How Do You Connect a Wi-Fi Dongle to Your TV?

To connect a Wi-Fi dongle to a television, first turn on the television, and find its USB panel. Place the Wi-Fi dongle into a free USB port. Use the television remote to access the menu. Use the arrows on the remote to find the settings or setup option, and select it using the OK or enter button. Select the option to establish a wireless connection, and then choose Internet protocol setup. Use the auto setup option to sync.

Wi-Fi dongles give televisions with Internet capabilities the option to perform Internet browsing and use Internet streaming services on a screen bigger than a computer. For many television models, specific Wi-Fi dongles must be used; for example, a Samsung television requires a Samsung dongle. Check the television’s manufacturer’s instructions for information concerning the use of universal dongles.

Options to connect Internet-capable televisions not involving dongles include the use of media or streaming players, game consoles, SMART DVD players or Blu-ray players. Additional options include connecting directly to a computer or purchasing a television with built-in Wi-Fi capability. Media players include the Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Applicable game consoles are the Xbox One and Playstation 4. Connecting a television to a computer is accomplished through the use of an HDMI cable that plugs into the HDMI ports on the backs of both machines.