How to Put Up An Indoor Multi-Directional Flat Antenna
Recently, my husband purchased a brand new RCA CAN'T 1400 Flat Multi-Directional Indoor Antenna. We have a flat screen Samsung TV in our bedroom which has just been used to watch DVDs and Bluerays, but when he saw this indoor HDTV antenna in a bin at our local liquidator shop, he decided to give it a try. If we could pick up a station or two for local news, great. If not, we would be out $18.00. It was a risk he was willing to take. As it turns out, this was a fantastic buy for us, and very easy to install. If you are unable or unwilling to have cable tv or satellite, try one of these indoor antennas.
You Will Need
- The Antenna.
- A digital television or digital converter box.
- A coaxial cable (this may be built in to your antenna)
- screws and a screwdriver if you plan to mount your indoor antenna on a wall.
Installation Instructions for Connecting the Indoor Antenna to A Digital TV
- Ensuring that your TV is NOT on, connect the coaxial cable to the antenna input on your TV.
- Scan for channels on your television. There should be a menu that you can access with your remote control or buttons on the side or front panel of your tv. If needed, refer to the instruction manual that came with your TV.....and if you have misplaced it, note the make and model # and look it up online!
Choose the best location for optimal performance as per the "Tips and Tricks" section below.
Installation Instructions for Connecting An Indoor Antenna to a Digital Converter Box
- Ensuring that your TV is NOT on, connect the coaxial cable (that either came with your indoor antenna or is built in to it)to the antenna input on your digital converter box.
- Connect the converter box to your TV with another coaxial cable or AV cables (yellow, red and white cables). You should use the output holes for the converter box and the input holes for the TV. If you are using a coaxial cable use the antenna input hole on the digital converter box and also the antenna input on your TV.
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THE IMPORTANT PART: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR BEST RECEPTION
Once you have your indoor HDTV antenna attached to your digital TV or digital converter box and have scanned for channels, you will want to optimize its performance to get as many channels as clearly as possible. To do this, you will need to choose the best location for the antenna, which will require you to re-scan after you move the antenna, so be patient. It will be worth it to get the better reception. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- The higher the better. Try to get your antenna up high. If you have a two story home, you should get the best reception on your top floor.
- Place your antenna near a window. Bricks, wood, drywall and plaster can interfere with television signals.
- Lay your antenna flat, if you can, as the manufacturers say this will give you the best reception. Check the bottom of your antenna for little feet that flip down to protect your furniture or tabletop from scratches.We found that by mounting our indoor antenna up high against the ceiling next to a window worked best. It is hung on two screws, just like a picture would be.
- Move your television, if needed. Unless you are able to get longer cables to attach your TV to your antenna, consider re-arranging the furniture to get a better signal.
- If you live in a rural or hilly area far away from cities with broadcast towers, your indoor antenna may not work. I believe that the instructions that came with our RCA CAN'T 1400 Flat Multi-Directional Indoor Antenna states that it is best suited for use within about a twenty-five mile radius.
Pros and Cons of Using our Indoor Antenna
As I mentioned above, the indoor TV antenna was a good buy for us. It is small, unobtrusive, and easy to put up. Once installed, we found (to our delight), that we could now get several channels: CTV, Global, and TV Ontario from Toronto and CH from Hamilton. In addition, we can get CW23 from Buffalo very clearly. We are picking up UHF, VHF and local HD channels. However, only one channel is consistently clear. The others are certainly viewable, but we have been spoiled by the HD satellite channels and the clarity and picture quality of our blu rays. Weather also seems to be a factor - when there is precipitation or high winds the picture quality is poor. As we were only hoping for one or two channels though, and as we aren't avid TV watchers, for $18.00 we are happy with our purchase.
Sarita Harbour is a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada.
Helen on November 23, 2014:
I have aHisense LCD TV purchased a flat digital antenna followed directions for setup this antenna did not work for me at all called store now they tellme that I need a convertor box. there is no cable at all in my apt building. I wish someone at store would of told me I might run into this problem.
Sarita Harbour (author) from Yellowknife, Canada on March 21, 2013:
Thanks for the comment, Sam, and I'm so glad you found it useful!
Sam Tyler on March 21, 2013:
Good article. I used this info, along with the tips at kickoutcable.com to get HD working well enough that the family is content with programming available now. I didn't say they liked it...but it's enough that we record things for later watching and make better use of our tv time now than we used to.
JB on December 12, 2012:
Thanks so much.. it was very helpful