An antenna splitter is the exact same thing as a cable splitter. The device takes the input signal from the satellite antenna and splits it into two or more connections, so that multiple converter boxes may be connected to the same antenna. Splitters cost less than £3 at any electronic store, slightly less than the cost of making a splitter. Still, for those technically inclined, a splitter can be made in just a few minutes.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Female to female coaxial connector
- Coaxial cable
- Wire strippers
- Electrical tape
Purchase a female to female coaxial connector. This is a little cylinder that allows two coaxial cables to be connected to it.
Screw the antenna cable into one end of the splitter.
Strip 3 inches off of the plastic protective sheath on two coaxial cables.
Insert the stripped bare wire into the other side of the coaxial connector. Do this for both stripped cables. Make sure the cables are pushed deep inside the connector. The fit may be tight since the connector is only designed for one cable, but with a slight bit of force, both should fit.
Wrap the connection in electrical tape. This will insulate the connection and also prevent the cables from coming loose.
Plug in the other two coaxial cables into converter boxes.
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