Introduction: How to Connect Multiple Devices to a TV (Xbox, Wii, DVD, Blu-Ray, Etc)

Big thanks to my friend Rob for helping me get partnered with YouTube!

In this video I show how to connect multiple devices to a High Definition TV (HDTV) using a "component switch". A component switch allows you to connect multiple devices to one TV. You select the device simply by pressing a button. Make sure your TV is set to it's "component setting" when selecting the device.

Any questions feel free to ask...I check daily. THANKS FOR WATCHING!


Marylouise1142 (author)2017-11-12

Where di i found a componet

EricT177 (author)2017-05-23

Is there a way to connect a blu ray player to xbox 360 black thru hdmi?

Sandydockus (author)2017-01-02

I connected wii to a component box but the wii menu and is grayed out. The component box is connected to a Samsung smart tv. When I connect the wii directly to the tv all wii options work.

Rutlandlamb1 (author)2016-09-07

can I leave my antenna TV in the round, "antenna in," spot?

RoseanneR1 (author)2016-07-21

Thank you for teaching this gramma how to and what too. You were so easy to understand. Again many thx.

Bay_max95 (author)2016-07-16

I recently got an xbox one, i just cant figure out how plug it into my tv
The brand is panasonic hdtv and the model number is PT-47X54J, its an old tv, please help

lsmith125 (author)2016-07-02

I bought a GE 4 component switch, hooked my vizio tv, a badic dvd, a wii and a ps one...all came on but bad picture and no color except tv. My tv came with the updated cords (blue, green etc) but my switch has only three color capabilities so I switched out all of the cords. What happened?

Jennifer-DavidL (author)2016-05-28

I am trying to figure out how to hook up my xbox 360 to my surround sound system. I already have my dish network hooked up but cant seem to figure what i need to get the 360 hooked into the surround sound. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.

BernadetteW4 (author)2016-04-22

need older DVD to hook to older surround sound receiver hook to newer hidf flat screen TV not smart!

wahidulalam (author)2016-01-15

i have sony blue ray 3d dvd set ,also i have andorid 3d smart tv. i always watch 3d movie with hdmi sound system & 3d sound ,effect. now my sony set hdmi is not working . i cant enjoy 3d sound & effect . market is not available this mother board for hdmi . so i need anything new product ,which i connect with my dvd set to tv , for hdmi connection . thanking you

DonTx (author)2015-12-28

I have a Samsung Smart TV. I want to connect the TV to a Comcast cable box to a Samsung Crystal Air Track sound bar to a HDMI switch box with a PS3, PS4, and Xbox 360. I have it connected where the TV plays cable with perfect surround sound. I also show my HDMI sources on the screen when selected. The problem is the sound remains for the cable channel that is on even when I switch sources to try to play the gaming systems. How do I hook up the cable box and switch box so that all play correctly when selected? I have all of the gaming systems connected to the switch box by HDMI cords. I have the switch box connected to the TV by HDMI cord. I have the sound bar sub woofer connected to the TV by Optical cable. The only way I can get sound is by connecting the sound bar to the cable box by the red and white audio cables.

kaolaboy2 (author)2015-12-25

So if I want to connect a Wii to my HD TV, I can use the component switch? I noticed on your TV you have 5 slots. On my Visio HD TV, I Have only 2 slots- Red & White, there is no yellow. Can I still use the component switch or what exactly do I need or have to do to get the Wii up & running?

ChrisM175 (author)2015-10-21

I know how to do all if that I can not get my surround sound system to work for the DVD player

JanetG11 (author)2015-10-17

? you speak of devices..I want to be able to run either my DVR box for Dir. TV or be able to play a VHS or DVD from my are these both considered 'components' so I could ge a component switch thing and plug both into it and then plug that into my flat screen tv and just press either button to watch satellite tv or a movie DVD or VHS ?

apfeiwapfrep-43-543- (author)2015-08-09

Help! I have an Emerson TV that is about 3 years old, a Magnivox combination VCR/DVD player from 2006 and a Roku box. I finally got them all hooked up so they play sound and show pictures but my DVD player only plays in black and white. Anyone have any ideas why it would be doing this or how to fix it? Any help at all would be appreciated. I can only get the Roku to play through the "video" channel - it plays great, no problem - and the DVD player to play through the "component" channel if that makes a difference.

j.r.waugh (author)2015-04-04

i just recently bought on amazon a switcher box that just has 4 RCA inputs and 1 RCA output. I got a sharp flat screen that i'm trying to connect to and when i select input on remote the box doesn't get detected when i plug in all my devices. The tv seems to only detect the devices when i plug them into the TV's RCA inputs but not the box's. What do I do?

gnapplegate (author)2015-03-28

Where can I get the component switch? I have checked Best Buy and Gamestop and cannot find one. Thanks.

snapfish3 (author)2015-03-22

quick question: Can I hook up the DVD player and the Roku to the component switch?

snapfish3 (author)2015-03-22

Much appreciated. This video was so needed. My mom has an older TV in her bedroom so I purchased the Roku for her Netflix which was great, but since she only has one connector on her TV, so I'm purchasing her Componet Switch today--I'll keep you posted. Thanks so much!

rosebuchhold (author)2015-03-15

I have RCA TV with only 1 RCA and Component connection. Boy, was I glad I found this page.Bought a component switch at amazon. This one advertict isnt in production anymore but there is a General Electric one for only 19.00 Got it delivered on a sunday [cant believe that one] Good thing you explained about the yellow circle.Now I have my old VCR and DVD connected with one component Cable [Kmart} and then both with the RCA cable. Thanks, I am 81 years old and it was that easy to connect with your instruction.

johnncathie.bayham (author)2015-03-10

I have a DTV Digital to Analog Converter connected to a Dish VIP 211 receiver. How can I get digital converter get channels on receiver?

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missyshilling (author)2015-02-22

Thanks for your help

liseddonna (author)2015-02-06

i got a samsung hdtv when plug in wii we don't see the color on t.v.

maria.haro.522 (author)2015-01-28

Hi there, I'm trying to hook up 6 video game components to my hd sony tv, it only has it for to hook ups, what do I need to accomplished what I want to do

RancineO (author)2015-01-14

I have a PS2, a 360, a Gamecube, and a Wii U, as well as a VCR and a Roku box. I know I can do the 369, Wii U and Roku through an HDMI multi input, but I need something to hook the rest to the television, then all that too the stereo (which has only one input)

j.r.waugh (author)2015-01-10

I got a brand new 32 in. Flat screen and I have a converter box that holds about 4-5 devices and I have a DVD/VCR player and cable connected but can get the DVD/VCR and regular cable to work, but not the converter box for the XBOX 360 or PS3 to work when all on the same box. I also have 3 cables, 1 for the cable to watch cable TV, 1 for an input for TV or to the converter box, and 1 spare. How do I get them all to work at once?

PS- it's a Sharp brand Flat screen

RichsMethods (author)j.r.waugh2015-01-11

So you want to connect 4 devices to your TV: 1. DVD/VCR, 2. Cable, 3. PS3, and 4. Xbox 360.

You mentioned you have 3 cables, which cables are these? What I mean by this is the cable an RCA cable, coaxial cable, etc?

I'm not sure why the PS3 nor the Xbox are working on the converter box. Does your converter box have the component cables as well (the Red, Green, and Blue Colored wire jacks)?

twilla.friesen made it! (author)2015-01-02

Hi...we just got a new Samsung smart tv...had to get the 4 way splitter box. My boyfriend hooked everything up ....but still having problems. We can watch DVD's on the Home Theater (surround sound)....but when we put it back to tv we have no sound coming out of the surround sound. Also, have a DVR/VCR hooked up. It works but no surround sound coming out of that either. The TV has crappy speakers...want to listen to it through my surround sound. We have Dish Network/ Surround sound / DVR/VCR hooked up to the box in the back. TV is hooked up in the front of the box. Is that right? Do we even have the right box? It doesnt have the green & blue for HD like yours does. My boyfriend just can't figure it out. Help?! Thanks Twilla

I'd be glad to give you some advice. It is very frustrating when you can't get it to work correctly. Thanks for the photos as well.

OK based off what you told me, I'm going to walk through the setup. On the back of your TV you have Audio and Visual Inputs (the White, Red, and Yellow wires, respectively). It looks as though you have the wires correct on the front and the back of the Box.

I had the same issue with my surround sound. The problem in your case exists because you need to connect your Surround Sound into the an "Audio Output" on the back of your TV. The Audio Output should be either a Red and White color Wire OR it may be an "Optical Output". If it is an optical output, you'll have to make sure your Surround sound has an "Optical Input". If you connect the Surround Sound to an Audio Output on the back of the TV, all of the sound that is transmitted from the DVR and The DishNetwork will go through the Audio Output (back of the TV) and into the Surround Sound. The reason you currently only have surround sound with the DVD player is because the DVD player is part of your Surround Sound Unit (I am assuming). The way you currently have it, the Surround sound does not have a way of receiving the Audio Signal from the DVR nor the DishNetwork.

Hypothetically, let's say your TV has an Optical Output (not the Red and White Wire), but your Surround Sound only has the Red and White Wires. You can purchase an adapter that converts Red and White Wires to Optical wire. The Optical Wire itself is around $10, and the converter is around $30.

I know it is confusing, but I hope that helps! -RM

BrandonL3 (author)2014-12-30

I want to do the exact same thing in your video, dvd-player and xbox 360 to same tv. The tv however is the older television (tube tv) from the 90's... NOT a flatscreen tv. Will this still work? Do I do it EXACTLY the same? Thanks

Kadybearsnobunnie13 (author)2014-12-28

I connected everything correctly but it will only work for cable box any way I can get some help (author)2014-12-26

Hi, very interesting video, this is exactly what I need, but how do I make the connections if I have a cable. Is it possible?

koilaf (author)2014-12-07

Great instructable - thanks! Hooking up any electronics always gave me anxiety. You're the first person to logically and simply explain the reasons for each step... now it makes sense to me. Totally appreciate the slow pace and the dialogue along with the clear images. Just what I needed to take the fear away --- now I can set things up neatly and avoid having to interchange each component everytime I wanted to use a different component. Brilliant!

davidjohnson87 (author)2014-05-13

Great video really helpful, but I would like to know your comments about this 4 way hdmi splitter, as I am planning to buy it so is it good pick or you have more better suggestions??? thanks in advance!!!

It looks pretty good. I like the infrared capability that allows you to the channel in another room. Thanks for the compliment!

Thanks!! for your advice too!!

vinuu2006 (author)2013-11-19

I have a samsung LED HD tv. The problem is at the same time Iam not able to connect dish tv out and DVD component out. Because my TV has only one Video input (Image Attached). Please advise how I connect ...
Is it possible to connect component to HDMI cable to HDMI port in TV. Please confirm

jdsa12 (author)2013-10-07

I have a Emerson tv with a GE audio/video switch 37630. I need help hooking it up to my tv. Can you help me?

RichsMethods (author)jdsa122013-10-10

If you can send a picture, or describe what connections you are trying to make it would help me out.

shardai671 (author)2013-04-21

How do I set up my panasonic sa-ht740 dvd home theater system to my philips hdtv using a ge model # 37630 (4-device) audio/video switch? My audio/video switch has the yellow, red & white audio/video components only; and my tv has 1 input with the same composites, has hdmi and the red, blue and green inputs. I have want to be able to use my surround sound on the home theater system while watching tv or doing any other activities on the tv.

psychmom (author)2013-03-25

First off, thank you for your informative video! It's helped a lot.

When I plus in the red and white audio cables into the component switch, there's a loud humming noise from my TV. I figured out that the humming stops if I unplug the white cable in the 'Output' section of the component switch. How will this affect the sound quality of whatever I'm watching?

Thanks in advance!

RichsMethods (author)psychmom2013-03-25

It would prevent one of the speakers in your TV from playing sound, so your overall volume will be lower.

Does you TV have 2 speakers?

realhaggis1980 (author)2012-12-25

To further note - Surround sound unit is DVD player thats why its video cabled to TV. TV 2 scarts plus additional inputs for cables, kinda didnt explain that way.

If I were you I'd either connect the SCART Switch Box to one of the SCART connectors and connect the WD Live, SKY+, and anything else to the SCART connector. If that doesn't work, you could also purchase the "component switch" like I show in my video and share the RCA cable connection with your PS3. With either the Component switch or the SCART switch, you will have to physically select the which component (SKY+, WD live, etc) you want to use as you use them. Kind of a pain, but is worth it. Does that help?

realhaggis1980 (author)2012-12-25

I've just got a WD live box for xmas with all connections at back.
Currently have a Phillips TV (Philips surround sound packed up) Samsung Surround Sound, SKY+ & PS3. TV only has 2 scart sockets (no hdmi). SKY+ scarted to TV and optical sound cable to surround unit. PS3 (don't use HDMI) cabled to red, white etc inputs on TV and sound ones to surround sound. Surround Sound has a video cable to the output on scart socket on 2nd connection to TV. I do have a scart switching box, which maybe the only option? Is there anyway of connecting the WD box to it all? I'm a little techy, but some of it confuses me, had to use forum when I got PS3 to join it all up.

Ponderosa (author)2012-08-05

Great video, but I am still a little perplexed. Right now, I have an hdmi cable connecting a satellite receiver to the TV. Separately, I have a Wii console connected to the TV's red,yellow,white input (on side of wall-mounted flat screen TV). I now want to connect a DVD player (no hdmi connection). I've tried to connect component cable to the receiver and the DVD, but then I cannot determine how to view the DVD player. I've looked at each unit's user manual, and none of them provide the connection guidance that I need. If I were to get a switch, how would that work? Would the DVD, Wii AND the receiver connect to the switch, or just the Wii and DVD? I would assume the latter, so that the hdmi connection remains with the receiver, but I've been working on this for a couple of days and am now

RichsMethods (author)Ponderosa2012-08-12

Just the Wii and the DVD would be connected to the switch. Then on your TV you should be able to select HDMI or Component input. When on the HDMI setting you'd be viewing your satellite, and when on the "Component" setting you'd be able to select between the Wii and DVD player using the component switch I show in the video.

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