How to Make a TV Internet Capable

By Dustin Thornton

Some modern televisions come "Internet Ready" with a built-in network connectivity capability. If your television does not have network connectivity capability, you can purchase a special device called a "digital media receiver" that allows you to connect your TV to the Internet. To use a digital media receiver, your TV must be an HDTV and you must have either wireless or wired Internet access in your home.

Things You'll Need

  • HDMI or component cable
  • Digital media receiver
  • Ethernet cable

Step 1

Connect your HDMI or component cable to one of the video inputs on your TV. HDMI uses a single cable while component cables consist of five colored RCA connectors.

Step 2

Connect the other end of the HDMI or component cable to the output ports on the DMR device.

Step 3

Plug an Ethernet cable into the LAN port on the DMR. Skip this step if you are connecting the DMR to the network using wireless connectivity.

Step 4

Plug the DMR power supply into a wall outlet.

Step 5

Turn on your television and select the appropriate input, based on how you connected the DMR to your television.

Step 6

Follow any on-screen instructions to set up the device on your television, such as setting up the display options or searching for and connecting to your wireless network. Refer to your specific DMR device instruction manual for exact instructions on how to connect to a wireless network or set up display options.

Tips & Warnings

  • Due to the fact that there are various brands and models of DMRs, your specific device may be slightly different.