Frequently Ask Question

This page contains answers to the most frequently asked questions relating to the ANTSIG product range.
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Antenna Accessories

Adaptors

Do adaptors work in reverse?

Most adaptors work bidirectional unless otherwise specified.

Will there be any loss in the signal quality when I use adaptors?

The output signal strength equates to the input signal strength and the effect of the adaptor is minimal.

Amplifier

Where can I put it?

It depends on the type of amplifier. Most amplifiers are for indoor use. Distribution amplifiers are recommended to be placed in the roof cavity, whilst masthead amplifiers belong directly underneath your antenna on the mast. Some others sit close to the back of your TV (least efficient types). See description details for each amplifier for placement.

Will it split and distribute signals?

All ANTSIG range of amplifiers do this.

Will my signal quality change if it is split with the amplifier?

The amplifier boosts the signal before splitting it, so the individual output signal will be the same quality and strength as the input signal.

Splitter

How many times can I split my TV signal? 

TV signals may be split numerous times, however, with every split, the signal strength is divided by the number of outlets provided by the splitter, not by the number of items connected (ie: 4 way splitter produces a quarter of the signal at each output, even if you only have 2 outputs connected).  Minimal splitting (split only as required) is recommended to maintain optimal signal quality.

Will my splitter also amplify the signal? 

Splitters split the signal without any amplification. The output signal strength is equal to the input signal divided by the number of splits – this is regardless of what is connected at the output (even if nothing is connected)

Will there be any loss in the signal quality when I use a splitter? 

The output signal strength equates to the input signal divided by the number of splits – this is regardless of what is connected at the output (even if nothing is connected). This means that more splits will cause a weaker signal out.

Wall Plate

Can I connect both TV and radio into the same wall plate?

Certain wall plates allow for connection for both TV and FM radio.

If I have more than one plug, do I need more than one wall plate?

ANTSIG offer a range of wall plates which allow for two or more plug connections per wall plate.

Where can I put my wall plate?

Ideally it is advisable to place the wall plate as close as possible to the coaxial cable that connects to the antenna. This is to minimise loss and signal degradation, however it is not essential.

Antenna Indoor FAQ

General

Can I adjust the amplification of my antenna signal?

It depends on the indoor antenna you have bought. Some indoor antennas do not have an amplifier inside. Some antennas do have amplifiers but fixed amplification (no dial). There is also a type with an inbuilt dial to adjust the gain.

Can I use it outdoors?

You may be able to use it; however it is specifically designed for indoor use and is therefore not weatherproof.

How good is an indoor antenna’s reception compared to an outdoor one?

The smallest outdoor antenna will outperform even the best indoor antenna available. An outdoor antenna placed in an attic, or under roof tiles will provide a better reception than an indoor antenna. Indoor antennas should only be used in those places where it is very difficult to install an outdoor antenna, where it is restricted (ie: council bylaws) or in areas extremely close to the transmitter. Note that an iron/colourbond roof or aluminium insulated tiles will shield TV signals from getting to an antenna placed below it and as such, an antenna should not be installed in such spaces. It is generally recommended that a TV antenna be mounted in open air where possible.

Where do I need to put my indoor antenna?

Ideally in an elevated position, perhaps on top of your TV set or high shelf.

Will the indoor antenna with a picture frame have less quality of reception because of the photo?

No. All indoor antennas have passed an extensive test of quality and any feature added to the antenna will not affect the quality of the reception.

Why are some antennas larger than others?

The strength of the TV signal will vary from area to area, depending upon the distance from the transmitting tower, the amount of hills, valleys, tall trees, etc. Where signals are weak on one or more channels, a larger antenna than that used in areas of strong signal is required. The more elements an antenna has, the more signal it will pick up from the transmitter, reducing/preventing any chance of pixelation or signal loss.

VHF & UHF

How do I select the correct TV antenna for my home?

Check around the neighbourhood to see the different types and sizes of VHF/UHF antennas being used and their relative mounting heights above the roof level. This should give an idea of the best antenna for your particular area. The colour coded maps generated by ANTSIG will also assist you in the correct selection of a TV antenna.

I am contemplating installing a new TV antenna. What type should I use, VHF, UHF or a combination of both?

In capital cities, a combination or dual VHF and UHF antenna should be used to receive channels 2, 7, 9, 10, (SBS) 28 & 31. In some country areas, a UHF only antenna is required.

If I need two separate antennas, UHF and VHF, how do I connect the two cables from both antennas to my TV?

Most masthead amplifiers should have separate inputs for UHF and VHF and so a cable from each antenna can simply be run to each input socket on the masthead amplifier. Alternatively, if this is not possible or desired, a device such as a diplexer or mixer can be used.

Audio FAQ

General

What does the colour coding mean?

Colour coding is used as a guide for easy connectivity for your video and audio equipment.

Adaptors

Do adaptors work in reverse? 

Most of the adaptors work bidirectional unless otherwise specified.

Will converting the plug types or sizes using an adaptor affect the quality of my signal? 

The effect on the signal due to the use of adaptor is minimal and generally not noticeable.

Can I split audio signals? 

Unlike any other signal, audio signals can be split using the right adaptors.

Cable

Does the sound quality reduce when using longer speaker wire?

Depending on the quality of the speaker wire, the shorter the length the better. When a longer length of cable is needed, heavy duty speaker wire should be used.

What is the maximum length of an Audio TOSLINK cable?

For best signal quality, the length should be limited to a maximum of 5 metres without the use of a signal booster.

How long should my cable be?

The ideal maximum length for any RCA cable should be no more than 5 metres. Once you exceed this length signal quality will begin to decrease.

HDMI

Can the HDMI signal be split?

HDMI can be split and distributed to multiple sources using an active splitter to keep the quality of the signal. Hard wire splitters will inject noise and reduce the quality of the signal. Active splitters have a powered electronic circuit inside.

What is the maximum length of HDMI cable?

The maximum length of HDMI cable is generally 10m as to sustain high quality HDMI cable signal. The signal typically starts degrading after 5m of distance. We recommend using a repeater to keep the quality of the signal for distances more than 5m.

Will my current HD (High Definition) TV and set-top box using DVI technology be compatible with HDMI devices?

HDMI is a newer technology for audio/video signals. HDMI can carry both audio and video signals, while DVI can only carry video or audio. Devices with a DVI connector can be connected to HDMI via an adaptor if they are DVI-D. (DVI-D means DVI for digital video signal).

Wall Plate

Can I connect both TV and radio into the same wall plate?

Certain wall plates allow for connection for both TV and FM radio.

If I have more than one plug, do I need more than one wall plate? 

ANTSIG offers a range of wall plates which allow for two or more plug connections per wall plate.

Where can I put my wall plate? 

Ideally it is advisable to place the wall plate as close as possible to the coaxial cable that connects to the antenna. This is to minimize distortion, however it is not essential.

Data FAQ

General

How long can the VGA cable run for without affecting the quality of the signal?

VGA cable can be easily used over long distances whilst maintaining signal quality. ANTSIG recommends 10m as the maximum distance for any cable carrying video signals.

What is VGA?

A VGA cable is a lead used for transmitting video signals. It is most commonly used to link computers with monitors. However, it is now used on some high definition televisions. VGA stands for video graphics array. Today all PCs support VGA, but most of them use a more advanced system depending on the actual monitor used.

What is “Ethernet”

Ethernet is the common standard for devices communicating in LAN (Local Area Network) configurations. LAN is found in homes and offices, commonly referred to as the ‘network’. All the computers will be hooked into a router using an ethernet cable conforming to a Category standard (Cat5e, Cat6), depending on the speed and equipment used. The router would be then sharing these devices along with the internet and network storage.

Cat5e and Cat6

What does CAT6 mean?

CAT6 or Category 6 is a cable standard for Gigabit Ethernet and other network physical layers that are backward compatible with the Category 5/5e and Category 3 cable standards. The cable standard provides performance of up to 250 MHz and is suitable for Fast Ethernet 100Mb/s (most common in home networks), Gigabit Ethernet 1000Mb/s (becoming much more common in home networks, largely used in business) and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (though at a reduced length)

What is the difference between CAT5e and CAT6?

Compared with Cat 5 and Cat 5e, Cat 6 features a different construction to reduce crosstalk (an impact of system noise). Cat 6 also works at greater speeds with a larger bandwidth, at over 10Gb/s. Cat 6 can be used as well in a Cat5e network

What is the max length of Cat 6 cable?

Lengths of up to 100metres can be used in Cat6 networks; this includes any hard wiring (from wall plate to wall plate) and the patch cable (from wall plate to device)

Can I use Cat6 in my home?

You would be better off with Cat6 as this will cover any possible speed that your home network might and could use. This would also include operating speeds of any new equipment you may purchase in the foreseeable future.

Firewire

Can a 4 PIN Firewire cable be used instead of a SONY iLink 4 PIN cable ?

Yes.

How long should my Firewire cable be? 

The ideal length for any Firewire cable should be no more than 5 metres.

How many kinds of Firewire ports are there? 

There are 3 formats of Firewire ports: 4-pin, 6-pin and 9-pin.

Where can I find Firewire ports? 

Firewire ports can be found on almost all DV and MiniDV camcorders, PCs, TVs, DVD players, music recording hardware, and digital audio receivers.

USB

How can I connect my camera to my computer?

The majority of cameras use a USB cable to interconnect with your computer. The type of USB connection varies from one type to another. Please check your camera user manual for the type of cable it uses.

How long should my USB cable be?

The ideal length for any USB cable should be no more than 5 metres.

Video FAQ

General

How long should my cable be?

The ideal maximum length for any RCA cable should be no more than 5 metres. Once you exceed this length signal quality will begin to decrease.

What does the colour coding mean?

Colour coding is used as a guide for easy connectivity for your video and audio equipment.

HDMI

Will my current HD (High Definition) TV and set-top box using DVI technology be compatible with HDMI devices? 

HDMI is a newer technology for audio/video signals. HDMI carry both audio and video signals, while DVI only carries video or audio. Devices with a DVI connector can be connected to HDMI via an adaptor if they are DVI-D. (DVI-D means DVI for digital video signal).

Can the HDMI signal be split?

HDMI can be split and distributed to multiple sources using an active splitter to keep the quality of the signal. Hard wire splitters will inject noise and reduce the quality of the signal. Active splitters have a powered electronic circuit inside.

What if I have multiple HDMI devices? Do I need to connect to a single HD TV/LCD?

Multiple devices can be connected to a single TV/LCD lead through a HDMI switch. The switch must include a powered electronic circuit inside to maintain the quality of the signal. Using hard wire switches will inject noise and reduce the quality of the signal.

What is the maximum length of HDMI cable?

The maximum length of HDMI cable is 10m as to sustain high quality HDMI cable signal. The signal typically starts degrading after 5m of distance. We recommend using a repeater to keep the quality of the signal for distances more than 5m.

What is the difference between our High Speed and High Speed with Ethernet HDMI cables?

The HDMI High Speed cables comply to the latest HDMI standard – they are recommended for all full HD (up to 1080p) products. HDMI High Speed with Ethernet cables comply with the latest standard and include new features such as and Ethernet channel (HEC) and an Audio return channel (ARC) – we recommend this cable for 3D applications

What is the difference between HDMI Standard and HDMI High Speed?

HDMI Standard – reliably transmit 1080i or 720p video plus surround audio. HDMI High Speed – for use with 1080p resolution and above including 4k. Also used for 3D at 1080p

What is a HDMI cable with ‘ETHERNET’?

The ‘ETHERNET’ refers to the cables’ ability to access Ethernet (network) through the HDMI connection of an ethernet enabled device. ie: your PVR can access the internet via a Cat6 (ethernet) cable, your TV, when connected to the PVR via HDMI, can then also access the internet via the PVRs network connection. This is done through an ethernet channel provided by HDMI. It requires that both units are connected via the HDMI cable have an HDMI ethernet channel (HEC) enabled.

What HDMI cable do I require for 3D TV?

A High Speed HDMI cable is suitable for 3D TV – ANTSIG recommends our HDMI High Speed with Ethernet cables

Will my current HD (High Definition) TV and set-top box using DVI technology be compatible with HDMI devices?

HDMI is a newer technology for audio/video signals. HDMI can carry both audio and video signals, while DVI can only carry video or audio. Devices with a DVI connector can be connected to HDMI via an adaptor if they are DVI-D. (DVI-D means DVI for digital video signal).

SCART

How long should my SCART cable be?

The ideal length for any SCART cable should be no more than 5 metres. Once you exceed this length signal quality will begin to decrease.

What is SCART used for?

SCART makes it easy to connect AV equipment, including TVs, VCRs, DVD players and game consoles.

S-Video

What is S-Video?

S-Video is one of the high quality methods of transmitting an analogue television signal from a device such as a Camcorder or VCR. It separates the colour information (Chrominance) from the brightness (Luminance), which prevents nasty things like colour bleeding and dot crawl, and helps increase clarity and sharpness.

Is S-Video THAT much better than Composite?

In a word, YES! The image is at least twice as sharp, and the colour definition is far superior. Because of this the image looks a lot ‘cleaner’. Many fine graphical details in games only become easily visible with S-Video (some of which you may not want, more on that later).

VGA

How long can the VGA cable run for without affecting the quality of the signal?

VGA cable can be easily used over long distances whilst maintaining signal quality. ANTSIG recommends 10m as the maximum distance for any cable carrying video signals.

What is VGA?

A VGA cable is a lead used for transmitting video signals. It is most commonly used to link computers with monitors. However, it is now used on some high definition televisions. VGA stands for video graphics array. Today all PCs support VGA, but most of them use a more advanced system depending on the actual monitor used.

Wall Plate

Can I connect both TV and radio into the same wall plate?

Certain wall plates allow for connection for both TV and FM radio.

If I have more than one plug, do I need more than one wall plate?

ANTSIG offers a range of wall plates which allow for two or more plug connections per wall plate.

Where can I put my wall plate?

Ideally it is advisable to place the wall plate as close as possible to the coaxial cable that connects to the antenna. This is to minimise distortion, however it is not essential