How To Connect

Get RU-tv

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

Need Help Connecting?

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.

Watch the RU-TV Set-up Guide

Start Troubleshooting

Wall Plate Diagram

Find 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 Some buildings have other wall plates that are no longer active.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

Analog televisions can no longer work with our network.

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.


  • 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.


  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.


  • Coby - Model TFTV3229 32" has a compatible QAM tuner
  • Dynex - Only limited models have a QAM tuner, the DX-32L151A11 is NOT compatible
  • Element - Some models do have a QAM tuner that can be unlocked with a code. Please contact Element for the code. The ELEFW-195, ELEFW-328, and ELEFW-231 are NOT compatible
  • Insignia - Only limited models have a QAM tuner
  • LG - Most models since 2007 have a QAM tuner
  • Olevia - Model 226-T11 has a compatible QAM tuner
  • Samsung - All models since 2009 have a QAM tuner
  • Sansui - Model HDLCD3212C has a compatible QAM tuner
  • Sony - Most models since 2007 have a QAM tuner
  • Sylvania - Do not appear to have QAM tuners
  • Toshiba - Most models since 2007 have a QAM tuner
  • Vizio - Model VOJ320F1A has a compatible QAM tuner
  • Westinghouse - Some models do have a QAM tuner. Try activation code 14159, DWM32H1G1 is NOT compatible and DWM42F2G1 is NOT compatible.