With online streaming becoming more accessible, internet access is becoming the norm for every gadget. From PCs, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, and even smart watches, almost everything is WiFi-enabled! But how about those older TV models? Not every household has the latest smart TV with all the cool features and settings, but do you really need to buy one just to connect to the internet with your TV?
The quick answer is no, there’s absolutely no need to get rid of your old TV especially if it works just fine. The great thing about getting a WiFi connection is that there are lots of ways on how to get around it, and you don’t have to be a tech-savvy user just to do all of these steps! In this article, we’ll show you how to connect your non-smart TV to WiFi with easy-to-follow steps.
Let’s get started:
Buy a media streaming device
One of the easiest ways to connect to the internet is by using media streaming devices such as Apple TV, Android TV Boxes, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, and Roku. Most of these devices are plugged via HDMI port to your TV and will immediately stream the app on your non-smart TV. Do take note that each device has different apps and features, and subscriptions to other streaming apps such as Netflix are not covered.
Connect using an HDMI cable
Do you want to project your PC or laptop monitor to a larger screen? With an HDMI cable, you can use your TV as a secondary monitor. Even better, use it as a secondary screen for a dual-monitor setup! This method will allow you to present anything on your PC to your TV for better viewing experience.
Worried if your TV has an HDMI port? TVs began incorporating HDMI ports since 2004, so yours most likely has one. The only thing that you’ll have to worry about is getting the cable itself. HDMI cables are quite cheap, so you won’t have to worry about shelling a lot of money
Use a gaming console
Playstation and Xbox consoles already have a built-in WiFi connection which is a must for a lot of video games, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that you can search the internet with these. Instead of the remote control, you use the console controllers to navigate the browser. What’s more, popular services such as Hulu and Netflix are already pre-installed so you won’t have any problem streaming any movie or series from these apps using your console.