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How to add Internet to an old TV

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Many of us have already replaced newspapers, books and magazines with their equivalent digital devices, which can be either fixed or mobile. It’s a bit sad, though, that people nowadays have started to communicate exclusively through these digital means, and those that don’t learn how to properly use them risk isolation and poor relationship with family, colleagues and friends. But that’s a topic for another article.

Most TV sets can be linked to the Internet. First of all, you will need a fast, reliable connection; otherwise, you are going to have a hard time trying to stream a high quality movie from the Internet to your TV, for example. If a cable connection is not an option, Mr. Hardesty, CEO at http://www.data-alliance.net recommends high gain antennas that use combinations of active and passive elements, concentrating the RF signal, and thus minimizing the wireless signal loss.

If you’ve bought a TV set within the last few years, chances are it’s a “smart” TV, a device that can connect to the Internet either through a LAN cable or a wireless connection. Not every smart TV is also Internet ready, though, so this aspect should be discussed with the seller in case that you intend to buy a new device anytime soon.

But what should you do when you have an old TV? If you have a DVD or Blu-ray player, it may have “smart” features on its own. If this is the case and you can connect the DVD player to the Internet, all that’s left to do is turn it on, and then feed the content of its Internet channels to the TV by making use of the same cables you’re using to watch your favorite DVDs. Basically, you will have to navigate the DVD menus until you find its Internet features, and then activate them.

Sometimes your TV may work with a specific wireless display adaptor, also called a dongle. This device looks like a memory stick and is plugged into a USB port on your TV, providing a wireless connection. Often times, these devices only work for a limited number of TV sets, so make sure that the dongle that you intend to purchase is compatible with your television.

chromecast

Fortunately, there are special dongles that will work fine in most cases, and Chromecast does a lot of things – and does them very well! It’s a small media server that can plug into one of your TV’s HDMI ports, and then it can stream pretty much anything you throw at it, be it media from your phone, website pages that are opened using Google Chrome, and so on. Of course, Chromecast must be a part of the same Wi-Fi network with the devices it gets data from and streams data to.

Chromecast works well on Android phones, tablets, iPads, iPhones, and so on. There are lots of Chromecast apps which allow you to access video content from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Google Play, etc. The setup is simple; simply plug Chromecast into your TV, power it, and then follow the instructions. It’s also possible to power it using one of your TV’s USB ports, in case that one is available. Chromecast can easily make an old TV look smart, and it does that in an affordable, easy to use manner.

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