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Can You Use a Smart TV with Wi-Fi?

Apr 14, 2021
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A smart TV can be one of the best purchases you could ever make for your home. It makes viewing and streaming much easier and gives you access to materials you could not have with a regular TV. Some even have voice control and can link other devices from your home all into one easy place of access. However, you may be wondering whether smart TVs can manage all of this with Wi-Fi.

Smart TVs allow you to connect your TV to Wi-Fi in just a few easy steps. Click open Network Settings from the home menu. Then select Wireless and choose your Wi-Fi from the options listed. Enter your Wi-Fi password and begin using your smart TV with the internet.

The rest of this article will outline a more in-depth guide of exactly how to connect your smart TV to your Wi-Fi network. We will also go over some troubleshooting tips and discuss how smart TVs’ Wi-Fi capabilities are a great way to stream shows and use apps.

How Do I Connect My Wi-Fi with My Smart TV?

Depending on which TV you own, the settings and home page may look a little different. In general, though, the setup of smart TVs to Wi-Fi networks is the same across the board. If it is your first time setting up your TV, you can use the steps below.

  1. Check that your Wi-Fi is on. Your wireless router should be free of any connectivity issues to get started.
  2. Turn on your TV. With the first-time setup process, you should see your TV’s welcome screen. It will automatically pop up with a few prompts for you to complete, such as the desired language, connecting cables, etc.
  3. Choose wireless. After the basic setup prompts, your TV will ask if you want to connect to the internet through a wireless or wired method.
  4. Select your network. You should see the name of your Wi-Fi appear. After clicking, it should ask for your Wi-Fi password. This is often listed on the bottom or side of your router.
  5. The setup is complete. After these steps, your TV should now be connected to the Wi-Fi. It should display a success message. Try opening an app on the TV to ensure that everything is working.

If you’re having some trouble, check out this video for a complete guide on the setup process.

If you have already set up your TV but did not originally connect it to the Wi-Fi, you can do it at any time by following these steps.

  1. Go to the homepage. Click the Home button on the remote. Then click open Settings. It is usually on the bottom left or right corner of the TV screen.
  2. Click Network. There should be a Network option to click. On some TV’s it may say “Internet Settings.”
  3. Choose Wi-Fi. Some TVs will say “Wireless,” and others will say “Wi-Fi.”
  4. Wait for the TV to scan. The TV will take a few moments to see all the available networks around you. Once they have popped up, choose the Wi-Fi network that belongs to you.
  5. Enter the password. If your Wi-Fi is password-protected, the TV will now ask for your password. Once entered, the TV should display a message saying the setup is complete.

Why Is My Smart TV Not Connecting to Wi-Fi?

Unfortunately, sometimes the setup will display an error message or not find the network. It is usually an easy fix, though.

  1. Check the router. Make sure the router is on, not flashing red, and not displaying any error messages. You can always try resetting it if it seems to not be working properly.
  2. Move the router closer. If your router is in a different area of the house, it may not be able to connect. Try to move it into the same room as the TV. You can also consider buying an extender if you can’t move the router.
  3. Reset the connection. If the TV says it is connected but is not working, click Disconnect or Remove Network. Wait a few minutes and then reconnect and renter the password.
  4. Check for updates. Make sure your TV does not need any updates as this could affect how it works and how well it can connect to devices.
  5. Use a cable. A cable can always be connected from the router and/or modem to the back of the TV. This is a good solution to use while you wait for a professional to come to your home to see what’s wrong with the internet.

Final Thoughts

A smart TV connected to Wi-Fi gives you several options to stream your favorite TV show or movie effortlessly. Most smart TVs have built-in apps such as Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. By simply setting up the Wi-Fi under network settings on your TV, you can have all these apps and features at your fingertips.

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