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How To Connect Your New Smart TV To The Internet

Let me first congratulate you on the purchase of your first Smart TV. Now, the next thing is to connect it to internet, of course what’s the essence of having one without it getting online? Why not join others to enjoy Netflix or iflix? In this post, you are going to learn how to connect your Smart TV to the Internet in a few easy steps.

There are two key ways to connect your Smart TV to the internet. One is via a wireless connection, while the other is via a wired connection.

Via A Wireless Connection

Using a wireless connection means you can avoid messy wiring all over the place. Your Smart TV should have Wi-Fi support built in. So, you will need a hotspot. You can use a router, a mi-fi, or even the hotspot feature on your smartphone or tablet to share internet with your Smart TV.

If you are using your smartphone, make sure you have a reliable 4G connection or else you must be prepared to endure a lot of buffering and stuttering while using your TV.

Here are the steps to connect your Smart TV to the internet via Wi-Fi. Note that depending on your Smart TV’s brand, the exact name and process may differ slightly, but will fit within these steps:

  1. Turn on your router/Wi-Fi/smartphone hotspot
  2. Press the Menu (or Smart ) button on your Smart TV’s remote
  3. Select Network and then Network Settings
  4. Your Smart TV Should attempt to connect to a wireless network. If it doesn’t find one, it will attempt to connect to your Wi-Fi. If it does, skip the next step.
  5. Select Set up a wireless connection
  6. Select your Wi-Fi wireless network name from the list of available hotspots
  7. Type your Wi-Fi password using your remote’s keypad.
  8. Your Smart TV should now be connected to your Wi-Fi and is internet-connected.

Via A Wired Connection

With a wired connection, you will need a LAN or Ethernet cable, with which you will connect your Smart TV to your router. The benefits of wired over wireless include faster Internet speeds and less interruptions.

Here is what to do:

  1. Find the LAN or Ethernet port on the back of your Smart TV (see the diagram below)
  2. Plug the cable into the LAN/Ethernet port on your TV and then plug it into your router as well.
  3. Select the Menu or Smart button on your TV’s remote
  4. Select Network and then Network Settings
  5. Your Smart TV should attempt to connect to a wireless network. If it doesn’t find one, it will attempt to connect to your Wi-Fi. If it does not attempt any connection, skip this step.
  6. Select the option to enable wired internet and click Start Connection
  7. Your Smart TV will automatically connect to your wired network and it is online.

So, what next? Get some popcorn and drinks and enjoy your sights.



Andre is a network engineer with a solid technical background and a proven record in building and troubleshooting computer systems, networking, website design and blogging with broad knowledge on call center operations and administration. Above all, a man with great desire in sharing his knowledge and views, cutting across technology, social and politics.

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