How to Connect a DVD Player to a TV with a Router


A router works with a television and other audio/video devices to transmit signals from one room to another. A wireless router connected to a DVD player in one room, for example, can be used to enjoy movies on a television in another part of the building. A wireless adapter connects the TV to an Ethernet cable, while the base router connects to the DVD player with another Ethernet cable, which resembles a landline telephone cable with plastic connectors on each end.

Things You'll Need

  • Router
  • Ethernet cables
  • DVD player
  • TV
  • Plug an Ethernet cable into one of the free ports on the back of the router. The plug inserts in one direction only and seats in the port with a click.

  • Connect the other end of the cable to the Ethernet OUT port on the back of the DVD player.

  • Insert the plug on a second Ethernet cable into the port on the wireless adapter that comes with the router.

  • Attach the other end of the cable to the Ethernet port on the back of the television. Make a note of the name for this connection, such as LAN 1, for example.

  • Connect the DC power cords to the router and the wireless adapter, then plug the cords into an electrical socket or surge protector, which can then be connected to the wall outlet.

  • Turn on the equipment and press the "Input" button on the TV remote control repeatedly until the DVD player signal appears on the screen. Pressing the button until the input connection for the Ethernet cable appears on the TV screen, for example, LAN 1, accomplishes the same effect.

Tips & Warnings

  • Both the DVD player and the television must support an Ethernet connection in order to use the components with a router.
  • Unplug electronic equipment from the electricity while connecting cables to jacks.

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