Remotes & Accessories

Help with Roku remotes and accessories, including pairing a remote, setting up TV power & volume control, using voice commands, power adapters, cables, headphones, and wireless speaker accessories.
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VoraciousWays
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Wall of 4 TVs, will each remote work independently?

Hey! I currently have two Rokus that I was previously using at a bar & restaurant (which unfortunately closed due to the situation) ... Now I inherited both the Rokus and a bunch of flat screen TVs which I mounted to the wall of a theater room I am setting up at home (4 TVs total). Previously at the bar each Roku required using the proper remote to operate it (I'm assuming they were paired specifically to the associated Roku) and this is great as I want to be able to change the program on each independently without affecting the other TVs nearby. I would like to purchase a few more Roku's but I want to be assured I can pair each other them independently like the ones I already have seem to work. Do I need to purchase a specific type of Roku or do anything special to make sure I get the right kind of remotes? Thanks!

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Tivoburkee
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Re: Wall of 4 TVs, will each remote work independently?

Buy Roku Stick+ that only use wifi remotes, which are only paired to one roku at a time. Roku Ultra, ultra LT, Premiere+ all have the same wifi remotes, but they all  respond to IR remotes too, the same IR remotes. 

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AvsGunnar
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Re: Wall of 4 TVs, will each remote work independently?

You assume correct.  Each roku has is own paired remote.  You can use just about any roku remote with any device by pairing it first.  you cant just take a roku remote from device A and point it at device B.  You first need to pair it.

Gets a little squirrely when using universal remotes as you can change multiple rokus at same time with those.   Only a potential problem if you have them lined up next to each other or live in a house of mirrors. But as long as you use orig roku remotes, they are indendepently paired/assigned.

Certain elevated tier remotes (enhanced remotes) come with certain products.  But you can purchase an enhanced remote from roku, walmart, best buy etc and use with any roku product.  You have to look at each device to see what kind of remote it comes with.  Basically the two enhanced remotes include voice recognition, a mute button (or both) and two "programmable shortcut" buttons for launching apps in addition to the preloaded app buttons on the roku (netflix, hulu, etc)

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VoraciousWays
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Re: Wall of 4 TVs, will each remote work independently?

Hey! replying to this topic once more as I have yet to complete my project but now am looking to do so soon- just wanted to be certain I was making the correct purchase prior to sinking $300 or so into 7 Rokus.

I found this article : https://www.businessinsider.com/are-roku-remotes-interchangeable and they seem to outline two types of remotes - infrared & enhanced. I believe the two Rokus I have currently are the "Roku Streaming Stick +" (back says model = 3810x). As I mentioned these seem to be individually paired to their respective remotes (which is want I want for all the ones I plan to purchase). In my experience I generally haven't had a major problem getting the remotes to work regardless of where I am located and the Rokus are sort of buried behind the flat screens. They also appear to have a pairing button on the back when you remove the covering of the battery compartment. This would lead me to assume the remotes are of the "enhanced" variety? Could someone confirm this for me?

I was considering purchasing 7 Rokus from Amazon (this model - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0779JNY8H/?coliid=I2NAFQK99S6JAJ&colid=2BN3RR6XY6A9D&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig...) - would these function the same and allow each remote to work individually with the paired unit and not interfere with the other Rokus on the other TVs? Do they use the same "enhanced" style remote that will be more forgiving if the Roku units themselves are also behind large flat screens? If I am not looking at the right product what other type of Roku would satisfy the needs of my project. Please help! thanks!

- Chris

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DBDukes
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Re: Wall of 4 TVs, will each remote work independently?

There are currently two types of remotes: IR and WiFi Direct. Sticks use the WiFi Direct remotes, and each remote pairs to a specific device. You use the remote, and only that device responds. That's what you're after.

Some other Roku devices will work with the WiFi Direct remotes (some users say the cheapest will also, but I've never done that and won't address that). That Amazon link was to a stick device, and that will do what you want.

Be sure to completely set one device up before you go to the next device. That is, don't plug in two or three brand new sticks and try to pair them all at the same time. Do one. Then, when it's done, do the next. And so on.

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