How to Extend the Internet to the TV Room


Now that so much entertainment including Netflix movies, YouTube videos, Pandora radio and Flickr photos can be streamed from the Internet, you may feel hindered by having to lean into your computer to experience all that content. Wouldn’t you rather lean back on the sofa in front of the biggest screen in the house? The most basic thing you need is home-network access within reach of the TV.

Assuming you already have a broadband Internet service provider but use the connection only for a computer, you may not even own a router. That’s because you might have been satisfied attaching your one computer directly to a cable or DSL modem. But a home office does not make a home theater. You need to install a router so that multiple devices can leverage that broadband subscription.

If a router with an unoccupied Ethernet jack is near the TV, then an Ethernet-ready TV set, media receiver or Blu-ray player is in cable length of the Internet. If the router is in another room and there’s no Ethernet jack in the TV room, then you have these choices:

  • Tack a cable of sufficient length to floor or ceiling molding, even making a hole in the wall, if necessary, to pull the cable through.
  • Attach HomePlug Powerline Networking adapters to electrical outlets so that your home network can piggyback on existing in-wall electrical wiring.
  • Set up a Wi-Fi network so that wireless connectivity replaces long cable runs.

To connect to a wireless network, remember that your TV, media receiver, Blu-ray player, digital picture frame or portable device must be either Wi-Fi capable or Wi-Fi-ready. In the latter case, a Wi-Fi adapter from the manufacturer may be available that plugs into the device’s USB port.


Hi Deryll -

You may use two units to connect your WPS enabled router and your internet streaming device.  Consider this  one:

With the TL-WPA4220KIT 300 Mbps Wi-Fi Range Extender AV500 Powerline Edition from TP-Link you can extend your current network by up to 984' (300 m) over an electrical circuit. The integrated clone feature makes setup a breeze. With the press of a button, the range extender assumes the current network configuration settings thus keeping the network secure.

Once connected, you benefit from both 802.3/3u and 802.11b/g/n networking standards allowing you to connect a variety of Ethernet and Wi-Fi enabled devices. Additionally, this range extender comes equipped with 128-bit AES powerline encryption standard and WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK Wi-Fi encryption standards keeping all of your connections secure.

Wi-Fi Clone Button simplifies your Wi-Fi configuration and helps build a seamless unified home network
HomePlug AV standard providing up to 500Mbps high speed data transmission over a home's existing electrical wiring, ideal for lag-free HD or 3D video streaming and online gaming
Extend 300 Mbps wireless connections to previously hard-to-reach areas of your home and office
Two Ethernet ports allow your TVs, game consoles, or PCs connect to the Internet
Up to 300-meter range over the household power circuit
Plug-and-play compatibility makes installation simple
Easily encrypt your network to 128-bit AES encryption standards with just the push of a button
Supports IGMP managed multicast IP transmission, optimizing IPTV streaming
Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  [email protected]

Would it be possible to use 2 Power Line Networking plugs, one in the room with a Wi Fi router and rhe other in the room with the WD TV Streaming device, and connect the router and the WD TV to the Power Line plugs using two short ethernet cables?

If this works, what is the price of the Power Line Networking plugs?