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How Does Wireless TV Work? | Small Business

By Bert Markgraf

If you buy a light, flat-screen TV, you may want to hang it on the wall and watch television programs, images from your digital camera, videos from your computer and high-definition movies from your DVD or Blu-ray player. While this is possible, you have to connect all these devices to the TV, resulting in a tangle of cables that is unattractive and difficult to manage. Several wireless TV technologies address this problem and let you connect some or all of these devices wirelessly. You plug a small receiver into your TV and it can receive the signals without any wires.

Wi-Fi Systems

  1. One way signals can reach the TV without wires is by using existing wireless computer networks or Wi-Fi. Your computer sends the signal for downloaded movies or videos via high-frequency radio waves to the receiver attached to your TV. The standard governing such networks is called 802.11, and the latest version, 802. 11n, has enough speed and capacity to handle wireless TV signals. This system is ideal for people who want to integrate their computer, downloading, Internet and TV functions, watching movies and television available online.

Wireless USB

  1. Another way you can connect your computer to your TV without wires is to use a wireless USB system. You plug a special USB stick into the computer and another one into the TV receiver. The wireless link transmits the signal via high-frequency radio waves from the computer to the TV. This system is designed to let you see movies, videos or photographs that are on your computer on the larger TV screen. It has a maximum range of about 30 feet.

Wireless HD

  1. If you like wireless TV but don’t need a connection from your computer, wireless HDTV connects your movie players to your TV without wires. Small transmitters plug into DVD and Blu-ray players and send a radio signal to the TV receiver. The signal for this system is at a higher frequency, which means it can transmit more data, giving a better quality TV picture than the Wi-Fi or USB-based systems.

Wireless HDMI

  1. The wireless High-Definition Multimedia Interface system covers all devices that have an HDMI port and lets them transmit wireless signals to the TV. Many new computers, game consoles, movie players, tablets and flat-screen TVs transfer signals via the HDMI and have a corresponding port for the HDMI cable. The wireless HDMI system supplies a receiver that plugs into the TV HDMI port and transmitters for the ports of the other devices. The wireless HDMI system can interconnect all of them, letting you view movies, images and videos from all the sources on your TV.


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Writer Bio

Bert Markgraf is a freelance writer with a strong science and engineering background. He started writing technical papers while working as an engineer in the 1980s. More recently, after starting his own business in IT, he helped organize an online community for which he wrote and edited articles as managing editor, business and economics. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University.

How to Connect a TV to Wi-Fi

Hey, reader. That’s a nice smart TV you’ve got there. We’ve compiled a guide to help you connect it to your home Wi-Fi network so you can start an epic streaming TV binge.

Don’t worry reader who still rocks a TV of average intelligence (read: standard TV). While your TV probably can’t connect to your Wi-Fi directly, you can still binge like a boss with our tips on using Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, and streaming devices to get online.

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  • How to connect a standard TV to Wi-Fi
  • How to connect a smart TV to Wi-Fi

Ethernet cables are faster than Wi-Fi

A wired internet connection is a direct connection from your Wi-Fi router to your device, so it gives you faster speeds than with wireless connections. All you need for this is an Ethernet cable to connect your TV or other device to your router or in-wall Ethernet jack. This connection method is especially preferable if you’re streaming in 4K or 8K because it can handle the higher data loads.

How to connect a standard TV to Wi-Fi

You can connect a standard TV to Wi-Fi using a Blu-ray player, gaming console, or streaming device (like streaming boxes or sticks and Google Chromecast). Or you can use a special cable (specified below) to mirror your laptop or smartphone screen. Here’s how to do it all.

Laptops, smartphones, and tablets

  • Mirrors your laptop, smartphone, or tablet’s screen
  • Plays discs (laptops with disc drives only)
  • Runs streaming apps
  • May require a separate cable or adapter
  • Mirrors your screen (privacy concern)

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You can also mirror your laptop, smartphone, or tablet screen by connecting either device to your TV with an HDMI cable. That means you can watch physical media if your laptop has a Blu-ray or DVD drive. You can also play media from your hard drive or external drives. And most Macs and PCs support numerous streaming apps.

Note: using a smartphone or tablet may require a USB C-to-HDMI or USB mini-to-HDMI cable. (These are paid Amazon links.)

With screen-mirroring, be sure to close any tabs you don’t want others to see. Otherwise, everyone who’s joined you for movie night will find out you like bad music or naughty stuff.

Other peripheral devices

The instructions for connecting Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, and streaming devices are essentially the same. If you want to start streaming ASAP, here are the steps, But we’ll go over the pros and cons of each device in the following sections.

  1. Connect the device to your TV with an HDMI or RCA A/V cable. Many TVs have multiple HDMI ports labeled HDMI 1, HDMI 2, etc. Note which one you use.
  2. Using your TV remote, rename that HDMI input to show the connected device (ex. “Blu-ray,” “Roku,” or “PlayStation”). Use your TV remote to select this input source.
  3. Now use the device remote to navigate to Network Settings.
  4. Select the option to scan for your Wi-Fi network.
  5. Enter your password to connect to it.
  6. Now that you’ve connected to your Wi-Fi, you can download apps, sign in, and start streaming.

Blu-ray players

  • Play Blu-ray, CD, DVD, and video game discs
  • Run streaming apps
  • Don’t cost much
  • Don’t support as many streaming apps

Most newer Blu-ray players can connect to the internet and run apps. But if your player is older, you may not have that ability. And these players, even the newer ones, generally support only the most popular streaming apps like Netflix, Pandora, Spotify, and vanilla YouTube.

Gaming consoles

  • Play Blu-ray, CD, DVD, and video game discs
  • Run streaming apps
  • Don’t support as many streaming apps as other streaming devices
  • Have a hefty price tag

Since the release of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, gaming consoles have been able to connect to the internet and run streaming apps. (Some Nintendo consoles supported streaming, but Nintendo has mostly abandoned streaming support recently with the Nintendo Switch.)

And, while both PlayStation and Xbox consoles support most streaming apps, they don’t support as many as streaming devices like the Roku or Fire TV Stick. Gaming consoles are also much more expensive than streaming devices, so we recommend going this route only if you already have a console—or you intend to do plenty of gaming.

Streaming devices

  • Run streaming apps
  • Don’t cost much
  • Don’t play physical media

If you want to be able to use the most streaming services, a streaming device like the Roku Ultra, Fire TV Stick, Apple TV 4K, or Chromecast with Google TV will do that for you. And most of them walk you through the Wi-Fi connection process.

Pro tip: Check out our guide to the Best TV Streaming Services to learn more about live and on-demand streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube TV, and more.

How to connect a smart TV to Wi-Fi

  • Run streaming apps
  • Don’t support some apps
  • Don’t play physical media

Why is this last in our list? Well, smart TVs are made to connect to the internet and run apps—it’s kinda their thing. So connecting them to your wireless network is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. With your TV remote, navigate to the network settings menu.
  2. Scan for your network.
  3. Sign in, download apps, and start streaming.

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