My college roomate recently put her Roku 1 in our living room but it doesn't have a remote. When I got the app to try and connect it, the device does not pop up. I don't know how to connect the wifi if that is the issue or what.
You need a remote to get it connected to the Wi-Fi. You can't use an app until it's connected. You can find a cheap universal remote that supports Roku at any big box store.
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The Roku 1 is pretty old, but I suppose it should still work. Did it work in the other location?
If it doesn't perhaps you should try a new one, if it's in your budget..