Getting Started - Setup & How-to

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GeorgiaBree
Level 7

My roku express

I have bought a roku express set and I don’t know what I need to do. Do I need to have WiFi or can I pay via roku 

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Strega
Level 12

Re: My roku express

The Express uses Wi-Fi.  The Ultra can use Wi-Fi or Ethernet.  You can buy shows/programming via Roku, but Roku is not an ISP.

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DBDukes
Level 15

Re: My roku express

Roku delivers its content via an Internet connection. The side of the box should say that an Internet connection is required.

The Express only connects to your network via WiFi, so if your Internet setup must include WiFi.

Roku has a video on this page that might help with setup: https://www.roku.com/products/roku-express 

DBDukes
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GeorgiaBree
Level 7

Re: My roku express

So can I use the roku without WiFi if I purchase the channels ? 

thank you 

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GeorgiaBree
Level 7

Re: My roku express

Can I use my mobile phone  WiFi 

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DBDukes
Level 15

Re: My roku express

You can use your phone's hotspot, but what most providers don't tell you is that after a certain bit of usage, they'll throttle your service. That is, after around 20-22 GB data use, they don't cut you off (unlimited) but they will cut your speed. That might make using your hotspot a less than optimal experience.

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DBDukes
Level 15

Re: My roku express


@GeorgiaBree wrote:

So can I use the roku without WiFi if I purchase the channels ? 

thank you 


Roku requires an Internet connection to stream. The Express connects via WiFi only.

DBDukes
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GeorgiaBree
Level 7

Re: My roku express

No one has explained it and I can’t get hold of anyone  to ask. 

would you  be so kind as to run through how I set it up on my hotspot I have unlimited data 

thank you 

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DBDukes
Level 15

Re: My roku express


@GeorgiaBree wrote:

No one has explained it and I can’t get hold of anyone  to ask. 

would you  be so kind as to run through how I set it up on my hotspot I have unlimited data 

thank you 


Just a reminder: this is a bad idea. Unlimited data will be throttled after 20+ GB usage and it will be unwatchable. You have been served notice twice. If you still want to proceed, okay. It's on you.

Depending on your phone, there can be different ways of turning on a hotspot. I have an iPhone, so I can tell you you go to Settings > Personal Hotspot > Allow Others To Join [ON]

You'll see your password in the Wi-Fi Password section. That's what your Roku will need to seek. Once you have your hotspot on, then power up your Roku. It will walk you through the setup, to include network connection.

DBDukes
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Strega
Level 12

Re: My roku express

Just repeating above that most cell providers don't really have "unlimited data" in the way most people assume.  (And it is often limited even sooner on the hotspot because they know you are far more likely to reach it there.)

That said: On Android, Settings->Network & Internet -> Hotspot & Tethering->Set up Wi-Fi hotspot.