Model # 73290

Internet #202698886

GE 4-Way Distribution Amplifier

Discontinued GE

4-Way Distribution Amplifier

  • Increases signal strength for better picture quality
  • Provides hookup for up to four devices
  • Simple, screw-on installation
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Product Overview

The GE 4-Way Distribution Amplifier increases signal strength for better television, VCR, DVD player and cable feed picture quality. This amplifier comes with a 5 ft. cord.

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Customer Questions & Answers

Is it really for 120 VAC? or is it a printing error?

Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, it needs 120 VAC to power the amplifier.
Answered by: spatula
Date published: 2016-02-07

Do I use this to hook it up to the back of an HDTV and the plug the antenna into it? We are missing some of the local free channels.

Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, a good antenna helps too.
Answered by: kerndtsr
Date published: 2015-11-04

can i purchase at retail home depot store

Model # 73290 Internet # 202698886 Store SKU # 277779
Asked by: Anonymous
Answered by: Bobinthemountains
Date published: 2015-09-17

Is this unit compatible with boosting signal to a cable/phone modem?

Have an ARRIS cable modem that has phone connect capability. Periodically will lose connectivity. Know there are many possibilities but one is the number of splitters and length of 75 ohm cable line in my house which the cable company will charge me to fix. This could be an inexpensive way to resolve the internal line portion. Need it to work with HD TV and the internet/phone modem
Asked by: Anonymous
No. It works in one direction only, so your devices probably won't be able to send a signal back through it (or it will be badly attenuated if they can).
Answered by: spatula
Date published: 2016-06-25
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Customer Reviews

4-Way Distribution Amplifier is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 25.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent low-cost DISTRIBUTION Amplifier This is a very good and inexpensive DISTRIBUTION AMP. "Worst Buy" sells the SAME amp for $30. Specifications are not listed on the packaging, but ARE stated in the instructions. Would be 5 stars if specs were on outside of package. Amplifiers like this get poor reviews because the users do not understand the purpose and use of amplifiers. Television signal amplifiers cannot and are not made to "suck in" weak signals. They are intended to overcome signal loss from splitters and long cable runs. That is why it is called a DISTRIBUTION AMPLIFIER. Passive (non-amplified) splitters can reduce the signal strength by 50% or more per split. A distribution amplifier makes up for this loss (and some extra). People incorrectly believe that an amplifier can bring in a signal that was not received before. The truth is that the signal WAS there before. With normal loss through cable and splitters, the weak signal was weakened to a point it could not be received reliably by the tuner. Inserting an amplifier helps to keep the signal at a usable level. However, if an already strong signal is amplified, it can overload the receiver, REDUCING the receiver's sensitivity. In addition to amplifying any noise interference in the signal, additional noise is introduced by amplification. Digital television is particularly sensitive to noise because it can affect the digital data. TIP: A Pre-Amplifier goes on the mast at the antenna to keep the signal strong BEFORE it goes through long cable and/or splitters. A Distribution Amplifier goes between the antenna or signal source to DISTRIBUTE the signal to multiple receivers.
Date published: 2011-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product and great value Most of the prior comments here, are from individuals who do not undertstand their transmission signal problems, or the purpose of this Amplifier. You have to have a good signal to begin with. No amount of amplification will help a bad signal. Ten times zero is still zero. So you have to correct the cause of your bad or no reception before any amp will work. As one knowledgable user already reported, this is a distribution Amp. It should be installed directly into, and at the incoming CATV or Antenna cable coming into the home. This Amp is designed to help a properly installed system, who's signals have weakened, due to long distribution runs. It will perform best, when installed at the start, and not at the end of those long runs. If the runs are real long, it may be necessary to buy a stronger and higher DB rated amp, or either install a 2nd Amp like this one further down the distribution line that branches into other areas. Bottom line, if a signal is bad, an Amp will only make it worse. Correct any bad wiring, and make sure you have a signal to amplify.
Date published: 2012-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not enough gain As mentioned in another review, the website says it's a 22dB gain, but it's only 4.5dB according to the manual. I've got about 25 ft between the antenna and the amp then 3 outputs: 1 30', 1 50', and 1 30' to a splitter to a 6' and a 25'. This definately boosted the signal enough for more of the channels to start showing up (especially on the 25' leg off the 2nd splitter) but several stations had choppy sound and tiling even on the 30' leg whose channels come in crystal clear if it's directly connected to the antenna. I believe that if I was already in the situation of getting all the channels only with choppy sound and tiling that this would have remedied it, but in my situation I'm going to have to take it back and find one with a little more gain. Also, since all of this is going on in the attic, I had to install an electrical outlet in the attic. Fortunately the cables all come together right beside the wires that run the light fixture in the attic and I just tapped into it, but it would have been an issue elsewhere. I'm going to say that I would recommend it, but only if you need a very tiny amount of amplification.
Date published: 2013-09-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Gain listed incorrectly online Buyer beware gain is listed as 22 dB online but is actually only 4.5 dB (listed in manual inside package but nowhere on package exterior).
Date published: 2013-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works as should Had one tv with perfect signal, one moderate, one bad. Now their all equally bad/good. As expected it did make the bad into moderate and the perfect into moderate. The best I could reasonably expect.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4-way it was very easy to set up just plug it in and it's ready to go
Date published: 2016-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Product was exact replacement, easy to install. ... Product was exact replacement, easy to install.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GE 4-Way Distribution Amplifier just purchased and installed, like the guy before said this is a distribution amp you use it in place of spliters one of my runs was thirty + ft. and had a strength meter on it raised my sigs. by at least three points on all channels after replacing my splitters am well pleased for the price .But you must have a good signal from the antenna for it to do its job.
Date published: 2012-07-10
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