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Can a Roku LE not connect to 5GHz wifi?

I’m a youth pastor. My church recently received a Roku LE as a gift for our youth room. We also received a little couch and a TV, so I was excited to set up a little hangout area in our youth room to start off the new year with something new and cool.

But the Roku won’t detect the church wifi. I have tried restarting it, and just about every other device in the room (iPad, Mac Mini, my iPhone) will connect. The Roku won’t. It won’t even find my phone’s hotspot.

After some research, I’m thinking it might be because the church now has 5GHz wifi. It seems some Roku models can’t connect to any wifi that’s not single band. Do you think this is the problem? If so, am I going to have to go buy a new Roku, a higher-end model to connect to 5GHz wifi?

Thanks for any help anyone can offer!

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Re: Can a Roku LE not connect to 5GHz wifi?


The Roku Express LE is a 2.4ghz-only device.  Depending on your network setup, the 2.4ghz band may have been disabled (or the 2.4ghz radio is not broadcasting).

Regarding your phone's hotspot, you may just have to toggle on the 2.4ghz band. 


If you decide to just upgrade, the Roku Express 4k+ is currently on sale for $30. Should be able to find it at Walmart, Target, Best Buy for this same price that is advertised on the Roku website.  The Express 4k+ is dual-band (both 2.4ghz and 5ghz) so you may find this the easiest route.



However, if you speak to whoever is in charge of the church network, maybe just verify that the 2.4ghz band is Enabled, the Wireless Mode is set to b/g/n. and they are using a Wireless Channel between 1 and 11 if you want to try again the Express LE.  Also, by using the 2.4ghz on your mobile hotspot, you should be able to get the Express LE to connect, but likely would not want to stream in that manner as the data usage may quickly use your hotspot data allowance.

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