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How to control an external device connected via Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) with the remote control on Samsung Smart TV

Most modern Samsung Smart TVs are equipped with HDMI-CEC function, also known as Anynet+. This function allows you to control multiple devices that are connected through a cable.

This way, you can control a player, home theater, and various receivers with just one remote control. You can control up to 12 devices or one home theater using one remote control.

This is a very useful feature and allows you to open up the features of your Samsung Smart TV in a new way.

How does Anynet+ work and what are its useful features

As mentioned above, Anynet+ is a technology that allows Samsung TV owners to control devices that are connected to their Smart TV by cable. This feature has been added to improve usability and simplify the management of various devices. All connected equipment is configured and synchronized automatically.

Also, the main advantage of this function is the possibility to activate all the equipment connected to your TV with a single press of a button on the remote control. You can also set all connected equipment to standby after viewing or even set a timer to turn off in just a couple of clicks.

What you need to know before you start using the Anynet+

Before you start using Anynet+, you need to know some nuances in connecting and using this feature. These little facts will probably answer some of your questions:

  • The Anynet + function can only be used with devices that support HDMI-CEC
  • Connections to the TV must be made with HDMI cables, but not all HDMI cables are HDMI-CEC-compatible, so check this information before you buy it
  • Anynet + (HDMI-CEC) supports only one home theater system and up to 12 other compatible devices, and no more than 3 devices of the same type
  • To play 5.1-channel sound on an external device, you will need to connect an HDMI cable to your Smart TV and separately connect your home theater system to the digital audio input connector on your TV
  • If an external device is set up with Anynet +, then it can only be operated with the universal remote control

How to connect the device to your Smart TV via Anynet+

Setting up Anynet+ and connecting third-party devices doesn’t take very long, in about 5 minutes you can configure and connect the device you need, and this guide will help you do it:

  1. Turn on your Samsung Smart TV
  2. Then click on the {Home button} (it looks like a house)
  3. Next, go to “Settings” then to “General settings”
  4. You need to find and select “External Device Manager” and in the small menu you will see “Anynet + (HDMI-CEC)”, click on it
  5. Then use an HDMI cable to connect your external device
  6. The connection between the external device and your Samsung Smart TV is automatic
  7. After the connection is established, you will have access to the new connected device
  8. Now you can use your remote control to operate your external device

What to do if you cannot connect an external device via Anynet+

You may have a situation where your external device cannot connect to your Smart TV or Anynet + doesn’t work. Find solutions to potential problems here:

  • Check the power cord and cable connection of the Anynet + device
  • Check that the device you’re connecting to is supported by Anynet +
  • Make sure your HDMI cable supports the “Anynet +” function
  • If you have unplugged the HDMI cable from your TV, then you need to search for the device again and turn your Smart TV off, and then on



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