First Time Cable Setup

How to Connect

All residence hall rooms have one cable television outlet which resembles the antenna or cable input on the back of your television. You will need to purchase a 75 ohm coaxial cable to connect your television to the outlet. There are 2 types, screw-on and push-on. Either will work, but screw-on is highly recommended for better reception. They are available in most stores that carry electronics. We recommend heavier coaxial cable (RG-6) for better picture quality as well as a length of 15 to 25 feet to reach most areas of your dorm room. Be careful not to bend the center copper pin on either end of your cable when connecting them. Please note that we encourage you not to use a splitter. Use of a splitter could compromise the TV signal and cause reception issues.

Installing Your Television

For most TVs, when initially plugging in the power cord and connecting the coaxial cable to the cable television outlet, it will need to be set to the correct source and told to search for available channels.

Consult your TV manual to find out how your model television can be programmed.

  • While setting up most TV's, go to the menu and look for "Program Source" or "Auto Program" and press enter. Out of the options for "air and cable" make sure to select cable. Finally, when it gives you the option to select between STD, HRC and IRC, select Analog HRC.
  • After setting this parameter, you will use the "search", "scan" or "learn" feature to scan for available channels.

If you have an older TV, you will want to go into the Menu and choose Setup. From there, select Program Channels and either run the Channel Auto Search or you can Manually Input Channels.

We highly suggest that you perform the scanning process at least once a month since our cable provider may move or add channels at any time. Of course if you get stuck or need general assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk.