Connecting Your Streaming Media Device (or TV) to the Internet
Most streaming media devices and smart devices connect to the internet by Wi-Fi or by an ethernet connection. For devices you want to connect via ethernet, connect an ethernet cable to the device and plug the other end of the cable to an ethernet jack in your home that is connected to your gateway or your router. For Wi-Fi connections, you will need your Wi-Fi network name (sometimes called an SSID) and its associated password.
Warning:When connecting devices make sure to not connect them both physically via a cable and wirelessly to your router. This can cause serious problems with your connection and service.
Potential Wi-Fi Issues and Their Resolution
Too many impediments (walls, major appliances, electrical panels, etc.) between the gateway or router and your internet device.
Problem: Even with an optimized gateway or router location, you cannot reach all areas of your home.
Solution: Increase the range your gateway or router, install a more powerful Wi-Fi router, add a range extender, or install a mesh network.
- Increase the range of your gateway/router: Many routers have the ability to increase their power output, allowing the signal to reach farther.
- Install a more powerful Wi-Fi router: Better routers have more powerful signal output, multiple high-gain antennas, and use beam-forming technology.
- Add a range extender: While a common solution for coverage issues, it is not the best option since a different Wi-Fi network name is required for each extender, plus causing loss of speed issues.
- Install a mesh router network: The latest solution to coverage issues. Consisting of a base unit and one or more satellite units, the units talk to each other wirelessly. Better systems exhibit no appreciable loss of internet speed nor do they require changing Wi-Fi network names as the user roams around.
How far Wi-Fi coverage travels will depend on your router's strength, the number of floors or walls signals must pass through, and the size of your home. Check you Wi-Fi device box or product webpage to learn how far your network will go.
You can easily expand your Wi-Fi with wired network extenders or wireless range extenders:
- Network Extenders are the most reliable way to expand a wireless network. These are individual units that plug into ethernet wall jacks to create a single Wi-Fi network.
- Range Extenders pick-up your existing Wi-Fi signal and rebroadcasts it using an unused channel. Typically, these are small devices that plug into power outlets. No ethernet outlets are needed.
You may already own one or more Wi-Fi Repeaters. Repeaters use older technology that is prone to delays and drop-outs, especially when connecting to multiple devices. If you still have a repeater, upgrade to range extenders or network extenders for better internet performance.