How to turn a regular TV into a Smart TV

Many users who once purchased a regular TV, wonder if it is possible to convert it into a Smart TV, and how to do it. Let's face it, it is more than realistic, and on the market today there are many proposals in the form of set-top boxes that fully simulate the interactive features of the most innovative TVs with built-in Smart TV system.

With these functional consoles you can surf on the internet, use all sorts of online-streaming platforms and even play video games. In this article we will explain how to connect the Smart TV console to the TV and which set-top boxes are worth looking at, because today the market is saturated with offers.

To begin with, let's understand what a Smart TV set-top box with the Android operating system is. This device, as a rule, has a small size, which makes it easy to merge with any interior in the room, and with any TV, without disturbing the aesthetics of even the Samsung logo. It is connected via HDMI-connector that is present on all modern TVs. You can power the set-top box from the mains or using a USB connector, which depends on the features of the device itself. Most often, Smart TV set-top boxes have Wi-Fi connection, Bluetooth and several wired ports.

In fact, the set-top box is an analogue of a tablet without a screen, where the TV itself acts as a monitor. Almost all the modern console models come with a remote control, but sometimes a keyboard and mouse are used for this purpose, which makes the device a full-fledged computer. Some Smart TV consoles have a microphone and a camera, which even allows you to communicate in messengers.

How to Connect a Smart TV set-top box

In order to establish a connection between the device and the TV, you need the Smart TV Box itself, a TV (not the oldest model, as it has to have the necessary inputs) with an HDMI connector, a remote control, or a mouse with a keyboard (only if no remote control is included), and a connection cable.

In the connection process, simply connect the devices with the cable and select the signal source on the TV. On the set-top box, select the type of network from which the information will be taken. Most often Wi-Fi is used for this, but you can also use a cable connection. After performing all the above simple manipulations, the device is ready to work. Here, of course, the most important thing is to make sure that the Internet speed is good, and if there are problems with the connection, they can be easily corrected by yourself, clearly following the instructions on Samsung TV troubleshooting WiFi.

Let's look closer at setting up and connecting the console on the example of Defender Smart Android HD2. When unpacking the device on the back you can see its technical specifications. The set comes with a power adapter, connection cable, manual, and cable with a USB connector for linking to power sources.

The first thing to do is to power up the device. To do this, you can use not only the appropriate adapter, but also a USB cable, if the TV allows you to power on. Connect the signal cable to the appropriate connector on the TV. Select the network through which you want to access the Internet. On the TV, select the HDMI power source. This varies from TV to TV. Once the set-top box has booted up, the operating system desktop will appear on the screen. Then you can start using all the features of the device.

In the main menu of the device there are 6 separate tabs, each of which is responsible for a particular function. For convenience, you can move them in different sequences, using the mouse cursor or the navigator on the remote control. When connecting to the Internet, a problem may appear in the form of a gray network icon. To solve it, you just need to restart the router and the console, and then Google Play will start working. It is also important to set the date and time correctly. If the data is incorrect, the online content store will consider the device as unauthorized.


Smart TV set-top boxes can solve the problem with the lack of desired functionality on your TV. They are easy to use and will fit all types of modern TVs. As an addition, you can buy a controller in the form of a mouse or keyboard, which will make using the device familiar and pleasant.

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