Please forgive me if this topic has been covered before. I have several Roku Express+ streaming players.
I have two different TVs in my living room so I can have two channels on at the same time. Both TVs have their own Express+ connected to them -- which means that I also have two Express+ units in front of me.
It seems that each individual Express+ remote can work interchangeably with ANY Express+ unit, which means that changing the channel on one TV automatically makes the other unit do the same thing. I usually have to get up and physically place something in front of the Express+ that I don't want to communicate with to block the IR signal -- which leads to my question.....
Is it possible to pair a single remote strictly for each individual Express+ or is there no option to do this?
There may be a way to do it via network using the Roku app, but other than that you have to keep your devices seperated and be very careful with the IR remote. It's done to help people that damage/lose remotes to make all Rokus (no matter the type) be able to use any remote.
Thank you for the quick reply. I looked on my Roku app under SETTINGS to see if there was a pairing option, but could not find one. So I guess that each Express+ is designed to work with any remote.
I suppose I can do some reconfiguring and position the two players out of the same line of sight and that should work.
The Express and Express + only support IR remotes, so you can't pair an advanced remote to them. Since IR cannot be assigned to a single device, there's no way to separate them. As mentioned, there is an app for iOS and Android that allows controlling the device over the network, so you can control them individually that way. But with a standard Roku remote, there's no way. If they are both in the same room, IR will most likely bounce off the wall and hit both of them, regardless of room placement. I find with my IR remotes I usually don't have to point them directly at the device because of the bounce. This of course is room dependent, so your situation might be different.
Keep in mind, it's light -- just light that slightly below the visible spectrum -- that is used to send the codes to the Roku devices. Changes in the room -- people, pets, a clock on the wall, wind/AC blowing curtains, different shade clothing -- could change the dynamic of the room to cause a reflection of the light to hit the sensor of the other Roku. So you'll want to be certain to periodically check to see if both devices are being impacted.
Glad it's working for you. Just be aware that there are things that could reflect the light from the remotes that could impact that.
I too have two Roku Express devices in the same room and have been unable to solve the problem that creates without getting up and walking across the room or covering up one device.
I was wondering if I swap out one of the Express devices for a Streaming Stick or an Ultra device, would that solve the problem?