Here's a question for the Roku network experts in the room.
I've been having a lot of headaches with Roku streaming sticks in my living room. I had one for a few months that didn't give me any issues, and then the point anywhere remote started to fail to connect and no amount of troubleshooting seemed to keep them paired for more than 24 hours.
I replaced that stick with a newer model, and similarly have not had any issues for weeks, but today the remote randomly lost pairing.
I hadn't previously tried assigning the Roku to a static IP address in my router, so I'm trying that now to see if that helps in general or at all (I don't see how it could hurt), my question is this:
I see that the Roku Stick AND the Roku Remote both have their own MAC addresses, but the Roku Remote's MAC address doesn't show up at all in my home network/router.
Does the Roku Remote connect to my actual home network, or does it just use a wi-fi signal to connect to the streaming stick?
If I'm assigning the stick a static IP address, do I need to assign the same one to the remote? A different one to the remote? Do I need to put the remote's MAC address into my network's leased IP table at all? (I assume no, but I want to be sure).
Also, does a Roku remote typically lose connection if/when the router channel changes via it's automatic channel changing feature? I haven't assigned my router a permanent wireless channel, and I don't necessarily want to since I live in a building with a lot of router cross-talk.
Thanks in advance for the help.
Okay. I’ll set my router to a static wi fi channel and see if that helps.
The remote does not connect to your Wi-FI at all. It uses Wi-Fi direct and connects directly to the Roku. It could possibly be the Router changing channels is the issue, Roku only has one radio, so the frequency for the Wi-Fi direct and Wi-Fi channel on your router would be identical. I find it best to put a static channel in because some devices have trouble with the auto setting. Rokus seem to be one of the devices based on previous forum posts.