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Wireless Cable TV – What Is It and How to Use It?

by Lisa Hayden
Wireless Cable TV What Is It and How to Use It

Curious about how Wireless Cable TV works and how to use it? Let's find out...

Do you have your TV in a room or location where there is no cable TV connection? If yes, then wireless cable TV is exactly what you need. Setting it up makes it also possible for you to put your TV in areas of the house where you could never get the cable connection, like the kitchen or even your patio. Plus, you can forget all about those messy, fussy wires. 

Benefits Of Wireless Cable Connection

Benefits Of Wireless Cable Connection

In the past, cable providers would provide a wired box to connect to your TV. Now, some of them will allow you to buy a wireless connection to a TV set up in a different room. Otherwise, you can buy a set that will turn your cable connection into a wireless one. This is a significant improvement in having to run the wires inside the walls and making holes in your wall. Your wireless connection can transmit the signal through doors, walls, and windows. 

Another huge advantage is that depending on your set-up and equipment, you can watch different channels from 2 TVs. This is possible if it comes with its own tuner, so you can choose different channels even if you have only one cable line (instead of getting another cable box). This allows you to save money on an additional cable box and subscription fees. Just make sure you have extra receivers, which you will attach to your other TVs.

Some wireless cable TV connections also have an RF channel synchronization, which allows you to sync the frequencies of the main transmitter and every wireless receiver. This makes it easier to reduce any interference you might get from other wireless devices like tablets and phones. 

Lastly, you do not even need to be in the same room as the cable box to change channels, thanks to the IR remote extender. Wireless cable TV connections work with these devices to allow you to simply press on the remote and the channel gets changed easily. 

How Does It Work?

How Does wireless cable tv Work

If you understand the basics of how to set up a wireless Internet connection at home, then you will not find it too complicated to set up a wireless cable TV. You will need to buy the right equipment first and foremost. You need a transmitter to connect to your analog cable and a receiver for every TV you want to connect wirelessly to your cable box. You can also buy a set with all of these included to make it easy to do it all on your own. 

The set includes the necessary equipment like RF Channel Synchronizer, to connect between the transmitter and all the receivers. The IR extender and IR remote control make it possible for you to change channels from a different room. They also have an on-screen menu, a built-in analog cable TV tuner, and other features. 

Some sets or products have other functions and features, so you can choose the one that actually suits all of your needs. Whatever you end up choosing, you do not have to worry. All you need to do is to follow the simple instructions to install the equipment and set up the connection. No technical expertise required at all!

Wireless cable TV connections work between 50 to 100 feet through floors, ceilings, walls, and furniture. This is great if your house is spacious or have multiple levels. However, for a line of sight transmission, the range goes up all the way to 150 feet. 

What You Need To Consider When Installing Wireless Cable TV

Much like with buying most devices nowadays, there are quite a few options and it is easy to get confused as to which one you should actually buy, especially if you plan to install it yourself. 

  1. Knowing Which Model To Buy

The most advanced is the models with HDMI connection but the first thing you need to determine is if your cable box has an HDMI port. If not, you will need a converter, most likely. Otherwise, you can find a model that uses the composite RCA cables instead.

Another thing to consider is how many TVs you want to connect. If you plan to connect more than one, then the model has to be able to support many receivers. Plus, it should allow each TV to watch a different channel (very important unless you want to be stuck watching the same thing). The range is also important if you have a big house or one with multiple walls/floors.

If you want to watch in HD, make sure the model has this capability. The older and more basic connections usually do not transmit in a 1080p signal, so you need to splurge on one that does.

  1. Each TV Needs Its Own Receiver
wireless cable tv own receiver

Some wireless cable TV setups actually accommodate up to 5 TVs (4 wireless and 1 wired), but this means you need to buy a separate and compatible receiver for each of the wireless connections you want to have.

  1. Changing Channels

As mentioned above, you will need an IR extender and IR remote control in order to change the channel because most cable boxes need a direct line-of-sight connection to the remote. However, if you have a newer box, you might not need this at all. Some newer models do not need the direct line of sight connectivity anymore, while some providers allow you to change channels using apps on your mobile phone. If your provider does, then you can do away with the IR extender/IR remote control altogether.

Final Words

Why stick to wired when wireless is available? The fact is, cables can be annoying and notoriously difficult. It is even more of a pain when you are in a rented home or do not have the capability to install cables inside the walls. Fortunately for you and for everyone else, wireless cable TV connection is a thing now. There is no need to deal with those cables plus you will finally be able to connect more than just one TV to your cable box.

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