How to set up a Steam Link device to play nearly any computer game on your TV

xbox oneShutterstock

In 2015, the Valve Corporation released Steam Link, which allows users to stream Steam content through their computer wirelessly to a television. Since its release, although the device has been discontinued as of 2018, Steam Link has been a valuable tool for gamers who prefer playing on their living room TV.

Before you set up your Steam Link, make sure you have one HDMI cable, and the Steam Link power adapter. Additionally, if you have an ethernet cable, you should consider connecting your Steam Link directly to your router to increase your connection strength. However, this isn't required.

Note that there is a software version of Steam Link, available as an app for iOS, Android, and other platforms. This app lets you play Steam games on your phone and some smart TVs. This guide will focus on the hardware version of Steam Link, which lets you connect to a TV.

Check out the products mentioned in this article:

Steam Link (From $64.30 at Amazon)

Steam Gift Card (From $20 at Best Buy)

MacBook Pro (From $1,299.99 at Best Buy)

Lenovo IdeaPad 130 (From $299.99 at Best Buy)

How to set up a Steam Link

1. Launch Steam on your computer and select "Steam" in the top-left corner of the screen. In the dropdown menu, select "Settings" if you're on PC, or "Preferences" if you're on a Mac.

2. Once you're in Settings, click on "Remote Play" and check the box that says "Enable Remote Play."

Image 1Be sure to keep your computer on while setting up your Steam link until the installation is complete.Taylor Lyles/Business Insider

3. Unbox your Steam Link. Each Steam Link package includes a power cable, ethernet cable, and an HDMI cable. Connect the HDMI cable to your TV. Make sure you have a mouse and keyboard or controller, as you'll need it for the rest of the installation process.

4. Once the Steam Link is powered on, you'll see a couple of screens appear. These are basic settings to help set up the Steam Link on your TV. You'll have the option to adjust your screen display, as well as select your refresh rate and resolution.

5. Next, connect to your host computer. Your Steam Link will automatically detect available computers that are currently running Steam. If you search for a device, you will need to enter your computer's hostname - one of its names associated with its network connection - or its IP address. If you need to find your IP address, check out our articles on how to find your IP address on a Windows computer, or how to find it on a Mac computer.

Image 3Keep your gaming PC on so that Steam Link can detect the device.Taylor Lyles/Business Insider

6. After you've connected to your host computer, your Steam Link will display a four-digit PIN number. On your host PC, head to "Settings," then click "Remote Play," enter the PIN, and click "Pair Steam Link," and you'll be set to begin using your Steam Link.

Image 4Enter the authorization PIN and click &quotPair Steam Link."Taylor Lyles/Business Insider

After you finish setting up your Steam Link, you can begin installing and playing games on your Steam Link. If you want to install games remotely through your Steam Link, click on "Library" and chose the game you wish to download.

Image 5Once the Steam Link is set up, you'll be able to install your games onto the Steam Link.Taylor Lyles/Business Insider

Related coverage from How To Do Everything: Tech:

Insider receives a commission when you buy through our links.

{{}}
Add Comment()
Comments ()
X
Sort By:
Be the first one to comment.
We have sent you a verification email. This comment will be published once verification is done.