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How to Connect Roku to Wi-Fi Without Remote
Losing the Roku remote is certainly
a problem that can happen to anyone. Finding a way to edit your network
settings without a remote is a useful thing to know just in case you find the
need to do it. Toward that end, we’ll show you some tips on how to connect your
Roku device to a Wi-Fi network without the Roku Remote.
One of the first things you’ll need to do before proceeding to the workaround is to install the Roku mobile app on a mobile device. This will serve as a stand-in remote so that you can edit the settings for your Wi-Fi setup. The Roku mobile app is available on both Google Play and the Apple iOS store.
Because Roku offers API or Application Program Interface to third party developers, some of them have developed a Chrome Extension for the Roku app called Remoku. This works similarly to the Chrome app, but instead of using a mobile device, you can use a computer with a Chrome browser installed. If both your computer and Roku device are on the same network, this will work similarly to the Roku app.
To be able to connect the Roku to a
Wi-Fi network, you’ll need to make sure that both the Roku Device and your Roku
app are both on the same network. If your Roku has an Ethernet cable port, this
is a simple matter of using that as a wired network connection first. To do
The newer versions of Roku are
Wi-Fi connection only, so unfortunately the first method will not work. There
are workarounds to this though that will depend on whether or not you know the
old Wi-Fi network that your Roku device was connected to. If you do, you’ll
need two mobile devices for this to work. If you don’t know the old Wi-Fi
connection, or the Roku device has been reset, then the method you’ll use will
If you know what the old Wi-Fi
connection is, what you’ll need to do is to trick your Roku device that it’s
connecting to the old network. You can do this by setting up one mobile device
as a mobile hotspot and then using the second device as a controller.
Mobile Hotspot and Tethering is
usually under the Network and Internet tab of your phone’s settings. Change
both the name and the password of your mobile’s Hotspot settings to that of
your Roku device’s old network settings. Once both your phone’s Hotspot and the
Roku device are turned on, Roku should connect automatically to the network.
Connect your second mobile to the Hotspot, then open the Roku mobile app. Use
the Remote function by clicking the icon, then change the Wi-Fi settings as indicated
on the instructions above.
If you don’t know your old Wi-Fi
name and password, or if the Wi-Fi settings have been reset, then the process gets
a bit harder. The first workaround will not work here, as the app will not
detect your Roku device. What you can do is borrow a Roku Remote then connect
it temporarily to your device.
To pair another Roku remote to your
Roku device, push the Pairing button for at least five seconds, and an
indicator light will show if it has been paired. The pairing button is at the
bottom of the remote, above the battery cap.
Once the remote is paired, navigate
to the Network Settings to change or set up your Wi-Fi connection. Once set up,
you can use your mobile device connected to the same network as a remote instead.
Losing your Roku remote will
certainly be a problem especially if you’re trying to connect to a new network.
Being able to do this by using a workaround is a useful piece of knowledge to
Do you have any other tips on how
to connect the Roku to a Wi-Fi network without a remote? Share your thoughts in
the comments section below.
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