How to Connect a Smart TV to Wi-Fi

Embrace your TV's full potential using Wi-Fi

Samsung Smart TV with Netgear Wireless Router
Samsung and Netgear

To take advantage of all the benefits that a Smart TV offers it needs to be connected to a home network and the internet. One option is to connect it using Wi-Fi.

The appearance and navigation labels of the onscreen menus for Wi-Fi setup may vary slightly depending on brand and model number of smart TV but include the same core steps.

Some brands may refer to Wi-Fi directly or might use other terms, such as "Wireless", "Wireless Network", "Wireless or Wi-Fi Home Network", or "Wi-Fi Network". The examples used in this article are from a Samsung Smart TV which uses the term "Wireless".

Connecting to Wi-Fi During First-Time TV Setup

  1. Make sure your network is working. That includes your router and internet connection.

    In order to connect to Wi-Fi, you need a wireless router and your network's name (ie: ATTxxx, TWCxxx, Coxaaa, or even something you came up with.)

  2. Turn your Smart TV on. You will see a Welcome and/or First Time Setup Screen.

    Samsung UN40KU6300 First Time Welcome Screen
  3. You will be prompted to start the initial setup process.

    Samsung UN40KU6300 First Time TV Setup Begin
  4. As you go through the initial setup process, the TV may automatically search for available networks or you may be asked to choose between a wired or wireless (Wi-Fi) network before it searches. For Wi-Fi, choose Wireless.

    Samsung UN40KU6300 – Choose Wired or Wireless Network Connection
  5. Once the network search is completed, you will probably see several ones listed. Select your network from the provided list.

    Samsung UN40KU6300 – Choose WiFi Network
  6. After selecting your network, enter its Network Password (key) when prompted. Use the cursor buttons on your remote control to navigate the onscreen keypad.

    Samsung UN40KU6300 – Enter Network Password
  7. Once your password is confirmed, a message will be displayed that your TV is connected via Wi-Fi to your network and the internet.

    Samsung UN40KU6300 – WiFi Connection Confirmed
  8. Upon Wi-Fi confirmation, your TV may display a message that a software or firmware update is available. If you see this message, click "Yes" so the TV can download and install the update.

    Don't turn off the TV or perform another function while the update is in progress.

  9. Once the update is complete, you will be prompted through the rest of the TV's setup procedures which may include checking and adding streaming apps, channel scanning for antenna-connected TVs, and initial picture and sound settings.

Changing or Adding Wi-Fi After The Fact

If you want to switch from a wired connection (discussed later) to Wi-Fi, have installed a new wireless router, or changed your Internet Service Provider (ISP) you can re-establish your Wi-Fi connection.

  1. From the TV's home screen, click on the Setup or Settings Icon.

    Samsung UN40KU6300 Home Menu with Settings Icon Highlighted
  2. In the Settings Menu, select Network.

    Samsung UN40KU6300 – Network Settings
  3. Click on Open Network Settings (may just be labeled Network Settings).

    Samsung UN40KU6300 – Open Network Settings
  4. If your Network Settings Menu also has a selection labeled Network Status, as shown above, you can click on it at any time to see your current internet connection to your TV is active.

  5. You should see both wired (Ethernet) and wireless (Wi-Fi) options listed, as shown in the previous Wi-Fi connection steps for the first-time setup. Select Wireless or Wi-Fi.

    

  6. The TV will scan for available networks. Choose your network from the list.

  7. Enter your network password.

  8. Once the connection is confirmed, follow any additional onscreen prompts (such as an available update).

What To Do If Your TV Won't Connect to Wi-Fi

If you can't connect your TV to Wi-Fi, or you find the connection unstable, try one, or more, of the following steps.

  1. Move your wireless router and TV closer together, or get a Wi-Fi extender for your router and try connecting again using the above steps.

  2. If repeated Wi-Fi connection attempts fail, and your TV and router provide an Ethernet Port, connect an Ethernet Cable from your router to the TV.

    Depending on the TV brand and model, the Ethernet connection may be labeled Ethernet/LAN or just LAN (Local Area Network). The Ethernet cable may also be referred to as a Network cable.

    Go into your TV's network settings menu and select wired. You may be additionally prompted to connect the Ethernet cable.

    Samsung UN40KU6300 – Ethernet Cable Connected Confirmation

    Wait for confirmation that the connection was successful.

    Samsung KU6300 – Wired Connection Confirmed

    Upon confirmation, follow any additional prompts (such as for a software/firmware update).

  3. Two additional ways you can use to try to connect your player via Ethernet or Wi-Fi is with the PBC or PIN setting methods. Check your TV's owner's manual for specific details for your TV.

    Samsung UN40KU6300 – WPS PBC and PIN Setting Options
  4. If none of the above options work, contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for assistance in entering your router's IP Address and DNS Server information manually.

    Samsung UN40KU6300 – Manual IP Settings
  5. If your ISP doesn't solve the problem, contact customer support for your TV for assistance.

Not All Smart TVs Have Wi-Fi

If you have an older smart TV it is possible that it may not have a Wi-Fi option.

If your Smart TV doesn't have Wi-Fi but has an Ethernet or USB port, it may be possible to access Wi-Fi using an Ethernet or USB Wi-Fi Adapter.

Consult your user guide or contact customer support for information on if you can use this option and which Wi-Fi Adapters may be compatible with your player.

Network and Internet Connection Benefits

When a Smart TV is connected to the internet and a home network, you will have access to one or more of the following:

  • Firmware/Software Updates: Keep your TV updated with the latest fixes and features.
  • Streaming Services: Get access to video and music streaming services, such as Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, and more depending on the brand/model.
  • Local Network Content Access: Play videos, still images, and music from PCs or media servers on your network.
  • Remote Management and Support: Depending on brand and model, the tech support staff for your TV may be able to take control of your TV (with your permission) to fix any setting issues you may have.
  • Control of Smart Home Devices: Some smart TVs can be used with Alexa, Google Assistant, and/or SmartThings that allow it to control, or be controlled by, other devices via Wi-Fi.