How to Hook Up the Wii With a Dish Network
By Travis Wampler
Updated September 22, 2017
Items you will need
Nintendo Wii A/V Cable (Component or RCA Composite)
Dish Network Receiver A/V Cables or HDMI Cable
As the size of televisions increase in many home theaters, so does the number of connected components. For example, you have the TV, a Dish Network satellite receiver and a Nintendo Wii that all need to work together. It’s always best to connect a Dish Network receiver and Wii directly into your television’s different audio and video inputs, which will reduce their dependency on each other. It's a simple connection process that should take you about 10 minutes to complete.
Hooking up the Wii and Dish Receiver to a Television
Turn off and unplug all of the components.
Connect the Wii A/V cable to the rear of the Wii Console. Either composite or component cables will work for this connection; however, they must be specifically designed for the Wii, as the Wii's output connection is not a standard A/V output.
Connect the standard end of the Wii’s A/V cable to a corresponding video and audio input on the rear, front or side of your television. The location of the input jacks depends on the make and model of your television. If you are using the component A/V cable for the Wii, connect it to a component (red, green and blue) jack on the television.
Connect the HDMI cable from the back of the Dish Network receiver to the television's HDMI input. HDMI cords transfer both high-definition audio and video, making an HDMI cable the only one you need. If your Dish Network receiver or your television does not support HDMI, then use component (red, green and blue) cables for the video and RCA (red and white) cables for the audio.
Plug in and turn on your television, Nintendo Wii and the Dish Network receiver.
Press the "Input" button of the television remote control until you reach the corresponding input for each component. If you took note of the video input number you connected each component to during connection, then you will know the input to select to receive images for both the Wii and the satellite feed.
The Wii does not support high-definition output. Therefore, if you're limited on the availability of high-definition television video inputs, connect your Wii via standard RCA cables included with the console at purchase.
If you have a high-definition television, then always connect your Dish Network receiver via high-definition connections for the best picture and audio quality.
Depending on other components in your home theater design, such as Blu-ray players, gaming consoles or A/V receivers, your connection options may differ.
Do not connect your Wii to your Dish Network receiver. While some Dish Network receivers offer video inputs for external components, if you are using HDMI for output the Wii's images may not transfer through the receiver to the television.
Travis Wampler began his writing career along America's forgotten highway, Route 66. His research received awards from the Association of American Geographers. Wampler has written comprehensive plans and grants for city planning departments and agencies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in geography from Southwest Missouri State University and a master's degree in information systems from the University of Phoenix.