How to Connect Your TV to the Internet
Connecting your TV to the internet can give you access to a number of benefits, including the ability to stream content to your television from services such as Netflix and Hulu. But there are a few things you should keep in mind before connecting your TV to the internet, so that you can ensure you get the best experience possible.
Use a Streaming Device
If you have a streaming device, such as the Roku Ultra or Fire TV Stick, you can easily connect your TV to Wi-Fi with the help of an HDMI cable or an Ethernet cord. If you have a streaming device that doesn’t have an Ethernet port, however, you’ll need to buy an adapter separately for your TV.
Use Powerline Technology
If your TV is a Smart TV then you can connect it to the internet by using Powerline Technology, this will enable you to stream HD or 4K content without the need for any new wires or installation work! There are a few different ways to do this depending on the make/ model of your TV, but all you need to do is plug one Home Plug Adapter into a mains electrical socket near your broadband router and another into a mains electrical socket at the TV position.
You will need an Ethernet Cable to connect the second Powerline Adapter to your TV at the other end of the cable & this is usually very easy to do, simply plug the lead into an RJ45 socket on your TV and then plug in the Home Plug adapter into a mains electrical socket or you can install long leads with a full RJ45 connector already attached.
Some Powerline Adapters also come with built in Ethernet ports, which you can use to connect your TV to the internet via an Ethernet cable. This is a great option for those who don’t have a wired connection or who live in areas where wireless connections aren’t strong enough.
Alternatively you can also connect your TV to the internet via an Ethernet port on your router. This is a more secure connection that is capable of providing you with a very fast connection for streaming HD or 4K videos.
Blu-ray Players & Gaming Consoles
If you have a gaming console or a Blu-ray player that is older than five years, it might not have built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. But you can still connect your TV to Wi-Fi by plugging an Ethernet cable into the back of the console or a USB hub.
This is a cheaper option than purchasing a new streaming device, but it might not have as many apps or support as many of the streaming services available on devices like the Roku or Fire TV Stick. It’s also more difficult to set up and update the software.
It’s a good idea to buy an Ethernet cable with a full RJ45 connector for the best connection speed possible & this will be necessary if you want to use your TV to stream HD or 4K videos. You can find these at most good electronics stores.