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5 Ways To Connect Your Smart TV To The Internet

Written by, Nikola Dimovski

Updated July, 20, 2023

The Internet connects us all. We need it on every device we have. Naturally, you will want to connect your TV to the Internet. In this article, you will find out about 5 ways to connect your smart TV to the Internet.

How to connect your smart TV to the Internet?

Here are 5 ways to connect your smart TV to the Internet:

  • WiFi
  • Ethernet cable
  • Powerline
  • Mirroring
  • Streaming Device

The wireless option – WiFi connection to the TV

Most new Smart TVs are WiFi-enabled, meaning that they have a built-in wireless adapter. Connecting your TV to the Internet takes only a couple of minutes. Keep in mind that this option best works when your TV is in the same room as the router since the Internet speed is greater. Thus, buffering is reduced to a minimum.

How to connect Smart TV to the Internet using WiFi

First, press the Menu button on your TV remote. Next, choose the Network Settings option then Set up a wireless connection. Then, select the wireless network name for your home WiFi, and lastly, type your WiFi password using the remote’s buttons.

The wired option – plug directly into your router using Ethernet

Do you want the strongest, most stable connection? Plug your smart TV directly into the Internet router using an Ethernet cable. Your TV must be close to your router. 

When you are connecting multiple devices, make sure your connection stays strong by opting for a powerful beamforming router.

How to connect Smart TV to the Internet using Ethernet cable

First, find the Ethernet port on the back of your TV. Next, connect an Ethernet cable from your router to the port on your TV. Select Menu on the TV’s remote, and then go to Network Settings. Next, select the option to enable wired Internet. Finally, type your WiFi password using the remote’s buttons.

When your TV is not near the router – use a powerline

Is your HD TV upstairs or in another room from your router? This doesn’t mean you cannot watch your favourite shows on Netflix. The further away the TV is from the router, the weaker the signal becomes. But you can extend the reach of your home network for smoother streaming with a powerline kit.

A powerline kit contains 2 adapters, and 2 Ethernet cables. Once the adapters are plugged into power sockets, and your router, the Internet signal is sent down your electricity cables.

How to connect using the powerline

Plug the first powerline adapter into a socket in the same room as your router. Use an Ethernet cable, RJ45 connection to connect the adapter to your broadband router. Next, plug in the second powerline adapter into a socket in the same room as your Smart TV. Then, plug in an Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on your Smart TV. Finally, connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to your powerline adapter.

Mirroring (aka Screencasting) – the slightly technical method

You will need any smart device which has Android OS 4.4.2 (or above) – a tablet or a smartphone. And, of course, a 4K TV that supports mirroring. So make sure the brand of your Smart TV has this option.

How to connect TV to the Internet via mirroring

Open the mirroring option on your TV – set your TV to mirror. When you do this, it will await the mirroring connection. Then, open the mirroring feature/launch your mirroring app on your Android device. Next, click start. Remember that your TV and device must be connected to the same WiFi network. In case your TV doesn’t natively support mirroring, you will need an app such as Chromecast or screencast.

Streaming Device – the fastest, easiest, and most feature-packed way

For this option, you will need a media box/streaming player, broadband connection (2 MBPS and above), WiFi router, Ethernet cable, HDMI cable or VGA cable (Video Graphics Array) or audio cable.

How to connect your TV to the Internet using a streaming device

Media boxes and streaming devices have built-in preprogrammed apps and channels such as the BBC iPlayer, HULU, ITV Player, and Netflix. This will allow the device to act as a Freeview box which hooks up to your WiFi.

The precise step-by-step will differ from device to device (make sure you read the instructions or visit YouTube for a visual walkthrough). However, all of them will require plugging the device directly into the TV using either the USB port or HDMI port to stream Internet to the TV.

Bottom line

This article explained 5 ways to connect your Smart TV to the Internet. Each way was explained thoroughly, so all you have to do is decide which one best suits your needs. After that, you will be all set to use the Internet on your Smart TV.

Frequently Asked Questions And Their Answers

How to connect TV to the Internet?

There are several ways you can connect your TV to the Internet such as wirelessly through WiFi, with an Ethernet cable, powerline, mirroring, or streaming device.

How to connect a Smart TV to the Internet wirelessly?

You can connect a Smart TV to the Internet wirelessly – connecting it over your home WiFi which comes from the Internet modem.

Does a Smart TV need WiFi?

No, your TV will work fine without an Internet connection. You will be able to watch TV channels with a cable box or antenna. However, you will not be able to use any of the video streaming apps that come with it.

My name is Nikola, and I’m an SEO Specialist and a tech enthusiast. I graduated from the Faculty of Economics, the department of E-Business Management. My experiences go from implementing ERP Solutions, CRM practices, and finally, on-page and off-page SEO. I take pride in staying ahead of the curve when it comes to SEO and keeping up with the latest changes to search algorithms. I love experimenting with new strategies and testing the results to see what works best. Outside of work, I enjoy tinkering with new tech gadgets and exploring the latest apps and software programs.