I was looking for an antenna to use to see if cord cutting was going to be a reality in our household. My biggest concern was the local channels, and being able to get some good quality video, so I could watch my favorite shows live, other shows I would use streaming services like Netflix and Sling TV. It is so frustrating to pay over 160.00 per month for TV/Internet and only watch a handful of shows!
We had an extra RCA OTA indoor antenna that we had not used in a long time, so we hooked it up to compare with this Antop Indoor/Outdoor amplified antenna. So for starters, the RCA antenna was not very good and at best got less than 10 channels and those that it received, was not very good and signal was distorted at times. The weak signal was the biggest reason that we kept the cable services.
As you can see in the photo above, I have some distance between the antenna tower, and my house. Several of the towers are about 30 miles away, and the RCA was hardly able to get the shows to show. Once I swapped it with the Antop, I was able to scan and get almost 40 channels! Way more than I have ever gotten in the guest room, and I feel once I mount it outside, at the highest area of our house, we may get more every easily. The farthest transmitter is over 90 miles away, which is farther than the range this one provides, however it was perfect start into the life of Cord Cutting.
I was very surprised at the picture quality this Antop provided, most channels came in crystal clear. I was, and still am, very impressed. Tennessee is currently in a “Drought” so at the time of writing this, I do not know if storms may affect that. A few channels (7 to 10 total) did lose picture signal at times but I attribute that to the fact that I didn’t have the antenna outdoors or up higher and it was having to pick up a signal through the walls and roof of my home.
One very unique feature that this antenna has, is a 4G LTE filter, that “blocks” the inference that the signals share and that it allows for “stronger” signal transmission. While this was an interesting feature, in my testing it did not really show any different results and I do have cell phone towers less than a mile from my home. While this may be an YMMV feature, I was unable to notice any difference in my testing.
It was very easy to set up. All the hardware you need is included in the box. I just attached one end of the coaxial cable to the antenna, the other end to the amplifier, and the amplifier to my HDTV. The amplifier gets plugged into any nearby wall outlet. You then need to set your television reception to ‘antenna’ or ‘air’ then have it scan the channels. That’s it. It was super easy. You get about sixteen feet of cable or so if you need any more than that you may want to purchase that as well. If you are like me you probably already have a ton of coaxial cable in a box in a closet somewhere.
Overall I am very impressed with this antenna. It exceeded my expectations by a long shot. Now, to mount it up outside or inside the attic, and run cable to the other TV’s and get rid of cable TV service. I will keep the internet however, the internet with streaming services and this antenna, we plan on saving almost 70 dollars a month!
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