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# 82283 26-Apr-2011 18:10
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I recently purchased a new Samsung LCD TV with built-in Freeview for the bedroom.

I live in an apartment and in the living room there are three antenna connections on the wall labelled: TV, ANT and LINK.  In my bedroom there is only one antenna connection and it's not labelled.

When I tuned in the stations in the bedroom via Freeview digital, the picture was pixelated and I was unable to watch TV via Freeview digital.  I tested the TV in the living room (using the antenna labelled ANT) and the picture via digital was perfect.

How can I view digital TV in my bedroom?  Can I fix this issue myself i.e. purchase some sort of an adaptor or do I need to call a technician?  And if I call in a technician, what will he need to do?

Any help is appreciated.

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  # 462670 26-Apr-2011 18:14
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Firstly, make sure the TV in the bedroom works in the living room.

Secondly, I would ask your body corporate what the aerial connection in the bedroom is. It may be faulty, in which case, ask them to fix it. Or you might need to twist their arm into putting the required aerial cable into that room.

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  # 462682 26-Apr-2011 18:26
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The bedroom outlet may run back to LINK in living room. If so then easy to patch the ANT into LINK using a splitter. You need to determine if this is the case though. Using a multimeter across socket with other end short circuited is one method.

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  # 462729 26-Apr-2011 20:16
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Thanks for the postings so far.  But I need some more help.

I've noticed in the living room that the wall antenna sockets labelled ANT and LINK have a little wire running/connecting them to each other.  What is this wire?  Is it a splitter?  Is it important?

I tested the new TV in the living room and when I connected the antenna wire from the back of the TV to the wall antenna socket labelled ANT the Freeview digital worked perfectly.  In order for me to do this I had to unplug the little wire from the wall antenna sockets labelled ANT and LINK.

Basically when the little wire connecting the wall antenna sockets (ANT and LINK) in the living room is hooked up, the new TV in the bedroom will only tune in a mixture of annalog and digital stations.  If I try to tune in digital only in the bedroom the message comes up that the signal is weak/poor.

The bottom line is that I want to watch Freeview digital in the bedroom (as clear as it was when I tested the TV in the living room).

Any suggestions?  Do I need to call out a technician?


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  # 462749 26-Apr-2011 21:19
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Ireimp: Any suggestions?  Do I need to call out a technician?

If you own the apartment ask the body corporate building manager, if you're renting ask your landlord.

They should be able to tell you how to get the outlet in the bedroom working. 

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  # 462775 26-Apr-2011 21:56
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I may be wrong but it sounds like your sockets have a splitter built in. Jumpering the Ant to Link with a bit of wire is a bit haphazard an excellent souce of signal loss/corruption. I would suggest plugging the TV into the TV socket and see what happens. If it works OK then try jumpering the Ant to Link with a short piece of coax with appropriate plugs attached. Then try the bedroom socket. Theoretically any unterminated socket should be terminated with a dummy load (75ohm resistor).

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