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Tips for connecting a PC or Mac to the Internet

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DIRECTV NOW can be viewed using most Internet browsers. Please see our comprehensive list of supported Devices and Browsers.

Most modem devices feature multiple Ethernet ports to enable hard-wired connections. Simply connect an Ethernet cable from your computer to an Ethernet port on your modem. Each modem has its own set of instructions, so check your manufacturer's user guide or website for specifics.

Basic Wi-Fi connection instructions vary depending on the personal computer and operating system you are using.

Once a connection to your modem has been made, open a browser, and confirm you are connected to the Internet. Visit the DIRECTV NOW site to sign in and watch.

For general assistance with your Mac connection, see Apple Support.

For general help with your Windows PC connection, see Microsoft Support. See also specific suggestions for specific Windows Operating Systems, below:

  1. If your computer or device has a wireless switch and/or radio button, switch it on.
  2. From the Start screen, press the Windows and C keys to bring up the menu.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Select the Wi-Fi Network icon to view available networks.
  5. Select the Wi-Fi network to which you wish to connect.
  6. Select Connect.
  7. If you plan to use that network in the future, select the Connect Automatically checkbox.
  8. If prompted, enter your Wi-Fi password in the Security key field.
  9. Select OK.
  10. Open a browser, launch DIRECTV NOW, and sign in to see movies and shows.
  1. If your computer or device has a wireless switch and/or radio button, switch it on.
  2. In the System Tray, select the wireless connection icon and to view available networks.
  3. Select the Wi-Fi network to which you wish to connect.
  4. Select the Connect button.
  5. If you plan to use that network in the future, select the Connect automatically checkbox.
  6. If prompted, enter your Wi-Fi password in the Security key field.
  7. Select the OK button.
  8. Open a Internet browser, launch DIRECTV NOW, and sign in to stream entertainment.
  1. If your computer or device has a wireless switch and/or radio button, switch it on.
  2. Select Start.
  3. Select Connect To.
  4. Select the name of the desired Wi-Fi network.
  5. Select the Connect button.
  6. If prompted, enter your Wi-Fi password in the Security key or passphrase field.
  7. Select Connect.
  8. Select the Save This Network and Start This Connection Automatically checkboxes, and then select the Close button.
  9. Select a location for the Wi-Fi connection, and then select the Close button. This configures the file sharing and security settings for the connection. We recommend you choose Public, as this is the most secure option. This location can be changed at a later date.
  10. Open a browser, launch DIRECTV NOW, and sign in to watch shows and movies.

Review Network Connection tips for additional information or contact your Internet Service Provider if you cannot connect to the Internet.

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