How do I connect my TV to the Internet?

We show you the easiest ways to connect your television to the Internet, your router and your computer

If you've bought a television in the last year from a big brand like LG, Panasonic, Samsung or Sony, it's likely that it will be able to connect to the Internet and access online services like IPTV, video-on-demand movies, weather information and news updates. Some TVs can even access social-networking services like Twitter and Facebook. If you've got one of these TVs, there are a few ways you can connect it to the Internet to unlock these features. You'll need to havea broadband Internet connection in your home that's distributed through a wired or wireless router. If you're picking out a new television and want to work out what's best for you, read through our LCD vs LED vs plasma TV buying guide.

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To start, work out whether your television has a wired Ethernet port on the back — it looks like an oversized phone jack. This port can be connected to your router using an Ethernet cable (not a phone cable!), plugging one end into a free LAN port on the router and the other end into the TV. After that, enter your TV's settings menu and find the networking options. If you've got a standard network setup it should be as simple as selecting the setting to enable wired networking — everything will sort itself out automatically through your router.

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You can also connect your TV to the Internet using a wireless network connection, which is usually built in on premium models. Many televisions can also use wireless networking via an optional wireless USB adapter, and these generally cost upwards of $100. Setting up wireless networking is a little more complicated — for a start, your home's router will need to be set up and broadcasting wirelessly. If you've got a wireless network already set up in your house and you've confirmed your television supports wireless networking, the next step is to enter your television's settings menu and find the option for wireless networking setup. After finding your network in the list of available access points, you'll have to enter your network password — if you don't have this already, ask the person that set up your wireless network. Some newer routers and TVs also support WPS (Wireless Protected Setup) — so instead of entering a password, all you have to do is press the button on your router when prompted by the TV. When you've entered a password or hit the WPS button, you should receive a prompt that wireless setup is complete.

Once you've set up Internet access on your television, you should be able to access Web services directly — on most televisions there's a menu that allows you to choose and configure services as you want. Connecting your TV to your router and the Internet should also give it access to your computer, allowing it share media files via DLNA.

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65 Comments

Laura S

1

Most computers ship stock with HDMI video out making them just as easy to hookup to a TV screen. I can stream, purchase and store multiple terabytes of shows without having to pay for an overpriced MyDVR drive or an all too expensive larger hard drive in the unit itself. For streaming TV, use the TVDevo website. For moives Netflix is good.

Michelle Taylor

2

For great internet to TV connection, it seems as though Channel Master’s new product is the way to go. They have two adapters, one for power line and one for Coax (they call it the Mocha). Basically, if you have an internet connection anywhere in your house hold, one of the two will be able to provide you with great service. I’ve done a test-run on both, and found the set-up was cake, both are compatible with up to date products like DLNA, DVR, voice streaming etc. If you’re interested, here’s the link to their product sheet from their website:

http://www.channelmaster.com/Home_Networking_Internet_over_tv_adapters_MoCA_s/284.htm

Johnny F

3

In response to LifeIsGood777:

I had pre-ordered the Channel Master power line 4 port adapter. Now i have great connection to my x-box, tv, and living-room computer and all I have is one router hooked up in my bedroom. Set up must have taken less than a minute to figure out (even without instructions). This product is seriously brilliant! Seriously recommended

Mark in Boston

4

I just bought a Panasonic Viero and was told Comcast has to bridge my modem (look it up) in order to get a signal. Cost: $80 and they automatically enroll you in their maintenance program at $5 a month and you have to opt out by phone in order to not be billed. Very annoying. I keep hoping this stuff will really be simple plug & play at some date (sigh). We have so far to go still.

John Holt

5

I have a wireless network in my home. My HD 46" Samsung LED is connected to the Internet wireless by using a Linskey gaming device. The device has one output(Lan port) that connects directly to my TV. It will walk you through the setup which will require you to have your network password and network name. After that you can forget about it as you are always connected to the Internet as long as you have your modem/router on. I never turn them off. The Linskey gaming device (I do not game but this does what I want) is not much larger than a pack of cigarettes.

George H

6

Don't get it. Why do you write such an article without getting into details about the wireless option? I am still clueless.

Val

7

But the comments added are very helpful. Thanks

spunky56

8

Wii game console will enable you to get internet on any tv

KEL1

9

I bought a samsung internet ready tv, I also bought blue ray player with wifi. I have my desk top and two wire router which is wireless. I also have a wireless routher that I bought last year not knowing that the two wire was wireless. What do i need to do to be able to stream movies from netflix without running long cable from one room in house to the other side of the house? I can bring two wire to the tv if needed. I'm not using desk top at this time I was told by my internet tech that it needs LAN card.If there is a way to use the extra router I would rather do that. Please help.

pipos

10

what a useless ...article(?)

keith from SA

11

Must agree - a pointless article. Tells you everything you now and nothing you need to know. I have the TV, it is on wireless - I still can't find where to from here.

das

12

Can I access my TV through Ethernet and use it as a second monitor to my laptop? i.e mirror my work on the TV just as a projector wothout the need of wired cables like HDMI,VGA,etc...Thnakyou!

linda

13

I have a TV that has USB hook up in back of it. I have wired internet. I want to order Netflex and use a USB cable to connect to my TV. I would need at least a 15 foot USB cable. Is this possible? Can some one please help me here? I do not want to go out and buy some thing i will not be able to use for that purpose.

Thank you in for any and all help ;-)

Tounces

14

My cable is connected to a high def. box and the box is then connected to my tv via an hdmi cable. Why can't my tv get "wired" internet content this way?

Elliot

15

We just clear wi-fi, do we also need a router, and what and how do we find access point. We have new tv has all capabilites. Me and the wife are NOT computer savy...please help

Miesha

16

Okay , This didnt answer my question . *confused . I wish for help .

Thanks ,

Miesha Mon'gonal

rayray

17

So in order to get internet on my siera Panasonic tv i have to get it " bridged" to connect to anything? Right now it keeps saying timed out and won't connect to any apps even though it is fully connected to internet when i do the test in the settings.

Evola

18

@ Linda, I have the same question, did you ever get any help, or try it>?

thanks,

Ted

19

Lindy.com do a range of USB cables,out to 5Metres (approx)16 feet - they also do an active cable which I have used successfully over distance. rgds

Marcel

20

Folks there are a million sites on how to do everything asked above, just google your questions. It is not that hard and so many configurations, there are lots of answeres out there. Just look and quit complaining.

Rick

21

I have a TV before internet TV. Is there any way I can connect my TV to the internet. I have a Magnavox with only a couple of AVI ports.

mansoureh

22

i have lg led lv37100. i intered IP ADDress and Geteway and Subnet mask but tv get errored _geteway Address is wrong or unavailable_ what shoul i do

jack

23

Moving Toshiba 50"flat screen internet ready to another wall location.I need ethernet connection..The TV has usb port to pick up the wyfi.
I prefer hard wire to wireless. My house has wireless router setup. I want to attach the TV ban lan by using a Motorola Surf Board Modem that has usb port and lan connection. Using a splitter to the cable in and attach to Motorola Surf modem and come out with up with a hot usb port and lan port and cable TV signal. Is this possible? Help I love Net Flix movies..........

AAGAM SHAH

24

its amazing

JJJJJ

25

can you hook up your desktop to your tv without a monitor?

spinmetroo

26

You can if your Desktop has HDMI as output and your TV has HDMI as input. In other words your TV becomes your monitor.

Jo Anne

27

Marcel, it's easy when you know how. You can then Google the needed info. I did that and got this article. Some of us need more specific instructions. I got as far as hooking up the HDMI cable to a mini display adapter for my MacBook. I have one dialog on my MacBook and a different one on the TV screen and don't know what to use to make choices on the TV. I shall continue my quest...

stripe

28

The TV is nothing more than an oversized external monitor - so treat it as one. Get a 2nd hand $100 laptop, cable it to your modem so it can access internet, connect a monitor cable from the laptops standard monitor output, HDMI output or SVHS output into the TV. Use the laptop to surf and stream, use the TV to watch it. (A wireless keyboard and mouse can make it armchair friendly).I've been doing this for years. Internet TV pfff.

Luke

29

DLNA is a good feature. I set up plex in my LG LM9600 and I share all the contents in all my digital devices like Samsung Galaxy S3. It makes everything so much easier and more convenient.

mr Townes

30

O I am just not widescreen tvs for every room of the house let me tell you from experience that when you use broadband signal to every room you slow the system down the runs extremely slow the best thing to do is use it close circuit system

evti45

31

Made my 3 year old TV a smart TV with a Boxee Box :) http://www.dlink.com.au/boxee/ Just in case anyone here has a dumb TV, it's an idea that's less expensive than buying a new TV.

tom

32

back in the early tv days, you'd buy a tv and plug it in. What came on was what you got. Pretty simple.

rob

33

hi i have a lg tv 32LK33OIJ it has a pcmcia card slot on it and also have a wireless lan cardbus
there is no network setting on tv so can i connect it to my network or not ?

Reg Ridge

34

Looking at that TV's specs shows it doesn't have a PCMCIA slot. That would be highly unusual as it is an old laptop tech. Perhaps you mistook HDMI. That model is not internet/network capable.
You could connect an internet connected PC to it via VGA cable. There are also Android TV boxes at the tech stores.
http://www.lg.com/au/tvs/lg-32LK330-lcd-tv

rob

35

sorry my eys are going the No 32LK330u , yes it has a pcmcia slot and the card fitts and lights up. yes the card is out of a old laptop but the tv is new so maybe a new card is called for but it just looks like it might work

brad

36

what is eveyone on about.........

Bob

37

how do i connect my wirless internet to my lg tv that has internet on it but it keeps saying not hooked up

Ellie

38

Does the wifi capable tv need to be on the same electrical circuit as the wireless modem?

Jake

39

I came here looking for information. There wasn't any. I'm sure that the majority of those that came here know more than the jerk that wasted our time. As of now March 2013 no TVs under 42 inches and under $1300.00 are WIFI ready! I'm shopping for equipment that would allow me to access the internet on a 32" LED TV over my wireless network without having to hook it up as a monitor to a computer.

melissa

40

hi all, I have recently bought a new Samsung led tv but not sure how to connect it to the internet, or what to use. I have a main internet hub in my home but my tv is in the bedroom which is way at the other side of the house for it to connect with a lead so would have to use a USB thing? would anyone be so kind as to give me a step by step guide for dummy's on how to connect my new tv to the internet and maybe also help me understand how to improve my tv picture quality?

Magician176

41

George H, I support your comment, with all the other comments, the actual problem is yet not solved! What we need is a gadget that can connect to the wi-fi and feed the contents to the TV.

TONY WILLIAMS

42

I am AMAZED no one has mentioned using low end/new tech comps as htpcs or RASPBERRY PIS and front end software. I got a RASP and run RASPMC and stream fine. I am still in the process of fixing up skins. etc to perfect it. I can stream 720p and even 1080p - as for games its linux based but seen emus for SNES, PSX poss.

I got a HP MICROSERVER serving NAS/media and the idea will be I get 5+ RPIS and cases, power leads (microusb 1A), remote (keyboard/mouse maybe) but good £5 remote have and all TVS have them on the back and they just use HDMI. The idea is HDMI channel and theres your menus stream tvshows, movies, surf, net and other addons - atm got 8gb sd cards but would use alot on ROMs/games if poss/needed but then controller? idea was 2 Ps2 controller ports via USB adaptor (cheap) and just get 2 ps2 controllers used (got 2) or xbox360.

Now one thing is I plan on using my hp microserv as a htpc in my room insteead of a raspmc. Would format to reinstall stuff / nas / utorrent, usenet - then upgrade the gfx to low profile hd6770 (best allowed). and have the same front end XBOX as RASPMCs but due to more power more gaming. One idea was racing games. I wanted a basic simulater, racing seat, g27/thrustmaster rt500. Upgraded hp ms RAM 2gb to 8gb.

Problems/basic router/modem its dgn150 netgear and lan 100mb but connects adsl and wireless which atm is dam buggy. Was gunna just keep and add switch 5port (seen deals on) or8port+ and have cables ran about as we are having house fixed up. my room 2 cables and both sisters need 2 each, one for mums room and two for downstrairs (or one into a homeplug)- btw sisters get 2 cables one for tv and one has lappy and other has PC

Bella

43

Hi my question is the same as Melissa I have a modem and my phone company provides the internet in my home office. The TV is in the living room I have an LG 32# and when I look at the setup menu it looks to me as if I can use a cable or wireless. I have no idea if I get a wireless router what it is attached to. I get the wireless option would need a USB thinghy but from there to the router I am in the dark. Does anyone have the answer.

aniyah

44

I don't know how to do dis could someone help me please

Juliana

45

I would like to know how do I make my LCD Tv wireles? Any suggestions?

Christine

46

Doesn't help me much without a diagram so this didn't help at all.

Leonard Lange

47

What software, besides Microsoft Windows, can support reception of "live webcast streaming" like the website of my university which shows its womens basketball games? Thanks for the help.

RAID

48

please HELP IF THE WIMAX MODEM ( USB) CAN BE USED TO CONNECT INTERNET ON SMSUNG F6400

JanetB

49

I have a Samsung PN50C550G1F Plasma TV(Not Wifi ), a router, and pick up wireless network signal offered in park I live, HDMI cable, ethernet cord, NO MODEM OR PRIVATE INTERNET SUBSCRIPTION. With what I have, can I get my TV to connect / pick up the wireless signal available to me? What addtl items might I need at best cost if necessary? Please ADVISE! THANKX!

lilly

50

cool

Gregory

51

Just to confirm, if I get a Wifi, plasma screen tv, I should be able to access ALL websites on the internet? That means if I want to watch live mtn. bike XC racing on RedBull TV.com, I can login directly? OR......does this mean that ONLY the internet websites programmed into the TV, like Netflix and or Facebook are accessible? Can I check my aol emails online? I'm a little confused about this feature of internet accessibility. Thanks.

Robert

52

This is a common question - the article above is absolutely no help and doesn't answer the question. My understanding fwiw is that internet access is driven by the tv or blueray/ dvd player and what it allows you to do. All the ones I have seen are quite restricted with access to netflix, ABC Iview, facebook, twitter and a few other specific sites. I don't know of a television or dvd player with a browser that allows general internet access - not sure why suppliers don't offer this. What some people are doing is dedicating a laptop or pc to the television and using it as the gateway to the internet. Many tv's have an HDMI or a computer video connection which makes this a simple connection. Combined with a wireless keyboard a conveniently operated system can be achieved.

Oliver Petterd

53

Now connecting TV with internet is much easier and anyone can do it. I really like satellite-tv-on-pc(dot)com, check it out.

Ashleigh

54

how do you set the internet up if you've already set the tv up and are using it, but you also have a usb wireless internet modem thing that you plug into the computer? haha

Saman

55

Hi I have Samasong TV Model LE37R88BD I would like to know how can conect to my wifi internet please? And what do I have to buy please ?

KinRegards

Saman

Jesse

56

Saman..I use my blu ray player (which is a SMART LG one) using the composite cables and use the HDMI cable from TV to the player also.. I stream in Netflix this way..

vikash agarwal

57

IS IT NECESSARY THAT WE USE INTERNET DONLE WHOSES LED IS

vikash agarwal

58

CANI DON'T USE comon internet dongle to ue net on panasonic e6d

marcferozi

59

I take pleasure in, cause I discovered exactly what I was having a look for. You've ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

jjinyancey

60

Ok, Ya'll...this is it: my computer in our office has a great internet connection. I want to see Netflix and buy movies off my Dish TV in the den. I bought a router at Radio Shack and installed it to the office computer. I called Dish Network, and for about $25, they sent me (in only a couple of days!) a little wi-fi gadget that hangs by a piece of Velcro off the frame of my television. I called Dish again when I received it, they walked me through it on how to install the little wireless gadget. It works great. Now we can order Netflix and movies. Happy campers. But still Happy OLD campers. Technology is hard. Some of you little Smart $sses will never understand.

Durgesh

61

can anybody give an information about how to connect WiFi to Panasonic plasma TV

Durgesh

62

what third party tools we want to use???? connection of WiFi to Panasonic plasma TV

Dee

63

I have Samsung HDTV and wireless internet in my bed room. My tv is in family room how do I connect tv with wireless connection. My idea is to disconnect cable.

shahbaz

64

I want to see live programme's on my TV from internet connection. I've wired broadband coonection. what procedure I shud follow.

Ramona

65

Very nice, thank you it's up now :)

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