How to Connect a TV to a Wireless Network

by Adrian Grahams Google

    Connecting an Internet-enabled television set to your wireless network can open up a whole new world of entertainment and useful content without the need to hard-wire the set to your router with an Ethernet cable. Most Internet TV sets come with a range of apps for accessing online content, including YouTube, Facebook and video-on-demand services. Premium "smart" TV sets usually come with an integrated Wi-Fi adapter that detects and connects to your home wireless network. On basic or older Internet-ready TV sets, you may be able to use a wireless adapter that plugs into the network port to hook up the set to your Wi-Fi network. Connecting your TV set to a wireless network also helps to keep the set up-to-date with the latest firmware and software that controls how your TV set operates. Manufacturers occasionally release online software updates to fix bugs and offer additional functions.

    Step 1

    Enable the wireless network on your router through the Web-based administration panel and also choose a security password and encryption method. Skip this step if your wireless network is already up and running.

    Step 2

    Write down your wireless network's security password so that you can refer to it when setting up the TV set. The password is the same as the password you set when you activated the wireless network on the router. If you didn't set a custom password, you can usually find the default security key on a sticker affixed to the underside of the router. Other than the security password, you don't usually need any additional network information because the TV set will automatically detect the router as a wireless access point and read its wireless connection and security-encryption system.

    Step 3

    Plug the wireless adapter into the "LAN" or "Network" port on the rear panel of the TV set. The adapter draws its power from the TV, so you don't need to connect it to a separate power outlet. Skip this step if your TV set has an integrated Wi-Fi adapter.

    Step 4

    Switch on the TV set and access the network settings menu with the remote-control handset and the onscreen menu. This process differs slightly depending on the make and model of the TV set, but you can usually connect to the wireless network from the "Settings," "Network Settings" or "Network" menu

    Step 5

    Select the "Wi-Fi" or "Wireless" option and wait a few minutes for the TV set to scan for available wireless networks.

    Step 6

    Select your home wireless network from the list of access points. When prompted, enter the network security password with the keypad on the remote control handset or, on some sets, with the onscreen keypad. After connecting to the wireless network for the first time, you won't have to repeat this procedure because the TV set will remember the network and password.

    Step 7

    Access the TV set's Internet apps from the remote control handset. Again, this varies between TV makes and models, but the correct key to press is often labeled "Internet," "Network" or "Apps." Some remotes may come with buttons for specific video-on-demand services, such as Netflix and Hulu.


    • After connecting your TV set to the wireless network, you may also be able to connect to your computer and other wireless devices to play video and audio files and view photos.


    • A downside of connecting your TV set wirelessly is that data transfer speeds on wireless networks aren't as fast as with an Ethernet connection. This might lead to connectivity issues and lengthy buffering times when you want to view online video clips and movies. If you encounter problems, try moving the TV set to a different place in the room where the wireless signal is stronger, or try moving the router.

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    About the Author

    Adrian Grahams began writing professionally in 1989 after training as a newspaper reporter. His work has been published online and in various newspapers, including "The Cornish Times" and "The Sunday Independent." Grahams specializes in technology and communications. He holds a Bachelor of Science, postgraduate diplomas in journalism and website design and is studying for an MBA.

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