Tablo is a network-connected DVR that relies on your home's WiFi-enabled network router to stream gorgeous HDTV content to all the connected screens both inside and outside your home.
The quality and stability of your home's local area network connection is very important to smooth video streaming, from both streaming services like Netflix as well as your Tablo DVR, so in this section, we'll help you set up your Tablo and local network for the best possible cord cutting experience.
*Looking for an HDMI-connected OTA DVR option? Check out our Tablo TUNER/Tablo ENGINE software OTA DVR solution.
Here's how to start enjoying free Over-the-Air TV with your Tablo OTA DVR:
Connect your HDTV Antenna
Connect Tablo to your Home Network - connect Ethernet cable provided if connecting via Ethernet; if not, proceed to next step
Connect the Power Adapter
Your Tablo will come packaged with a Quick Start Guide which can help you complete setup. If you need help or additional instructions, keep reading.
Connecting your Tablo via Ethernet or WiFi is easy.
Connecting via Ethernet? Connect one end of the Ethernet cable provided to your Tablo and the other end to your home's network router. The Tablo app (on your PC/MAC, smartphone or tablet) will walk you through the rest of the setup.
Connecting via WiFi? Do NOT connect the Ethernet cable to your Tablo. If an Ethernet cable is connected, the WiFi module will not turn on.
Have a hidden WiFi network? Follow the hidden WiFi network instructions for connecting your Tablo.
A strong home WiFi network is a must for cord cutters if you want to stream high quality video smoothly. Here are some tips to make sure your network is optimized for cord cutting.
Use a router manufactured in the past 5 years that supports the 802.11ac WiFi standard which is three times faster than older technology.
When possible, place your router on the top floor of your home and in a central location.
Dual band routers support two different frequencies: the popular 2.4 GHz and the less popular 5 GHz. Choosing the right frequency for your devices is key to smooth streaming.
Microwaves, baby monitors and cordless phones can also cause signal interference, so avoid placing your router or other WiFi-enabled devices near these types of technology.
Tablo 2-Tuner and 4-Tuner OTA DVRs require a compatible USB Hard Drive to be connected for both for watching live TV and recording, as do Tablo DUAL LITE DVRs when not using the Tablo Cloud DVR service (beta).
Hard Drives up to 8TB are supported, which equates to approximately 2000 hours of TV at full quality
Traditional USB drives with either USB 2.0 or 3.0 connections are supported, although there are no speed or performance benefits to 3.0 connected or solid state drives
When selecting an alternate brand/style of hard drive, avoid those whose reviews suggest problems with frequent disconnects which can cause failed recordings
Tablo does NOT support USB Flash Drives (sticks) or Network Attached Storage (NAS) as read/write speeds are too variable for recording live video
Tablo also does NOT support internal hard drives placed in external enclosures as they can cause frequent USB disconnects and communication issues
Once your Tablo is connected to your home network, it's important to review and adjust your Tablo's settings in the settings screen.
Set as 'on' by default, auto-delete will remove your oldest, unprotected recordings so you always have space for new shows.
The Live TV and Recording quality settings adjust the picture quality and streaming bandwidth of video coming from your Tablo.
Experiencing buffering, especially on live TV? Try reducing your Tablo's quality settings or uncheck 'Fast Live TV startup'.
Remove unwatched foreign language or shopping channels by editing your channel lineup.