How to Connect a TV to a Cox Digital Box

By Nick Davis

You just moved to another location or you want to connect your Cox digital cable box to a new television. Maybe you'd rather not have to call Cox Communications to schedule a technician to come and connect your TV to the Cox digital box. Don't worry. You can connect the Cox digital box to your television on your own without any special tools. You will be watching cable TV within minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • TV
  • Cox digital cable box
  • Cox Communication cable service
  • Coaxial cable
  • 300 ohm matching transformer (optional)

Step 1

Place the TV and Cox digital cable box on a TV stand or other flat surface. Turn the equipment around so the back of the devices are facing you.

Step 2

Plug the coaxial cable coming out of the wall into the “Cable In” port on the back of the Cox digital cable box.

Step 3

Plug one end of a coaxial cable into the “Cable Out” port on the back of the Cox digital cable box.

Step 4

Plug the other end of the coaxial cable into the “Antenna In” or similar port on the back of the TV. If your TV is older, use a 300 ohm matching transformer, found at electronics and home improvement stores, to convert antenna leads to a coaxial connection.

Step 5

Plug the TV and Cox digital cable box power cords into a electrical outlet.

Step 6

Place the TV's channel selector on channel “3” or “4.”

Step 7

Turn on both the TV and Cox digital cable box. The cable box will take a few minutes to boot up.

Step 8

Install the batteries into the Cox remote control, if necessary.

Step 9

Test the connection by changing the channel on the Cox digital cable box using the Cox remote control or pressing the “Channel” buttons on the front of the cable box.You should see the cable channels on your television. If you don't see the cable channels, change the TV's channel selector to channel “3” or “4” and check the connections.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also connect your TV to your Cox digital cable box using composite (RCA) cable--plug one end of the yellow cable into the “Video Out” port on the back of the Cox digital cable box. Plug the other end of the yellow cable into the “Video In” port on the back of the TV. Plug one end of the white cable into the “Audio Out--Left” port on the back of the Cox digital cable box. Plug the other end of the white cable into the “Audio In--Left” port on the back of the TV. Plug one end of the red cable into the “Audio Out--Right” port on the back of the Cox digital cable box. Plug the other end of the red cable into the “Audio In--Right” port on the back of the TV. Set your TV to “Line” to view the cable connection through the “Audio/Video” ports of your TV.