Article ID : 00031630 / Last Modified : 10/01/2020

What is a wireless network?

    Wireless network

    A wireless network, also known as Wi-Fi®, allows multiple devices to connect to a network and share an internet connection without running wires to the device. Computers, tablets, TVs, mobile phones, and many other wireless capable devices can connect to a wireless network using a wireless access point or wireless router.

    Note: Not all products are internet capable or include built-in wireless. If your device is wireless LAN-ready, you may require a wireless adapter, gaming adapter, wireless bridge, or powerline adapters to make the connection. Check your product manuals for additional information and specifications. Manuals are posted on your model support page.

    Wireless signal strength and interference

    When using Wi-Fi, the distance of the router to your device is another factor to consider. To maximize your viewing experience when streaming video or listening from an audio app, make sure that the router is placed near your device. They shouldn't be more than 25 feet away from each other. If possible, install both devices in a location without walls in-between them. Other wireless devices such Bluetooth® speakers, wireless phones, microwave ovens, and devices sending radio frequency may also cause poor signal strength.

    For additional information and suggestions, review the tips to maximize network and internet performance in your home.