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How to fit extra Aerial Points





This web page
gives you information
on how to install
Extra Aerial Points
around your house.

Plus at the end of this web page you can buy
parts to help you do the job.




Picture of aerial points around a house

One of the first steps when installing points around your house is to think about how many points you need.

The next thing you have to think about is what kind of splitter are you going to use. 

Below if a list of the type of splitters that can
be used

1.... Mains 240 volt AC distribution amplifier inside.


Picture of mains 6 way distribution amplifier



2....12 volt outside distribution amplifier used outside.

Picture of 4 way (outside amplifier) with 12 volt
power supply



3....Splitter, used inside


Picture of a 4 way  (  indoor ) splitter



4....Splitter used outside   

Picture of an outside 4 way splitter


We will start by talking about fitting a 240 volts AC distribution system.

You may have to fit a Distribution Amplifier depending on the strength of your TV signal. If you have a strong TV signal and you can get away with a splitter that's fine. If the TV signal is low you will have to use a Signal Distribution Amplifier because the more you split a TV Signal the weaker it gets. If you wish to look at the effects of low signal strength
then please look at the link below to give you more information.







                                                               
Picture of 4 way amp                            Picture of 6 way amp

Distribution Amplifiers are sold in 
 2 output , 4 output, 6 output and  8 output. 

If you get a 4 output and you suddenly find you have 5 aerial points around the house you will be trying to swop the 4 output for a 6 output Distribution Amplifier.
 Make sure you count the aerial
 points you need now and might need in the future before you buy a Distribution Amplifier.

You will also find that this type of Distribution Amplifier needs mains power so, if you are going to use the Distribution Amplifier that runs of the mains you will have to make sure you have a mains socket in your attic.
 

Picture of 13 amp socket

If your aerial is already
in the attic space that's fine.
You just run an aerial cable from the
aerial in the attic to the distribution amplifier.

But if your aerial is on the outside
of your house you will you need to
get the aerial cable from the aerial
outside into the attic space to
 connect to your aerial
distribution Amplifier in the attic.

Next job will be to run aerial
cables to each of the rooms you
are going to put the aerial points in.
If you have a new build you may
find that the cables are already in place.
With a new build the electrician
will have put an aerial socket
in most rooms. 


Picture of aerial socket

The electrician will have fitted the
aerial socket and taken the aerial
cable from the aerial socket up the
cavity of the inside wall and left
the aerial cable coiled up in the
attic space ready for you to
connect into your distribution amplifier. 

But if you have no aerial cables
going to the rooms and you wish to
put aerial sockets in you
will have to install them yourself.

The best way to install aerial cables
in a house is any aerial cables
that go to upstairs bedrooms can
go though the ceilings to the bedrooms
and any aerial cables that go to
downstairs rooms will go out of the
attic down the outside walls of the
house and into the room where
you want an aerial socket. 

To give you some guidance on
doing this look at our topic page
on re-cabling an aerial which will
give you information on taking
aerial cables down outside walls and
drilling holes to enter the building. 

Please Press the link below






Picture of aerial points in a house

The next job to do is put the aerial cable into the aerial Distribution Amplifier and the outputs from the aerial amplifier go to the aerial cables going to the rooms where you want aerial points in.
You should find you have a strong aerial signal in each room where you have fitted a cable.
You might find you have to fit an aerial coax plug on the end of each cable. If you have not done this before
Please use the link below to show how to put a coax aerial
plug onto a cable.





The Second way is using a 12 volt aerial distribution system

If you find you have no 13 amp mains socket in the attic then the
other way to power your aerial distribution system is by 12 volts. 

The way in which this is done is fitting a 4 way or 6 way distribution
amplifier to the bottom of your aerial mast.


Picture of 4 way mast head amp



Picture of 4 way masthead amp supplying
aerial signals around the house

You take the feed from the aerial, 
 connect it into the amp then
run cables from the amp to the
rooms you want to put aerial signal into.
You then fit a 12 volt power supply,
that is run of the mains, behind one
of the TV's to one of those aerial
cables coming from the amp on the mast, to one of the rooms.


Picture of a 12 volt power supply

The circuit diagram of what you are trying to do looks
like the diagram below

Picture of circuit diagram of aerial
distribution amplifier working of
12 volts

To run the cables down the outside of the house please refer to
one of our topic pages with the link below



The third and 4 way of putting aerial points in your house is using indoor and outdoor splitters

       

Pictures of 4 way indoor splitter and 4 way outside splitter

The difference between the two is
basically one has a weather
cover so can be used outside

So if you have a strong aerial
signal and use a splitter rather
than an aerial distribution amp, you would fit an indoor
splitter in your antic and
aerial cables inside the house to
where you want the aerial points.
Or, if you have to run the aerial
cables down the outside of the
house you would use the weather
proof splitter on the outside of the house. 
But as we said this all depends on
the strength of your aerial signa.l

If you are not sure about the
strength of your aerial signal,
I'm afraid that being you don't
have a signal
strength meter to
test the strength of your aerial
signal its going to be down to trial and error.

What you could do is if you are
putting an inside installation together is

Firstly fit the cable from
the aerial into the RED in as on the splitter below.

The aerial cables to the rooms
that you want aerial points in
would connect to the
BLUE 1,2,3,4, out on the splitter. 


Picture of a 4 way aerial splitter

If when you do this you get pixels or blocking on your TV's then you know you need to change the aerial splitter for the aerial distribution amplifier to increase the signal
strength to the aerial outlets.


Picture of aerial distribution amplifier

The same would apply if you fitted an outside installation.

You would fit the outside aerial
splitter on the bottom of the aerial mast.


Picture of outside
aerial splitter on mast

Then run the cable from the aerial into the splitter.
Next run aerial cables from the
splitter to where you want the
aerial points in the house. 
If when fitting this all together you
find you get pixel plus blocking on your
TV picture this means low signal.



Picture of Mast head distribution amplifier

So to increase your aerial signal,
you would replace the splitter with
a mast head distribution amplifier
then put the 12 volt power supply
on one of the aerial cables.
This should solve the signal problem.


Picture of inline 12 volt power supply




Terry recommends the following
products below to help you install
extra aerial points around the house



We will use First Class post, where possible or Hermes Couriers to
get your part to you as soon as possible. 









8 way mains aerial distribution amplifier


Only £42.95



Picture of 8 way Aerial mains Distribution Aplifier 


Comes with all of the connections to
install your cables onto the amplifier and
 9 coax aerial plugs

        


   




6 way mains aerial distribution amplifier


Only £39

Picture of a 6 way Aerial Amplifier

With all the connections to install the
cables to the amplifier and 7 coax aerial plugs
       


 


4 Way Mains Distribution Amplifier


Only £25 


Picture of a 4 Way Aerial Amplifier

A 4 way mains aerial distribution amplifier
with all the connections to install the
cables onto the amplifier and 5 coax aerial plugs
           







Aerial Cable Points Kit

Only £19.99


Kit consists of 40 meters of white aerial
cable with 40 white cable clips and 8 coax
aerial plugs, 4 x Roman noses and 4 inside wall grommets







Aerial Cable Points Kit

Only £19.99
  

    


40 meters of Brown cable plus 40 brown clips
and 8 coax aerial plugs Plus 4 x Brown Roman noses
Plus 4 x inside wall grommets










4 Way Mast Head Amplifier

Only £45



Picture of a 4 was mast head Amplifier with 12 volt power supply


4 way mast head distribution amplifier
with 12 volt power supply with 8 F connectors
to connect the cables to the amplifier and power supply


         

   



6 Way Mast Head
Amplifier

Only £55

 6 way mast head distribution amplifier
with 12 volt power supply with 9 Fconnectors
to connect the cables

 
Picture of a 6 way Masthead Amplifier with 12 volt power supply








2 Way Indoor Aerial Splitter

Only £5.99




Picture of a 2 way indoor Aerial splitter

2 way indoor splitter with 3 F connectors 
to fit the cables onto the splitter








4 way indoor splitter with f connectors included

to install the cables onto the splitter


Only £6.99   

 
Picture of a indoor 4 way splitter



 

Picture of 4 way Aerial splitter



8 way indoor splitter with
f connectors included
to install the cables onto the splitter

Only £14.99
    

 
Picture of a 8 way indoor aerial splitter








2 way outdoor splitter 



Only £11.99         

 








4 way Outdoor Splitter 
Plus 5 F Connectors

Only £19.99