How do I add a satellite TV to another room?

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Having satellite television in multiple rooms of the house is convenient. If a person is working in one room, it allows a second person to watch TV in another room. There are two ways to get satellite television in an extra room of the house. One method involves calling the satellite provider and having them install the second room's service. In the second method, the person living in the house does the installation.

Satellite provider method

Call your satellite TV provider and make arrangements to have satellite television installed in another room. You may have to wait several days before the room can be added.

Place a television in the room where you want the extra satellite hookup. Place a piece of tape on the floor close to the wall where you want the satellite hookup placed.

Wait for the satellite installer to come. When the installation person comes , show the installer the spot where you want the coaxial cable run through the floor. After the installer has completed satellite hookup, have the installer explain how to work the new system.

DIY method

Pull the main TV away from the wall. Unscrew the coaxial cable connector that is attached to the main TV input marked "Antenna." Connect that end of the coaxial cable connector to a splitter. It needs to be connected to the jack marked "In."

Connect one end of a different 90 cm (3 foot) coaxial cable to one of the jacks marked "Out" on the splitter. Connect the other end of the coaxial cable to the TV's antenna input jack.

Connect one end of a 3 m (10 foot) coaxial cable to the other output jack on the splitter. Run the coaxial cable along the baseboard to the other room where you want satellite TV. You may need a longer piece of cable if the room where you want the satellite television is further away. Anchor the cable to the bottom of the baseboard with cable tacks. This hookup allows both TVs to view the same channel at the same time. The main TV has satellite equipment hooked up to it, so it controls the channel selection for both televisions.

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