How to Hook a Router to a TV via USB

By Madison Garcia

Some Internet-ready TVs can access Twitter and Facebook.
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Internet-ready TVs are the newest wave of technology for visual entertainment. With an Internet-ready TV, the user is able to stream content like Hulu, YouTube and Netflix without the use of other devices. In order to stream content, you will need to have a broadband Internet connection that is distributed to your home through a router. To enable Internet for your TV, you must connect your TV to a router wirelessly or with an Ethernet cable. Connecting your TV and Internet via USB is less complicated than setting up a wireless connection.

Step 1

Examine your Internet router to see if it is transmitting a signal. When the router displays a solid or intermittent green light, it usually means that it is successfully transmitting a signal. If the light is amber or blinking rapidly, consult your router manual.

Step 2

Identify the USB port on the back of your router and the USB port on the back of your TV. A USB port looks like an over-sized phone jack.

Step 3

Plug one end of the Ethernet cable into the USB port on the router. Plug the other end of the cable into the USB port on the TV.

Step 4

Turn your TV on manually or with your remote control. Navigate to your TV’s menu settings and select "Network Options."

Step 5

Under "Network Options," select the option to enable wired networking. This indicates to your TV that you want to transmit data through the Ethernet cable.

Step 6

Navigate to the Web services section of your TV. Select a video streaming service to check if the connection is successful. If the picture is slow to load or involves large buffering times, you may want to purchase a more robust Internet package.