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Connecting Your Cable to Other Devices

Last Updated: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 > Related Articles

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Summary

Learn to connect your cable box to a VCR recorder, DVD player, or gaming console.

Solution

Want to connect your cable box to other devices such as the VCR or gaming console? Follow the steps below.
1

Connecting to a DVD Player

 

highlights DVD player connections

 

Connect the coax cable from the DVD Cable OUT port to the TV Cable IN port.

2

Connecting to a VCR Player: Option 1

 

highlights VCR player connection without splitter

 

  1. Connect the coax cable from the wall to the IN on the cable box.
  2. Connect the coax cable from the OUT on the cable box to the IN on the VCR.
  3. Connect the coax cable from the OUT on the VCR to the IN on the TV.
3

Connecting to a VCR Player: Option 2

 

highlights VCR player connection with splitter

 

  1. Connect the coax cable from the wall outlet to the splitter.
  2. Connect the coax cable from the splitter to the A on the A/B switch.
  3. Connect the coax cable from the OUT of the cable box to the IN on the VCR.
  4. Connect the coax cable from the OUT of the VCR to the B on the A/B switch.
  5. Connect the coax cable from the A/B switch to the TV.
4

Connecting a Gaming Console Using the RF switch

 

highlights gaming console using RF switch

 

  1. Connect the coax cable from the wall outlet to the IN on the cable box.
  2. Connect the coax cable from the OUT on the cable box to the IN on the RF switch.
  3. Connect the coax cable from the OUT of the RF switch to the VHF/Cable IN on the TV.
  4. Connect the RF switch to the gaming console.
5

Connecting a Gaming Console Using the Coax With Video / Audio Option 

 

This connection includes but is not limited to Nintendo 64 and Sony Playstation.

  1. Connect the coax cable from the wall outlet to the IN on the cable box.
  2. Connect the coax cable from the OUT on the cable box to the IN on the VCR.
  3. Connect the coax cable from the OUT on the game to the IN on the TV. Or, connect a yellow video cable and a red-and-white audio cable from the gaming console to the TV IN port for VIDEO and the AUDIO Left and Right ports on the TV.
6

Connecting to a Device with Picture In Picture (PIP) Using a Splitter

 

The following rules must be followed for this connection type to work correctly:

  • Never use the OUT or Loop to Decoder on the TV.
  • You do not need Audio / Video jacks with a 2 tuner TV.
  • The coax cable will carry the information to both inputs on the TV.
  • To view receiver or VCR, you must select the proper input and make sure the TV is on channel 3.

 

highlights picture-in-picture connection using splitter

 

  1. Connect the coax cable from the wall to the splitter.
  2. Connect the coax cable from the splitter to the IN on the cable box.
  3. Connect the coax cable from the splitter to the CABLE/AUX IN on the TV.
  4. Connect the coax cable from the OUT on the cable box to the IN on the VCR.
  5. Connect the coax cable from the OUT on the VCR to the IN on the TV.

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