Start streaming your favorite shows and movies today by following this ultimate guide to set up IPTV at home.
Gone are the days when tech-giants like Intel, Google, and Microsoft were in the race to develop the most cutting-edge IPTV service. IPTV (or Internet Protocol Television) has gained immense popularity over the years. Thanks to its restrictionless content formats, viewers can pick any program to watch at any time.
There are controversies around the illegal use of the content without the consent of copyright owners. However, as long as all the right boxes are checked in the set-up process, it is well within the legal framework. Let’s quickly walk you through it then, shall we?
Step 1: IPTV Set-Top Box vs Smart TV: Make the Right Choice
Before we even begin setting up IPTV, make sure to choose the right medium. Typically, IPTV content can be streamed using either a dedicated set-top box or a smart TV with IPTV built-in.
While at first glance, smart TVs look like less of a hassle and a better option, IPTV boxes are actually the smarter choice. The problem with smart TVs is that they quickly become obsolete and replacing them isn’t cheap. Moreover, 4K availability and UI performance are always better with IPTV boxes.
Step 2: Select the Right IPTV Set-Top Box
Now that you have decided to go for an IPTV set-top box, you have another difficult decision to make. You will want to pick a set-top box that offers varied content options and a smooth streaming experience. Also, one that is safe and reliable, like Infomir’s IPTV MAG 420. It boasts 4K support, super-fast processing, and minimal network load, all in a highly cost-effective package.
Step 3: Consult an IPTV Provider to Purchase a Subscription
Once you have the set-top box, you need an IPTV subscription, just like cable TV or Amazon Prime. Two factors are important here – location and compatibility. Choose a provider who is close to your location to avoid lag. Choose a package that is compatible with the TV and set-top box.
Step 4: Sign in to get access to the IPTV account for a free trial
This is a bonus step that shouldn’t be missed. Most subscriptions come with a free trial. You can check the compatibility, clarity, and value for money during this trial and then decide whether or not to purchase a subscription.
Step 5: Find the Best IPTV App for Your Box
Moving on to a streaming medium, which will be available in the form of an app. Most IPTV apps are free, and it is the only way one can stream media using their subscription. Make sure to choose one that supports m3u and EPG formats for smooth playlist loading.
Step 6: Install the App
Install the IPTV app in 3 easy steps:
- Install a file explorer if the set-top box doesn’t already have one.
- Open the download window to check downloaded files.
- Install the preferred IPTV app.
Step 7: Activate Your Account
A code is sent to your email account as soon as the app is installed. Simply click on the ‘I have a code’ option and enter the code, then submit. Your account is now ready to stream!
Step 8: Enable the m3u Link in the IPTV App
Now that you have the app and subscription ready, they need to be linked. This link acts like an authentication that the subscription provider gives you.
Simply paste the URL in the ‘add playlist’ section. Verify the connection between your set-top box and your service provider’s server to enable streaming.
Step 9: Set up a VPN (Optional)
VPNs ensure the privacy and security of an IPTV network. When streaming on a legal network, you need not worry about being blocked. But it is a way to ensure that your browsing history stays private and untraceable.
Step 10: Optimize Your Wifi for Smooth Streaming
Finally, to ensure an uninterrupted streaming experience, make sure your bandwidth gives at least 10Mbps of speed. If there still is a weak link slowing down your connection, there are several tips to further optimize your Wifi connection.
The steps include activating a second band (preferably 5GHz) on top of the 2.4HGz, extending signal range, upgrading the router, and more.
Once done, the set-up is officially complete.
It’s that simple! All in all, you have to be careful about your choices if the aim is longevity and quality entertainment. Go ahead, try this step by step process, and enjoy a varied and rich TV viewing experience.