Discover the different ways you can connect a Smart TV to wireless Internet.
Connecting a Smart TV to wireless Internet is usually as easy as it goes. You just turn on your smart TV and follow the prompts till you’re all connected.
This article is written to explore other exciting ways you can connect your Smart TV to a wireless Internet.
In what ways can you connect your Smart TV to Wireless Internet?
1. Using a WiFi Modem/Router
Starting with the most familiar, setting up a home wireless network via a router with a WiFi modem is the most consistent way to connect a Smart TV to the Internet.
Getting a WiFi home network offers several benefits,
- Superior high-speed Internet (up to 2.4GBPS) for all your TV streaming and online gaming needs.
- Connect several devices to the same network. Most WiFi networks allow up to 25 devices connected simultaneously to meet the internet requirements of every member of the family.
- WiFi internet requires little technical skills to use. Once it is set up, all you’ll need is the SSID name and password, and you’re good to go.
Head to Settings > General > wireless to choose Your WiFi network. Enter the login details to complete the setup.
2. Using Hotspot from a Smartphone
You can use your phone’s hotspot to share mobile wireless Internet with Smart TV. Turn on your phone’s hotspot, then search for a wireless network on the Smart TV.
Ensure you have unlimited data on your mobile device for uninterrupted streaming.
3. Using Ethernet cable connection for WiFi
If you’d like to maintain a local cable connection to WiFi, using an Ethernet cable is a great option.
Connecting your Smart TV to wireless Internet with an Ethernet cable offers a faster and more stable Internet speed.
Plug in your Ethernet cable from the WiFi router to the Ethernet port at the back of your TV.
Turn on your TV and head to settings > general > network > network type
Select Wired Internet and enter your login details.
4. Using a Power line internet connection
Little is known about this method by a majority of Smart TV users.
If you have multiple smart devices in your home with limited connection options, powerline adapters are a great alternative to get WiFi in your Smart TV.
A powerline adapter eliminates the need for extra data cables for guest rooms and other places in your home.
- Connect the first powerline adapter to your router via an Ethernet cable, and plug it into the main socket in the room.
- Next, plug in the second powerline adapter into the main socket in the room/office where your Smart TV is placed and connect it with your Smart TV using an Ethernet cable.
This setup routes the wireless Internet to your Smart TV through the powerline adapter.
5. Using WiFi TV Dongles
TV dongles are excellent for getting fast-speed Internet access on your Smart TV, without the need for a router or Ethernet cables.
You plug the dongle into your TV’s HDMI/USB port, and that’s it.
Visit Amazon for the best available TV WiFi Dongles, including Chromecast and Amazon Firestick, Samsung WiFi Allshare cast hub, and MagicEther display receiver.
6. Using a Laptop PC with HDMI
You can also connect your Smart TV to your Laptop’s wireless Internet with an HDMI cable.
You plug the HDMI cable into the TV HDMI port and that of your laptop/PC.
Ensure the Laptop is placed close to the Smart TV, and you turn off the TV and laptop PC before plugging in the HDMI cable.
Turn the Smart TV and Laptop on and change the input to AV.
7. Using a laptop PC with WiFi
If you’re using a Windows 10 PC, you can connect your Smart TV to the Laptop’s wireless Internet directly with WiFi direct.
- Turn on your Laptop and press the Windows button.
- Head to settings > system > connect to a wireless display.
- Choose your Smart TV among the available devices and follow the prompts.
- Alternatively, head to settings > Connected devices > add a device.
- Select your Smart TV from the drop-down list.
Please note that screen mirroring on an Apple Mac PC (Airplay) requires a Smart TV that supports it, and you must connect your Smart TV to the same WiFi network as the MacBook PC.
There are 3rd party softwares such as Lets view, Miracast, Casto, ApowerMirror, Wondershare Mirror, etc. that can be used for screen mirroring from a mobile device/laptop to a Smart TV and sharing wireless Internet between both devices.
8. Using Digital media players
If you have a Smart Digital Media Player with inbuilt WiFi, you can use this to set up your Smart TV on a wireless internet network.
The process is relatively easy; simply turn on your Smart TV and the Digital Media Player.
- Connect the Smart TV to the Media Player’s WiFi network.
- Head to TV settings > general > network > network settings > wireless.
- Select the wireless SSID for your media Player’s WiFi. Once successfully set up, your Smart TV will be able to access wireless Internet using the Smart Media Player’s WiFi.
9. Using Game consoles
Your Xbox One, Xbox One S/X, Playstation 4/5, Nintendo Switch, and other similar consoles have inbuilt WiFi that can connect with your Smart TV, offering wireless internet connectivity.
The popular gaming consoles now come with inbuilt Streaming apps (such as Netflix, Hulu, Roku tv, YouTube TV, ESPN+, etc.) to complement your Smart TV’s catalog.
With Freeview mode enabled, connecting your Smart TV to a gaming console wireless internet gives you access to free TV entertainment streaming.
Did you find any of these ideas compelling enough to want to try? Let us know in the comments section.
How do I know if my Laptop’s internet speed is enough for streaming on a Smart TV?
Run an internet speed test.
What do I do if my Smart TV doesn’t support Airplay on my MacBook PC?
Getting a Chromecast dongle is the best solution for you.
My Smart TV is connected to wireless Internet on a router, but there’s no internet access.
- Power cycle your devices. Restart your TV and WiFi modem/router.
- Check your HDMI, Ethernet, and audio cables.
- Ensure you’re entering the correct SSID details on your WiFi.
- Perform a network speed test.