How to Connect

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If you are interested in having an administrative or academic building connected to RU-tv, please call 848-445-1945.

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If you are having a problem with RU-tv there are several resources online or just a call or email away to get you on track.


Start Troubleshooting

Wall Plate DiagramFind the wall plate in your room that includes connections for phone, data, and television. Some buildings have other wall plates that are no longer active. Be sure you connect your cable-ready analog or digital television to the wall plate that looks like the illustration to the left.

Please note that RU-tv is not able to support the Windows Media Center at this time.

Connecting an Analog Television

(Older sets, usually with a picture tube.)

Please note that an old analog television will only be able to receive the 22 analog channels on the network.

There are several ways to connect a TV to our cable system. The type of equipment you have will determine your setup.

Things you need:Coaxial Cable with "F" Connector

  • Cable-ready TV and owner's manual (HINT: If you do not have the owner's manual for your television try searching on the manufacturer's website.)
  • Original remote control unit
  • Coaxial cable with "F" connectors at each end (This is a common type of cable you may already have; if you do not have one, you can find a cable hookup kit at a university bookstore, Computer Repair on Livingston, or home electronics retailer.)

What to do:

  1. Plug your TV into an electrical outlet.
  2. Connect one end of the coaxial cable to the cable outlet on the wall plate.
  3. Connect the other end of the cable to the jack on the back of your TV.
  4. Turn on your TV and set it to CATV or Cable mode. Some televisions do this automatically through an onscreen programming menu. Consult your television owner's manual.
  5. You should see a clear picture. If not, check our troubleshooting guide for helpful tips.
  6. Consult the channel lineup for specific channel listings.

Connecting a Digital Television

RU-tv broadcasts most of its channels using the QAM256 standard. There are several ways to connect a digital television to our system. The type of equipment you have will determine your setup.

Things you need:

  • Digital TV and owner's manual (HINT: If you do not have the owner's manual for your television try searching on the manufacturer's website.)
  • Original remote control unit
  • Coaxial cable with "F" connectors at each end (This is a common type of cable you may already have; if you do not have one, you can find a cable hookup kit at a university bookstore or home electronics retailer.)
  • Depending on the type of television, two short lengths of coax and a “splitter” may be required. Consult owner’s manual.

What to do:

  1. Plug your TV into an electrical outlet.
  2. Connect one end of the coaxial cable to the cable outlet on the wall plate.
  3. Connect the other end of the cable to the jack on the back of your TV. If your television has “F” fittings for both antenna and cable, a splitter must be connected to the cable coming from the wall plate. Then connect one of the splitter outputs to the “Antenna” connector on your TV and the other splitter output to the “Cable” connector.
  4. Turn on your TV and follow the instructions in your owner’s manual or on-screen guide for channel set-up.

    To receive all of the available channels, you will need to tune for both cable and antenna. This may require that you run the channel programming twice. The broadcast channels offering some HD are available as if they were coming in on an antenna.
     

  5. You should see a clear picture. If not, check our troubleshooting guide for helpful tips.
  6. Consult the channel lineup for specific channel listings and a printable channel guide.