I have Roku express.. and the controller worked for a short period of time when I purchased it. So I downloaded the roku app to phone and now when I try to connect my Roku to new wifi.. its not syncing to my phone remote because the wifi isn't set up on device. How do I connect to wifi without original controller?
Sorry, but you can't. If you can configure your new Wi-Fi to match your old (same SSID/network name and password) it should connect, but otherwise you need a remote. If you remember the SSID and password and don't want to change your new Wi-Fi to match, there's another option, but it requires multiple devices like two phones or a phone and a tablet one of which can act as a hotspot. It's much easier to just go to any big box store and buy a cheap universal remote that supports Roku.
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The Roku app on a phone can only be used with Rokus that are already connected to your home network, so you have to use a method other than the Roku app to set up a new net connection. Here are your options:
Normally a remote compatible with your Roku model is used to set up the Roku's net connection. This is by far the simplest method.
Report back with your Roku model (and model number if you have it) and we can advise you on which remote you need.
You will need all of these:
-- A Roku that is still set up for its prior network. If it was no longer connecting to that network when you shut it down, if you have cleared its network settings, or if you have done a factory reset, your only recourse is to use a remote to set the Roku network connection up.
-- Knowledge of the network name (SSID) and password from your former network that the Roku is currently configured to use.
-- Access to your new router's control panel. If you don't have this access, scroll down to the third method.
-- A phone or other mobile device with the Roku app (not TheRokuChannel app) installed.
If you have ALL of the above:
Go into your router's control panel and set your new network to use the same network name (SSID) and password as your previous network.
Pull the power plug on your Roku for a few seconds then plug it back in. When it boots up it should connect to your reconfigured net.
Now when you connect your phone to this same net you should be able to use the Roku app to control your Roku once again.
This method is more complicated, but if you really need it …
In addition to a Roku still configured for its prior network and knowledge of the prior network's SSID and password as listed for method two, you'll also need:
-- A mobile phone with WiFi hotspot capabilities.
-- A second WiFi-equipped mobile device, either a phone or tablet, with the official Roku (not TheRokuChannel) app installed.
If you have all these things, here's how you do it:
1) Configure the WiFi hotspot on your mobile phone to use the same network name (SSID) and password from your former home network that the Roku is currently configured to use. If your hotspot can use the 5 GHz WiFi band, switch it to the 2.4 GHz band for compatibility with all Roku models.
2) After you turn on this hotspot, pull the power plug on your Roku for a few seconds then plug it back in. When the Roku starts up it should connect to the hotspot and through the phone to the internet. You just won't be able to control the Roku yet.
3) Connect your second device (phone or tablet) to the first phone's WiFi hotspot network.
4) Now that this second device and your Roku are both connected to the same WiFi hotspot, you can run the Roku app on the second device to gain control of your Roku using the app's remote control capabilities.
5) Using the app on the second device, set up the new network on the Roku, via Settings > Network > Set up network, using the new network's SSID and password.
6) When the Roku connects to the new network, disconnect the second mobile device from the WiFi hotspot and connect it to the new home network (SSID and password).
7) You can now continue to use the Roku app on the second device to operate your Roku on the new network.
😎 The Roku is no longer connecting to your phone's WiFi hotspot, so you can shut that down. If you wish, you can also use the Roku app on this phone to control your Roku.
If you decide to try this, please report back how it worked.
If you use method two or three I'd still suggest acquiring a compatible remote to make it possible to recover if your Roku ever drops its network connection and needs to be reconnected.
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