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How to Set Up and Activate Your Cox Mini Box?

Cox Mini Box

Get yourself a Cox cable subscription and now you can’t wait to activate your services and get entertained in HD? All customers of TV starers and TV essentials plan receive the Cox mini box as an extension of the plan. This device lets you stream in HD and make your experience smoother with interactive options like recording, pausing, and more. If you have yet to set up and activate your mini box, this guide is everything you need to get started.

Contents of the Cox Mini Box Kit

Assuming you have chosen the Cox self-install service after signing up for the Cox TV packages, you will receive a mini box kit in your mail.  Here are the items included in the kit:

  1. The mini box itself
  2. HDMI cable
  3. Power cable
  4. Coaxial cable
  5. Cox mini box remote
  6. Instruction manual

Getting Started with the Cox Mini Box Setup

Setting up the Cox cable mini box is simple as long as you follow everything in the manual. Basically, here’s what you’re supposed to do to set up and activate your services:

Step 1: Connect the Mini Box to the TV

For SD TVs

  1. Take the coaxial cable from the kit
  2. Connect one of its ends to the back of the mini box
  3. Now, connect the other end of the cable at the back of your TV

For HD TVs

  1. Take the coaxial cable
  2. Connect one of its ends to the HDMI port at the back of the TV
  3. Place the other end of the cable at the end of the mini box

Step 2: Plug in the Mini Box

  1. Take the power cord from the kit
  2. Connect it at the end of the mini box
  3. Plugin the other end of the cord into the power outlet

Step 3: Turn on your TV

Once you have done all the steps mentioned above, it’s time to turn on your TV.


  • Turn the TV and tune in to channel 3 or 4.


  • Turn on the TV and set the input to HDMI

Step 4: Complete the Activation Process

At this point, the activation will start automatically. You won’t really have to intervene unless something goes wrong and troubleshooting is required.

What to Expect During the Cox Mini Box Activation?

Once your Cox Mini box setup is complete and the activation process begins on screen, you don’t have to do anything. The very first thing that you will see during the process is the welcome screen.

After this, it will conduct a self-test to check for cable connectivity and software updates.

After the welcome screen displays, your mini box will perform a self-test to check for connectivity and for any necessary software updates.

You may have to program your remote after this process to be able to control your TV. You should be able to find the instructions for that on the back of your remote.

How to Perform Cox Mini Box Troubleshooting?

Have you run into an error during the activation and your mini box can’t turn on? Before you call support for self-Installing Cox to troubleshoot, try tips for a quick fix:

Make Sure All Cables and Wires Are Plugged In

Keep this Cox mini box hack close to your heart. Sometimes, it’s a close cable or wire that’s interrupting everything. Therefore, the first thing to do is make sure all cables and wires are plugged into the right outlet.

At the same time, look for damages. In case you find a cable to be damaged, contact Cox customer support so that they can send you a replacement.

Remove All Splitters

If you have more than one TV in your home, chances are you are using a cable splitter. While splitters are helpful, they are generally known for weakening the signals as the number of displays increases.

So, if you’re using a splitter, get rid of it. weak signals could be the reason why the activation is taking so long.

Run A Power Cycle

When you’re sure you have followed all the steps to set up the Cox mini box correctly and tried the above fixes too, maybe a power cycle can solve everything.

This Mini box troubleshooting tip will just take a few minutes. Here is how to power cycle the mini box:

  1. Remove all cables (power cord and coaxial cable)
  2. Unplug everything and give it a rest for at least 60 seconds
  3. Start the Cox mini box setup process again
  4. Power up the mini and turn on your TV
  5. Give the initialization a few minutes

This should fix the unknown error, and you would be ready to use your services. The power cycle trick works for Cox internet services too. In that case, you will have to reset your modem obviously.

Final Words

Hopefully, this guide has made it easier for you to set up and activate your Box. In case you run into trouble and can’t fix it on your own, feel free to reach out to customer support.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I buy a Cox Mini box?

You can buy a mini box online or by calling customer support.

How much does the Cox Mini box cost?

The mini box is free for subscribers for the first year of subscription. Once the introductory period is over, $2.99 per month is charged for one mini box.

Does Cox Mini box get all channels?

Mini box only gets you the basic channels that you normally get when you plug in a coz cable from the wall to your TV.

How do I install my Cox Mini box?

Refer to the steps above to install, set up, and activate your mini box.