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How To Extend A TV Aerial (Coaxial) Cable

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Mar-2023 / 2 min read

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Struggling to extend your coaxial cable? Noticed your coaxial cable is too short?

Coaxial cables are an important part of your TV set-up as they transmit signals to provide you with the very best cutting-edge high-quality audio and video. However, short cable lengths can often get in the way and disrupt your viewing experience.

Rather than waste money buying a new one, we’ll cover in our article the tools and materials you need and how you can extend your existing one without breaking the bank. Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need

Before you get started, we’d recommend gathering these handy tools:

  • A coaxial cable splitter
  • A coaxial cable with F-type connectors (male-to-male)
  • A coaxial cable compression tool
  • A coaxial cable stripper
  • A screwdriver

We also suggest making sure the coaxial cables you are using are disconnected from your TV when preparing for extending your cables.

Strip the Ends of the Cable

To begin, grab the coaxial cable stripper and remove approximately one inch of insulation for either end of each cable. This step can be quite challenging especially as it’s important to be careful and avoid damaging the centre conductor.

Connect the Cables Using the Splitter

Next, with both cables in your hand, connect each end to the splitter using F-type connectors. By using your fingers or a pair of pliers, you can ensure they’re secure and tightly placed.

Compress the Connectors

To make things extra tight and secure, grab the coaxial compression tool and crimp the connectors in place to the cable. This step will help prevent signal loss and interference – say goodbye to pixelated screens and hello to high-quality definition!

Time to Test the Connection!

Finally, it’s time to complete the most crucial step – testing the connection! Connect one end of your new extended cable to your TV and the other end to the splitter. 

Then, switch on your TV and check to see if there is any interference or signal loss. 

Hopefully, by following these steps, you’ve successfully extended your cable and are on your way to watching TV with peace of mind!

Splitting a Coaxial Cable

Want to get more out of your coaxial cable? Then consider splitting your cable to reach other TV devices using either a passive splitter network or amplification to boost the signal strength.

A passive splitter network is a device that splits the incoming coaxial signal into multiple output signals. This type of splitter doesn’t require any external power source or amplification, making it a simple and cost-effective solution.

However, if you have a weak signal, you might even need an amplifier to boost the signal strength. Amplifiers can be installed in line with the coaxial cable or at the point where the cable enters the house. This helps to ensure that the signal strength is maintained throughout the cable network.

It’s important to note that if you’re using an amplifier, you need to ensure that the amplifier is compatible with the signal type and frequency of the cable network. Amplifiers that are not properly matched to the cable network could cause signal distortion, noise, or interference.

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Well, there you have it! By following our expertise, you can extend your cable or even split it to route to different Tvs and get a perfect signal! 

Still having difficulty extending your cable and need help from a technician? AerialForce can solve your cable issues! Contact us today to arrange for one of our friendly engineers to tend to your cable issues, or call us on 0330 162 7094.

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