Setting up your new Tablo

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For a full video walkthrough of the unboxing process, check out the link below:


Antenna Setup

One of the first steps in getting free Over-the-Air TV is finding an antenna. Today’s digital HDTV Over-the-Air (OTA) antennas are not like the rabbit ears of old so keep your tinfoil for wrapping last night’s leftovers. Modern antennas deliver perfectly crisp picture quality in full HD and come in a variety of form factors and prices. 




Antenna Style Options

HDTV antennas cost approximately $20 to $200 and come in several different form factors:

•Flat antennas – Are placed indoors, usually affixed to windows or walls

•Table-top antennas – Are small and placed indoors on a flat surface

•Attic mount antennas – Are mounted within your home’s attic

•Roof mount/outdoor antennas – Are mounted on the outside of your home, either on the roof or another structure like a pole or tower


To find out more about which antenna is right for you, check out our blog:


Once you’ve picked out your antenna, make sure it’s placed ideally. The quality of your Over-The-Air HDTV signal reception is highly dependent the placement of your antenna. The ideal location for yours within your home may be on the roof, your garage, your attic, a bedroom window or a myriad of other places. The key factors here are heigh, direction and obstructions.  


Check out our blog post for full details on how you can best set up your antenna:


Adding your Tablo to your Network


The Tablo can be added to your network using either Wi-Fi or Ethernet. To add the Tablo to your network using an Ethernet cord, simply attach the Ethernet cord to the back of your Tablo, and the other end to your router. Then attach the A/C adaptor to the back of your Tablo. Wait for the blue LED on the front of the Tablo to stop blinking, and you’re done! You can proceed with the rest of the setup.


If you intend to use your Tablo on Wi-Fi, use the link below to choose the platform you’d like to do the setup with:

Hard Drives

Now it’s time to attach a hard drive. We’ve got a list of recommendations you can view here:


In short, just about any USB 2.0 or 3.0 disk from 250GB to 8TB will work. Both powered and portable drives are compatible. Depending on the recording quality your Tablo is using, and the size of drive you select, here’s a chart detailing how many hours of OTA TV you can expect your hard drive to store: 


 Recording Quality

HD 1080

HD 1080

HD 720 

 HD 720


SD 480


10 Mbps

8 Mbps

5 Mbps

3 Mbps

2 Mbps


4.6 GB/hr

3.7 GB/hr

2.4 GB/hr

1.5 GB/hr

1 GB/hr


Next up, channel scans.



If you’re having any issues with your Tablo, don’t hesitate to check out our troubleshooting guide linked below. This article covers a large majority of minor issues, and gives you quick and concise solutions to solve whatever problem you’re running into:

Of course, don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team if you’d prefer to chat! You can reach us by email here: or by phone at 1-844-TABLOTV (822-5688) between 9:30AM to 5:30PM, Monday to Friday.