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    Best way to get to get freeview signal in house

    I get a weak signal for a normal aerial, but have been told by neghbours that the only way to get a signal is an outdoor aerial and a booser.

    Saying that though I do get a good signal in a corner of the room with an indoor aerial but the cable isnt long enough to reach tv.

    Was thinking of risking an outdoor aerial indoors or through a gap in window.

    Any other ideas?

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    If the cable isnt long enuf u cud just buy an extension aerial cable...

    Original Poster

    They normally lose the signal though

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    my son gets a brill signal on his argos indoor aerial, although that depends on freeview box, the one in the house gives him a perfect picture but when we swaped it woth our downstairs one it was cack and that was the dearer of the two. my daughter runs off a big aerial in the attic and is fine, downstairs runs off main outdoor aerial, suppose it just depends if you staying where you are, cost about £60 round here to get an outdoor aerial put in and think thats 1 aerial split into two rooms (so me sister says)

    ryouga;1464161

    They normally lose the signal though


    I haven't had any trouble, I mean how do u connect to the external aerial otherwise? U need to plug an aerial cable into the wall socket.

    Worth a try they only cost like a £1 these days

    Original Poster

    donbreach;1464184

    I haven't had any trouble, I mean how do u connect to the external aerial … I haven't had any trouble, I mean how do u connect to the external aerial otherwise? U need to plug an aerial cable into the wall socket.




    I assumed it was the regular RF cable people were talking about.

    Yeah places like poundland you can get 10 metre cables same on both end with a splitter, but around here theres no pound shops

    Yeh thats the one, u can get them with male and female ends, or both the same, woteva it is u need. Could always get one of ebay.

    Buy a Sky dish & use the Sky freeview - perfect digital quality then !

    Original Poster

    Right took the aerial from my old house, an old indoor one(well 10 years old and cost £20 then) and a booster. If I lift aerial as high as I can above my head in centre of room the signal is crystal clear, def good enough for freeview

    And cant get SKY as im in halls, otherwise would of got the £75 months one. then just kept box after

    Its all about the height, get the aerial as high as you possibly can (whilst keeping it clear of thick walls etc). The aerial coax cable should be shielded for digital use (if it is it will have a piece of foil under the braided outer cable) - if your cable isn't long enough get some decent new coax and make a new cable rather than using an extension or anything like that. Don't be fooled into thinking boosters (especially daisy-chained boosters) will solve the problem of poor signal strength.

    jah128;1472708

    Its all about the height, get the aerial as high as you possibly can … Its all about the height, get the aerial as high as you possibly can (whilst keeping it clear of thick walls etc). The aerial coax cable should be shielded for digital use (if it is it will have a piece of foil under the braided outer cable) - if your cable isn't long enough get some decent new coax and make a new cable rather than using an extension or anything like that. Don't be fooled into thinking boosters (especially daisy-chained boosters) will solve the problem of poor signal strength.


    True problem with boosters is as well as boosting the tv signal, they will boost any interference too. They are only any good for problems that are solely due to poor signal!

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    I've got a strange one with my Freeview setup!

    The decoder on my Panny Plasma seems to get getting poor signal artifacts - even though the signal strength is 100% for strength and 90% for quality. Even so, the picture often breaks up. The TV is fed from a booster, which also feeds my HTPC sitting under the TV. Inside that, I have a twin NOVA freeview. Same aerial, but zero problems.

    I would give Panasonic a call, but am pretty certain they will just say its the aerial at fault and not the set. The distribution around the house is similarly fine. I have replaced the TV RF cable just in case, but doesnt solve it.

    Just think the panny decoder is more fussy than everything else. All was fine until about 2 months ago, but its definately getting worse!

    guv - could well be due to impulse interference (which is made worse when the aerial cable isn't digital-ready and doesn't have a full shielding). This is caused by a number of things - any sort of switched inductive load such as thermostats, light switches and many more. Problem is with digital tv if there is a loss of signal, even over a short time, the picture is temporarily lost, unlike analogue tv where you would see the interference but it wouldn't ruin viewing. ]This site is a good source of info, with detailed info about the best sort of cables (and why) ]here. Some digiboxes are much more sensitive than others (or have less sophisticated error correction etc).

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    jah128;1473424

    guv - could well be due to impulse interference (which is made worse when … guv - could well be due to impulse interference (which is made worse when the aerial cable isn't digital-ready and doesn't have a full shielding). This is caused by a number of things - any sort of switched inductive load such as thermostats, light switches and many more. Problem is with digital tv if there is a loss of signal, even over a short time, the picture is temporarily lost, unlike analogue tv where you would see the interference but it wouldn't ruin viewing. ]This site is a good source of info, with detailed info about the best sort of cables (and why) ]here.



    Cheers for that.

    After posting, I did do a recheck. (I dont actually use the freeview on it - as mentioned it has sky and a HTPC connected)

    Changed the cables over again - noticed the one in the amp wasn't seated fully. All is well.:-D

    The cable used is of naf quality though. In the summer I intend to redecorate and move the TV to a better wall position. I will recable all the feeds at that time. Only annoyance with that - the feed from that to the loft from a TV point will also have to be moved. More damn work!!!!

    Original Poster

    Moved desk here to corner of the room next to window, I can get a crystal clear analogue signal but only if I turn aerial sideways and at an angle so its annoying.

    Got no digital signal though.

    Tried guy in next rooms aerial looked cheap but not in a poundland way,looked like it cost around a £5 one.

    That one got all the BBC digital channels but weak.

    Think I just need a good aerial

    Original Poster

    What is the best aerial lol

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    I heard that digital signals travel differently and you can get a better signal by turning it on its side etc..:?
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