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Rocketfish™ - Bidirectional Mini Drop Amplifier - Silver-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 731 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It Worked, But...

    Posted
    IRCorva

    It didn't help my situation enough, so I returned it. Many reviews I read here gave me some false hope that this amplifier would boost my signal, and it did--- insignificantly. That's not the fault of the device, though. The product descriptions for these devices are nowhere near sufficiently detailed. The truth is, getting great reception from a digital antenna entails quite a learning curve, as well as much trial and error. This device is a DISTRIBUTION amplifier. When you use a splitter to distribute your signal to multiple rooms and TVs/devices, it weakens the signal traveling down each cable. This amplifier will boost the signal before splitting it off to different places. THAT is what it's designed to do. In that right, it worked for me. However, my need was different. In my situation, the signal was a bit weak when it hit my rooftop antenna (a decent model, but it had no amplifier built in). Then the weak signal traveled through 60 feel of wire, which weakened it further, when it reached the Rocketfish amplifier. All the poor thing could do was to boost an already lousy signal. It helped, but not enough. I needed to boost the signal as the outdoor antenna first received it-- at the top of the mast. So I returned the Rocketfish and purchased a Winegard Boost XT, model LNA-200. That one did the trick. I went from 29 channels (some weak) to 50! So-if you have a good signal from your antenna and need to send it to several places, try this Mini Drop (--talk about a techie, vague, useless name!) amplifier. On the other hand, if you live 10-25 miles from the local transmitters like I do, amplify the antenna itself. I'd recommend this product only IF your situation requires a distribution amplifier. But for goodness sake, buy locally and SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS! I returned several items that turned out not to be what I needed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works very well

    Posted
    Frank
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    I finally cut the cord with comcast. I already had a Roku TV so I have been wanting to dump my cable TV and the cost. My first step was to use the Best Buy offer for Sling TV and that provided a free Roku 2 for a second TV. Now I live about 30 miles outside of Pittsburgh where the local channels are located. If you know anything about the Pittsburgh area it has hills and trees! I picked up a Clearview 2 OTA antenna. Set it up on the ridge of the house and hooked it up to the existing cable. Local stations were in HD however when I went to split the signal it would pix-elate if there was more than one TV. (2 way splitter). Read and searched regarding antenna amps, pre amps, etc. Came across this and decided to try it and I could not be happier. Now I have 4 TV's with perfect signal and picture, even our local NBC. Remember this is not an antenna preamp so it will not amp the antenna. The antenna will still have to have an adequate signal strength. This amp compensate for the signal loss from the lengths of cable and the splitter. So the antenna is on the outside of the house, ran cable to the inside of the basement (40 feet) then to the Rocketfish. All of my cables to each individual rooms then connected to the out of the amp. Lastly it was such a good day to take all my equipment to Comcast and cancel my cable!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Espresso for your cable connection...

    Posted
    ct2193
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    I have Comcast for Phone, Internet and TV. For whatever reason, Comcast can't get me a strong enough signal from the new pole across the street, even though I had a perfect signal with the old pole 3 houses down before they rerouted my feed. In order to "accommodate" the needs, they installed a "compensating filter" that improved my phone and Internet signal at the cost of having "no signal" 80% of the time on the TV. If you amp the main input from the DMARC, everything purrs. Everything works. Unfortunately, when the power goes out, the phones go down too because this amp doesn't pass any signals without being powered. (I thought it would be like 1990's amps that were dumb splitters when unpowered and boosters when powered, but I was wrong.) If you amp the low side of the compensating filter, the TV now works about 80% of the time and the phone and Internet are as good as before. If you amp the TV side after placing a regular splitter instead of a compensating filter, the TV is perfect, but phone and Internet occasionally drop out. The short answer is that Comcast is the problem, not the amp. If I had my data rack finished, I'd have a battery backup anyway, so powering the amp would be trivial. Given a rearrangement of equipment, I should see better results yet by placing the phone on the outside of the amp and moving the Internet to the powered side of the amp, so I can eliminate the compensating filter and reduce the db of loss because of the double split Comcast installed. (DMARC to 2 way - 1 to TV splitter, 1 to phone / Internet splitter)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Performs Exceptionally Well

    Posted
    BobB_BBYStaff03
    • Best Buy StaffStaff

    My parents recently added a cable box so they could receive additional HD channels. Unfortunately, many of the channels were not coming in and others were pixelated. I figured this was because the multiple splits in their cable had reduced the signal strength. I replaced a four way splitter they had previously installed with this booster. The location of the booster is near where the cable enters the home, which is recommended. The booster then sends the signal to a four way splitter, two two way splitters, and one cable running directly to another TV. The cable box now works perfectly. They also have two other HD televisions. After performing a rescan, they now receive additional channels that they didn't realize they had. Apparently, the signal had been too weak for the TVs to pick up the channels. This booster also has bidirectinal capability which enables signals to be sent back through the device to the cable company. Prior to the booster installation, their On Demand was not functioning at all. However, after installing the device, their On Demand and Cable Modem function perfectly. I would highly recommend this product to anyone dealing with a weak cable signal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It Works

    Posted
    ms6480
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I placed the amplifier in my basement on the first connection where the cable line enters my house. All four televisions around my house then showed nice clear strong signals. Before connecting the RF-G1179, two of my televisions either had no picture or were missing many channels. To test it, I removed the power to the amplifier after all televisions were working perfectly. Immediately the televisions either went back out or showed signs of weak signals. My first attempt to place the amplifier at a television with a weak signal did not work. The amplifier appears to work best at the first connection where the cable enters the house. First connection before any splitters also allows the amplifier to improve all televisions instead of only one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, but analyze your needs first.

    Posted
    whitedog4

    This item was ultimately returned as it was not powerful enough to meet our needs. I used this to amplify a UHF/VHF digital antenna signal over 60 feet of quad-shield RG6 cable from the roof and then out to three separate TVs over another 75 feet of cable for each TV. This unit does what it promises but the cable length and mutiple TV needs overwhelmed its capacity. I ultimately got a more powerful two-stage amplifier that's mounted on the roof antenna post. Power is send from the basement up to the amplifer where it boosts the signal at the source. TVs now get a few extra channels and better reception. I recommend analyzing what your needs are first and then determining if this is going to be strong enough for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good amp but not great

    Posted
    sdjlsdngklskld

    This amp is OK but if I had time, I'd order a Channel Master online. It provides about 10dB of gain and has a built in 4-port splitter. So if you replaced a 4-port splitter with this, you'd get 10dB of gain. That allows you to run a little over 100' of RG-6 on each output. My tests showed about 3.5dB of gain even though the unit is marked 4dB. The paperwork that comes with it says that it's noise figure is 7.5dB which is extremely high for a 10dB amp. It accepts power over the #1 output but there isn't a power inserter included with the unit. That would have been nice because there's rarely an outlet wherever you want to stick an amp. The included wall wart's cord is 6' long.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fixed my cable signal problems

    Posted
    lds19
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    Too many coax splits in the house had resulted in a poor HDTV signal at one of our TVs. I had already used a similar product at the first split and wanted another for the second split in the attic. Based on the picture and description, it appeared to be ideal for the attic (no power nearby) since it can be powered by "power insertion" where power is back-fed by coax from a downstream outlet. Unfortunately (unlike the similar product I already had), it does not actually provide a power inserter, just says you can power it that way if you have a device capable of providing power via coax. So not suitable for my intended use (but I made do by putting this at the first split where power was available and then putting my older splitter/amp (which did include a power inserter) in the attic). However, once I reconfigured, I now have excellent signal at the TV that was having problems.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised

    Posted
    BestBuyPatron
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    I purchased this item as an open box item. It included all the original items. I needed a little bit of a signal boost on a cable run I was using for cable tv. The cable line comes into the house hits 1 splitter then goes up a floor to another splitter and terminates in a room at the cable box. This run is around 100 feet. The cable box would get most channels in ok but specific ones would not come in at all or would come in choppy. After replacing the first splitter with the purchased amplifier and using the power adapter, I was able to get all the channels in correctly that were either choppy or missing from before. So I would recommend this item for anyone that needs a little extra signal boost on a long cable run.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    It works but not quite good enough

    Posted
    Brencinzo
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    I have a long run (50' +) of cable going across my house. After the cable was split to install a new jack in another room the cable outlet on the end had poor performance. So I bought this amp and replaced the splitter that was currently in use. While the signal was remarkably improved it was still not as good as it should have been. This tells me the product does what it is supposed to do but I'm afraid that my setup with the distance involved requires a different solution. My only complaint about this is the length of the power cord. Since I was working in an attic I have few power resources - fortunately I was able to use an extnsion cord to be able to test this solution out. If it had worked I would have just wired a new outlet in to use. The cord is relatively short and would have been better if longer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not what I had hoped for

    Posted
    Ironjoe65
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    Wanted to add another TV in the bedroom. I've had past experience with a cable company "amplifier" because of the distance from the road (about 350') to the house. That turned out a fail also. After rebuilding our house complete with coax and LAN run to each room, I figured I'd give it another go. This "amplifier" added so much line noise that when we went above the double digit channels the picture had so many artifacts that it was unwatchable. We had a running joke that depending what we wanted to watch we'd have to UNPLUG THE AMPLIFIER!! Never did get the TV in the BR hooked up. That one(Wifi/Lan) will probably be the beginning of us cutting the cord!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It beats out Arris for me!

    Posted
    treerocket
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    I bought this amplifier but still had problems with screen pixelation so I bought an Arris BDA-K4-RA.After that my HD tv's pixeled even worse,the tv hooked up to the box-some stations just froze up at times.I called the cable company and he added an attenuator-no.9.It didn't stop occasional pixelation. So I went back to the Rocketfish which is less stronger and it worked awesome with the attenuator he had supplied! My problem is/was that I am too close to the main cluster of cables outside the house.Without the amplifier,though,the HD tv's don't have enough cable power. This was my last resort to fix my problem because I was buying more attenuators online to cut down the signal-to no avail.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent range and affordable product

    Posted
    Gonzaloejimenez
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    I decided to try the local channels, so I bought a decent antenna and run the coaxial cable to a 3 ports splitter, but, as you can imagine the signal was weak and the video og my smart tv, just went off when detects weak signal, they are not like the old fashioned Tv where you still can see video. So I bought this Rocketfish Signal amplifier 4 ports, and I was pleasantly surprised. This unit allow me to see more than 50 local channels, with an impressive clarity. In though this item would only help me receive a few additional channels. Before I attached the amplifier; I was only receiving 12 channels with a very bad reception. I highly recommend it..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not for Internet

    Posted
    ad0220

    I bought this to try and cure my weak internet signal. My internet would cut out because of the long coax run to my house. The product I had bought before was the Motorola single in-single out broadband amplifier that I highly recommend. Best Buy stopped carrying it so I tried this out. The downlink signal is amplified slightly (~3dB) while the uplink is made WORSE by -7dB. I bought it without throughtly reading all the details and the guy said it'd work fine for internet. Definitely made it worse, find somewhere else to buy the broadband amplifier if you need an internet amp. I'm sure this product would work decently for cable television. I'm bummed I threw away the box and cant return this $50 paperweight.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent range and affordable product

    Posted
    gonzalo
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I decided to try the local channels, so I bought a decent antenna and run the coaxial cable to a 3 ports splitter, but, as you can imagine the signal was weak and the video og my smart tv, just went off when detects weak signal, they are not like the old fashioned Tv where you still can see video. So I bought this Rocketfish Signal amplifier 4 ports, and I was pleasantly surprised. This unit allow me to see more than 50 local channels, with an impressive clarity. In though this item would only help me receive a few additional channels. Before I attached the amplifier; I was only receiving 12 channels with a very bad reception. I highly recommend it..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fine for its intended use

    Posted
    Kinky
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    I bought this device to replace the passive RF splitter that feeds the signal from my amplified antenna to two TV sets. I needed more gain in my system because the original antenna amplifier failed after several years, and the only replacement antenna I could find at a reasonable price gave insufficient output to produce stable pictures on my TV sets. The 4 db gain provided by the Rocketfish splitter was marginal in my application, so I returned it and replaced it with a ChannelMaster two-output splitter, which has an advertised 11 db gain number. I would recommend this device to a friend, provided that its limitations are understood.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A must for long cable runs

    Posted
    doublenickels

    The good thing about the Rocketfish Bidirectional Amplifier is that it speeds up my computer web browser, on this very long cable run I have. The web pages "pop" open like they should, rather than "load", like cable modem dial-up use to be. I have a 60+ feet cable run from point of entry to multiple tv sets. Unfortunately, I have not used any amplifier which as a stand alone unit, produced excellent tv reception, in my circumstance. Therefore, to receive excellent TV reception, I have TWO AC equipped amplifiers on the TV cable line. (The second is less "powerful"/ lesser specs) I use the Rocketfish, near point of entry.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worked great

    Posted
    Steve
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    I was looking for a HDTV antenna. i tried several but none had worked as advertised. Ended up bringing them back and was going to try another store because I thought they might have had more experience in HDTV antenna's. Gave Best Buy one more try. After I told the sales clerk what I was trying to accomplish, he suggested a certain antenna and the amp. I hooked the antenna up first. It worked well, caught 15 channels with just mild interference. Tried the amp and ending up catching 32 channels, clear as can be. Amp worked great. I would definitely recommend this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    amp works great

    Posted
    beantownmick
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    I bought this to amplify the indoor antenna I bought. I worked like a charm. Not only did it help with the reception on the OTA reception but used one of the outlets to connect to my receiver and was able to tune quite a few more stations. When I first hooked up my new indoor antenna I only got a few OTA stations about 9. When connecting thru the amp it jumped up to 38 OTA stations. Love that it has a led to let you know it's on. The only drawback, it needs some way to turn the amplification down, sometimes it overdrives the FM signal, causing distortion.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy

    Posted
    PREMIERSILVERCARDMEMBER
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    This product like most so called signal amplifiers I have tried in the past work the same as a regular splitter at sometimes more than double the price. This one however worked much worse than the regular splitter I was using because it not only didn't amplify the signal for the internet it made the perfectly fine picture on the T.V. all scrambled and blocky and would make it freeze at random times. Maybe I bought a defect but none of the 2-3 amplifiers I have bought and tried over the past 20 or so years have worked like they say they would and this one made things worse.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend