These days, pretty much all of us have moved past the need to keep our old and outdated cathode ray TVs. Instead, we pretty much all have a relatively modern and feature laden smart TV in its place.
However, many of us probably aren’t getting the most out of our smart TVs. Though, with some of them having some pretty slick tricks up their sleeve. It can actually be hard to keep up with what they do these days.
Of all of the brands of smart TVs out there, Samsung seem to always be on the cutting edge of any new technological advancement that hits the market. In addition to that, they are also quite reasonably priced and really reliable.
So, it really isn’t any wonder that they have become a household name pretty much everywhere in the world. However, it does seem that there are more than a few of you out there. That are a little confused as to what your TVs can and can’t do.
In particular, there are a lot of you who want to connect your TV to your 5GHz Wi-Fi but aren’t sure whether you can or not.
Luckily, if this is the position you have found yourself in, you have come to the right place. Below, we are going to discuss everything you need to know when it comes to connecting your Wi-Fi and your Samsung TV up!
Will 5GHz Wi-Fi Work on my Samsung TV?
The first thing that you need to know is that the 5GHz bandwidth has only recently started showing up in a range of devices. So, if you happen to be using an older model Samsung TV, you are most likely out of luck here. The whole reason that it has started to be built into new devices is that nearly every device works on the 2.4GHz bandwidth.
So, by having a few devices working on the 5GHz band, the idea is that the signal will be clearer as it won’t be impeded by too much traffic on the 2.4GHz band. However, if you don’t happen to have too many of these devices around, there really shouldn’t be a need to use the 5GHz band.
Your TV should still get enough of a signal to work as it should.
So, how will I know if I can use the 5GHz band?
This is a tough one, but we will try to narrow it down as we go. Unfortunately for this particular article, there are a whole load of models out there, each with their own set of specifications and possibilities.
That being said, as a general rule, Samsung TVs that are from 2018 or before will most definitely not have the capability to recognize a 5GHz signal. Not only will you not be able to connect to this band, but the network will not even show up as an ‘available network’ for you to connect to.
So, from here, let’s get into the exact specs that you will need your Samsung TV to have if you want it to connect to your 5GHz internet.
Getting straight into it, what you will need is for your TV to have either the 802.11a, 802.11n, or 802.11ac configuration. So, have a quick check of your model’s user manual, or Google it if you can’t find it.
If you see any of the configurations above, you are in luck! This will mean that you can connect to 5GHz Wi-Fi as your TV supports it. In addition to that good news, if you happen to have a dual-band router, you won’t actually need to be concerned about whether the 5GHz band is supported or not.
This may sound a little odd, but the whole reason for this is that your Samsung will just automatically connect to the 2.4GHz signal from your dual-band router. Better yet, if it can support the 5GHz band, it will automatically connect to that instead.
Effectively, all of the information you need on how to get your Samsung TV connected the way you want to is all in the user manual. However, things like these can be tricky if you don’t know what you are meant to be looking for.
Just keep a lookout for the three configurations above and you’ll be set in no time! So, now that. We have that cleared up, let’s also show you how to improve the connectivity on your Samsung Smart TV.
What to do if the connection seems too slow
Below are just some simple tips to help you get the best out of your smart TV. None of these are super complicated, but they are all handy tricks to have up your sleeve for the future.
Clear out any Bugs
One of the most common causes of a slow and unreliable connection to the net is software bugs. Though these can eventually lead to serious issues, they are also really easy to get rid of. In fact, all it takes 99% of the time is just a quick reset.
So, if your Samsung TV is detecting a network connection but won’t establish a meaningful link to it, here is what you do.
The best way to reset your Samsung is simply to turn it off (using the button on the TV), unplug the power cable, and then simply leave it to rest for a while. After a few minutes, simply plug it in again and switch it on.
That’s all there is to it! With a bit of luck, this will have been enough to speed up your connection to your network.
Check your DNS Server Settings
In the case of every single Samsung TV that supports a wireless connection. There will also be some DNS settings in place to make everything work in the most streamlined way possible. Generally, these settings will update automatically and you will never have to think about them.
However, if you have been having connectivity issues for a while now. It is somewhat likely that you may have missed an update or two. So, if this sounds like something that describes your current situation, there is really only one thing to do.
You will have to find the right DNS settings and apply them manually.
See if your Firmware is up to date
With all devices such as these, automatic updates to the firmware will come thick and fast at times. So, if you have been having internet issues, you may have missed something vital here.
So, navigate to your settings and make sure that there aren’t any pending updates there. If there are, make sure to apply them immediately and then try your connection again.