My TV Only Has One RCA Connector & I Need Three, So How Do I Get More?


Older TV sets with only a single RCA connector can still be used to hook up multiple audio-video components with a device known as a video switcher. This electronic component typically has four or more RCA-type input jacks that let you hook up gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players and other equipment to a TV with a single set of RCA jacks. Pressing the corresponding button on the switcher activates the connection for a specific component, such as a gaming system, to your TV. Switchers are available online and at electronics stores.

Things You'll Need

  • RCA component cables
  • Video switcher
  • Video components
  • Connect the three colored plugs on one end of an RCA cable to the matching output jacks on a video device, such as a DVD player. Plug in the other ends of the cable into a set of RCA inputs on the back of your video switcher, for example, "Video 1."

  • Connect the remaining cables to the output jacks of other components and plug in the opposite ends to the video inputs on the switcher. Most switchers are equipped with at least four inputs.

  • Plug in an RCA cable from the output on the switcher to the RCA input on your TV.

  • Connect the switcher's power adapter to an electrical outlet and turn on the power for all components.

  • Push the button on the switcher that corresponds to the video component you want to use with the TV.


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