Glossary of Cables and Connections

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This document provides a visual example of the cables that Shaw provides with cable, internet, and phone service. Each cable is shown with its connection on the left and its receiving port on the right. If you are experiencing difficulties in identifying the port for any included cable, please refer to the images below.


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Grounded Power Cable


This is the power cable included with higher consumption devices like cable boxes, TVs, and computers. (ref: C13/5-15P)


Small Power Cable


This cable does not feature a ground and is designed for use with lower consumption items like Internet and phone modems, and may often connect into an external power supply as opposed to connecting directly into the device itself. (ref: C-7/1-15P)


Adapter Connection


This is the end connection from a Power Supply or Power Adapter as seen above. This connection may vary in size, shape, and colour. An example of a Power Supply (left) and Power Adapter (right) are shown below.

Power SupplyPower Adapter



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HDMI Connection


This is the current standard for digital High Definition connections, allowing a single cable to carry both full HD picture and high fidelity audio.


Component Connection


The outgoing standard for delivering a High Definition signal to your TV. This is an analogue cable that sends the video signal along red, blue, and green connections. Low fidelity audio is sourced from red/white RCA cable connections.


Composite Connection


This is a standard definition analogue cable that uses a single yellow RCA connection to send a video signal to your TV. Audio is sent via red/white RCA connections for the left and right channels.


Coaxial Connection

This is the cable used to bring Shaw service into your home. The Coaxial cable is designed to screw into a threaded connection on a TV, cable box, modem, or coaxial splitter (shown below).

Cable Splitter


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Composite Audio Connection


The RCA audio connection carries stereo (left and right) audio to a TV or surround (left, right, centre, rear) to an audio receiver.



Digital Coaxial Audio connection


The Digital Coaxial Audio Connection (S/PDIF coaxial) carries Dolby Digital 5.1 sound (left, right, centre, rear left, rear right, LFE*) from your Shaw Digital Box to a Dolby Digital 5.1 capable audio receiver.


Optical Audio Connection


The Optical Audio Connection (S/PDIF optical) carries Dolby Digital 5.1 sound (left, right, centre, rear left, rear right, LFE*) from your Shaw Digital Box to a Dolby Digital 5.1 capable audio receiver.


*LFE: Low frequency effects; sounds that play through the sub-woofer, represented by the 0.1 in Dolby Digital 5.1


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eSATA Connection


Used to facilitate a high speed data connection, Shaw supplies an eSata cable for the connection between a PVR and an Expander.


Ethernet Connection


You will find an Ethernet cable supplied with your Shaw Internet modem. Ethernet cables are used to connect a computer into a Local Area Network (LAN).


USB Connection


One of the most common computer connections, USB can be found on everything from printers, mice, hard drives, and keyboards.


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Phone Connection


This is the standard connection for household phones and is characterized by a small plastic connector with a push-release tab. A phone line can connect into items like a phone modem or a phone jack (shown below). (ref: RJ11 6P4C)

 Phone Jack



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IR Receiver


An IR Receiver is included with many Shaw cable boxes. The IR Receiver allows the box to continue to receive commands from the remote control even if the cable box is out of sight.


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