Platform: Digital Televisions and tuners
Affiliation: Campus Housing Residents
Educable is the traditional cable service on campus which requires a coaxial cable to connect. Please visit EduCable Television Service Overview for more information including the Xfinity On Campus streaming television service.
Connecting your TV
Programming your TV
You must conduct a channel scan for channels to populate on your television. Instructions will vary based on your manufacturer, but see below for general guidance:
- Enter MENU with a remote/front panel.
- Select CABLE as source/input (some sets differentiate between analog and digital, choose Digital).
- Run Auto Program/Scan to find all the channels. Please refer to manufacturer documentation for specific instructions.
Digital Tuner Compatibility
A digital television that includes a QAM tuner is required to view programming on EduCable. Most televisions today are digital/QAM compliant, however less expensive or budget televisions may not be. To find out if your television has a QAM tuner, check the specifications in your owner's manual, or visit the manufacturer's website.
If your television is not digital or does not have the QAM tuner, you will need to use a QAM digital-to-analog converter box. QAM Set-Top Boxes (STB) compatible with WMU's EduCable system may be purchased online from NSC. These converters will work for analog televisions as well as digital televisions that do not have a QAM tuner. If you have any questions, you may call the EduCable office at (269) 387-4997.
Or, you may purchase your own online elsewhere or at an electronics store. Be aware, however, that those purchased elsewhere may not be compatible with our system and may not work. Always check the tuner specs to make sure it is QAM capable. Note that "ATSC" does not guarantee QAM compatibility, QAM must be specifically mentioned.
Televisions that, depending on the model, may be missing the QAM tuner:
- WestingHouse Digital
*Some Smart TVs from this brand do not work on Western Michigan University's wireless network. This now includes VIZIO SmartCast TV.