How to Connect a Wii to a Receiver and HD TV

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How to Connect a Wii to a Receiver and HD TV
Use a Nintendo Wii component cable to connect your Wii to your HDTV. (black lcd silver image by Nicemonkey from Fotolia.com)

Your high-definition television (HDTV) contains a number of ports for connecting not only a DVD player and cable converter box, but also ports for connecting a audio/video receiver that manages external speakers, a CD player and other audio devices. There are even ports for connecting your Nintendo Wii, but the connection involves a special cable since your Wii must transmit both audio and video signals to your television. Once the connection is complete, it is just a matter of switching input selections on your HDTV to access the gaming machine.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) cable
  • Nintendo Wii component (HDTV) or Nintendo Wii composite connection cable
  • Power strip (optional)

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Instructions

    Connecting the Devices

  1. 1

    Turn off and unplug your HDTV, receiver and Nintendo Wii gaming system. Turn the devices around so the backs of the units are facing you.

  2. 2

    Plug one end of an HDMI cable into the "HDMI" port on the back of your HDTV. Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into the "HDMI IN" port on the back of your receiver.

  3. 3

    Plug the black end of the Nintendo Wii component or composite connection cable into the "Video Out" port on the back of your Wii.

  4. 4

    Plug the green component cable on the Nintendo Wii cable into the "Y" port under the heading "DTV" or "CBL/SAT" on the back of your receiver, if using the Nintendo Wii component (HDTV) cable and your receiver has "Component" ports.

    If using an Nintendo Wii composite cable, skip to step 6.

  5. 5

    Plug the blue component cable into the "PB" port on the back of your receiver. Plug the red component cable into the "PA" port on the back of your receiver.

    If your Nintendo Wii component cable contains an HDMI cable, plug it into the "HDMI IN" port and used it instead of the green, blue and red component cables.

    Skip to section 2, step 1.

  6. 6

    Plug the yellow composite (RCA) cable into the "Video In" port under the heading "AUX" on the back of your receiver.

  7. 7

    Plug the white composite (RCA) cable into the "Audio In - Left " port on the back of your receiver. Plug the red composite (RCA) cable into the "Audio In - Right" port on the back of your receiver.

    Selecting the Devices

  1. 1

    Plug the devices' power cables into an electrical socket or power strip and turn the devices to face the right way. Turn on your HDTV, receiver and Nintendo Wii.

  2. 2

    Use the receiver's remote control or the selection buttons on the front of the device to select "Component" or "AUX" and activate the ports used in the "Connecting the Devices" section.

  3. 3

    Use your HDTV's remote control or buttons on the front panel to select "HDMI" as the input selection. You should see your Nintendo Wii's welcome screen.

    If you don't, check the input selection on both the receiver and your HDTV as well as the connection cables.

Tips and warnings

  • If using a receiver that doesn't contain an HDMI port, plug one end of a yellow composite cable into the "Video In" port on the back of your HDTV. Connect the other end of the composite cable into the "Video Out" port under the "AUX" heading on the back of your receiver.

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