Do you want to mount your flat screen on the wall to save space? Which TV medium to choose? What type of hardware to use? Which fixation to favor? Follow the guide.
Choose the right TV support
Before you start to fix your flat screen on your wall, the first thing is to choose a suitable TV wall mount. How? By selecting it according to the size and weight of your TV. It will be specifically designed to support your TV.
Once these precautions have been taken, you can refine your choice: tilting vertically, pivoting 360 ° horizontally, etc. Remember also to take into account the viewing angles of your television.
Hang your flat screen on the wall
The first advice: carefully follow the instructions for use of your wall mount. It will show you step by step the necessary steps as well as the type of hardware according to the wall to perform this installation.
Here are some precautions before you start:
- First, check the nature of your wall. This will determine which bindings you will use. Indeed, you will not fix your television in the same way on a hollow wall (plasterboard) as on a solid wall (concrete);
- less than 20 kg: diameter up to 6 mm
- from 20 to 50 kg: diameter from 6 to 8 mm
- more than 50 kg: 10 mm or more
- Provide the correct drilling diameter. A 6 mm dowel is not suitable, for example, for a load of more than 50 kg. So, plan a drilling diameter and plugs depending on the weight of your TV
- Use the correct fasteners. Depending on the type of wall, the type of fixing is not the same. Thus, on a plaster or hollow wall, it is advisable to use dowels specifically designed for plasterboard walls (with expanding or expanding fins). Another tip, if you want to install a tilting or swiveling support on a plasterboard wall, it is necessary to reinforce your wall to avoid any fall.
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Call on installers
Do you want to be sure that your TV be properly fixed? What type of hardware to choose? Call the installers. They are specifically trained and equipped to optimally fix and configure your television or SmartTV.
How to connect your TV to the Internet, Netflix and other online services?
Do you have a connected TV? Then you necessarily have access to a constellation of online services! You still have to navigate, know what to choose, and how to use it all. Follow the guide!
Having a connected TV is good, but using its online functionality is clearly better! Even if most of the televisions offered on the market today are “Smart”, not everyone has the reflex to connect their own to the Internet. After all, a TV is above all to watch its favorite programs live, right? Yet, leaving aside the connected aspect of a recent TV, we miss a myriad of features. We will make you want and explain how to take advantage of it too!
Connect your TV, what for?
If you have a Full HD or Ultra HD TV bought in the last 5 years, or even a little earlier, you probably have a connected TV or Smart TV. A number of brands have opted for the Android interface: this is notably the case for Philips, Thomson, and Sony. Others prefer their home interfaces, like LG with WebOS, or Samsung with Tizen. In all cases, the proposition is the same: to make your life easier by offering you easier access to a gallery of online services.
Let’s take an example that you probably know: Netflix. Perhaps you use this service on your smartphone, on your tablet or even on your game console. Be aware that it is very likely that your TV will allow you to directly access your favorite series and movies through an application is preinstalled, or that you can download! There is no shortage of examples of this type: you can also access video-on-demand, replay, and even games. The potential of your TV increases dramatically, right?
Like all smart devices, Smart TVs can be enriched with new features and optimizations developed by their manufacturer. One of the easiest ways to update your TV is to connect it to your Internet connection. You usually do not have to do anything else, downloading updates are automatic. When an update is available, you will only have to validate its installation, which takes, at most, a few minutes.
Test your connection
The only condition for using online services on your TV is to have an ADSL connection with at least 2 Mb/s in downlink, i.e. from the Internet to your home. To be able to watch a video-on-demand service like Netflix in good conditions in HD, you need at least 5 Mb/s. How to measure this? It is extremely simple. On a computer, you go to the speed test site, and you launch the test. Once done, you will know what speed you have in Mb/s in the Reception section.
How to connect your TV to the Internet?
Now that you know the potential of your connected TV, you want to use it, and that is normal! However, how to do it? It is very simple: the only prerequisite is to have an Internet connection at home!
You have two choices: a wired connection, via an RJ45 cable to connect to your Internet box, or a wireless connection, via Wi-Fi. Note that all connected TVs have an RJ45 connector on the back, usually near the HDMI sockets. In most cases, connect an RJ45 cable to your TV and your box will automatically connect your TV to the Web, and you will only have to browse the online services.
To avoid having too many cables at home, perhaps you want to favor the wireless connection. To connect your TV to Wi-Fi, you will have to look for the corresponding option in the TV settings: it is generally very easy to find. After selecting your Wi-Fi network, all you have to do is enter your security key, and there you go! Note that some brands, like Philips or Sony, allow you to test the stability of your connection directly on your screen. A good way to make sure you have connected the TV to the web.
4K and Internet connection: what you need to know
The TV 4K Ultra HD are all connected and offer the same features that Smart TV Full HD. With, all the same, notable additions: as the name suggests, an Ultra HD TV can broadcast video in 4K, a definition 4 times higher than Full HD.
However, to benefit, for example, from Netflix content in Ultra HD on your 4K TV, it is imperative that you have a more powerful Internet connection than a simple ADSL. The flow of information necessary to download live Ultra HD video is much greater than for Full HD video. You will, therefore, need a Cable or Fiber connection to be able to stream Ultra HD on your TV.
This does not mean that you will not be able to watch videos in streaming or VOD on your Ultra HD television if you only have an ADSL connection: you will only have a video stream in Full HD, which is already very good!
You now have all the cards in hand to install your wall-mounted smart TV, connect your TV to the Internet, and use its connected features. A good reason to spend more time in front of your favorite programs!