How to Hook a Router to a TV via USB

by Madison Garcia
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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.

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.


  • In addition to streaming video, you can use an Internet-ready TV to access media files on your computer.


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About the Author

Based in San Diego, Calif., Madison Garcia is a writer specializing in business topics. Garcia received her Master of Science in accountancy from San Diego State University.

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