How To Connect Cable To TV

How To Connect Cable To TV?

How To Connect Cable To TV? Depending on your cable setup, there are several different connections to use. HDMI provides the best digital connection, while RCA and component cables deliver analog signals.

RF connections have a threaded plug on each end that inserts into the receiver and TV input jacks. These transmit both video and audio. S-video and composite cables have RCA mini-plug connectors (yellow for video, red for left stereo audio, white for right stereo audio).


HDMI cables are the fastest, easiest way to connect your computer to a TV. You’ll find these input/output ports on most modern TVs, as well as projectors and cable boxes. These cables can also carry audio, but only if your video card supports it; otherwise you’ll need a separate audio cable.

First, make sure your TV and your computer are both turned on. If the computers are running Windows, right-click any space on the desktop and select “Display Settings.” This will open a window that shows all of the displays connected to your computer. Select the screen that represents your television, and click the Identify button to help the computer recognize it.

Some newer TVs have HDMI-C ports, which look a little different from standard HDMI ports. These are narrower, with one notch instead of two. They can accept either an HDMI or a Mini-HDMI cable.

If your TV doesn’t have HDMI ports, you can still hook it up with a component connection or with a standard cable. However, it’s recommended that you use an HDMI cable, because this will ensure the best possible quality and speed of the data transfer.

You can purchase HDMI adapters that have an HDMI-A plug on one side and a DVI, DisplayPort, or VGA plug on the other side. You can then connect the appropriate cable to the adapter, and the other end of that cable to your device.


The coaxial cable that brings TV and internet signals into homes and buildings needs special connectors on the ends to hook up to appliances, including TVs. Installing these correctly is a simple task for most people, but some advanced projects like routing wires through walls may require additional tools available at electronics stores or more technical know-how.

Start by carefully stripping the end of each cable using a tool designed for coaxial cable. This exposes the inner copper wire. Next, push a standard F (Female) connector onto the exposed wire, making sure the crimp ring is firmly in place over the outer sheath and shielding wires. It is usually best to use a barrel-type F connector, which is commonly used in most households.

Avoid sharp bends in the cable, which can damage the wire and cause loss of signal strength. Also, keep the cables at least 6 in. away from electrical lines, which can interfere with the signal. If this isn’t possible, use a cable splitter that can handle the bandwidth of your high-definition or satellite service.


Connect these cables to your TV box or an antenna input port. They also go to some VCRs, DVD players, and projectors. Most newer televisions have a coaxial cable input on the back, but if yours doesn’t you can buy an adapter at a home center or electronics store that lets you connect to this port.


S-Video is a standard analog cable used to transmit video signals in a more reliable manner than composite or RCA. It also can separate black-and-white coloring signals. You can use S-Video to connect your PC, DVD, and Blu-ray players, game consoles, and other devices that have a separate video output port to your TV set. However, you should know that this cable can’t carry audio, so you will need an additional cable to send sound to your speakers.

In the past, it was possible to connect a coaxial cable from the wall directly to the TV and get a decent array of basic channels. However, full cable service requires a box between the wall cable and the TV to receive all digital channels.

You can still connect an AV Cable to the TV for over-the-air (OTA) television, though you will not be able to receive premium channels. The cable should be plugged into the coaxial input on the TV, usually labeled “ANT.”

If you want to view your computer screen on your TV, first purchase an S-Video cable. Make sure it has gold-plated connectors to ensure longevity and superior picture quality. Then plug the two ends of the cable into the corresponding input ports on your TV and your computer, paying close attention to the color-coding of the connection plugs. You will have to change the screen resolution on your computer to match the TV’s setting.


If your TV is old or you still have a cable box from before the digital switchover, it may have composite video and/or RCA audio input ports. These are used for standard-definition AV sources like DVD players, VCRs, older camcorders, and game consoles. Composite cables use a single wire that compresses three color channels into an analog signal, so they’re prone to interference and the picture quality suffers for it. Component video or s-video connections will give you a much better-quality picture.

The AV ports are usually located on the back of your TV, although they’re sometimes at the top or side, too. Look for a set of colored wires with different connectors on each end. Yellow is for video, red is for left stereo audio, and white is for right stereo audio. Connect the corresponding cable to your device, and then to the corresponding input port on your TV. Make sure you connect the cables correctly (red to red, yellow to yellow, and white to white) to avoid any problems with signal transmission.

If your TV has a shared composite and/or component video connection, you can’t connect two different devices at the same time. If you have a VCR and an older camcorder or DVD player, you’ll need to plug them both into separate ports. A newer cable box, however, will probably have a dedicated input port for itself.

Rasheed Alam

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