to set it up. Based on the antenna you chose you will have to place it in the right spot. So, indoor antenna near the TV or in the window in line with the nearest transmitter. And outdoor antennas on the roof or chimney facing the nearest transmitter.
Once you have placed your TV antenna in the right place it is time to finalize the installation.
Finalize the TV antenna installation in 3 simple steps
Press the menu on your remote control. (This can be your TV remote or your STB (Set Top Box) remote control – the one used to change the channels)
Select ‘SET UP’ on the menu - if you can’t find this option, please check your user manual for specific instructions on how to rescan.
Choose ‘ANTENNA’ then ‘CHANNEL SCAN’ or ‘AUTO TUNE’. Your TV will automatically rescan the available signals which may take a few minutes. Once completed, all your channels will be updated.
Don’t forget to rerun these 3 steps when you move your TV antenna.