How to Set up Direct-From-Wall Cable on a TV

Before you begin, your house/apartment must be equipped with cable outlets and basic cable service from any provider. If you do not already have a cable service plan, you must first get one from any provider before trying to set up direct-from-wall cable. This instructional guide features a VIZIO HDTV model, but any TV with a DTV/TV port will work.

Step 1:

How to Set up Direct-From-Wall Cable on a TV

The VIZIO HDTV comes with a VIZIO remote control and a power cord. You will need to purchase a coaxial cable cord, any length, which may be purchased at any convenience or department store.

Step 2:

How to Set up Direct-From-Wall Cable on a TV

1. Make sure you set your TV into an upright position and place it on a sturdy, flat surface. The rear connectors should remain accessible.

Step 3:

How to Set up Direct-From-Wall Cable on a TV

2. Plug your TV power cord into the nearest wall outlet but do not power it on.

Step 4:

How to Set up Direct-From-Wall Cable on a TV

3. To connect your TV to a cable outlet, you will need to use a coaxial cable cord. Begin by connecting one end of the coaxial cable cord to the cable outlet. Insert the knob straight into the outlet hole, and turn clockwise until securely fastened.

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How to Set up Direct-From-Wall Cable on a TV

4. Connect the opposite end of the coaxial cable into the input port on the back of your TV. On a VIZIO HDTV, this port is located on the back of the TV and is labeled DTV/ TV.

Step 6:

How to Set up Direct-From-Wall Cable on a TV

5. To connect the coaxial cord to the TV, insert the knob straight into the DTV/TV port and turn clockwise until securely fastened.

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How to Set up Direct-From-Wall Cable on a TV

6. Move your TV into a desired location. The rear connectors no longer need to be accessible.

Step 8:

How to Set up Direct-From-Wall Cable on a TV

7. Turn your TV on by pressing the Power button on either the TV or your TV remote control. On a VIZIO remote control, this button is found at the top, right corner and has a red circle with a line through the top. Your TV should now be on.

Step 9:

How to Set up Direct-From-Wall Cable on a TV

8. Press the INPUT button on your remote control to view your current INPUT source. If the TV mode is not already selected, press INPUT on your remote control until the TV mode is selected. You may also select the TV mode by using the up and down arrow buttons on your remote control. The TV mode may appear as either TV or ANT on a VIZIO HDTV. Press OK on your remote control.

Step 10:

9. If this is your first time connecting a coaxial cord to your TV and you have not yet set up your master channel list, you should see a black screen with a "No signal" error message.

Step 11:

How to Set up Direct-From-Wall Cable on a TV

10. Open the on-screen TV menu by pressing the MENU button on your remote control.

Step 12:

How to Set up Direct-From-Wall Cable on a TV

11. Navigate to the Settings icon using the up and down arrows on the remote control and press OK.

Step 13:

How to Set up Direct-From-Wall Cable on a TV

12. Using the up and down arrows on your remote control, navigate down and select the TUNER or TV option (This varies by TV model). Press OK on your remote control.

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How to Set up Direct-From-Wall Cable on a TV

13. Highlight Tuner Mode and select the Cable option by pressing OK on your remote control. This option is used for direct-from-wall cable TV or any other external cable or satellite box connected to the TV with a coaxial cable.

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How to Set up Direct-From-Wall Cable on a TV

14. Using the up and down arrows on the remote control, navigate down and select the Auto Channel Scan or Auto Search option (This varies by TV model) by pressing OK on your remote control.

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How to Set up Direct-From-Wall Cable on a TV

15. Wait for the search to be complete.

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How to Set up Direct-From-Wall Cable on a TV

16. When the search reaches 100% complete, finish the search by clicking Done. To do this, press OK on your remote control.

Step 18:

How to Set up Direct-From-Wall Cable on a TV

17. Exit the on-screen menu by pressing EXIT on your remote control.

Step 19:

How to Set up Direct-From-Wall Cable on a TV

18. To check and browse your available direct-from-wall cable channels, press the Channel Up and Channel Down buttons on your remote control.

 
 

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