Sometimes, when buying new appliances, people encounter seemingly common problems, such as connecting a new TV to WiFi. Of course, this problem may seem too familiar, but we must understand that people change their TVs every 5-10 years. Or you used a wired connection and now want to switch to WiFi. By the way, lately, WiFi has become a higher priority in TVs than wired connections.
What’s better, WiFi or LAN Wired connection (Ethernet)
You should know that on modern LG TVs, wired Internet supports port speeds of 100 Mbit, but a WiFi connection can support speeds of up to 1 Gbit, which is ten times greater. This is undoubtedly better; streaming services broadcast high-resolution 4K video, and the higher the connection speed, the less likely the image will freeze when you watch it. Of course, your WiFi router has to support the 5 GHz band for a high-speed connection to the TV. And, of course, WiFi is much better than a wired connection. Today’s LG televisions support WiFI:
- Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax is WiFi 6 support or
- Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac) is WiFI 5 support
How to connect LG TV to Wi-Fi
It’s pretty simple: there are three ways to connect your TV to your WiFi network; pick the one that works best for you. Here’s how you can connect your LG TV to your WiFi network
- Enter a password to establish a connection
- Use a WPS PBC connection
- Use a WPS PIN
Path to settings in the LG TV menu
The first thing you need to do is find and turn on WiFi in your LG TV; by default, in LG TVs and Smart TVs, the WiFi module is disabled to save energy. You can do this: Take the remote control, press Settings, select All Settings → General → Network → WiFi Connection, and turn on WiFi. After a few seconds, the TV will start scanning for available networks.
You can connect to the desired network when the TV shows an available WiFi network.
Connecting LG TV to WiFi with the network password
A network password always protects networks (routers) from unauthorized connections, but you can also have an open network; it is easy to see in the list of networks a password-protected network has a padlock icon at the signal level:
If you have an open network, select a network from the list (select the desired network) and press ok. The TV will connect to the network.
If your network is password protected, you need an 8-digit password stored in the router’s memory. You probably have a password written down somewhere, or you remember it. If you do not remember the password, you need to remember it or look in the router settings, alternatively use a WPS connection.
So, you have a password; you wrote down or memorized; after activating the connection to a closed WiFi network, the TV will ask you to enter a password, do it, and press ok. The TV will connect to the router. Your TV is connected to WiFi.
Connecting to the WiFI TV LG via WPS PBC
Many router manufacturers know that people forget the password; for this purpose, there is a WPS button on the router. When pressed, this button puts the router in connection mode for 5-10 seconds to initiate a connection on another device. You do not need to enter a password.
If you have forgotten your password, use the WPS button on your router. To do this, do the following:
Locate the desired network on your TV.
Press the WPS button on your router (if there is one on the access point).
Activate the network connection on your TV; try to do it within 5 seconds.
A window with the password will appear, but you don’t need to enter it. If you have done everything correctly, in 5-10 seconds, your TV will be connected to WiFi.
Connecting your LG TV to WiFi with a WPS PIN
If you have a very advanced WiFi hotspot, it can connect using a one-time Pin Code. Your access point should have a screen to display the code. The connection will proceed as follows:
Locate the WiFi network you want on your TV.
Press the WPS PIN button on your router; the router will display a one-time pin code to connect. Memorize this code.
Activate the network connection on your TV; a password window will appear, enter the pin code, press ok, and the TV will connect to the WiFi.
How to fix problems connecting to WiFi on an LG TV
At the very least, there’s plenty of evidence that people need help connecting LG TVs to WiFi. Here are the most common problems
I can’t find my WiFi network.
This can happen if you have set up your network as hidden so no one can see it. In this case, you must find the network name and enter it manually. To do this, click Other Networks and enter the network name. The connection happens as I described above.
I cannot connect to a WiFi network.
There are many tips on the internet for checking your router and so on. But I recommend you do something more simple. Take your phone, turn on the hotspot, and connect the TV to your phone. This way, you can check if your TV’s WiFi module works. It is a common situation to enter the wrong password.
My TV occasionally loses its WiFi network.
This is a fairly common problem, and there can be many causes. Here are the most common ones.
Faulty WiFi module in the TV: this is difficult to check; you need to experiment with different access points. In the end, if the module falls under suspicion, it must be replaced.
The access point is far away, and the signal is periodically lost; buy another access point, put it near the TV, and set it up as a WiFi signal repeater.
As I said before, your smartphone can work as an access point. Use this feature to find the problem.