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Broadband Amplifiers and Distribution Amps

Toner stocks a wide variety of professional quality, satellite amplifiers and broadband RF amplifiers. Amplifiers are available as either wall mount or rack mount, in a variety of dB levels from top manufacturers like Blonder Tongue, Drake, Pico Digital, Sonora and more.  For more than 12 years now, Toner Cable has also been manufacturing its own line of RF amplifiers.  Toner's high performance amplifiers range from your simple drop amplifier to your more complex line extender amplifier.  Tell us your application and we will assist you in choosing the best amplifier to meet your needs.

An amplifier, or (informally) amp is an electronic device that increases the power of a cable signal. It does this by taking energy from a power supply and controlling the output to match the input signal shape but with a greater amplitude.

Amplification is the process of increasing a signal.  A signal may need amplifying for a number of reasons, including a weak signal from the source, long cable runs (>150 feet), or a connection that has multiple splitters. A cable signal amplifier will resolve most of these issues. Amplifiers also boost an antenna signal for distribution to multiple TV’s.

In the ideal RF distribution system, the signal level at each wall-plate should be about the same as the signal level coming in from the cable TV system or antenna. This ideal is called "unity gain." By applying a little math, you can calculate the approximate losses and gains in your system to determine which RF amplifier you need.

There are a few main variables when considering signal amplifiers: the bandwidth, the gain or signal level increase and the output signal level. The gain is the amount of amplification the device can produce while maintaining a quality cable signal, the bandwidth is the frequency range it works in and the output level is the maximum signal strength an amplifier can output while maintaining good performance   Be sure to choose high quality RF amplifiers so that they don't add ANY noticeable noise to the TV signal. Good coax amplifiers boost your signal without causing side effects like ghosts, lines, or snow. The boost (gain) is measured in dB.