Modern LG TVs not only allow you to enjoy the latest TV broadcasts, but also explore the Internet space thanks to the Wi-Fi network connection. The procedure for accessing the Internet itself does not present any difficulties and is easily carried out without the help of specialists.
There are two main ways to connect your LG TV to the World Wide Web. The first one - wireless - will require the presence of a built-in Wi-Fi module.
In order to create a wireless connection to a Wi-Fi network, the first thing you need to do is turn on the TV itself.
On the remote control, the Settings button is activated, which allows you to enter the "Settings" section. In the window that opens on the screen, the “Network” section is selected, marked with the corresponding icon, then you need to click on the words “Network connection”.
Selecting the item "Connect to a wireless network" and clicking on the button with the name "Configure Connection" will start the necessary process.
First, of all the wireless networks presented, the necessary one is selected. Next, enter the password for Wi-Fi, which is usually present in the documentation that accompanies the access point. After you click Finish, you can close the window. If everything is done correctly, then the Internet connection will be activated.
By wire connection
You cannot use a wired connection without a LAN cable.
An existing router or modem is located next to the TV so that it is possible to connect two devices with a cable. Finding the required connectors is quite simple, since the characteristic LAN sockets are present both on the router and on the back of the TV.
Having opened the "Settings" section in the same way as indicated above, you must click on the "Network" button, and then select the "Configure Connection" function. From the two options presented on the screen, select "Connect to a wired network", and then click the "Configure Connection" button.
Using the remote control, you need to select a wired network and click on "Finish". It is important to note that the use of the cable makes it impossible for other devices to connect to the same router in a wired way and get access to the World Wide Web . In general, cable connection via the LAN port is extremely simple, since it only requires the use of a wire without additional adapters. Distribution of Wi-Fi in this case is smooth, and the network is always available. Moreover, the data exchange rate on the TV is much higher than on other devices connected to the same Wi-Fi.
Choosing a Wi-Fi adapter
A portable Wi-Fi adapter is ideal for LG TV, allowing you to organize an Internet connection without extra cables running through the apartment. This module makes it possible to connect to the Network even when the TV itself is not equipped with a built-in adapter.
I must say that when purchasing a router, it will be necessary to ensure that it is combined with the existing receiver, so it is better to choose all the equipment of the same brand as the TV itself. The portable adapter is similar in functionality to the built-in adapter, but it looks like a flash drive that plugs into a USB connector.
You should not buy the first module that comes across, since its selection should be carried out in accordance with certain nuances.
You should immediately understand that the adapter designed for the computer will not work for the TV, and therefore the device will need to be searched for a new one. Consideration should be given to such parameters as compatibility, signal standard, operating frequency, range, encryption algorithm and power. With LG TVs, as mentioned above, adapters of the same brand are ideally combined . As for the signal standard, you should focus on indicators 11a, 11b, 11g and 11n. This parameter is responsible for the speed at which data is transmitted. The weakest is 11b, which in fact produces only 3 Mbps, and the most powerful is 11n, with a real transmitting capacity of 150 Mbps.
The operating frequency at which the external module will operate, as a rule, is in the range from 2.5 to 5 GHz. It is important that this indicator corresponds to the frequencies at which the router operates. Using multi-frequency devices will cause compatibility issues. The transmitter power is better to select about 20 dBm. A value of less than 17 dBm will violate the signal frequency.
By radius of action is meant the number of meters over which the device is functioning properly. In the technical documentation, two values are usually indicated - the actual inside the room and outside the room. In order to correctly assess the required radius, one should take into account not only where the TV is located, but also the router itself. The closer all the devices used are located, the better the signal will be. An obstacle to the transfer may be walls, furniture, dimensional decor, and even indoor plants.
As for the encryption algorithm, it is better to choose WPA 2, which is considered the most secure option. This indicator is responsible for the safety of the transmitted and received information. Adapters with WEP protocol are best avoided, as they are obsolete.
Of course, it makes sense to mention Wi-Fi adapters created by other companies, but in many respects being analogues. Such modules are much cheaper than LG products, and often have similar technical specifications. However, many of them are not warranted. In addition, such universal devices quickly fail.
Returning to the adapters from LG, experts recommend giving preference to either the AN-WF100 or AN-WF500 models. The first is simple and affordable, but suitable for connecting only to wireless networks. The second costs a little more, but additionally allows you to connect to smartphones, headsets and speakers. Both models operate in all popular standards, and the exchange rate reaches 300 Mbps.
How to setup
To connect the adapter to the TV, simply insert the module into the appropriate USB connector. If a branded device is used, then it is immediately recognized by the device from LG . Next, by opening the settings menu, you need to activate the "Network Settings" section, and then go to the "Network Settings: Wireless" item. If necessary, the name and Wi-Fi access code are immediately entered. Passing authorization will complete the process of configuring the router.
The next time this sequence will be carried out automatically if you do not remove the module from the USB-slot. By the way, the Wi-Fi Ready mark must be present on the TV itself, which symbolizes the willingness to connect the device to the World Wide Web. In general, you can try to connect this adapter to a stationary computer or laptop.
If the TV does not see the Internet during the connection, then perhaps this model is simply not designed for wireless access. However, all modern LG TVs, one way or another, are equipped with hardware nodes that provide Internet access, so you just need to use another method and purchase a cable. Sometimes the TV does not connect to the Internet, as it has a Smart TV, but does not have a built-in adapter. In this case, using the cable will help to solve the problem. In the event that there is no opportunity to enter the Network, although other devices present in the apartment are successfully connected to the router, it makes sense to restart the latter.
In problem situations, it makes sense to change the width of the channel or its frequency. In the case when the router operates at a frequency of 5 GHz, and the TV does not see it, it is necessary to find out from the manufacturer whether such a communication standard is possible, in general. In the case of a positive answer, you will have to understand the settings of the router. For example, first manually selects the desired communication channel - 36, 40, 44 or 48, after which the new data is saved, and the router reboots.
If the TV cannot find the required network in the list of available networks, then resetting and subsequent rebooting can help.
However, often the cause of this situation is a hardware failure. If the user, having entered the security key, receives a message stating that the password is incorrect, he needs to take a few simple steps. First of all, both the TV and the router reboot. Next, enter the password specified in the documentation received when buying and connecting the router. Be sure to check how successful the connection of other devices “tied” to the wireless router is, and also try to get the network from the smartphone. If necessary , the WPS function is disabled in the settings, the TV is rearranged closer to the router, and the security settings of the router must be checked.
By connecting the TV to the Internet, it makes sense to start the automatic channel tuning procedure. Further, if necessary, parental settings for certain channels are created.
Internet connection provides downloading applications from the LG Apps company store, access to which is in the settings menu. Here you can install widgets directly on the TV screen.
It is also necessary to add that some modern TVs can actually turn out to be routers themselves, which in the future give out a signal for tablets, smartphones and laptops, which is not particularly convenient. This is due to the presence of proprietary Web OS, which requires a certain configuration. Having entered the main menu, you will need to select an image denoting a user account, and then create a new profile by activating the "Registration" function. Having entered the email address and password, it is necessary to confirm the checkbox “Stay in the system”. Once authentication is complete, you can download applications from LG Apps.
The video below talks about connecting your LG TV to Wi-Fi.