TV Cables

To begin with, let’s mention that new televisions come with different types of TV cables, connectors, and ports.

As a result, figuring out what connects where can be confusing.

Additionally, there is a logic behind all those peculiar cables and connectors that connect to the television ports, especially if the television is wall-mounted.

Let’s define first their functionalities and then their designed differences.



Firstly, all different types of wires transmit analog and digital electronic signals.

Not to mention that these cables come with an exterior layer of insulation that keeps the signal from spilling to other conducting wires.

Therefore, several conductors inside a cable can have their functionality and technical specification.

In other words, all cables include connectors, conductors, insulating coating, and connectors.



Secondly, connectors are electromechanical devices that connect terminations and create an electrical circuit.

For this reason, it is essential to know that connectors are the same as plugs and that have a male gender.



Thirdly, all ports allow the connection of peripherals’ electronic systems through input or output ports.

Consequently, keep in mind that ports are the same as sockets and have female gender.

HDMI Cables

HDMI cables

High Definition Multimedia Interface or HDMI cables transmit audio, video, control signals, low voltage power, ethernet, and copyright protection (HDCP).

Optical Cables

optical cables

The latest trend is optical cables use a fiber optical cable to transmit a digital audio signal.

Ethernet Cables

ethernet cables
Ethernet cables connect a TV to the internet. A hardwired connection is faster and more reliable.

USB cables

usb cables

The primary function of USB cables is to transfer audio, video, data, and even charging components.

Component Video Cables

component cables

Red, blue, and green component video cables transmit high-quality analog video. Commonly referred to as analog HD.

Composite Video Cables

composite cables

Commonly composite video cables transmit analog video in standard definition (SD). Often referred to as analog HD.

RCA Audio Cables

rca audio cables

RCA audio cables transmit analog audio signals mostly with the stereo format.

Auxiliary Cables

Auxiliary cables

Remember, auxiliary cables transmit analog audio signals using a 3.5 mm connector.

One Connect Cables

One Connect cables

Uniquely made, One Connect cables made by Samsung transmit audio, video, and infrared signals through a single fiber optic cable.

Also, the One Connect Box is a media receiver with a built-in TV tuner.

Also, it minimizes cable clutter by functioning as a hub for connecting all the compatible devices.

TV Cables, Connectors, and Ports Infographic

In the light of looking for more info, check this compelling infographic called cables, ports, and connectors infographic.

TV cables connectors and ports

For instance, this infographic shows how to integrate audio, video, control, low power, and data integration with a new television.

Similarly, these are all the ports and connectors that new televisions come with.

In conclusion, understanding what cables to use and what is compatible with what when setting up a television can be frustrating.