How to share a TV tuner over a network

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How to share a TV tuner over a network
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A TV signal can be transferred from a cable box or satellite dish to a computer, providing that a video input device has been attached. There are a number of video input devices that also provide an application, or "app," that can be installed on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad multimedia device. The app will allow the multimedia device to access the TV signal being received by the computer over the home network. The procedure is straightforward, if a bit involved, and will not damage the source providing the TV signal or the computer in any way.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Video input device
  • Coaxial cable
  • Coax adaptor
  • Video input device installation disc
  • External antenna/Cable box/Satellite receiver
  • Wireless home network
  • iPhone/iPod touch/iPad

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect a video input device into a USB port on the computer. Connect the coaxial cable coming from an external antenna, satellite receiver or cable box into the coax adaptor provided with the video input device. Plug the other end of the coax adaptor into the input port on the video input device.

  2. 2

    Eject the disc tray. Place the video input device's installation disc on the tray and close the tray.

  3. 3

    Double-click the icon of the disc when it appears on the desktop. Double-click the program's icon inside of the window that appears. Follow the menu commands to install the program on the hard drive. Quit the program once it is done installation. Restart the computer.

  4. 4

    Right-click the disc icon and select "Eject" from the pop-up menu. Eject the disc tray, remove the disc and close the tray.

  5. 5

    Launch the video input's program by selecting it from the "Start" > "All Applications" pop-up menu. Click the "Startup Wizard" or "Assistant" icon on the program's main screen. Follow the menu prompts to select the type of video source that is connected to the video input device. Leave the program running once you have finished configuring the program to meet the requirements of your computer and wireless home network.

  6. 6

    Click the "Sleep/Wake" button in the upper right corner of the iPod multimedia device. Swipe the slider on the screen to go to the Home screen. Tap the "App store" icon.

  7. 7

    Tap the "Search" icon on the screen. Enter the name of the video input device in the "Search" text field. Select the video input device's app from the list that appears beneath the "Search" text field.

  8. 8

    Tap the "Free" or "Buy now" icon on the web page that appears (the icon will be one or the other depending upon whether the app is free or not). Enter your username and password in the pop-up widow using the onscreen keyboard. Tap the "Install now" button on the screen. The app will now install itself and present an icon on the screen.

  9. 9

    Tap the icon to launch it. Follow the onscreen commands to configure the app for your wireless home network. Access and watch the TV signal through your wireless home network, courtesy of the TV signal and the video input device's program running on the computer.

Tips and warnings

  • The computer and iPod touch, iPhone or iPad must be on the same wireless home network.

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