NOTE: THIS IS RCA's NEW MODEL (launched in late 2019) which has the more reliable power supply / power inserter (much better voltage regulator). Both units look the same form the outside and the old model worked very well, except it had a higher failure rate / less reliable voltage regulator. RCA has since informed us, they have remedied this, with better voltage regulator.
COMMON QUESTION: DO I NEED TO RUN POWER OUTSIDE?:
No, you don't have to run any power outside, just coax cable only. This model includes an indoor "coax power inserter" (power injector) that sends DC voltage inside your coax to the outdoor preamplifier for you (RCA includes it in the box). Outside you just use regular coax cable from the preamplifier to the antnenna. No power is needed outside, just screw on the coax cable between it and the antenna.
How Can You Tell?
The old model looks very similar, but had 3 x coax connections (one was for a separate VHF input), this new improved model that came out in late 2019 only has two coax connectors. Most places online are still selling the "old" model, this current listing is indeed the new (late 2019), improved model.
- UHF Gain: 22db
- VHF Gain: 16db
*This is enough gain to restore loss for up to an 6-way splitter and 200ft of RG6 Coax Cable (or up to an 8 way splitter and 100ft of RG6 cable to each TV).
Additional Features / Spes
- Switchable FM trap reduces interference from FM frequencies
- combined inputs for UHF/VHF
- VHF gain: 16dB
- UHF gain: 22dB
- Intermodulation: Avg>60dB
- 1-year RCA / VOXX limited warranty
*Important Note: If your install doesn't have high install loss, signal amplifiers (or preamplifiers) likely won't help. They're meant for installs with we;; over 50ft of coax cable and/or splitters in the line that are dropping down the signal, otherwise they typically won't make an impactful improvement to the reception or range of an antenna.
MORE ABOUT OUTDOOR SIGNAL BOOSTERS / PREAMPLIFIERS:
Outdoor signal amplifiers are the most effective, as they are closely mounted to the antenna with virtually no install loss in between. This unit also includes a "power injector", which allows you to plug it in inside, without running any electrical wires outside. You can run a longer coax run from the amplifier outside (up to 150ft of low loss RG6 cable) to the power injector that's plugged-in inside the home.
*Note that coaxial/antenna grounding blocks or lighting arrestor (devices that add some lightning protection) are low loss components, so these won't effect the performance when installed between the antenna and signal amplifier or the power inserter (if an outdoor signal amplifier), coaxial lightning arrestors along with proper grounding are recommended for some lightning protection and these should be installed per their manufacturer's instructions/NEC guidelines. High loss components namely refers to splitters. Splitters are best installed on the "TV Side" (the output connector on the amplifier),
DO I NEED A SIGNAL AMPLIFIER / BOOSTER?:
If your install has more than 50ft of low loss RG6 (or more than 20ft of smaller diameter RG59) coax cable or you're splitting your antenna's signal to more than one TV, you may benefit by adding a signal booster as your loss will be 3db or higher. These devices effectively restore the signal that is lost due to high install loss. If running both a splitter and 50ft or more cable, they become even more necessary. Essentially, the more install loss you have beyond 3db, the more effective a signal booster becomes.
This unit also includes a "power injector", which allows you to plug it in inside, without running any electrical wires outside. Power injectors work by powering the amplifier outside (where it works best at the antenna), through the coax cable itself. An outdoor signal amplifier is more expensive than an indoor model, but offers the best performance and is still highly effective at replenishing high install loss, even if antenna is installed further away from the home.
- Tip #1: the antenna connects to the outdoor amplifier's "input" connector, and the amplifier's output connector runs to the power injector that's installed inside the home.
- Tip #2: If possible, for higher amplifier gain, don't install the splitters) between the power injector's connector that routes to the amplifier, instead install splitters and all other high loss devices on the power injector's "TV Side" (note coaxial lightning arrestors or grounding blocks are low loss so won't deteriorate performance)
- Improves reception by eliminating high install loss.
- Low noise design with 22db of UHF gain and 16db of VHF gain.
- Preserves signal purity with Extremely Low Noise (ELN) circuitry.
- Choice of both separate or single combined input for UHF/VHF..
- Switchable FM trap reduces interference from FM frequencies.
- Also covered by 1 year RCA warranty
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