RCA 12db Signal Booster

RCA 12db Signal Booster

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RCA 12db Signal Booster


A signal booster (or signal preamplifier or just amplifier for short) can make a remarkable difference under specific circumstances.   Although they don't actually increase the antenna's maximum range or change its pattern in any way, they can help the reception by replenishing high install loss that's eating up the signal.

They also won't push the signals through tree or home materials that are blocking the signals (sometimes they provide this illusion, it's actually replenishing the install loss that is making the dfference)..  The most effective way to remove the obstruction is to change mounting spots or adjust height however.

However they can still improve reception, by alleviating high install loss (i.e. longer than 50ft of RG6 coax cable, or any splitters / feeding to multiple tVs). 

However if your install loss is low, and the TV's tuner is working correctly to spec, they tend to make no difference whatsoever.  Generally at least 3db of loss is necessary to show improvement (ex: Approx 50ft of RG6 coax cable or a 2 way splitter is approx 3db of loss, additionally having both 50ft of cable and a 2-way splitter would be approx 6db of  install loss)


How Signal Boosters / Amplifiers Can Help Reception:

If you're using more than 50ft of RG6 coax for your install (or more than 25 feet of smaller diamater RG59 coax) cable and/or are using splitters, your loss is taking away a considerate amount of signal.  If installed correctly, this loss can be restored via a quality signal amplifier (please read tips below). This is a an affordable, yet quality solution to replenish your signal back after high install loss. This model has enough strength for most installs.  For example, 12db is generally enough gain for up to 250ft of coax cable to a single TV or can be used to amplify the signal for both up to 4 TVs, and an up to 125 feet of coax cable.  If your loss exceeds these parameters, you may be better served with the 4-way Indoor Amplifier or an Outdoor Signal amplifier (both are also available in our store).

IMPORTANT INSTALL TIPS: Keep loss between the amplifier and antenna reasonable (best to keep the coax length between the antenna and amplifiers input under 100ft).. 

INSTALL TIP #2: The antenna goes to the amplifier's "input connector". However, the higher loss items should be connected to the "output" connector of the amplifier.  For example, Install splitters, additional coax lengths, and related devices on the output port and only use "RG6" type, (which is much lower loss than RG59), coax cable (reminder: keep the RG6 coax cable under 100ft between the amplifier's input and antenna (the lower the better), so the amplifier can more effectively detect and amplify the weakest signals.