Once you’ve chosen and purchased a TV antenna, you may wonder how to install it and where. Installation is pretty simple and straightforward, but finding the right spot can be tricky.
We’re going to help guide you through the process of installing the best TV antenna for your home and provide you with tips on where to put your HDTV antenna.
Finding the right location for your TV antenna isn’t always easy, and you’ll need to know where the towers are to put them in the right place. The type of antenna you use and its location will depend on how far away the tower is. Towers that are 50 or more miles away will require specialized equipment, so keep that in mind.
I also want to note that the absolute best location may not necessarily be indoors. But because we’re talking about indoor antennas, we’re going to talk about the best indoor locations for placement. This could be a bedroom window, the living room wall, or one of dozens of other locations in your home.
You may also find that you can’t find a good indoor location and may be forced to choose an outdoor antenna.
Here are some important things to consider when choosing a place for your antenna:
As most experts will tell you, the height of the antenna is the most important thing. That’s because higher antennas can pick up a stronger signal.
The higher the antenna, the better.
When testing the best indoor antennas, try places like the attic or a window in an upstairs room. The higher up you can get the antenna, the better the reception is going to be.
This means that the basement is not the best location for your antenna. Not only that, but placing the antenna in the basement may interfere with your cable internet signal.
If you want the best signal possible, place the antenna at the highest possible point indoors.
Because you’re not relying on cable wires, the strength of the signal is very much vulnerable to obstructions. The more things in the way of the signal, the weaker it will be.
In an ideal world, there would be nothing but the sky between your antenna and the tower.
But trees, walls and everything in between will likely hinder your signal in some way. Do your best to find a spot with as few obstruction as possible, so you can enjoy the best signal possible.
If you’re planning on mounting the antenna near or in a window and you’re directly across from another building, you may want to trade in your indoor antenna for an outdoor model and mount it to the roof.
It should go without saying that the direction of the antenna is extremely important. Most of the antennas on the market are uni-directional, so they must be pointed at the signal’s source (the broadcast tower).
First and foremost, find out where the towers are in your area. Once you find out where they are, you can figure out which direction to place your antenna. Remember, you want to point the antenna in the direction of the tower to get the strongest signal possible.
Sometimes, changing the direction slightly may also give you access to more channels that you may not have access to right now.
It’s important to note that you shouldn’t mount the antenna just yet. You’ll need to hook it up first, but you’ll want to take note of the best location that gives you the strongest signal. Finding the right location before making a permanent installation is the key to success.
Installing the TV antenna is the easy part. Finding the right spot is the tricky part. We’re going to walk you through the steps of digital antenna installation to make things as easy as possible.
The first step is to identify the antenna connection on your TV, so you can make sure the antenna you have is compatible.
The antenna is usually called the F connector, and it will look like a round threaded tube with a hole at the end.
Some TVs have older connectors that look different, but most modern models will have an F connector, which is ideal for digital TV connections.
If you have an older connector, you can visit a local TV store or Radio Shack to get an adaptor. Most indoor antennas will need the F connector.
The next step is to connect the antenna to your television. You’ll do this using a coaxial cable, or “F” cable.
The cable will be either a screw in or a push in model.
Either one of these styles is fine, but the screw-in type has a better fit and may have a stronger signal as a result.
Next you’ll need to set up your TV, and you’ll do this using your TV’s setup menu. You may need to consult with the user’s manual if your setup menu doesn’t have this option.
Once you’ve accessed the setup menu, you can choose either “Antenna” or “Air” as the input option.
In some cases, TVs have multiple input options. Be sure to choose the right input for your TV.
The next step is to scan for channels. You should be able to do this right from the setup menu. Some TVs will do this automatically.
Once you’ve scanned for channels, you can check the strength of the signal by flipping through the available channels.
As you’re flipping through, you may need to adjust the antenna’s position or direction to improve the quality of the picture and increase the number of channels you receive.
Each time you change the position of the antenna, you’ll need to rescan for channels.
While this can be tedious, it’s an important part of the setup process because you want to make sure you get the best possible signal and the best position.