The Sharp Aquos Smart TV can run apps, as a tablet or smart phone does; many of which need internet access. But you may update your router or add more security to your network while you own the TV. So the info for logging into your WiFi may change often. Then after such a change, the TV can no longer connect. Then it loses its internet access until you update its WiFi settings. So in this piece, we demo changing WiFi on a Sharp Aquos TV, to restore its internet functions.
The Role of WiFi in Sharp Aquos TVs
Aquos high definition televisions typically get that access via a WiFi wireless network. This means that when you first set up this HD TV, you must program the WiFi details into it. Then, the TV stores this data, and uses it to log into the network when it needs internet-based resources.
Why you Must Change WiFi Sometimes
But for many reasons, this info may later go stale. To update it you must enter new info for the TV’s default WiFi network. For example, you may decide down the road to change your WiFi network name, password, or other network parameters. This often happens when you…
- Buy a new wireless router.
- Forget the old SSID and password that your now-obsolete network used for login. So you make up new names, passwords, et al.
Once the network data in the TV are no longer right, it can no longer connect to WiFi. Thus, any internet apps that you run on it will not work.
Signs of WiFi Problems
Our 2011 vintage Sharp Aquos HD TV does not let you know right away about failed WiFi connections. Instead, you find about them when you run an internet based app like Netflix or Hulu. So, you may not see for some time that it has lost its WiFi link. This could happen if you spend most of your time watching regular or HD channels, as shown above.
But when you do access internet-enabled apps, you’ll see a problem. In the Netflix case for example, the system may tell you that the network connection is currently down. Then it prompt you to try logging into Netflix again. Or, it may just throw up the Netflix splash screen, and then seem to just hang or lock up. Exiting the app and restarting does not clear this up. When an app repeatedly fails to run, this likely means that something is wrong with the television’s Internet connection.
Changing WiFi on Sharp Aquos TV Instructions
Follow the routine below to deduce the problem and to connect the Aquos HD TV to working WiFi.
1. View Current WiFi Network Status on the TV
Each app may act differently to a lost WiFi connection. Plus, these symptoms often appear for other reasons as well. So to check that your television has indeed lost WiFi, bring up the network status screen as follows.
Access the set’s main menu by pressing the MENU button on its remote control. The menu appears across the top of the screen, as shown next.
2. Go to Initial Setup Item
Then, highlight the Initial Setup menu item. For that, press the remote control’s left and right arrow keys some times. Stop when that app image turns blue, as shown next.
3. Next, Go to Internet Setup Item
Then move into that menu with the remote’s DOWN arrow key. Stop on the Internet Setup option, as shown next.
4. Press the Enter Button
Next. press and release the ENTER button on the remote.
This takes you to the Internet Setup menu, as shown next.
5. Press the Enter Button Again
Next, press the ENTER button on the remote.
The TV then displays the “Network Setup” screen, as shown next.
6. Press the DOWN Arrow Key
Then, press the DOWN arrow key on the remote once. This selects the Wireless Setup menu item, shown next.
The TV then fills in the right two-thirds of the screen with the currently-saved network info. It also shows the connection status.
Note in the next picture that the TV is NOT connected to the WiFi network NETGEAR61. How do we know this? Because the Transmission Type and Signal Strength fields are blank (showing dashes). This is proof that the TV no longer connects to the saved wireless network. So to get it online again, you must update the WiFi details on it. Look at step 7 below to see a version of this screen that shows a properly-working WiFi connection.
7. Enter Wireless Setup
Then, with the “Wireless Setup” menu item highlighted, press the ENTER key on the remote. This highlights the “Change” button, as shown in the next picture.
8. Bring Up the Select Connection Method Page
Next, press and quickly release the ENTER key on the remote. This brings up the “Select Connection Method” screen.
Once this screen appeared, we used the remote’s arrow keys to select the “Search” item, as shown next. We could have also used the “WPS” or “Manual Setup” options. But instead, we chose to use the Search method in this demo.
If you select WPS, follow the instructions that appear on the screen. When your network connection is made, skip down to step 7 below.
Or, you could manually enter the new network’s SSID, security type, and password without scanning for it. Do this by picking the Manual Setup option. Setting up connections in this way is beyond the scope of this piece. But the prompts are pretty straight forward. If you go that route, then you’ll see a lot of the same screens as are shown in this routine.
9. Scan for WiFi Networks
Then, press ENTER on the remote. This initiates a scan of both the 2.4 and 5 Ghz. bands for in-range wireless networks. This television can connect to either Wireless G or N networks. Networks of all eligible types will show up in the resulting list on the “Select Wireless Network (SSID)” screen that appears when the network scan is complete. This is shown next.
10. Choose the Network you Want
Use the remote’s UP and DOWN arrow keys to highlight the network to connect the TV with. In our case, we want the 937T681J4059H_5G network. So we chose it as shown above.
When you choose a network, press and quickly release the remote’s ENTER key.
This brings up the Enter security key for the wireless router screen, as shown next.
11. Tap the Enter Key
Press the ENTER key again, to bring up the on-screen Sharp Aquos alphanumeric keyboard, as shown next.
12. Type in the WiFi Password
Move around the onscreen keyboard with the remote’s arrow keys to find each character. When you highlight a character you want, press the ENTER key on the remote. This adds it to the password buffer, which appears across the top of the keyboard.
To Get Capital Letters
Highlight and click the CAPS (ON, OFF, LOCK) key to switch between lowercase, single uppercase, and all uppercase letters.
To enter letters, navigate to the “Character Set” menu, and select the “Alphabet” character set. For numbers, again move to the Character Set pull down menu, and select the “Numbers” character set. When typing in symbols and punctuation, choose the Sign character set.
To Delete Characters
To erase characters, navigate to the “Return, Delete” key and press the ENTER key. This erases the character beneath the cursor. Then it moves all characters to the right of the cursor, one spot to the left. They then fill in the space where the deleted symbol was. Press the Clear key to erase all the characters typed so far, and start over.
An example of this keyboard with a partially-entered password is shown in the next picture. Notice the so-far entered characters in the edit field across the top of the keyboard.
13. Move to the Onscreen Done Key and Press Enter on the Remote
Once you punch in the password, move to the Done key. Then quickly press and release the ENTER key on the remote. The onscreen keyboard then closes, revealing once again the Enter Security Key screen, but with the password field there now filled in with stars, as shown next.
You have now entered the WiFi password.
14. Connect to the WiFi Network
Start a connection attempt to the network by highlighting the Next button on the screen in the last picture. Then quickly press and release the ENTER key on the Aquos remote.
The onscreen keyboard now closes. Then the Establish wireless connection screen appears. Here, you see the chosen network SSID, security type, and key that you typed in, as shown next.
Note that we blanked out the password with “pink paint,” as the password is visible on this screen.
Verify that the key, as displayed here, is correct. If it is not, you may press the RETURN key. This starts a new scan for in-range wireless networks. Then it takes you back to the list of WiFi networks this scan found. See this list displayed in step 3 above. Pick up from there, to re-enter the security key (password).
But if the password looks right, quickly press and release the ENTER key on the remote.
The TV then tries to connect with the new network. You may see Connecting… messages for three or five seconds while the Aquos contacts the WAP.
But if all goes well, the Wireless setup completed screen displays, as shown next.
15. Check that you Now have a Good WiFi Connection
Press the ENTER key on the remote, which again displays the “Setup wireless connection” screen. But this time, a successful connection is operating. Check this by looking at the Transmission Type and Signal Strength fields. These fields now, unlike the same screen in step 1 above, should have info in them.
You have now successfully configured your Sharp Aquos Smart Television to connect with a working Wi-Fi network. Press the EXIT key to leave the screen above, and return to regular TV viewing.
You’re done. Enjoy your Internet TV viewing!
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- 2015-08-31: Originally published.