The Telstra T-Box is a Digital Set Top Box which brings movies and other content from the internet to the HDTV in your living room. It also lets you view free-to-air digital HD and SD TV channels through the device.
The device isn’t just for viewing movies, however, and offers load of other features too, like a personal video recorder which allows users to record their favourite TV shows and watch them later at their own convenience. The Series Record Feature lets you record all the episodes of any show automatically.
When released in 2010, the product was subject to some criticism due to technical difficulties and hardware problems. A new release in 2011 upgraded the storage capacity from 320GB to 1TB but didn’t address all the customer complaints.
In 2015, the T-Box was retired from sale in favour of the streaming-only Telstra TV box. While packed with features, the Telstra TV unit lacks video recording features.
That feature makes the T-Box special. If you can get your hands on one, it’s still a device you are going to love next to your TV set. So let’s help you through the steps to set up your T-box.
Before getting started though, there are a few things you need to keep in mind:
Use the accessories and cords provided with the T-Box.
Keep your T-Box away from heat sources, like direct sunlight or humid and dusty places.
Keep the device away from any source of electromagnetic waves.
Place it on a level surface to prevent the risk of it falling off.
Leave the ventilation parts of the box open and clear from obstruction
Never leave candles or things with open flames near the box.
Unplug the device from the power supply before connecting any video (TV), audio (Home Theatre System) or network equipment.
The T-Box also comes with a power supply cord, a remote control with batteries, TV Cable, HDMI cable, Mini-DIN-to-component, Ethernet Network cable, a starter’s guide, user guide, and a DVD along with the device itself.
Now that you’re familiar with the components of your new device and the safety precautions to be taken, let’s move towards setting it up on your TV and connecting it to a broadband internet connection. This isn’t really a tough process, and can be done within 5 to 10 minutes. Your Telstra T-Box can also be easily connected to your home theatre system, if you have one.
Connect the T-Box to your TV using the recommended HDMI cable provided in the box. This cable will carry video signals as well as audio to the TV. You can connect the T-Box to your home theatre system if you wish to – just run the HDMI cable to your AV system, and connect that to your TV using a second HDMI cable (not supplied). Then pair the dedicated remote control to the device – but before you do so, don’t forget to insert the batteries included in the box into the remote.
Once you are done with these easy processes, you are all set to enjoy the T-Box and its features. It is highly recommended you connect to the internet using a Telstra Broadband connection which offers a range of TV channels, videos, and TV shows and movies from the BigPond library. For the most stable streaming, it is recommended you connect to the internet using the ethernet cable provided in the box. But if that’s inconvenient, you can also use Wi-Fi for wireless connectivity and also optional Home Network Extenders.
The replacement for the T-Box – the Telstra TV – may not offer recording features, but has become a hugely popular device for streaming Foxtel Now, Netflix, Stan and more. Plus, the new Telstra TV 2 model adds free-to-air TV to the box as well!
There you go folks, setting up the Telstra T-Box is now as easy as reading about it. So, connect the device to your TV set and get going with the endless pleasure from the Telstra T-Box.