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Mjnott549
Level 7

Connecting Roku to WiFi without remote

I’m trying to connect my Roku to the tv, and my phone WiFi and tv WiFi are both connected. But I do not have the remote and need to connect manually, is there any way to look up the IP address to connect manually over the app???? I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. My tv isn’t popping up on the Roku connect devices part

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StreamerUser
Level 20

Re: Connecting Roku to WiFi without remote

You didnt mention your Roku model name/#.

You have 3 options:

1) Buy a remote - if its a stick model, you can get the $20 Voice Remote or $30 Voice Remote Pro from roku.com/Walmart/Best Buy/Amazon/etc.  For all other models you can get a $5-15 IR-only universal/Roku preprogammed remote, or use the official Roku remotes listed above.

2) Use the Remote app - If this Roku was previously connected to WiFi (and the information is still stored in it), you can change your new/current WiFi SSID name+password in your modem/router/gateway to match what is in the Roku, and assuming it connects, you'd then be able to access it with the app.

3) A complex convoluted method involving multiple devices and using your phone as a HotSpot - @makaiguy  may come along to provide it.

I heavily recommend #1

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makaiguy
Community Streaming Expert

Re: Connecting Roku to WiFi without remote

Here's the convoluted method mentioned by @StreamerUser :

This method is complicated, but if you really need it …

You will need ALL of these:

-- A Roku that is still set up for its prior network. If it was no longer connecting to that network when you shut it down, if you have cleared its network settings, or if you have done a factory reset, your only recourse is to use a remote to set the Roku network connection up.

-- Knowledge of the network name (SSID) and password from your former network that the Roku is currently configured to use.

-- A mobile phone with WiFi hotspot capabilities.

-- A second WiFi-equipped mobile device, either a phone or tablet, with the official Roku (not TheRokuChannel) app installed.

If you have all these things, here's how you do it:

1) Configure the WiFi hotspot on your mobile phone to use the same network name (SSID) and password from your former home network that the Roku is currently configured to use. If your hotspot can use the 5 GHz WiFi band, switch it to the 2.4 GHz band for compatibility with all Roku models.

2) After you turn on this hotspot, pull the power plug on your Roku for a few seconds then plug it back in. When the Roku starts up it should connect to the hotspot and through the phone to the internet. You just won't be able to control the Roku yet.

3) Connect your second device (phone or tablet) to the first phone's WiFi hotspot network.

4) Now that this second device and your Roku are both connected to the same WiFi hotspot, you can run the Roku app on the second device to gain control of your Roku using the app's remote control capabilities.

5) Using the app on the second device, set up the new network on the Roku, via Settings > Network > Set up network, using the new network's SSID and password.

6) When the Roku connects to the new network, disconnect the second mobile device from the WiFi hotspot and connect it to the new home network (SSID and password).

7) You can now continue to use the Roku app on the second device to operate your Roku on the new network.

8) The Roku is no longer connecting to your phone's WiFi hotspot, so you can shut that down. If you wish, you can also use the Roku app on this phone to control your Roku.

If you decide to try this, please report back how it worked.

I'd still suggest acquiring a compatible remote if only to make it much easier to recover if your Roku ever drops its network connection and needs to be reconnected.

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