How to install a signal booster

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How to install a signal booster
Coaxial cables are used to install your signal booster. (Don Farrall/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Most people with cable TV or Internet experience intermittent connection problems. It's annoying to have the cable cut out during a favourite show or in the middle of an online activity. For a stronger cable TV and Internet connection, a signal booster can increase the transfer speed and stability of your coaxial cable. Signal boosters can be installed in several minutes and begin working immediately.

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  • 3 coaxial cables

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  1. 1

    Locate the coaxial cable that runs from your wall outlet to your TV, cable box or modem. The coaxial cable is the main cable TV or Internet cable. It features a single pin connector and a rotating tip. Plug this cable into the jack labelled "input" on the signal booster and turn the cable's tip clockwise to screw it onto the jack.

  2. 2

    Plug a second cable into your TV, cable box or modem and turn its end clockwise. Many signal booster packages come with extra coaxial cables specifically for the additional connections required by your booster.

  3. 3

    Insert the other end of the second cable into the "output" jack on the signal booster. Turn the end of the cable clockwise to screw the cable into place.

  4. 4

    Connect a third coaxial cable into the "power" jack on the signal booster. Once again, turn the cable's tip clockwise to tighten it.

  5. 5

    Connect the other end of this third cable to the power adaptor and turn the end clockwise.

  6. 6

    Plug the power adaptor into a wall outlet. According to Motorola, the manufacturer of signal boosters, a green light will turn on to indicate that power is flowing to the unit (see Reference 1). Your signal booster is now installed and ready for immediate use.

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