Using Streaming Stick 4K/4K+ Wired & Without Remote
It is possible to use a SS 4K/4K+ (382x) wired & without the remote - this is due to the fact that the 382x series shares the same SoC (Realtek RTD131x) as other newer models (480x/394x), and thus has the same native USB capabilities.
Desirable for use cases involving:
1) Lost remote: $20-30 to replace, vs $10-15 for USB>Ethernet adapter
2) Lost/unreplaceable Advanced/Long-range Wireless Receiver (WR002): currently unavailable, making the remote unusable if unavailable.
1) SS 4K/4K+ must be initially setup/configured using original (or compatible WiFi Direct) remote.
2) A compatible USB>Ethernet adapter (e.g. Cable Matters Micro USB to Ethernet 480Mbps adapter).
3) A phone/tablet/device with the Roku Mobile (or compatible) app to use as a remote control.
1) Disconnect "Advanced/Long-range Wireless Receiver" (WR002) USB cable from SS 4K/4K+ (set aside and store with original remote).
2) Connect Micro USB connector from USB>Ethernet to Micro USB port of SS 4K/4K+.
3) Connect Ethernet cable from modem/switch/router/gateway to Ethernet port of USB> Ethernet adapter.
4) Connect SS 4K/4K+ to HDMI port of TV/AVR/SB.
5) Power on USB>Ethernet adapter
6) Control SS 4K/4K+ using Roku Mobile (or compatible) app via phone/tablet/device.
1) Use of original (or other) WiFi Direct remote not possible since Advanced/Long-range Wireless Receiver (WR002) is not connected - SS 4K/4K+ MUST be controlled via Roku Mobile (or compatible) app
2) Use of Cable Matters USB>Ethernet adapter is preferred due to Gigabit Ethernet port (results in higher wired throughput than is otherwise possible via Fast/100Mbps Ethernet ports, including on the Ultra), though any adapter with a compatible chipset is usable: https://support.roku.com/article/360058027813
3) NOT compatible with any other SS (different SoCs).
The stick doesnt complain at all because of the native USB networking capabilities of the Realtek RTD1315 SoC - it automatically senses & configures for wired networking access (lists as wired, just like the 394x models).
It might not be for you (or others) now, while you have a (working) AWR/LRWR, but if it ever dies/breaks/disappears, you can still use your SS 4K/4K+ for $10-15 (assuming one doesn't already have a USB>Ethernet adapter - I have several USB>Ethernet adapters already for all sorts of Roku/Fire/Android/LG/etc Ethernet port-lacking streaming devices, in which case the cost is $0).
As far as dual/simultaneous wired/wireless, I have given it some thought, though I'll need to dig a little deeper into the RTD1315 and USB>Ethernet & USB OTG adapter chipsets/specs and do some experimenting before declaring it possible/impossible or reasonably feasible (its on a long to-do list)
Re: Using Streaming Stick 4K/4K+ Wired & Without Remote
Almost all of the Roku-compatible USB>Ethernet adapters' Amazon listings state they dont support Roku or "Roku Stick/Express" - most of these pages were made years before the Express 4K/4K+ were released in spring 2021 (let alone the Streaming Stick 4K/4K+ last fall), so the information doesnt apply for the new RealTek RTD131x SoC-based models - they are all compatible (good luck getting the vendors to change their Amazon product page information):
All the adapters listed as compatible with the Express 4K/4K+ are also compatible with the Streaming Stick 4K/4K+ (there are additional compatible adapters not listed, these are just the ones Roku tested in spring 2021 when the article was first released with the release of the Express 4K/4K+).
I purchased the cable matters adapter, it has ethernet port, with two usb cables coming out, one usb-A and the other micro-usb. Plugging an ethernet cable and using the micro-usb cable didn't work on either express 4k+ nor the SS 4k+. The two-color lights on the ethernet port never lit. So, I decided to plug the usb-A cable into usb power adapter and now it works with both Roku's. On the Express 4K+ you have a pick of wireless or wired internet. On the SS 4K+ there is only wireless listed, but it isn't checked like usual, and I have internet. Only remote control of the SS 4k+ is by cellphone app. No Long-Range receiver is connected.
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