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How do I hook up my ... 

  1. Cable Fittings?  
  2. Cable Extension?  
  3. A/B Switch?  
  4. Converter?  
  5. Video Game?  
  6. VCR?
  7. DVD Player?  
  8. Picture in Picture (PIP) TV?  
  9. Stereo?  
  10. Cable Modem?  
  11. Computer?  

 

... Cable Fittings? 

CABLE FITTINGS - First check the cable wire.  There are two sizes of wire used in the home, RG-59 which is the older, thinner cable and RG-6 which is slightly larger in diameter.  Be sure to use a cable stripper and the appropriate cable crimper for the style fitting you are using.

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... Cable Extension?

CABLE to CABLE If you need to extend your existing cable wire, you will need a second cable jumper of the correct extension lenght. You will also need a double female F-81 connector, commonly referred to as a barrel. Screw the two cables onto the barrel and wrench tighten.

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How do I connect my A/B Switch?

CABLE or ANTENNA > TV using A/B SWITCH By connecting your antenna wire to one side, and your cable line to the other side, you may switch between them. This is useful if a local TV station is not carried by your local Cable Company.

CONVERTER > VCR > TV using A/B SWITCH By using a 2 way splitter, and an A/B Switch, you can watch basic cable, while recording any channel your Cable Converter receives. This is also useful if you have an older VCR that has a limited tuning range.

2 CONVERTERS > VCR > TV using A/B SWITCH By using a 2 way splitter, and an A/B Switch, you can watch any channel your Cable Converter receives, while recording any channel your Cable Converter receives.

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How do I connect my Cable Modem? 

Some cable modems use a phone line to transmit, and a cable wire to receive signals. They are called telco-return cable modems. Some only use a single cable line for the transmit and receive signals. Most require that you have an ethernet network card installed in your computer. Some of the newer Docsis cable modems use the computer's USB port as an interface. The cable modem connects to the ethernet card or USB port and modifies the signal so that it may travel over the cable lines. Cable modems are generally faster than ISDN, and less expensive. They are not yet available in all areas. Call your local Cable Company for availability. Here's a diagram.

Some Useful CableModem Info Links:
Cable-Modems.Org        CableModemHelp        cablemodem.net       

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How do I connect my Computer?

The only way I  know of  to connect a computer to the cable, other than with a cable modem, is by installing a TV tuner interface card. This allows you to watch TV, full screen or in a window, while using other computer programs. No diagram available at this time.

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How do I connect my Converter?

CONVERTER > TV. The Cable TV line goes to the Converter input. A jumper goes from the Converter output to the TV input. The TV channel is set to the Converter's output channel, which is usually 3, but may be 2 or 4. If you are not sure, the output channel is usually printed somewhere on the Converter.

CONVERTER > VCR > TV or VCR > CONVERTER > TV see How do I connect my VCR?

CONVERTER > VCR > TV using A/B SWITCH see How do I connect my A/B Switch?

CONVERTER > VCR > TV using DUAL RF INPUTS see How do I connect my VCR?

CONVERTER + VCR > PIP see How do I connect my Picture in Picture TV?

Also see Cable & Your VCR by Adelphia Cable Co.

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How do I connect my 2 Converters?

If you want to view and record pay channels or you have digital cable you will need to use 2 converters.

2 CONVERTERS > VCR > TV using A/B SWITCH see How do I connect my A/B Switch?

2 CONVERTERS > VCR > TV using DUAL RF INPUTS see How do I connect my VCR?

2 CONVERTERS + VCR > PIP  see How do I connect my Picture in Picture TV?

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How do I connect my DVD Player?

DVD > TV DVD players don't have RF outputs so you have to use your TV's audio/video (or S-Video) inputs for the cable coming from the DVD player's audio/video outputs. Then switch your TV to your video source input to view a DVD movie.

If your TV does not have video inputs you will have to use a video RF modulator (Radio Shack #15-1244 or equivalent) that converts the line level video signals into RF signals that you can then view on channel 3 or 4 of your TV.

Note: You can not use your VCR to convert the audio/video signal to RF for your TV. It will work but the picture will not be acceptable. This was done on purpose so that people would not be able to copy their DVD movies.

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How do I connect my Picture in Picture TV?

CABLE > TV If your PIP TV has dual tuners you only have to hook the Cable TV wire to the TV RF input. There is an internal splitter that allows you to watch 2 channels at a time.

VCR > TV using AV Most PIP TVs only have one tuner. You use your VCR to supply the second tuner. You will install the Cable TV wire to the TV RF input. Then you will run RCA cables from your VCR's audio/video outputs to the corresponding audio/video inputs on the back of the TV. You must keep your VCR turned on to use the PIP feature.

CONVERTER + VCR > PIP For people who have a cable converter it is a little more complicated. This setup allows you to use PIP, tape all the channels while viewing any non-scrambled analog channels (to also view digital and scrambled channels see below). Cable into 2 way splitter. Splitter output 1 to TV RF input (non-scrambled viewing). Splitter output 2 to Converter in, Converter out to VCR in, VCR audio/video outs to audio/video inputs on PIP TV. You must keep your VCR turned on to use the PIP feature.

 2 CONVERTERS + VCR > PIP For people who have 2 cable converters it is just a little more complicated. This setup allows you to use PIP, tape all the channels while viewing any channel. Cable into 2 way splitter. Splitter output 1 to Converter 1 in, Converter 1 out to TV RF input. Splitter output 2 to Converter 2 in, Converter 2 out to VCR in, VCR audio/video outs to audio/video inputs on PIP TV. You must keep your VCR turned on to use the PIP feature.

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How do I connect my Stereo?

This is usually accomplished by running RCA cables from the TV's Audio outputs to your Stereo systems Auxiliary or Tape inputs. If you have a non-stereo TV and a stereo VCR, you will get better sound by running the RCA cables from the VCR's Audio outputs to the Stereo systems Audio inputs. With this setup you will have to leave your VCR on to listen to TV sound through your Stereo. No diagram available at this time.

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How do I connect my VCR?

If you have only a TV and a VCR to connect.

VCR > TV. Hooking up a VCR to your TV is easy. Cable TV wire to VCR input. Jumper from VCR output to TV input.

VCR > TV using AV Optional: If your TV has audio/video inputs on the back, use RCA cables from the VCR audio out to the TV audio in (2, left and right, if stereo). Then an RCA cable from the VCR video out to the TV video in. Switch your TV to the Video (or Aux) input and you now bypass the tuner and get a better picture from your VCR.

If you have a TV, a VCR, and a Cable TV Converter to connect.

VCR > CONVERTER > TV. You can either tape anything, except the pay channels, and watch anything else at the same time. Cable TV wire to VCR input. Jumper from VCR output to Converter input. Jumper from Converter output to TV input.

CONVERTER > VCR > TV. You are able to tape the pay channels, or any other channel that your Converter is tuned to, but have to watch what you are taping. Cable TV wire to Converter input. Jumper from Converter output to VCR input. Jumper from VCR output to TV input. Recording Note: Remember to set your VCR to record channel 3 and set the actual channel to be recorded on your converter.

CONVERTER > VCR > TV using A/B SWITCH see How do I connect my A/B Switch?

CONVERTER > VCR > TV using DUAL RF INPUTS In this setup the A/B Switch is replaced by the TV's Dual RF input capability. You can tape any channel your Converter receives, and watch any unscrambled channels on the 2nd RF input. You can switch inputs from your TV remote.

CONVERTER + VCR > PIP see How do I connect my Picture in Picture TV?

2 CONVERTERS + VCR > PIP see How do I connect my Picture in Picture TV?

2 CONVERTERS > VCR > TV using DUAL RF INPUTS In this setup the A/B Switch is replaced by the TV's Dual RF input capability. You can tape any channel your Converter receives, and watch your other Converter's channels on the 2nd RF input. You can switch inputs from your TV remote.

Cable & Your VCR


"Straight" Connection:
(Watch and record the same channel)

This is the most popular method of hooking up your VCR. The cable signal passes through the converter box first, the VCR second, and then into your TV, which must be tuned to the appropriate channel (usually channel 3 or 4).



"Cable-Ready VCR" Connection:
(Record any non-premium cable channel while watching any channel)

This type of hookup will allow you to tape your non-premium cable channels while watching any premium channel. Premium channels will only be unscrambled by the converter box. Your cable-ready VCR will accept the non-premium cable channels but not the premium channels; therefore, you cannot record a premium channel.


How to Hook Up Your VCR

"Cable-Ready TV" Connection:
(Record any channel while watching a non-premium cable channel)

This method of Cable/VCR hookup will allow you to tape your premium channel while watching a non-premium cable channel. Premium channels will only be unscrambled by the converter box. Your cable-ready television will accept any non-premium cable channel but not the premium channels. To receive the premium channels on both your VCR and your television, you will need an additional converter box.

"Deluxe" Connection:
(Record any channel while watching any channel)

This hookup will allow you to watch any channel and record any other channel. This type of cable installation requires a second converter box. For additional information on the second converter, call your local Adelphia office.

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How do I connect my 2 VCRs?

2 VCRs > TV using A/B SWITCH By using a 2 way splitter, and an A/B Switch, you can watch and record basic cable, while recording or viewing any channel your Cable Converter receives. This setup also allows you to copy your family tapes from VCR to VCR.

Optional VCR Dubbing Hookup Instructions:
Run a set of RCA audio/video cables from the audio/video outputs of  VCR2 to the audio/video inputs of  VCR1. Place the tape to be copied in VCR2 and a blank tape in VCR1. Switch VCR1 to line input mode (see your VCR manual for the exact procedure) and set the recording speed to SP. Hit the Play button on VCR2 and the Record button on VCR1. 

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How do I connect my Video Game?

VIDEO GAME > TV Install the Video Game's RF interface directly to the TV input. There is an RF female fitting on the adapter for the cable that was originally attached to the TV. When the Video Game is turned on, it automatically disconnects the cable picture and broadcasts its own videogame signal on channel 3. When you turn the Video Game off your cable channels should appear as before.

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How do I connect my Video Switcher?

If you have a Cable Converter and a VCR, and want to be able to watch and record whatever you want, you need one of these. They allow you to tape the basic channels while viewing the pay channels, or vice versa. They are called Video Switchers, but in reality they switch between different RF sources. The basic model will have inputs and outputs for your TV, Converter, and VCR. Deluxe units may additionally have an auxiliary input, a second TV output, and an integrated switchable amplifier. All the inputs and outputs are clearly labeled on the units rear panel. The better units come with jumper cables. If not, you will need to supply your own. No diagram available at this time.

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How do I connect my WebTV?

WebTV allows you to use email, and the World Wide Web, without having to use a computer. You access the service thru a phone line. For people with only 1 phone line, it will notify you of incoming phone calls while you are on the internet. Very Cool!

WEBTV > TV using AV. If your TV has audio/video inputs you will connect the WebTV unit directly to them. You also have to plug a phone line into the unit to access the Internet.

WEBTV > VCR > TV. If your TV does not have audio/video inputs you will connect the WebTV unit to the audio/video inputs on your VCR. You will have to leave your VCR turned on to use the WebTV unit. You may also purchase an optional RF modulator if you do not want to use the VCR in this manner.

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