Isn’t it annoying when you’re watching your favorite show on television and the picture gets blurry? Many times, due to a poor television reception or regular loses in the signal, the images on TV becomes snowy and fuzzy.
Even the transition from analog to digital signals can’t provide a guarantee of preventing channels from blinking and not being able to receive signals at all by your digital converter box or television. A weak or inconsistent cable TV signal usually indicates that something is wrong with the wiring or the signal itself. To fix the problem and improve the strength of the cable TV signal, you need to identify the problem area. Here are a few tips to fix the problems related to poor signals.
Ensure proper Wiring
One of the first things to check for poor reception is the wiring. Make sure that all the wires are properly plugged in and there are no loose cables. The coaxial plugs must be appropriately fitted into the peripherals and television. It is often seen that the socket faceplate is at fault, so make sure to check it.
Upgrade your television Aerial
Usually, the problem of poor reception is related to issues regarding frequency compatibility and broadcast location. The analog television signals comprise two frequency bands; VHF (very high frequency) channels and UHF (ultra high frequency) channels. It is necessary that your aerial is capable of receiving digital signal at a sufficient strength. The outdated television aerials may have the problem of poor reception because they were designed to receive narrower frequencies. To address the aerial issue, you will need to upgrade your aerial.
Use a Pre-Amplifier to boost signals
Another reason for weak signals is using a single antenna for providing signals to multiple TVs. This is because it results in dividing signals between various TV sets which causes poor reception. To resolve this issue, you must install a signal splitter or a pre-amplifier to improve the signal strength. Furthermore, sometimes a distribution amplifier may also be required to increase the signal from the antenna side of the splitter.
Install a Signal Booster
When despite making all the efforts you continue to receive poor signals, the last option is to install a signal booster. In the case of the areas where a poor signal is a common problem, only a fully screened masthead amplifier should be installed because unscreened models may aggravate the issue. The option of boosters should generally be avoided because they will make your signal more vulnerable to interference.
If none of the above-mentioned tips works and the problem still persists, you need to change your supplier. It is seen that sometimes despite investing in the best equipment and system setup, people complain about weak signals. This is because what you receive depends much on your service provider. Also, your antenna installation and upgrades must be performed by a specialist. They know the right direction and location of antenna placement. Moreover, avoid placing some electronics nearby as they can disrupt cable signals.