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39 reviews | 3.8 out of 5
I gave up cable about six months ago and have enjoyed the extra $150.00 a month in my pocket. Between Netflix and Hulu, pretty much all my shows are covered. Local and National sports and news on the other hand are a different story. I purchased an over the air antenna for this purpose but found that when I split the signal between two tvs, I lost a significant number of channels on both tvs. This amplifier was the answer and it saved me a lot of headaches from constantly moving the antenna around (it is on the roof)! The most important tip I can give is to make sure this amplifier is connected between the antenna and the splitter. I had initially tried connecting it between the cable in my house and the tv and it did not do much as the signal was already fairly distorted by that point. Placing this amplifier close to the original source, the antenna, and before the signal is split is the key to getting great results from this product. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to avoid a bunch of headaches!
This product worked extremely well for me. I believe there might be confusion as to the purpose of the device, which may account for some of the ratings. I don't believe the device will help you pick up signals out of range without the device. However, it will amplify the signal you get, which will help the signal stay strong should the antennae be far from your TV, and it may also improve signals that your antennae picks up but are somewhat weak.
In my case, I attached the antennae directly to my TV without using this device. Then, I moved the antennae to the attic and I completely lost all signals due to the extra wire and connectors between the antennae and the TV. Once I put this device in the line, not only was my reception as good as when the antennae was right by the TV, but it was better. Stations that were coming in weak and pixelated improved. So overall, clearly worked.
We have a Channel Master 2020, and we were using a -10db, we were not getting as many channels as our old(from the early '60's) antenna....went and found this at my local store, hooked it up from cable/ant outlet at wall, then to tv....it's worth every penny and we are now going to keep our week old Channel Master 2020!! With Walmart's easy return policy we had nothing to lose by trying this.......if you're on the fence about getting this, go ahead and try it, you may end up thrilled like we are!!
Pros - Best $25 product i have bought so far! took about 5 minutes to hook up (crawled up into attic where our antenna is plugged it in hooked up the in and out (about 4 feet of R-6 cable from antenna - then about 150 to 175 feet to TV) works way better than expected. Did a channel search got 8 more channels on top of the 10 channels i lost with the added R-6 cable.
No Cons at the present moment.
i had (3) 2-way splitters and my tv signal was getting pixelated so i bought a (1) 6-way splitter to try to cut down on signal loss and it made my signal worse.. so i bought this signal amplifier and connected it to my 6-way splitter and now all of my tvs and modem are working perfect.. for $25 bucks you cant beat it.. you can have it installed in a matter of minutes..
I lost half my channels during a recent two day rain so I thought I would give this amplifier a try. I waited for a clear day & checked the signal strength for each channel. I then installed the amplifier and rechecked the signals. The amplifier increased my signal strength on every channel and more than doubled the signal on most channels. We had a heavy rain yesterday & I didn't lose any channels.
We installed this on our existing antenna, now have a clear picture and sound on all channels, [over 50 miles from St Louis TV stations]. Very happy with the amplifier, it also allowed us to run an extremely long coax line [168 feet] to put a TV in the garage.
I had 38 channels without this product some of them were very weak. After installing the product I now have 17 channels and those are all weaker in signal than before. This product is going back to the store.
Like others have said, this product didn't help at all. I get a signal for 32 channels, most of which are not viewable. This product did not make any of them viewable.
Because it does not have a power light to show it is operating, I took it back and exchanged it for another one, which I will also be taking back.
I hooked this up to my rabbit ear antenna in the first floor bedroom. Ran a 25 foot coax cable from the booster to my hole house structured wiring box in the basement that has 8 tv coax hookups and is also a booster. This thing works great! Got a strong signal to the basement. I live in the Metro Detroit area and I get 20 stations with rabbit ear antenna and can hook it up to any tv in the house using my structured wiring with clear crisp picture. Thinking on getting cheap attic antenna from Walmart and use that instead of the rabbit ears. Now this device does not boost the signal from the tv stations so you get more channels, it just boost for long cable runs from the antenna. The longer cable run from the antenna, the more the singal gets weaker to the tv.
When we first plugged the amplifier in it did not work. However, after about 5 minutes, it worked great! I am not sure if the unit took a few minutes to warm up? Anyways, I used to get 1 channel and sometimes a few more would come in. Now all available channels in my area (10) come in crystal clear.
I tried installing it in the house and close to the antenna and neither place made any difference. Not sure if it is defective or what, but i had no change in signal strength.
I have a tiny signal amplifier but still lose a couple of channels at times. I was hoping this would improve my situation. Instead it hardly worked at all. I went from 11 channels to only 1. Perhaps my product was defective. I don't see why it worked worse than a cheaper, weaker product.
I was using a RCA mini drop in line -10db amp, but when I installed this amplifier I noticed a big difference. The channels I was getting a good signal off my ChannelMaster antenna went to a very strong signal. Also channels that were weak went to normal signal. Keep in mind a signal amplifier only improves signal strenght of channels you are already getting. The misconception is that one of these will give you more OTA channels, BUT usually that is not the case. Hookup was simple and took less than five minutes. BTW strongly advise you plug it into a the surge protector you should have on your tv!
Replaced a Channel Master that had a boost of about -12db and this seemed to increase my signal by about 20% allowing me to get a weak signal that I was not able to get with the Channel Master.
I had a week signal from my antenna attached the amplifier in line and haven't had a problem since.
I bought this amplifier to stabilize picture quality of local stations (between 20 and 40 miles away) and to bring in a station about 60 miles away (which my antenna was almost pulling in on its own). The amplifier did both of these things.
I have HD cable tv and didnt have enough signal to get to all the TV sets due to signal loss thru all of the splitters I have in the house. The HD channels were not coming in but the local channels were ok. Once I hooked up the amplifier both TV's that were having issues were working fine.
Plugged it in about 15' from aluminum "Christmas tree" antenna, changed signal from 40% to 0%. Installed an electrical outlet in the attic just for this item, but it was returned to Walmart. At least the channels come in pretty good without it. Running 4 TVs with at least 200' of coax.
My goal was not to get more channels but to stabilize the 9 channels I have.Since I am a certified cheap skate,I want the "mostest for the leastest".Total cost was about $250.Part of my concern was for the effect metal would have on the signal.I mounted the antenna on a frame building clad with metal on roof and sides with the antenna about 30 feet from the ground.Lightening is a large concern and I put in an 8' ground rod.The coaxial run was 150' to my house so the signal booster was located about 30' from the antenna.Big Wallie's largest antenna was my choice and that is worth every penny.We had no complaints about picture quality before the new antenna hook-up but we were shocked at the improvement.My wife,(also a penny pincher) was pleasantly surprised to discover we picked up 7 more channels.We are located near the center of the Delmarva Peninsula with the Chesapeake on the West and Atlantic on the East side.The 7 new channels are not strong enough to stand wind and poor weather conditions but I didn't expect them either.--------I recommend this GE. signal booster and it is doing more than expected.----Sundowneroutback