How do I Measure Signal Strength of a Digital TV?

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How do I Measure Signal Strength of a Digital TV?
Most digital television receivers offer a signal strength display. (tv control and tv 3 image by chrisharvey from

One way to troubleshoot digital television reception problems is to check the strength of your TV signal. Most digital television sets or set-top boxes have a basic signal strength display, and you can access this through the "system" or "setup" menu of your receiver. The signal strength is usually displayed as a percentage or a number on a scale from 1 to 10. Some receivers use traffic light colours with red for a weak, or nonexistent, signal and green for a strong signal. You will need a strong signal to enjoy stable, clear reception of all available digital TV and radio channels.

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Things you need

  • Digital TV receiver remote control handset

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  1. 1

    Switch on your digital TV set, or TV and digital set-top box.

  2. 2

    Press "Menu" on the digital receiver's remote control handset.

  3. 3

    Find and select the "Settings," "Setup" or "Installation" menu.

  4. 4

    Scroll down to select "Signal strength" and note the reading.

Tips and warnings

  • Some digital TV sets and set-top receivers show the signal strength during a scan for new channels. To view this, access the channel scan or tuning option from the settings menu.
  • Another way to check the signal strength of your digital television reception is with a signal meter. You can connect this to your digital television antenna or satellite dish to align it for the best reception.

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