Most new TV's come with smart features and apps pre-installed, and you'll usually get a handfull of catchup and streaming services like BBC iPlayer, Netflix, or ITV Player. But before you can use any of your TV's smart features, you'll need to get it connected to the internet.
To use your Smart TV on the internet, it'll need to be connected to either a wired connection, or a Wi-Fi network - here are the differences.
A wired connection is sometimes called an 'Ethernet' or 'LAN' connection, and is simply a cable that connects from your TV to your router.
Most internet emabled kit these days has Wi-Fi buit-in, so it's just a case of connecting to your network in the device settings.
Once you've decided how you want to connect, follow these steps to get connected with an ethernet cable or using Wi-Fi.
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 the cable doesn't reach but you still want to use a wired connection, you can use 'Powerline' adapters to send the internet signal through the wiring in your house.
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.
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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