how to connect antenna to tv without coaxial input

Here you’ll learn how to connect antenna to TV without coaxial input, so keep reading!

Whenever your TV does not have a coaxial input, it would be impossible to hook up your antenna without the help of a third-party device.

We’re referring to a converter box that will manage to transform the coaxial output from your antenna to the HDMI signal that your TV supports.

The way to connect an antenna to a TV without a coaxial input is by using a converter box to receive the coaxial output from your antenna. You would also need an AV cable to transfer the audio which should be connected to the converter box and your TV, same as the HDMI.

This is how it’s done and to learn the exact steps, proceed with the guide below.

How Can I Connect Antenna To TV Without Coaxial Input?

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Just imagine a situation in which you’ve just purchased a new TV for your living room but you could not discover a coaxial input to connect an antenna.

Don’t get discouraged just yet, since there is a way to get the antenna connected via a converter box.

The converter box has an “input” and “output” port that will respectively receive the antenna signal, convert it into HDMI or HDTV and then connect the second cable to the TV.

In the steps below, we will get it all cleared up for you and explain how you can attach an antenna to your TV without having a coax port.

Follow these steps to connect the antenna to your TV without a coax input:

Step #1 Acquire A Converter Box

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Unfortunately, you will not be able to connect your antenna to the TV, without using a third-party device such as a converter.

Let’s learn more!

What Is A Signal Converter?

It’s exactly what the name suggests. This device converts the signal and is perfect for your situation.

For instance, the first cable (the one of your antenna that is a coax), goes into the converter and a suitable for your TV signal cable of another type comes out on the other end.

There are coax converters, HDMI converters, and HDTV converters that you can get for your setup.

Depending on what entry on your TV you intend to use, you should focus on acquiring such a converter to get the job done. 

Let’s identify that for you!

What Converter Should I Get?

That’s absolutely based on the ports of your TV. If the TV has several free HDMI ports, perhaps you should get a converter that converts the signal from coax to HDMI.

We should mention that the HDMI connection will support the highest quality of signal and is the most preferable choice over the others.

IMPORTANT: If you tend to use HDMI, you will also need AV cables for the audio transfer from your converter box.

Check the image below for reference:

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With this, let’s proceed to collect the cables you will need for the job.

Step #2 Get Required Cables

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Next, you have to get all of the cables you see in the picture above.

Converting from coax to HDMI + AV cables is the safest option here and will provide you with maximum quality audio and video as well.

In that regard, there are two cables you will need.

  • A high-speed HDMI cable – Acquire an HDMI cable that can support higher speeds for a more clear picture of the signal.
  • An AV cable unit – The AV cable will work for the audio transfer. Get one of these you see above and ensure it has 3 connectors (white, green, yellow) on each side.
After getting these cables, proceed to wire up your converter box in the next step.

Step #3 Connect The Converter Box

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Before actually wiring up the TV, you must first install the converter box into the setup.

We assume you’ve already purchased a coax-to-HDMI converter box which will fit perfectly into the setup with the cables you’ve acquired.

Follow these instructions to wire up your converter box correctly:

  1. Find where the coax cable of your antenna is.
  2. Locate the RF IN slot on your converter box.
  3. Connect the coax cable of your antenna to the RF IN” connector.
  4. Grab the RV cables.
  5. Connect the white RV head to the AUDIO L input.
  6. Connect the red TV head to the AUDIO R input.
  7. Connect the yellow RV head to the VIDEO input.
  8. Plug one of the ends of the HDMI cable into the converter box.
  9. Grab the supplied power adapter from your converter box.
  10. Connect the round end of the power adapter to your converter box.
  11. Attach the other end of the cable to the power source.
  12. Check if your converter box is running now.
Note: Don’t get confused by the “VIDEO” label on the yellow RV cable.

The video transfer will still happen through the HDMI cable and the signal will be as good as it gets.

Let’s now learn how to connect antenna to TV without coaxial input in the next step.

Step #4 Connect Cables To TV

And now, all of the cables you’ve plugged in the previous step should be now attached to the TV.

There is no TV model above 2010 that doesn’t have HDMI connectors and RV connectors, so it should be an easy task for you to locate them.

In total, you must identify 4 inputs, which are the 3 RV connectors and the one HDMI.

Here’s how to connect all of the cables to your TV correctly:

  1. First, grab the HDMI cable.
  2. Plug it into one of the inputs and remember the input’ source.
  3. Next, grab a hold of all RV cables.
  4. Attach the RV cables to the respective colored inputs on the back of the TV.
  5. Turn on your TV.

With this, the converter box and antenna should be successfully wired up in your setup.

Step #5 Enable Antenna On TV

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The last step is to actually enable the antenna on your TV.

Since the video transfer happens through an HDMI, you must select the respective source in the source menu of your TV.

Here’s how to enable the antenna on your TV:

  1. Grab the TV’s remote control.
  2. Press the source button.
  3. Choose the source that the HDMI cable of the converter is plugged into.
  4. Check if there is a broadcast.
Note: For instance, “HDMI 1” will be HDMI Source #2 in the menu, “HDMI 2”, will be HDMI Source #2, and “HDMI SIDE”, will also be HDMI SIDE in the menu.

Thus, to connect an antenna to a TV without coaxial input, you would need a converter box, an HDMI cable, and an AV cable. Connect the HDMI cable and AV cable from your box to your TV. To complete the setup, use the coax cable to hook up your antenna to the converter box.

Read Next: Do Smart TVs Have Built in Antennas?

Bottom Line:

Now that you’ve understood how to connect antenna to TV without coaxial input, feel free to use this method to connect an antenna to any TV that does not have a coax entry.

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Nicole B