A TV signal booster which is also known as an aerial amplifier can help in improving the quality of digital TV reception especially if you live in an area where TV signals are a little weak; this especially happens with people who live in the fringes that are far from the digital TV transmitter or areas that are surrounded by obstructions such as tall building, tree or hills. There are different types of TV signal boosters and each one of them has a slightly different application.
TV Distribution Amplifier: This is normally used to split a TV aerial so you can feed up to 8 TV sets around your home. This type of TV signal booster is normally fitted in the loft and is powered using a coaxial cable from a set top box. This is an amplifier that may be used in the place of aerial splitters; the signal is amplified so it can reach each TV so as to compensate from the coaxial cable losses.
Indoor TV aerial booster: This type of booster is normally placed in order to boost the TV signal but it can also be placed next to the aerial in order to enhance the quality of reception. This type of TV signal booster should not be used as a substitute for a nice roof aerial and you can be sure that it won’t have any benefit even when it is fitted next to your TV without a good indoor aerial.
Masthead TV amplifier: This type of TV signal booster has a small box that is placed close to the TV antenna just below the base of the mast. It is perhaps the best known signal booster that provides the best results; it’s usually better than those that are placed behind the TV when there is no TV reception. This booster enhances the signal as a result of coaxial cable losses thereby highly improving the reception. The best thing about masthead amplifiers is that they are weatherproofed and, as a result, they are good for both outdoor and indoor use.
No matter what type of TV signal booster you choose, professionals normally recommend that you place the same as close to the TV aerial as possible as opposed to behind the TV where most people do but which provides the least effect. This means that you need to look for mast head amplifiers which normally give better results when compared to set back boosters; this is because they normally amplify the signal from the point of the aerial just before the coaxial cable feeder losses begin taking effect. This is not a very difficult exercise for anyone conversant with DIY and who can read easy to follow instructions; the alternative is to have a professional to come and fix it for you.