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  • Ian Edmiston Oct 09, 2010

    Very simply. Booster has Female Gold Connectors which may all need to be connected from a an external Digital Aerial. The leads from the outside are already run to wall connections in 3 rooms. There are, therefore, three coaxial leads on the outside of my building two of which are already hard wired connected to become one. I need to run coax cable from the aerial through the signal booster and into the TV. There is one Female Connector on the rear of the TV and two Scart Cable connectors.

    The connectors on the back of the 2 X Signal Booster are identified thus left to right:

    UHF FMDAB 1 2

    I will be connecting to the aerial on Mondusing a hired Platform for that day. I would really like a simplified connection diagram advising what connections should be made and to where on the TV, The TV is a DMTECH Model LM1708.

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Hello,

please I don't really understand this question. What really is the problem?

I look forward to your reply.

Bye for now.

Posted on Oct 09, 2010

  • Walesarumi
    Walesarumi Oct 09, 2010

    Hello, I agree that this question is simple, but it's also a bit complex. From my understanding, you have an aerial/antenna that you want to connect to 3 room or 3 TVs.

    Is the above what you mean? Please confirm.

    I'm sorry for all these question, but I really need to be sure, so that I can proffer an accurate solution.

    Take care.

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