How-To

TV Not Connecting to WiFi (Don’t Panic, Easy Fix!)

At some point, unexpectedly, your smart TV will stop connecting to your WiFi network.

But don’t panic.

Luckily there are some simple steps you can take to restore connectivity and get back to watching your favorite shows/movies.

What to do if your TV is not connecting to WiFi

Regardless of your smart TV model, here are some simple, immediate actions to take when your TV is not connecting to WiFi:

  1. Unplug your router/modem for at least a minute.
  2. Plug the router/modem back to its power source.
  3. Give the router/modem a few minutes to connect to the internet.
  4. Try reconnecting your smart TV.

Most times, a simple unplugging of your router/modem does the trick but if you’re still having trouble, consider the following:

Confirm whether or not your Router/Modem is the problem

The best way to rule out your modem/router as the source of the problem is to try to connect other wireless devices.

Preferably chose a device that is a similar distance from your modem/router and in the same room as your smart TV.

If this device (like your smart phone or laptop for example) connects seamlessly to your modem/router, the source of the issue is likely your smart TV.

If, however, other devices cannot connect to the WiFi, you should work on getting your modem/router fixed or contact your modem/router manufacturer for support.

If other devices are already clearly working and connected to your existing WiFi, try disconnecting one device and then reconnecting it.

Is the WiFi network and password you’re using working for that device but not your smart TV?

If it is, you know for sure your TV is what’s causing the trouble.

Router/Modem hard reset

Make sure your router and the modem are correctly installed and have access to the internet.

If you do not know how to make such connections, check the owner’s manual of both the modem and router or contact your manufacturer.

A simple Google search of the model and how to reset/connect it will likely work as well.

Usually there is a small button that requires a paper clip or safety pin to press and hold in. This hard resets the router/modem to the original settings.

Keep in mind that if you do this you’ll have to re-setup your WiFi and reconnect all the devices in your home.

Double check your WiFi password

Always remember that secure WiFi networks are password-protected, and the security key (password) is case sensitive.

It’s worth just double checking to make sure you inputed the correct password into your smart TV and that you’re trying to connect to the right WiFi network.

Sometimes your smart TV may disconnect from your WiFi for whatever reason and then will automatically try to reestablish connection, but this time with a different network in range.

So just confirm that your TV is still attempting to connect to the correct network.

VPNs and dial-up don’t work well with smart TVs

VPNs and other networks such as PPPoE connections are not readily accessible to your smart TV, so if you’re trying to connect to one, consider an alternative.

There are several ways that you can try to utilize a VPN but I really only recommend you try this if you’re a bit more technical.

Furthermore, no smart TVs support proxies or dial-up connections.

Yup, those still exist! Kind of crazy to think that in the 21st century some people are still using dial up internet.

Although something tells me those people probably don’t have a smart TV, but I digress…

2.4GHz vs 5GHz

If your modem is 5GHz enabled, check your television manual to confirm that it too supports 5GHz.

There are some instances where you smart TV won’t be able to connect to your 5GHz band, but has no problem connecting to the 2.4 GHz band.

So just give the 2.4 GHz band a try and see if that helps.

Speed and loading time really shouldn’t become too big an issue on this lower band unless you have a ton of other devices connected to the 2.4GHz network.

Max number of router connections

If you have a maximum number of connections to your modem check that you’re not maxed out, however unlikely this is.

The majority of routers these days can handle upwards of 250 connect devices at once but perhaps you have an outdated router that has a limi that you’ve reached.

Again, it’s not that common an issue but we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel here.

Brand specific instructions

If you’ve made it to this point and you’re still not having any-luck, perhaps you own of the the following smart TV brands.

If so, try these smart TV, brand specific instructions for re-establishing your WiFi connection.

Samsung TV not connecting to WiFi

Check Your TV’s Network to Ensure that It Is Connected to the Router/Modem

To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. On your remote, hit the Home button and select Settings.
  2. Scroll to Network Setup
  3. Select View Network Status to confirm the status of your network. Press Enter.
  4. Confirm that your connection is set to Wireless and not Wired. If it is set as Wired, change the connection to Wireless.

How to set TV connection to wireless:

  • Go to settings, and then Network Set.
    • Choose Set up network selection.
    • Choose custom.
    • Change the setting to Wireless.
    • Ensure that the Internet Access shows OK and the Wireless device also shows OK.
    • Check the SSID of your network: The name that appears must be the name of your router network provider.
    • Lastly, check your signal strength. If the modem/router is too far, your television may not pick up enough strength to connect. If the strength shows a negative (-), the connection to the router has been interrupted.

If none of the steps above works, you can connect your TV to your router through a LAN cable direct wire connection.

Android TV not connecting to WiFi

Set date and time

  1. Go to your TV settings at the top right corner of the screen.
  2. The date and time is under ‘Preferences.’
  3. Select ‘Automatic date & time.’
  4. Select ‘Auto Synchronization.’

After this process, turn off your television and try to connect to your WiFi again. If the first option doesn’t work, you can try out these other processes. 

Reconnect your network

  1. Go to your TV settings.
  2. Scroll to network and open.
  3. Go to your WiFi and check if the WiFi is disabled or disconnected.
  4. If it is disconnected, reconnect it. If it isn’t, you can disconnect and reconnect it.

Use the forget network option

  1. Go to TV settings and open your network.
  2. Open your WiFi.
  3. Scroll down to forget the network and click. A window will pop up with a message, ‘This clears info used to connect to this network, including a password.
  4. Click OK, and you will be asked to enter the password of your WiFi.
  5. Input the password and reconnect the TV to the WiFi.

Set your network as static

  • Go to TV settings
  • Open network
  • Open WiFi
  • Select and open the IP settings
  • Select Static
  • Press the next or OK button on your remote
  • Don’t touch your IP address
  • On the Gateway page, do not do anything or alter your IP. Just press next.
  • Next will be thE DNS1 page, remove the DNS, and input 8.8.8.8
  • Press OK.
  • In DNS 2, input 8.8.4.4
  • Press OK.
  • Reboot your Television.
  • After reboot, go to TV setting> Network> Connect your WiFi

If you are connected but have no source to the internet, select your network, open it, click on forget the network, and input your password. Next, turn on and off your WiFi, input your password and connect to the internet.   

Use your laptop to rectify the TV connectivity issue

  1. Open up your laptop and click Network Setting on your desktop. If you cannot find Network Settings directly, visit Control Panel > Network Settings.
  2. Click Change Adapter Settings.
  3. Select WiFi.
  4. Right, Click on your WiFi and select properties.
  5. Click configure and then select Advance.
  6. Select preferred band. Under Value, select 2.4GHz.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Go back to your television and try to connect to your WiFi again.

It’s usually best practice for your television to be turned off during this process.

Reset the factory setting of your TV

Go to settings, scroll to storage and reset, select factory data reset, click OK, and click Factory Data reset. This option will remove all data from your television, including your synced email address, password, and other existing WiFi connection. On the other hand, you can check your router, turn it off for sixty seconds and then turn it on.

Other possible issues that will stop your android TV from working include, wrong password. So you can check through all inputs to ensure that everything is correct. If at this point you cannot still connect your television to your WiFi, you should contact your TV manufacturer or the retail store you bought it. You can also contact your WiFi device manufacturer.

Sony TV not connecting to WiFi

If your Sony TV isn’t connecting to your WiFi even though the router is on and appears on your television, there are also some steps you can take to rectify the issue.

Quick Fix

  1. Unplug the components and devices, including your modem/router and your television.
  2. Wait for 60 seconds and plug them back in. Attempt to restore connection again, and it should work.

If it does not work, you can try any of the processes below.

  1. Check your password. Remember that passwords are usually case-sensitive.
  2. Reset your Sony TV: To reset your Sony smart TV, click HOME > SETTINGS > STORAGE & RESET > RESTORE FACTORY SETTINGS > ERASE ALL DATA. Allow your TV to reset. Input the password.
  3. If the option above does not work, you can change the IP settings in the TV by clicking the HOME > SETTINGS > SYSTEM SETTINGS > SET-UP > NETWORK > NETWORK SET-UP > EXPERT > WIRED SET-UP > MANUAL. Then find Primary DNS and change it to 8.8.8.8!
  4. Update the firmware of your Sony television.

How to update your TV firmware:

  • First, go to the settings of your TV.
  • Scroll to Customer Support or Product Support or setup.
  • Select Update.

If you have a network, the system will prompt you to choose a network. If you don’t have a network, you can click OK.

Conclusion

If your smart TV is not connecting to WiFi, don’t panic, this is a pretty common problem and is most often solved by one of the following simple fixes:

  • Try connecting other devices to your WiFi, if you can’t you know the router/modem is the issue
  • Unplug your router/modem for at least a minute before plugging it back in
  • Hard reset your router/modem by pressing and hold the small button
  • Double check that you’re connecting to the right network and using the correct password
  • Try to avoid using VPNs or dial-up connections for smart TV WiFi
  • Try connecting to your 2.4GHz band instead of the 5.0GHz band
  • Make sure you haven’t maxed out your router’s number of connections

Most of the time, your TV’s connectivity problem can be rectified using one of the methods above. However, in the rare case that all the above options failed contact the manufacturer.