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Old 05-04-2013, 02:52 PM   #1
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Power Booster for TV

Where is the switch for the TV booster?
I can't find it to save my life.
Thanks for your help!

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Old 05-04-2013, 03:15 PM   #2
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Amplifier?

Not sure about Interstate's but in our Safari, i believe the amplifier switch is a button on the same panel that holds the 12volt outlet next to the antenna/cable u-shaped jumper cable. When you push the button, green light comes on. If this isn't what you are looking for, please disregard.

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Old 05-04-2013, 05:50 PM   #3
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In the transverse locker; far roadside end.

It helps if you include year & model. Mine is 2010 Twin.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:26 PM   #4
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I have a 2013 EXT Lounge model and the TV booster switch is in the storage compartment above the driver seat. It is next to the same panel that holds the 12volt outlet next to the antenna/cable u-shaped jumper cable. When you push the button, green light comes on.

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Old 05-05-2013, 06:14 AM   #5
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Fair warning, it will draw down your house batteries in a hurry if left on when you're not using it.
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:32 PM   #6
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Thanks Everyone, I have found the switch.

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Old 05-05-2013, 08:42 PM   #7
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Does anyone actually have luck receiving tv signal? Granted I have a media server and use that almost exclusively, but every time I've tried to use it I get 'no signal'. And I've verified the green light for the booster was on.

Btw, for anyone interested there are some great inexpensive options for running an hdmi signal to both tvs at once or selecting between different hdmi devices.

I've also modified the wiring to allow audio playback thru the rear stereo instead of the tv speakers.

If anyone is interested, I'm happy to go thru it.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:00 PM   #8
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I was wondering the same thing today. I've got a media server (Mac Mini) that provides video to the front screen and a RaspberryPi with RaspBMC to handle video to the back TV. However, I tried for quite a while today to get a TV signal to come in on either TV and had no luck. I'm about 10 miles from several transmitters so I should have plenty of signal to work with. I presume I'm doing something wrong but I couldn't figure out what it could be.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:20 PM   #9
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How does the raspberry with XBMC work for you? I thought about going that route but backed out. I'm using xbmc on an atv2, but its not without issues.

What's your experience been?
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It's been OK. The raspberry is a bit underpowered for this kind of application, but for the most part the video quality is fine. The setup was crazy easy. The RaspBMC installer basically does everything. For the price, you can't beat it. I use bluetooth keyboard (from Rii) for controlling each one but I imagine I could come up with something more elegant if I took some time.

I'm thinking of picking up a BeagleBone from AdaFruit as a replacement. They just released it, but it's WAY more powerful than the RP and should be able to handle the video much better.
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The atv2 is fine as far as performance. The problem is that you need a network share for all of your media instead of being able to just plug in the USB drive or store media locally like you can on the Mac Mini. I do really like the size of the box. The easy-to-use small remote that's also included. And the fact that I can use airplay if I want to. Perhaps I'm overly frustrated because the Wi-Fi USB hard drive I had been using died on me today. I'm currently camping in the RV with access to nothing.
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I found that the only way I could get the TV to pick up the signal was to let it do an auto search for the channels first. If I just tuned it to a channel that I knew was available it would not tune in.
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I found that the only way I could get the TV to pick up the signal was to let it do an auto search for the channels first. If I just tuned it to a channel that I knew was available it would not tune in.
Since the demise of analog broadcast, that's only to be expected. Under analog, if two stations shared the same channel and you were in that narrow band where they overlapped, the stronger one would drown out the weaker one. With digital broadcast and the right antenna, your television can receive both.

Where I live, the range of broadcast digital television is such that I sometimes have multiple different stations all sharing the same channel number. My TV has to allot the channel 4.1, 4.2, etc. The most I've had on one channel at one time while camping is 46.1 through 46.4 (all four were PBS stations, by the way).
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73Shark, thanks for the suggestion. That worked like a charm. I tried to tune directly to a channel and got nothing. After the channel scan, I can get all the channels I expect. Odd, but at least now I know how to make it work as I travel around.
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