A soundbar is simply a speaker system, that is placed below your TV screen to provide an immersive audio experience. It is shaped like a bar and is always placed right beside the TV.
They work by replacing the TV’s sound system with a better sound system with good sound quality.
A soundbar sometimes includes speakers, amplifiers, and subwoofers altogether in one. This decreases the hassle of getting separate speakers and other equipment.
Soundbars also come with Dolby Atmos technology and DTS:X which gives you great sound quality for your games or movies.
Vizio also provides Soundbars like the Vizio Elevate, which has the feature of rotating speakers, that move up and down automatically to match the location of the sound you see on screen.
So, if you have a Vizio soundbar, you might want to connect it with Wi-Fi. Why? Because, if you do not connect the soundbar with Wi-Fi then your soundbar could stop working.
Soundbars come up with regular updates and bug fixes. To be able to update the latest version of your soundbar automatically, it is essential that you connect it with Wi-Fi.
I’m sure you all know what wifi is. Wifi or wireless fidelity refers to the communication standards for the wireless network which works as a Local Area Network to operate without using the cable and any types of wiring.
How to connect Vizio Soundbar to Wi-Fi
Since soundbars have started becoming very common because people want to be able to enjoy their movies and games in HD video and sound quality.
It becomes important that we purchase one ourselves and connect it to Wi-Fi. It is not at all hard to establish a connection; we just need a few things before we start.
What you need:
- A proper Wi-Fi connection
- A Vizio Soundbar
- A smartphone
Steps to connect Vizio Soundbar to Wi-Fi
Step 1: Download the app
You will have to download an app called ‘Vizio Smartcast’ on your smartphone. If you are using an iPhone, download the app from ‘the app store’. If you are using an Android smartphone, then download the app from ‘The Play Store’.
Vizio Smartcast app will also help you get the benefits of many features. You can use the app to access your TV, search on streaming platforms, etc. Basically, it is like another remote with extra features.
Step 2: Setting up the Soundbar
Next, you need to set your Vizio soundbar to Wi-Fi setup mode. To do that, press the menu button on the Vizio remote, and find the Wi-Fi setup option using the arrows on your remote. Then select, using the Vizio remote’s pause/play button.
Also, ensure that your smartphone is connected to Wi-Fi. It should not be connected to phone cellular data but only wifi.
Step 3: Use the Vizio Smartcast app
After you selected the wifi setup mode, the soundbar’s LED light should blink which indicates that it is set up for pairing mode.
Once set up, now open up the Vizio Smartcast app on your phone. On the top left corner of the app, there would be three dots.
Click on it, and a drop-down menu will appear, where you have to select “Device settings”.
Step 4: The connection
Lastly, once you click ‘Device settings’, another menu will open in which you have to look up ‘Vizio Devices.’ Then click on Add a new device.
Now, just add your Vizio Soundbar to the list and your Vizio Soundbar and Wi-Fi should be connected together.
That was all you had to do to be able to update your Vizio Soundbar. But you also need to go to settings, then hit the check for updates menu, and confirm that you want to install the upgrade.
The sound system will shut down and will upgrade to the most recent version. No confirmation is required if there are no accessible updates.
Why is my Soundbar not connecting to Wi-Fi?
There could be many reasons why your Vizio soundbar is not connecting to the Wi-Fi:
- Your soundbar might require resetting to be able to connect to the Wi-Fi. To reset your Vizio Soundbar, simply remove the soundbar from the power connection. This should turn off the soundbar. Then plug it back in and wait for it to switch on. Now, try connecting it to Wi-Fi once again.
- Ensure that the ‘Link’ option is turned on. You can turn this on by using your remote. However, some models may not have this option but it is still worth a try.
- Double-check to see if your smartphone is connected to the same Wi-Fi and that you have installed the correct version of the Vizio Smartcast app.
When your soundbar stops working, it means that it requires an update. This update cannot be done unless you connect the soundbar to the waif.
It’s very easy to connect it with Wi-Fi and steps on how to do the same have been described above in detail.
Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)
Q) Can I connect my Vizio soundbar to Wi-Fi?
A) Yes you can easily connect it. You just need to have a stable Wi-Fi connection and the Vizio smart cast app downloaded on your smartphone. Further details and instructions have been described in the article above.
Q) How do I connect my Vizio TV to the soundbar?
A) To connect your Vizio TV to the soundbar, you need to switch on the Bluetooth settings on your TV. Select the soundbar in your smart TV’s Bluetooth settings.
Q) What is Soundbar, and why do I need it?
A) Soundbar is an electronic device that acts as your TV’s sound system by producing bigger and better sounds for you to hear.
It is a very good alternative to speakers and an amplifier. If you feel like the audio coming from your TV is poor and that you are not able to hear it properly, then it is recommended you purchase a Soundbar.