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Title: Rollin' Reception: better TV (created on: 02/23/2005 )
Author: Rob House
   
 
   

We had so-so cable TV reception, especially in an upstairs TV, which I had 
assumed was a weak signal coming in from the cable at the street.  However, 
the cable guy came and tested and said signal was good from the source.  Then, 
my brother-in-law suggested an experiment: Take the cable at the basement and 
connect directly to the farthest TV to see if any difference.  There was! 

Moral of the story, and solution:
If you have one or more TV connections in the house, there are one or more 
splitters in between the source signal and the TV you're watching.  Each 
split, and each re-connection of extension cables (e.g., to a VCR), even if 
the TV connection is not being used, represents signal dilution.  The solution 
is to buy a Motorola Signal Booster ($43 from Amazon) and install at the 
source of the cable signal.  This high quality amplifier strenthens the signal 
so that it can go past the splitter(s) and through long cables in the house 
while still retaining enough juice to fully power the TV tuner.  It made a 
very noticeable difference for us!  

NOTE:  THERE ARE OTHER AMPLIFIERS TO CHOOSE FROM. BUT, BASED ON RESEARCH FROM 
THE WEB, AVOID THE CHEAP ONES!!!