I followed the directions to hookup the Insignia NS-DXA1 box to my RCA F27650. I have an outside antenna. I used the A/V cables. I set the TV to input 1. The box has a blue light and the TV says "Unusable Signal". Am I doing something wrong?
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Re: digital converter box setup
It sounds like you probably set this up properly.The converter box is powered on, indicated by the blue light (it is illuminated red if powered off).I would recommend that you check to see if your TV has to be on a specific channel to receive external input.
To double check the connection, you should be able to follow the antenna into the converter box, then the converter box into the TV.Check to make sure you have input/output correct, and that video matches video, audio matches audio, etc.
Also, some antennas require power.If this is the case, make sure the antenna is plugged in and powered on.
If none of these suggestions help, I would try a little troubleshooting to determine which piece of equipment is giving the problem.Try connecting another device into the same input to see if your TV receives signal through input 1.You may also try a different set of A/V cables or a different input on the TV.
If you still are unable to get your setup working, I recommend you bring the converter box into your local Geek Squad® precinct for further troubleshooting and advice.
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That's a problem with the digital broadcasting. Signal strength is critical, and the frequencies used are more directional. Some people are finding they get no reception at all. Your antenna may not need to be higher, but aimed in a different direction. Did you have a rotator installed as well? An outside antenna really should be pointed toward the station. You might also be able to add an amplifier to the antenna to boost the signal. But get a mast-mounted version that mounts right at the antenna, not the kind that goes at the TV set.
you will need a converter box if you do not have a digital ready television. If you have a digital television, then no you do not need one. make sure of the type antenna you have, as there are uhf only and vhf only and combined uhf/vhf. if you only have a uhf only antenna you may be missing out on channels.
I install at least 2-3 antennas a week. While Analog stations were no big deal when it came to reception, Digital signals are very directional, and can be very fickle about reception sometimes. Digital is "all or nothing," meaning that if you get enough signal to get a picture, then great, but if you don't, it won't allow you to even try to make the picture.
My suggestion is to first try a 15-25 dB amplifier (with an FM trap) on the antenna. Use it first in-line, immediately following the antenna, before it is fed to any TV's. If that doesn't help, try re-aiming the antenna directly toward the city from which your signals are being broadcast. You'd be suprised how little you have to turn it to make a big difference.
Give these two things a shot. Hope this helps you...
I have found that with an ordinary antenna connected to the converter box it can receive nearly all channels, however I have run into cases where I had to use an amplified TV antenna to pick up signals. I have started telling folks that when they install their converter boxes to try to use the plain old rabbit ears antenna, but if that does not work, use an amplified antenna, and that usually does the trick.