tdst51... I'm sorry you are misinformed about how the antenna booster/selector switch operates. I will try to help you understand with my comments and links below...
Originally Posted by tdst51
That's really incorrect; not right at all. You don't switch the booster on and off for cable.
Sorry but yes... you DO switch the booster on and off for cable.
There are several coax wires that connect to the back of the booster. (behind the wall plate)
One comes in from the roof top antenna and another one comes in from the outside cable connection. When you switch the booster on or off it selects between the two. The front of the wall plate has just one connection to the TV. By switching the booster off or on, (and internally selecting antenna or cable) it keeps you from having to swap the coax connection to your TV to get antenna or cable. One wire between the booster and the TV is all that is necessary to get either. (and of course, the switch also turns on the booster part to provide better OTA signal)
Here's a short video describing the process for using the booster that I found on the internet.
Your coax has to be hooked up to the top one to get cable; (of course you need to be hooked up to the corresponding cable/aux connector on the outside of the RV) then you go through the scan process on your TV for cable.
With this comment, you are referring to the first photo in my previous post. Your statement is partially
correct. You could use the top connection (marked AUX/SAT in the photo in my original post) to provide a path for the cable signal but again, you would need to swap wires from the wall plate to the TV if you wanted to use the OTA antenna AND you would need to be sure you connected the park's cable feed to the outlet on the outside of your unit to the connection marked AUX/SAT and NOT the one marked cable. That is just way too inconvenient and much too confusing for most folks. I referenced the first photo because most of the newer RV's are now including satellite connections and this wall plate has provisions for that, where as the the older style boosters (2nd photo in my previous post) do not. They will not pass satellite signals.
The bottom one is strictly over-the-air antenna. When you are hooked up to the bottom- TV input- you want the booster on. No other time.
Simply not correct.
Please refer to my comments above (and video) about how the booster operates.
ON for OTA... OFF for cable.
There is no switching going on behind the plate. I guess there could be a splitter behind there, but I don't know how it would know whether you're on cable or OTA. Also, that bottom picture of a plate- that is strictly for over-the-air TV. No cable.
Oh but there IS switching going on behind the wall plate.
There is also a splitter behind there that usually goes to the bedroom outlet but that really isn't what we are discussing here.
These things are all built into the wall plate unit.
is the link to the installation manual for a booster antenna and wall plate from Winegard.
Read it and pay close attention to step # 13 on page 3.
It will help you understand how the cables attach to the back of the wall plate, how the booster operates and how it knows whether you are on cable or OTA antenna.