Setup &

Connectivity is Key

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.

Tablo Setup

Here's how to start enjoying free Over-the-Air TV with your Tablo OTA DVR:

  • Connect your HDTV Antenna

  • Connect a USB Hard Drive - required for streaming live TV and recording on Tablo 2-Tuner & 4-Tuner DVRs, optional on Tablo DUAL DVRs or Tablo DUAL LITE DVRs when using Tablo Cloud DVR service (beta)

  • 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.


Tablo Setup Video

Setting up your Tablo is quick and easy.

In this helpful video, we walk you through:

  • Unboxing your Tablo

  • Connecting your OTA antenna and hard drive

  • Initial set up of your Tablo DVR using Ethernet or WiFi

  • Running an initial channel scan

For detailed written setup instructions, keep reading.

Connecting via Ethernet or WiFi

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. 

  • Step by step illustrated instructions for setup via WiFi on PC/MAC, iPhone/iPad or Android smartphones and tablets can be found on the Tablo Knowledge Base.

  • Have a hidden WiFi network? Follow the hidden WiFi network instructions for connecting your Tablo.

  • Need to connect your existing Tablo to a new WiFi network or router? Learn how to edit your Tablo's WiFi network.

Improving Your Home WiFi Network

home router

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.

Compatible Hard Drives

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).

Tablo DUAL 64GB DVRs can use USB Hard Drives for optional expanded storage capacity.

  • 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

  • We recommend Western Digital Elements drives and Seagate Expansion drives, but most other brands/models are compatible

  • 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

Adjusting Tablo's Settings

Once your Tablo is connected to your home network, it's important to review and adjust your Tablo's settings in the settings screen.

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