How to connect a TV to cable
Follow the instructions below to learn how to connect a TV to cable in the Residence Halls at FIT. To complete these instructions you will need a TV and Coaxial Cable, you may also need an extension cord.
1. Locate your wall jack for cable
To connect a TV to cable you will first need to locate the wall jack. Every room will have at least one wall jack, you may need to look behind furniture. Additionally, the appearance may vary from the photos displayed on this page.
What if we want to connect more than one TV?
If you wish to connect more than one TV. You will need to purchase a cable splitter. To connect a cable splitter the cable barrel connector may need to be removed for some locations. You may purchase cable splitters at hardware stores and even dollar stores; however, low-quality cable splitters may result in poor resolution.
2. Connect your coaxial cable
Connect one end of the coaxial cable to the wall jack and the other end to your TV. Make sure your connections are tight – if you do not tighten the connection, you may end up with a reduced resolution.
What coaxial cable should I buy?
We recommend an RG6 quad shield coaxial cable – lower quality may result in poor resolution.
Does your jack have the right connections?
The previous resident may have removed the Cable Barrel Connector to install a cable splitter if you are missing a cable barrel connector. If your jack is missing a cable barrel connector, please contact TechHelp.
3. Power TV on
Plug the power cord into a nearby outlet and turn the TV on.
4. Select INPUT source
Press the INPUT button on your remote control to view your current INPUT source. Next, select TV Mode (if not already selected). Then press OK on your remote. Note: The TV mode may appear as TV, ANT, or Cable depending on your TV. Check your manual for exact settings and setup instructions.
5. Perform an Auto Scan, Channel Scan, or Channel Search
Using your TV remote, select “Menu,” and navigate to “Channel Setup,” “Channel Search,” “Auto Scan,” or “Channel Scan.” Please refer to your TV manual for step-by-step instructions, note running a channel scan is not the same as pressing Channel UP/DOWN on your remote. See the FIT Channel Guide for the complete listing of Channels.
If you do not have your TV manual and you know the model number of the TV (usually on a sticker on the back of the unit), you can use a search engine to search for instructions for your TV. For example, if you have a Sony KDL32W600D, you can search for “Sony KDL32W600D auto scan” or “Sony KDL32W600D manual”. Sometimes you may even find videos on performing the task on YouTube.