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How to Plug in you're Cable Box

Updated on July 8, 2015
Looks complicated? Let me show you why this is just as easy as plugging in your toaster.
Looks complicated? Let me show you why this is just as easy as plugging in your toaster.

In and Out

Your Cable Video Signal comes from outside - through the wall - and into your cable box via a Coaxial Cable.

From there the video signal leaves the cable box through the video cables that you plug in and enter the back of your TV.

Just identify the cable you are going to connect the Cable Box to the TV
Just identify the cable you are going to connect the Cable Box to the TV

Now lets take a look at the back of an AVERAGE Cable box

  1. Cable In: This connects to a coaxial cable coming out of the wall.
  2. Cable Out: This connects another coaxial to your TV and uses channel 3/4 to show picture.
  3. Component Video: (PrPbY/V) output: This is the Red, Blue, Green cables of the Component Cables shown above.
  4. Digital Audio Out: This is the Red and White cables of the Component Cables shown above.
  5. Audio/Video Out: This uses RCA Cables connect to audio and video inputs on a VCR.
  6. Audio Out: This connects to left/right (L/R) audio inputs of a stereo receiver.
  7. S-Video Out: This connects to S-Video Input of TV or VCR.
  8. IR Port: This connects to optional VCR Commander.
  9. Optical Audio Out: This connects an optical cable to a surround-sound receiver.
  10. HDMI: This is where the HDMI carries both digital video and audio signals. You can also use a converter to send the video to a DVI Connection on your TV.
  11. USB: Not used by customers
  12. Firewire: (1394): Rarely used if ever.
  13. AC Outlet: This provides power to a 2 prong electrical device like an older TV, a VCR, or lamp.
  14. AC Power Input: Delivers power from the AC electrical outlet to the Cable Box.

Click the picture for a larger version
Click the picture for a larger version

And now it's just a matter of matching the cables above with the Jacks(plugs) in the picture below.

It may look easy on this page, but when you're upside down in the dark behind your TV with a flashlight between your teeth you might think differently. :-)

This was simply a beginners guide to setting up a Cable Box.

Thank you for reading my Hub and feel free to check out my other guides that deal with Cable Modems, Routers, and more advanced trouble shooting of cable boxes, internet, and telephone issues.

Troubleshooting your Cable TV


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