Kit Guide: Connecting a Smart TV to the internet

Most TVs sold today are made to be 'Smart'. Manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Sony and others are all making Smart TVs that can use lots of different internet and streaming services.

Before you can use some of these extra features, you'll need to get your TV connected to the internet.

Wired or Wireless connection

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To use your Smart TV on the internet, it will need to be connected to either a wired connection or with Wi-Fi. Here we'll go through some of the differences between them.

Wired connection

A wired connection is sometimes called an 'Ethernet' or 'LAN' connection, and is simply a cable that connects from your TV to your router.

Advantages:

  • Usually more stable.
  • There's not much risk of interference.
  • You can use connection speeds up to 1000Mbps (1Gbps).

Disadvantages:

  • You'll have to run a cable from your TV to your router, or use 'Powerline adapters'.
  • The cables can look out of place in your room, and are hard to move from one room to another.

Wi-Fi connection

Most bits of kit have Wi-Fi built in, but some may need an adapter you have to plug in.

Advantages:

  • You can use the TV in any room, anywhere in the house.
  • You don't need any extra equipment or cables.

Disadvantages:

  • The signal can get interference from other kit that uses Wi-Fi, like laptops, tablets and mobiles.
  • The signal won't be too good if the TV is quite far from your router, so you might need a 'signal booster'.

Connecting to a network

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Once you've picked how you want to connect, follow these steps to get connected with a wire or with Wi-Fi.

Connect with a wired connection

If your router and your TV are quite close to each other, you can plug a cable directly from your router into the 'LAN port' on the back of the TV.

If there's a bigger space, you can use Powerline adapters to send the internet signal through the wiring in your house.

Connect with a Wi-Fi connection

First, you'll need to get the Wi-Fi password, which is normally found on the back of your router. Most Smart TVs will ask you to connect to Wi-Fi when they're being set up for the first time, or you can go into your TV's settings to find the Wi-Fi option.

  • Do a search for Wi-Fi networks, and then pick yours from the list.
  • Type in the wireless password for the network.
  • Press the OK button, and the TV will try and connect.

Hopefully that's everything you need to know, but if you need any extra help, you can get in touch with our Team Knowhow Experts here.

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