You know what the biggest problem with cable companies is? It’s not the charges or the fact that you can never decide what to watch, it’s the fact that they don’t explain how to actually set up your cable box. Most of the time, they’ll just do it for you.

This is fine at first, but if you want to move things around or they send you an upgrade, you don’t know what to do with it. This guide will show you how to properly connect your cable box to your TV. Shall we begin?

Step 1 – Get Everything into Position

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First things first, make sure all your furniture is where you want it. Next, set up your TV as usual. In most cases, you’ll just have to plug it into a wall outlet, but if you have an advanced speaker setup, make sure to connect everything else too. Okay, now grab your cable box.

Step 2 – Connecting the Coaxial Cable

There should be a port on your wall somewhere, likely next to your phone line. Often, these are white, possibly with your service provider’s logo on it. You’ll see a circular jack with a metal prong in the middle – that’s your coaxial port. So what do you do with it?

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Grab your coaxial cable. This will have come with your cable box, but if you’ve lost yours, you can pick another up at most supermarkets for a few dollars. Connect one end to the coaxial jack, and run the other end through the back of your TV stand, where you want your cable box to sit.

Next, screw the other end into the back of your cable box. Make sure it’s nice and tight as you don’t want it to fall out while you’re watching TV! If the connector is a little too loose, you might want to try rotating the cable box instead of the cable itself.

Does your cable provider only supports HDMI but your TV supports coaxial cable? No worries! We have a guide on how to convert it. Read it right here!

Step 3 – Testing Your Connection

Connect your cable box’s power cord, and link it to your TV with an HDMI cable. Next, switch it on, and see if you can watch anything. If so, great! Just place the cable box where you want it to go. If you don’t get a signal, the first thing to do is check the tightness of the coaxial cable. Is it snug?

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You should also make sure your TV is viewing the correct input. If you cycle through them with your remote, you should find your cable box under the HDMI section. If everything seems in order, give your service provider a call. There could be a problem at their end, or your area may be experiencing service issues.

Conclusion

Connecting a cable box is actually pretty easy once you know how. At worst, it should only take you a few minutes, even if you’ve never done it before. With a bit of luck, you’re now connected and are free to watch whatever you like, whenever you like.

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Robert Coleman

Editor-in-Chief

Electrician and DIY specialist Justin deleted his own successful tech blog to write expert product reviews and buying guides together with his friend Robert.

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