How to Hook Up a DirectTV Box


DirecTV is America's largest satellite broadcasting service with over 50 million customers around the country. To receive DirecTV's channels, subscribers need to have a satellite dish installed on the roof of their property and hook up a receiver box to decode the signal for television. The company provides all of the necessary equipment for free when you sign up to one of its packages of channels.

Things You'll Need

  • HDMI or DVI cable
  • Phone cable
  • Power cable
  • Coaxial cable and RF connectors
  • Access card
  • Batteries
  • Place your DirecTV box on a hard flat surface close to the area where your satellite coaxial cable enters your home. Make sure the unit is in an area where it will stay well ventilated.

  • Connect the satellite coaxial input to the "Satellite in" port at the back of the unit.

  • Use the HDMI or DVI cables to connect your DirecTV unit to your television. The HDMI cable connects to a single rectangular port at the back of your equipment while DVI cables connect to video and audio RCA-style ports. You will get better picture and sound quality through an HDMI cable.

  • Connect your phone line to the "Phone jack" port at the back of the box. You may need to split your line with a splitter which will need to connect to your line where it enters your house. Your DirecTV unit uses your line periodically to communicate with your service provider.

  • Connect any off-air transmitter to the "Off-air in" port with the coaxial cable.

  • Connect the power cable to the back of the unit and plug it into the main power supply.

  • Insert the access card from DirecTV and put batteries in your remote control.

  • Turn the unit on, follow the instructions in the "Guided setup" section and then switch to channel 100. You can then call DirecTV to activate your service. You'll need details of your service address, your Social Security number and a credit or debit card to get everything up and running.

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