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How to Connect a VIZIO Smart TV to WiFi

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Introduction

With the advent of Smart TVs, we are now able to connect our TVs to the Internet and enjoy online content without the use of additional devices. VIZIO Smart TVs can be connected to WiFi which frees us up of messy wires running from a wireless router to the TV. This guide will show you how to do just that.

Vizio Logo.

1 Connect a VIZIO Smart TV to WiFi

Even though VIZIO Smart TVs are connected to WiFi in similar ways, the interface you may see on the screen may look slightly different. This interface is determined by the platform the TV is running on. To easily determine which platform your VIZIO Smart TV is running on, check the images below for reference:

VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA)
VIA interface on VIZIO Smart TV.
The VIA platform is found on VIZIO Smart TVs released between 2009 – 2013. You can install apps on this platform.
VIZIO Internet Apps Plus (VIA Plus)
VIA Plus interface on VIZIO Smart TV.
The VIA Plus platform is found on VIZIO Smart TVs released between 2013 – 2017. You can install apps on this platform.
SmartCast with No Apps
SmartCast interface with no apps on VIZIO Smart TV.
The SmartCast platform with no apps is found on VIZIO HD Smart TVs released between 2016 – 2017. You cannot install apps on this platform.
SmartCast with Apps
SmartCast interface with apps on VIZIO Smart TV.
The SmartCast platform with apps is found on VIZIO 4K UHD Smart TVs released between 2016 – 2017 and all VIZIO Smart TVs released since 2018. You cannot install apps on this platform.

To get your VIZIO Smart TV connected to WiFi, expand the instructions below for the type of TV you have:

SmartCast or VIZIO Internet Apps Plus (VIA Plus)
  1. Press the Menu button on the TV remote.
    Menu button highlighted on VIZIO TV remote.
  2. Select Network from the menu.
    Network option highlighted in VIZIO TV settings on VIA Plus platform.
  3. Then select your WiFi network from the list.
    WiFi network list highlighted in VIZIO TV network settings on VIA Plus platform.
  4. If required, enter your WiFi password the select Connect.
    WiFi password entry field and Connect option highlighted in VIZIO TV network settings on VIA Plus platform.
  5. Your VIZIO TV will then connect to the selected WiFi network.
VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA)
  1. Press the Menu button on the TV remote.
    Menu button highlighted on VIZIO TV remote.
  2. Select Network from the menu.
    Network option highlighted in VIZIO TV settings on VIA platform.
  3. Then select your WiFi network from the list.
    WiFi network list highlighted in VIZIO TV network settings on VIA platform.
  4. If required, enter your WiFi password the select Connect.
    WiFi password entry field and Connect option highlighted in VIZIO TV network settings on VIA platform.
  5. Your VIZIO TV will then connect to the selected WiFi network.

WiFi Compatibility

Even though sometimes WiFi from different manufacturers may be incompatible with each other, at this time, VIZIO has not indicated that there are any compatibility issues with specific models of networking equipment on the market. To ensure that your specific networking equipment and all settings will work properly with your VIZIO Smart TV, please reach out to the manufacturer directly for further assistance.

Some wireless routers broadcast a dual-band wireless signal and provide both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless networks. Your device may not see the 5GHz network, which is completely normal. Not all devices contain the antenna to communicate on the 5GHz band. Also, some routers broadcast guest networks that your device may not be able to connect to depending on your router's settings.

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With the advent of Smart TVs, we are now able to connect our TVs to the Internet and enjoy online content without the use of additional devices. VIZIO Smart TVs can be connected to WiFi which frees us up of messy wires running from a wireless router to the TV. This guide will show you how to do just that.

Vizio Logo.

Even though VIZIO Smart TVs are connected to WiFi in similar ways, the interface you may see on the screen may look slightly different. This interface is determined by the platform the TV is running on. To easily determine which platform your VIZIO Smart TV is running on, check the images below for reference:

VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA)
VIA interface on VIZIO Smart TV.
The VIA platform is found on VIZIO Smart TVs released between 2009 – 2013. You can install apps on this platform.
VIZIO Internet Apps Plus (VIA Plus)
VIA Plus interface on VIZIO Smart TV.
The VIA Plus platform is found on VIZIO Smart TVs released between 2013 – 2017. You can install apps on this platform.
SmartCast with No Apps
SmartCast interface with no apps on VIZIO Smart TV.
The SmartCast platform with no apps is found on VIZIO HD Smart TVs released between 2016 – 2017. You cannot install apps on this platform.
SmartCast with Apps
SmartCast interface with apps on VIZIO Smart TV.
The SmartCast platform with apps is found on VIZIO 4K UHD Smart TVs released between 2016 – 2017 and all VIZIO Smart TVs released since 2018. You cannot install apps on this platform.

To get your VIZIO Smart TV connected to WiFi, expand the instructions below for the type of TV you have:

SmartCast or VIZIO Internet Apps Plus (VIA Plus)
  1. Press the Menu button on the TV remote.
    Menu button highlighted on VIZIO TV remote.
  2. Select Network from the menu.
    Network option highlighted in VIZIO TV settings on VIA Plus platform.
  3. Then select your WiFi network from the list.
    WiFi network list highlighted in VIZIO TV network settings on VIA Plus platform.
  4. If required, enter your WiFi password the select Connect.
    WiFi password entry field and Connect option highlighted in VIZIO TV network settings on VIA Plus platform.
  5. Your VIZIO TV will then connect to the selected WiFi network.
VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA)
  1. Press the Menu button on the TV remote.
    Menu button highlighted on VIZIO TV remote.
  2. Select Network from the menu.
    Network option highlighted in VIZIO TV settings on VIA platform.
  3. Then select your WiFi network from the list.
    WiFi network list highlighted in VIZIO TV network settings on VIA platform.
  4. If required, enter your WiFi password the select Connect.
    WiFi password entry field and Connect option highlighted in VIZIO TV network settings on VIA platform.
  5. Your VIZIO TV will then connect to the selected WiFi network.

WiFi Compatibility

Even though sometimes WiFi from different manufacturers may be incompatible with each other, at this time, VIZIO has not indicated that there are any compatibility issues with specific models of networking equipment on the market. To ensure that your specific networking equipment and all settings will work properly with your VIZIO Smart TV, please reach out to the manufacturer directly for further assistance.

Some wireless routers broadcast a dual-band wireless signal and provide both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless networks. Your device may not see the 5GHz network, which is completely normal. Not all devices contain the antenna to communicate on the 5GHz band. Also, some routers broadcast guest networks that your device may not be able to connect to depending on your router's settings.