To get the most of popular devices like laptops, tablets phones and speakers you need to connect them to your home broadband via wi-fi. Each has their own method of getting online, so knowing how to do this can be confusing.
We’ll show you how to connect to your home wi-fi with step-by-step instructions for five top connected gadgets, so you can start enjoying them as soon as possible. Worried about slow broadband? Keep reading for tips on optimising your home set-up to boost your wi-fi performance.
How to set up Alexa on the Amazon Echo
Amazon Echo voice-controlled smart home device is equipped with vitual assistant Alexa, which responds to your requests. You can ask questions like “Alexa, what’s the weather like tomorrow?” or as it to control connected devices like Philips Hue lights or various home heating systems. There are a range of Amazon Echo devices, all controlled via the Alexa app.
- In the Alexa app, open the left navigation panel and then select Settings.
- Select your device and then select Update Wi-Fi. If you're adding a new device to your account, select Set up a new device instead.
- On your Amazon Echo device, press and hold the Action button until the light ring changes to orange. Your mobile device will then connect to your Amazon Echo device. A list of available wi-fi networks appear in the app. Note: The Alexa app may ask you to manually connect your device to your Amazon Echo device through your wi-fi settings.
- Select your wi-fi network and enter the network password (if required). If you don't see your wi-fi network, scroll down and select Add a Network (for hidden networks) or Rescan.
- Select Connect. After your device connects to your Wi-Fi network, a confirmation message appears in the app. You're now ready to use Alexa.
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How to set up the Amazon Kindle Oasis
The Oasis is the first waterproof Kindle – it will survive underwater to 1m for up to 60 minutes. Connect your Oasis to the internet to download eBooks from the Kindle Store and even browse the web.
- Tap the Menu icon (three vertical dots), then tap Settings.
- Tap Wireless or Wi-Fi & Bluetooth.
- Under Wi-Fi Networks, tap a network to connect. If you see a lock icon, a network password is required.
- If your wi-fi network and router support WPS (Wi-fi Protected Setup), your Kindle will detect it. From the Wi-Fi Password Required screen, tap WPS, and then press the WPS association button on your router to connect.
- If your network doesn’t support WPS, enter the wi-fi network password. If you don’t know this password, contact the person who set up the wi-fi network.
How to set up the Sonos Play: 5
Sonos is a multi-room speaker system that connects to your home wi-fi so you can stream music from your phone or computer to individual speakers like the Sonos Play 5. Controlled using the Sonos Controller app, you can play music that’s stored on your device or from an online service like Spotify or Google Play.
- Plug in your Sonos product to the mains power. Download the Sonos app to your phone, tablet or a computer that is connected to your home wi-fi network.
- Open the Sonos app and select ‘Setup New System’. When you're presented with a choice between STANDARD and BOOST setup, select STANDARD and follow the on-screen prompts.
How to set up the Nintendo Switch
Nintendo has sold a staggering 10 million Switch units since its launch. This versatile console can be played as a handheld or connected to a TV or monitor. Once online you can buy games and enjoy multiplay gaming with other connected users.
- Place the Nintendo Switch within 10 feet of the wireless router to ensure a strong wireless signal.
- On the Nintendo Switch console, select ‘Settings’ from the Home menu.
- Select ‘Internet,’ and then ‘Internet Settings’.
- Select your wi-fi network name (SSID) from the list.
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How to set up a Google Pixelbook/Chromebook
The Google Pixelbook is a Chromebook, a web-based computer designed to be used with an internet connection. Instead of using applications stored on your hard drive, programs are based in the cloud.
- Turn on your Chromebook.
- Click your account photo.
- Click No network. Note: If you see ‘Connected to’ and your wi-fi network name, your Chromebook is already connected to wi-fi.
- To turn on wi-fi, click the switch.
- Your Chromebook will automatically look for available networks and show them to you in a list.
Top tips to optimise your home wi-fi setup
Did you know the position of your router could affect your wi-fi performance? If you’ve had issues with your home broadband’s speed, it may be that your router is not in the best place. Follow our tips to find the best place for your BT Home Hub:
Tip 1: Place it in the middle of your home rather than at one end
Tip 2: Make sure it’s away from thick walls (the thicker the walls the harder it is for the signal to pass through)
Tip 3: Try and place it in an elevated spot (on a shelf or a table)
Tip 4: Keep it away from windows and the TV
Check out the video below to find out more