Optimium Configuration - Best Practices - 4th Gen Tablo

Recommendations for Using a 4th Gen Tablo

  1. Ethernet Connection: Ensure your 4th Gen Tablo is connected to a physical Ethernet port. This is essential due to the high bandwidth requirements of the older encoding protocols. For my setup, I connected it to a WiFi switch.

  2. Channel Review: Regularly review your scanned channels. Remove any duplicates or channels with poor reception (yellow). Only use channels with “Green” power levels.

  3. Audio Settings: In the Settings, Enable/Disable “Passthru Surround Sound.” Do not use the automatic feature. Depending on your equipment.

Living in a major city, I get good results with an indoor antenna. Here’s my setup:

I have enabled antenna amplification in my settings.


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I keep reading this in posts and yet it is not an option I have in mine. LG C2, Tablo 4 dual tuner. My AVR only receives a PCM signal.

I have updated my original reply to make it more clear. Enabled/Disabled based on your equipment.

  1. Ethernet Connection: I also use Ethernet not only because it is a more stable network connection compared to Wireless, but because my Wireless network has so many IoT devices on it.
    Update: And because of all the Wireless saturation where I live since I can see over 30 different access point names from neighbors and commercial wireless signals in my local area.
  2. Audio Settings: I too ‘Enable Passthru Surround Sound’ instead of Automatic, but I have to keep checking this setting because after every firmware or device specific application update (I have both Fire TV and Google TV), the Surround Sound setting reverts back to ‘Disabled’.

Ideas for Using a 4th Gen Tablo in ‘Rural Areas’

According to AntennaPoint, I’m ~75 miles away from the broadcast station(s) transmission antennas.

  • Antenna: HDB8X 8-Bay VHF/UHF HDTV Bowtie Antenna. It is an eight-bowtie style outside antenna.

  • Antenna Amplifier: Winegard HDP269 Signal Amplifier from 2012. (Smile, it’s been working for over 12 years now!)
    I have the built-in Tablo v4 amplifier feature disabled since I use an external amplifier to boost the signal at the outside antenna.

  • Antenna Mounting: I purchased an antenna tripod mount from Amazon. I went to my local home hardware store and purchased a 10 foot 1 1/4 inch conduit metal pipe instead of the 2 inch antenna mask (conduit pipe was lighter and even cheaper). I also purchased three (3) ~30lb/ea Concrete Blocks with a wood block pre-mounted on top, and nine (9) 2 inch construction screws. I mounted the tripod legs to the wood top of the concrete blocks using the screws. The three (3) concrete blocks made for a ~90 pound base. I mounted the antenna to the conduit pipe. I placed the conduit pipe with the antenna on top into the tripod and fastened it down. I also used Thompsons WaterSeal on the wood tops of the cement blocks where the tripod legs are mounted.
    10ft Conduit Pipe

Using the Antennas Direct app on my smartphone, I aimed each side of the 8-bowie antenna for the best signal reception(s). I receive a total of 112 channels over the air with this amplifier and the antenna mounted ~12 foot in the air, and receive all of the primary broadcast stations, ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC, and PBS, in HD.

There is a difference between connected wireless clients and connected wireless client passing traffic. Passing traffic will put a load on the wireless channel utilization. I have over 60 wireless clients connected to my wireless network and my Tablo is wireless. You just need to horsepower (chipset) to sustain it.

I think this is a huge issue with new users… They bought a $30 wireless router from Walmart. They will get $40 worth of performance. They also don’t actually know how good/bad the signal is in their home, but they always blame Tablo.

This is a good free wireless app that you can download on your laptop to confirm wireless signal:

I know everyone can not run cables to their devices, so they’re forced on to wireless.