It is usually possible to install a cable box without the help of an installer in a residence where there is a pre-existing connection for cable television. Many apartments and homes come pre-wired for cable and many cable companies provide self-installation cable box kits for their customers.
Cable installation was a more literal process in the earlier days of cable television, as few homes had a coaxial cable connection included in their construction. An installer therefore had to run coaxial cable to the home and install cable terminals inside the structure. However, the ubiquity of cable connections and automated activation systems make it possible for many people to connect and activate a cable box without any outside assistance.