Connecting a YouView box is pretty straightforward, and unlike Sky and Virgin, doesn’t need an engineer to visit. It’s a do-it-yourself job.
Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to install YouView for the first time.
Connecting Your YouView box
Your YouView box needs to plug into your TV, a working TV aerial, your broadband, and mains power.
Step 1: TV aerial
YouView gets its TV signals via a TV aerial, and you’ll need to plug the box into a working TV aerial feed. You’ll also need to be able to get a decent Freeview signal. The Humax YouView box doesn’t have a TV aerial lead supplied, so it’s assumed you have one. Plug the TV aerial into the ‘Antenna In” socket.
Step 2: Connecting to the TV
With the aerial connected, you next need to connect the output of the YouView box to the TV. It’s assumed that your TV has an “HDMI” socket, used for high definition. The Humax YouView box is supplied with an HDMI lead. One end plugs into the YouView box, the other into a spare socket on the TV.
Step 3: Connecting to Broadband
Next, it’s a case of connecting from the YouView box to your broadband router. If the router is in the same room as your TV, this is a simple case of plugging an Ethernet lead into the box and into the router.
If your broadband router is in a different room (which most are), then you’ll need to either have a very long cable, or more commonly connect using a pair of Powerline Adapters. For more help on connecting your YouView box to your Broadband router, see our Connecting YouView to the Internet
Step 4: Switch on
Next, plug the YouView box into the mains, and turn the box on using the switch at the rear of the box. Your YouView box will now boot up and do it’s stuff
Step 5: On-screen setup
The final step is to let the box run through its setup process. Here’s what ours did:
- Scanned for Freeview channels, and found 115 TV and radio services
- Asked us to accept a 105 page user agreement (we didn’t actually read it)
- Updated its software and did a reboot
- Asked us for our postcode (for services tailored to our location, apparently) – We skipped this
- Asked us if we wanted to change PIN from the default of 1234
- Mentioned ECO mode – To save power, the box can go into “deep sleep” when not in use, meaning a startup time of 2 minutes. The alternative is a ‘low eco’ which draws a lot more power when idle, but starts up in 15 seconds.
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