The backside of a Gotv Decoder showing the RF OUT port and absence of a HDMI port

RF OUT- How to connect Two TV sets to one Gotv/Dstv Standard Decoder

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This post is about how to connect two TV sets to a Gotv or The standard Dstv decoder. Sometimes situations arise when you own more devices than your TV ports allow. Take for example the LG 22LN4130 LED TV; it only has one input option for connecting a DVD Player/Decoder/Play station. Which one do you use and which one do you leave out? The solution lies in this post; you can use the Gotv decoder RF Out port on the TV and free up the other RCA Port for the DVD Player or Play station.

There is also another situation that requires you to connect two TV sets to one Gotv or the standard Dstv decoder.

This is what you need for the installation:

  • An ample length coaxial cable
  • Two F – Type connectors
  • One F Type Female plug to TV PAL Male Coaxial RF connector

The image below shows the above mentioned 3 items. I have used a Gotv decoder for illustration but this will also work for a Dstv decoder too.

f-type-connector-with-astel-cable

 

Method

Update 18/06/16 Now I did this video recently an it shows the method plus some tips. Although I did it in an impromptu situation, I hope it will help.

Connect the two F Type connectors to the ends of the coaxial cable.

Secondly connect the F Type Female plug to TV PAL Male Coaxial RF connector to one side of the already inserted F Type connector.

Connect one side of the F type connector to the port labeled as RF OUT port on the Gotv decoder.

The other side of the cable should be inserted into the RF IN port /Antenna connector at the back of the TV set.

This is a photo  similar to what you will build.

finished-f-type-to-rf-connector-cable

 

Turn ON both the TV and Decoder.

Depending on the Model of your TV set, scan for the channels again.

The Gotv signal should appear as one of the channels at the end. It‘s just another analogue channel on your TV.

Your job is complete; you can connect the second TV to the RCA ports on the decoder. Or according to the reason you are reading this, you have just freed one port on your TV.

What does Power Antenna mean on the Gotv decoder?

Power Antenna simply means the antenna you will connect is an active antenna. An active antenna is an antenna that amplifies the received electromagnetic waves. It does so by using electronic circuit boards that are fed by power straight from your house power source. These are very common aerials nowadays, you can notice one by noticing the Power supply in the house that is linked to the Aerial coaxial cable that is in turn connected to the back of your TV set or decoder.

If you are not using the power antenna, then just turn off this option using your remote control.

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  • Richard

    Is it possible to get a decoder/digital converter that basically converts the digital signals (from satellite, cable, digital terrestrial etc) into analogue signals that the TV can scan as several channels & not just one as though you’re watching via RCA cables? I’ve seen some “estate sambaza” DSTV setups that allow each house to scan their TV from the provided coax cables as though they were using normal antennas yet all TVs would have channels from the provider’s decoder setup that each TV could freely browse different channels with the TV’s remote.

    • No its not possible Richard. Those Dstv mwitu channels have as many decoders as there are channels. That’s because each decoder is set at a particular frequency that every TV connected recognizes as an Analogue TV channel.