One of the biggest benefits of satellite TV is the extensive channel selection. If you have only one receiver box, however, you may feel limited in where you can watch the shows in your package. Fortunately, there is a way to split your satellite signal between multiple TVs — and you don’t have to be a tech guru or purchase a second receiver to make it happen. Simply follow the easy steps outlined below and start enjoying your favorite shows on different TVs throughout your home.
Splitting a Satellite Signal
If you want to split your satellite signal in order to access all of your channels in multiple rooms, there are two main ways to do it — the signal can be shared by either using a coaxial splitter or using optional receiver outlets.
Splitting with a Coaxial Splitter
A coaxial splitter allows you to split the signal exclusively with coaxial connections, meaning you’ll be able to run connections over greater distances than you would with a shorter HDMI or component cable.
Gather your splitter and coaxial cables. Opt for a splitter that has as many output posts as you have TVs to connect — any output posts that aren’t used will cause excessive signal degradation. Additionally, make sure you have separate coaxial cables of sufficient length to reach each TV, plus another short length to attach the splitter to the receiver.
- Connect the splitter to the receiver. Run the short length of coaxial cable between your receiver’s “Out” port and the splitter’s input post.
- Attach additional cables to the splitter. Connect one end of each coaxial cable with a separate output post on the splitter.
- Use the cables to connect each TV to the splitter. Run the coaxial cables from the splitter to the input post of each TV you want to connect. When adjusting cable length, leave enough room to fit through or around your entertainment center or TV stand. Depending on where your televisions are located you may want to run the cable along the baseboards or underneath flooring to keep it out of sight.
- Turn on the receiver. Once each TV has its own cable connected to the splitter, you can turn on the set-top box. A menu should appear on the television closest to the box, and you can follow the setup steps as normal from there.
All televisions will now have access to the satellite receiver and will be able to broadcast all channels. However, as there is only one receiver, you won’t be able to access different channels on each TV. To change channels, you will need to use the remote control that operates the main television and the receiver.
For televisions that are closer to one another, you may be able to use the outputs on the set-top box receiver to split your connection.
Tomorrow, in Part 2 of this article we’ll look at how to split the signal using optional receiver outputs.