You can enjoy a boxset marathon on Netflix or catch up on last night’s EastEnders on iPlayer with a Smart TV.
That’s because a Smart TV can connect to the internet.
Many of our new TVs are these days are smart, but how do you connect your telly to the web?
We show you how with wireless and wired options, and even what to do when your TV is upstairs.
1. The wireless option – connect over your home Wi-Fi
Most new Smart TVs are Wi-Fi-enabled, meaning they have a wireless adapter built-in. Connecting to the web takes just a few minutes – but this option works best when your TV is in the same room as the router.
Benefits of a wireless connection
- no trailing wires – perfect for keeping your living room uncluttered
- freedom to place your TV anywhere in your living room – the best option for wall-mounting
- incredibly simple to set up – simply press a few buttons on your TV remote
How to connect
- hit the Menu button on your TV remote
- choose the Network Settings option then Set up a wireless connection
- select the wireless network name for your home Wi-Fi
- type your Wi-Fi password using your remote’s button.
2. The wired option – plug directly into your router
Want the strongest, most stable connection? Plug your TV directly into the internet router via an Ethernet cable. Your TV must be close to your router.
When you’re connecting multiple devices, make sure your connection stays strong by opting for a powerful beamforming router.
Benefits of a wired connection
- simple to set up – just plug it in
- provides the most reliable connection – your streaming should be free from buffering
- much faster connection than Wi-Fi
How to connect
- find the Ethernet port on the back of your TV
- connect an Ethernet cable from your router to the port on your TV
- select Menu on your TV’s remote and then go to Network Settings
- select the option to enable wired internet
- type your Wi-Fi password using your remote’s buttons
3. When your TV is upstairs, use a powerline
TV upstairs or in another room from your router? It doesn't mean you can't watch Netflix or iPlayer.
The further away you are from your 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 includes 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.
Benefits of powerline
- delivers a strong internet connection upstairs or through thick walls
- extend the internet to the far corners of your home
- easy to set up
How to connect
- plug the first powerline adapter into a socket in the same room as your router
- use an Ethernet cable to connect the adapter to your broadband router
- plug the second powerline adapter into a socket in the same room as your Smart TV
- then plug an Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on your Smart TV
- connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to your powerline adapter
How fast is your broadband?
Watching online video is the main benefit of Smart TV.
The faster your broadband the better quality your catch-up TV, series binges and movie nights will be.
Particularly if your Smart TV is also 4K UHD. Netflix and Amazon stream a selection of movies and TV shows in 4K.
Super-fast broadband will give you the best possible regular streaming experience – and it’s near-essential for 4K steaming.
Need a little more information? See our buying guide with more information on Smart TVs.
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