Your Internet connection is the strongest and weakest link in your Smart TV setup.
To use most of the great features, you need to be connected to the Internet for them to work. While a cabled setup is known for its stability, it can be a tedious process to run long cables around the house.
Add-ons to compensate for long cable runs also cost extra and add to the cumbersome process of setting up cables. This leaves you no other option but to consider wireless connectivity for your Smart TV, which could be unstable at times.
Are Smart TVs Wireless?
Smart TVs have a form of wireless connectivity built into them. The newer Smart TVs have the Wi-Fi adapter as an integral component, while older ones need an adapter to activate the wireless Internet settings.
Smart TVs also have other wireless connectivity to make your viewing experience more pleasurable.
What Does it Mean When a Smart TV is Wireless?
The wireless ability refers to the Smart TVs’ capacity to receive commands wirelessly.
This means you do not need to add extra dongles or attachments to your TV for these to work.
The use of wireless is often related to Wi-Fi, which is correct, but, it is not limited to the Internet connection, and can also refer to other forms of connecting your Smart TV wirelessly, such as Bluetooth, and screencasting or sharing.
Are All Smart TVs Wireless?
Earlier Smart TVs did not have built-in wireless connectivity, but some of the earlier Smart TVs accepted Wi-Fi adapters and other wireless devices through the built-in USB.
Do Smart TVs Connect to the Internet Wirelessly?
Smart TVs have the option to connect to the Internet through Wi-Fi or LAN cable.
Both options have their respective advantages and disadvantages, such as stability for LAN cables and convenience for wireless Internet.
Do Smart TVs Have Built-in Wi-Fi?
Not all Smart TVs have built-in Wi-Fi, but as mentioned earlier, some Smart TVs can use a third-party or manufacturer-specified wireless adapter to connect via Wi-Fi.
How Do I Know if My TV Has Built-in Wi-Fi?
The newer models of Smart TVs have built-in Wi-Fi adapters.
If you purchased a brand new Smart TV recently, chances are it is capable of connecting via Wi-Fi. In the event you are unsure of your Smart TV’s features, you can check in your Smart TVs network options under settings.
If there is an option for WLAN or Wi-Fi, it is Wi-Fi capable.
Are Samsung Smart TVs Wireless?
Yes. The newer Smart TVs from Samsung are capable of accepting wireless connections.
Samsung also has the Smart Things app for mobile, which allows you to cast your mobile phone screen to your Samsung Smart TV.
Are LG Smart TVs Wireless?
LG had stated that its newer models come with built-in Wi-Fi receivers.
LG Smart TVs also can share screens from your mobile device.
Are Sony Smart TVs Wireless?
Some Bravia TVs require a proprietary wireless adapter to connect to the Internet.
It is also worth noting that Sony Smart TVs support screencast from mobile devices.
How Do You Connect a Smart TV to Wi-Fi?
On your Smart TV, go to your settings and look for the Network option. In the Network options, open the Network setup.
Select Wireless setup and scan for your Wi-Fi Network. You will be asked to select the network and input the password.
Should you be asked to set up your IP address and proxy settings, select auto-setup.
Confirm your changes, and you’re good to go.
What Else Can I Connect Wirelessly to a Smart TV?
While Smart TVs were designed to standalone with minimal connectivity (i.e., Wi-Fi), you can connect other devices to it to enhance your experience.
1. Keyboards and Mice
Thanks to Bluetooth, connecting your Keyboard and Mouse to the Smart TV is possible.
This makes navigating through your TV easier. No need to click and scroll over different characters to type.
The USB ports on your Smart TV can also connect wireless keyboards that have USB receivers.
2. Wireless Speakers and Headphones
If you want to enhance your viewing experience, you should consider pairing your Smart TV with a Bluetooth soundbar.
Make those movies or shows you binge-watch realistic with sounds that are clear and almost life-like, but if you don’t want to disturb your household night, you can also pair your Bluetooth headphones with your Smart TV.
You get to enjoy your show without disturbing your family or housemates.
3. Smartphones and Tablets
You can do a lot of things with your mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, connected to your Smart TV.
You can screencast or mirror the screen of your mobile device on our Smart TV. This is particularly useful if you have some videos on your phone or received a link on your tablet for viewing. Open the compatible app with your TV and mobile device, and click on the icon to stream.
To use this feature, you will need to install the app found on your Smart TV’s user manual. Note that these apps vary from different Smart TV manufacturers.
Should the TV’s manufacturer need a specific app to enable casting from your device, it would provide a link or QR code for you to enable this feature. If you are interested in using this feature, check the user manual of your TV for more details.
Also, your Smart TV and mobile device needs to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network to mirror your phone screen.
It would also be good to note that some Smart TVs have a complimentary mobile app that also allows you to use your mobile device as a remote control. This comes in handy during those days you may have misplaced your remote control.
4. Laptop or Desktop Computer
Like the Smartphone and Tablet, you can also connect your computer wirelessly to your Smart TV.
This will also require the use of an app on your computer to allow it to communicate with Smart TV via Wi-Fi.
5. Smart Speaker Control Systems
This is the best thing that has ever happened to televisions.
Newer Smart TVs allow you to integrate your TVs with your whole Smart Home system.
This allows you to communicate with your TV through the Smart Speaker, which acts as the hub for all your smart devices at home.
Want the TV on at a certain time? Program your Smart TV through your hub to turn on at a certain time.