Are you having trouble connecting your Samsung TV with other devices through Anynet+? Either it won’t connect or keeps disconnecting.
I do understand how frustrating it can be when your Anynet+ feature stops working, and you are unable to control your devices with a single remote. This issue can occur due to various reasons, such as incorrect setup, outdated firmware, software bugs, or hardware issues.
Samsung TVs Anynet+ feature is a convenient way to control all your devices with a single remote. However, sometimes it faces issues and affects connected devices, such as Apple TV, Soundbar, Firestick, and others, that do not connect with Anynet+.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss common reasons why Samsung TVs Anynet+ may not work correctly and what you can do to fix it.
To give an overview, I have created the below table to understand the issues and solution which occurs on various devices while using them with Anynet+.
|Firestick||No sound from TV or soundbar||Check the HDMI connection; turn off and on Anynet+|
|Unable to connect to Anynet+||Check compatibility of Firestick with Anynet+|
|Anynet+ not detecting Firestick||Unplug and replug Firestick; reset Anynet+|
|Apple TV||No sound from TV or soundbar||Check the HDMI connection; turn off and on Anynet+|
|Unable to connect to Anynet+||Check compatibility of Apple TV with Anynet+|
|Anynet+ not detecting Apple TV||Unplug and replug Apple TV; reset Anynet+|
|Gaming Console||No sound from TV or soundbar||Check the HDMI connection; turn off and on Anynet+|
|(Xbox, Playstation)||Unable to connect to Anynet+||Check compatibility of console with Anynet+|
|Anynet+ not detecting console||Unplug and replug console; reset Anynet+|
What Is Anynet+?
Let me give you a quick rundown of Anynet+ and what it can do for you.
Anynet+ is a feature exclusive to Samsung TVs that lets you control multiple devices connected via HDMI with just one remote. That means you no longer have to juggle multiple remotes for each device, making managing your media setup a breeze.
With Anynet+, you can seamlessly switch between different devices, like your Soundbar, Streaming devices like Apple TV, Roku, Firestick, or gaming console, without having to manually switch inputs on your TV. This feature allows you to have a smoother viewing experience.
In a nutshell, HDMI-CEC is a system that allows different devices to communicate with each other over an HDMI connection. Samsung has its own implementation of HDMI-CEC called Anynet+, while LG has its version called Simplink. Every TV company enhances the functionality of HDMI-CEC with its respective software and hardware to provide a seamless and user-friendly experience.
Typically, incorrect connection procedures, incompatible devices, or faulty HDMI cables are the main culprits for Anynet+ device pairing and connection problems.
To ensure successful device pairing and connection, here are some prerequisites and steps you can follow:
- Your Samsung TV should have Anynet+ (All Samsung TVs manufactured after 2008 have this feature)
- You should use an HDMI-CEC supported HDMI cable (All HDMI cables support HDMI-CEC functionality, provided they are not poorly manufactured)
- The devices you want to connect should support HDMI-CEC functionality
- Avoid using a universal remote to connect external devices
- Turn off Channel Search, Smart Hub, Initial Setup, etc. features on your TV
Now, let’s see how you can connect your external devices, such as a soundbar, home theater, gaming console, streaming devices, etc., to your Samsung TV’s Anynet+ functionality:
- Enable Anynet+ on your Samsung TV
- Using your remote, press Home and select Settings (All Settings) > General (Connection)
- Select External Device Manager and then Anynet+ to enable it
- Connect an external device to your TV
- Use an HDMI cable to connect the external device to your TV
- Turn on the device to establish a connection and control it from your TV’s remote control
By following these steps and prerequisites, you can easily connect your devices to Anynet+ and enjoy a seamless and hassle-free viewing experience.
Okay, these were all the steps you need to follow to connect your devices to Anynet+, now let’s see how you can fix any issues that may arise during the process or even after your devices get connected.
Anynet+ Device Not Connected Troubleshooting
If you are having issues with your Anynet+ device not connecting, follow the below troubleshooting steps to resolve the issue.
- Check all cable connections: Ensure that all cables are securely connected to both the TV and the device and that they are inserted properly into the HDMI port of the TV.
- Verify device compatibility: Check whether your device is compatible with Anynet+. Not all devices may be compatible with this feature.
- Reset or reconnect Anynet+ settings: Try resetting or reconnecting the Anynet+ settings on both the TV and the device. This can sometimes help re-establish a connection between them.
- Universal remote and Anynet+ conflict: Anynet+ cannot control an external device if there is both a universal remote control and an Anynet+ setup. Set up the device again as an Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) enabled device if the remote does not work.
- HDMI cable compatibility: Ensure that the HDMI cable that connects Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) enabled devices must support Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC). Some HDMI cables may not be able to provide Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) functionality.
- Turn on HDMI Device Link: Turn On the “HDMI Device Link” option along with “Anynet+” inside “TV Settings”.
Note: If you are having problems playing TV audio through your receiver when using Anynet+, you will need an optical cable to connect your TV to your receiver. ARC can only be used when an ARC-capable audio receiver is connected to the TV.
Useful: In case you are experiencing problems with eARC on your Samsung TV and need to troubleshoot, I have prepared a brief troubleshooting guide for Samsung eARC that might be helpful to you.
Disabling and enabling Anynet+ can often solve minor conflicts that may occur during the connection setup process. As such, I recommend trying this troubleshooting step if you’re experiencing issues with Anynet+ on your Samsung TV.
To turn off Anynet+ on your Samsung TV, follow these simple steps:
- Use your Samsung TV remote to press the “Menu” button.
- Navigate to “System” using the arrow buttons on the remote and press “Enter.”
- Locate “Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC)” and press “Enter.”
- Select “Off” and press “Enter” to disable Anynet+.
Alternatively, you can also disable Anynet+ through the following steps:
- Press the “Source” button on your Samsung TV remote.
- Select “HDMI” as the input source.
- Press the “Tools” button on your remote.
- Navigate to “Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC)” from the Tools menu and select “Off.”
Quick Tip: In the below video, you can see instructions to enable the “HDMI Device Link” along with” Anynet+” which also solves any glitches with the connection.
What to do if you’re still having trouble connecting your Anynet+ device
In case you still have issues with Anynet+ and it doesn’t work and you can’t control devices over HDMI-CEC despite following all the instructions above, then the HDMI cable is not compatible with both devices, or you need to contact Samsung’s support.
In conclusion, Anynet+ is a useful feature on Samsung TVs that allows you to control multiple devices connected via HDMI with just one remote. To connect your devices to Anynet+, you need to ensure that your TV and devices are compatible and that you have an HDMI-CEC-supported HDMI cable.
If you encounter any issues with connecting your devices, make sure that all cables are securely connected and inserted properly into the HDMI port of the TV. Check whether your device is compatible with Anynet+ and reset or reconnect the Anynet+ settings on both the TV and device if necessary.
It’s also important to note that if you have both a universal remote control and an Anynet+ setup, the external device may not be controllable. Some HDMI cables may not provide Anynet+ functionality, so be sure to use a compatible one. Finally, to play TV audio through your receiver when using Anynet+, you will need an optical cable or an ARC-capable audio receiver connected to the TV.
By following these steps and guidelines, you can enjoy the convenience and simplicity of Anynet+ on your Samsung TV.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do all HDMI cables support CEC?
The HDMI CEC feature was introduced with HDMI 1.0, and since then all HDMI cables manufactured are equipped with HDMI CEC functionality.
Moreover, poorly made and unreliable HDMI cables that claim to be HDMI CEC-enabled do not work with other devices that support HDMI CEC.
Does All Soundbar and Home Theatre Support HDMI-CEC Functionality?
As for the answer to this question, I’ll have to tell you that it really depends on the soundbar or home theatre system you own. Some models support HDMI-CEC, while others do not.
How Do I Clear Universal Remote Settings?
Anynet+ will not let you control your devices if they are connected with a universal remote control. In order to end this connection, you need to clear the codes that identify your device via the remote.
1. Remove the batteries from your Universal Remote.
2. After that, leave the battery removed for at least two minutes, so that the capacitor can drain its power.
3. Next, To drain all remaining stored power from your Universal Remote, long-press the power button for four seconds.
4. Lastly, You should press the power button again to verify that the signal light isn’t on.
That’s All, All of the codes stored or devices that were paired with your universal remote will now be cleared.