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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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SusanJG
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Recent purchase of a Roku Express

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I have a TCL Roku TV and love it.  Recently I bought a Roku Express for another TV for a cottage.  I bought a "Simple" remote because I didn't want a remote with voice commands.  Unfortunately the remote also doesn't have a TV Power Button either, which I sorely miss.  Is it possible to get a replacement remote with a TV power button?  Are the units and the remotes paired specifically preventing or allowing replacement or exchange of the remote?
 
Thank you for your help in this matter.
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Tivoburkee
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Re: Recent purchase of a Roku Express

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Roku still sells the Express with simple remote, meaning IR remote with no tv controls. 

There was only one model of Roku IR remote that had tv controls, it was released with Walmart Onn Roku Smart Soundbar*. All other Roku IR remotes that have tv controls are Roku tv IR remotes and are useless on Roku stand-alone devices like the express. 

So currently only Roku remotes with tv controls are wifi voice remotes. Sorry. 

 

* The Onn Soundbar remote only had Roku commands mapped to the Power, Volume, and mute keys. These Roku commands were roku cec commands, a roku devioce would see these commands and put out a signal over the hdmi cable to control a tv with cec feature. All tv's no matter what brand all respond to the same cec signals, so there is no need to program in the tv brand. 

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danitaz
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Re: Recent purchase of a Roku Express

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In addition to all of the other replies, you can get a third-party remote.  There are a number available that are Roku Express compatible, and can be programmed to control a TV as well, including regular channel changing, volume, etc.  Ours is probably overkill for your needs (the Inteset 422-3), but there are other IR remotes that will work for you, and many that come preprogrammed with Roku buttons.

Roku Express, Roki Streaming Stick, Roku TV.
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Re: Recent purchase of a Roku Express

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You can buy the Roku Voice Remote Pro. It’s rechargeable and you can turn off the voice with the side button. Which remote did you buy? You really can’t use any 3rd party universal remotes with Roku. Most Roku devices have a WiFi remote. Most Roku TV’s use an IR remote. What’s wrong the voice commands? Are you speaking about the microphone button on the remote?

Tivoburkee
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Re: Recent purchase of a Roku Express

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Roku still sells the Express with simple remote, meaning IR remote with no tv controls. 

There was only one model of Roku IR remote that had tv controls, it was released with Walmart Onn Roku Smart Soundbar*. All other Roku IR remotes that have tv controls are Roku tv IR remotes and are useless on Roku stand-alone devices like the express. 

So currently only Roku remotes with tv controls are wifi voice remotes. Sorry. 

 

* The Onn Soundbar remote only had Roku commands mapped to the Power, Volume, and mute keys. These Roku commands were roku cec commands, a roku devioce would see these commands and put out a signal over the hdmi cable to control a tv with cec feature. All tv's no matter what brand all respond to the same cec signals, so there is no need to program in the tv brand. 

Edmund
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Re: Recent purchase of a Roku Express

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I did not know that. But I just looked it up and the picture shows no power button. Self Explanatory

danitaz
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Re: Recent purchase of a Roku Express

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In addition to all of the other replies, you can get a third-party remote.  There are a number available that are Roku Express compatible, and can be programmed to control a TV as well, including regular channel changing, volume, etc.  Ours is probably overkill for your needs (the Inteset 422-3), but there are other IR remotes that will work for you, and many that come preprogrammed with Roku buttons.

Roku Express, Roki Streaming Stick, Roku TV.
I'm not a Roku employee. Just a TV streaming geek since 2008!

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SusanJG
Level 8

Re: Recent purchase of a Roku Express

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Since this is a Samsung TV in a cottage with guests staying temporarily, I am looking to minimize frequent charging or battery changes.  Its possible, that I should have bought the voice command remote and just turned off voice command, but I pictured an older guest screaming in frustration to a remote with voice commands turned off or alternately being horrified by a TV that was like a 1984 wall mount. 

The current guest seems perfectly content with using two remotes, so I may do nothing at all.  I am pleasantly surprised by the number of options to consider.  This experience has increased my Roku TV brand loyalty.   I am truly grateful to everyone who took the time to take one less annoying kink out of my life! 

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I have 3 TCL Roku TV's. That would be your best bet considering your situation. 

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SusanJG
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Re: Recent purchase of a Roku Express

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That's exactly what I have in my house!

The cast off TV went to the cottage... which was how I got into this predicament!

...I totally agree with you;

TCL Roku TV is the answer to everything TV in my opinion!

MilesT
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Re: Recent purchase of a Roku Express

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A great remote option for this situation is oneforall7935.  Can do roku simple IR codes for non-stick models out of the box, and can be set up for most TVs (has learning mode for unknown ones, although learning is fiddly). Quality feel.  Get a couple while you can.

Available in UK as well as US (your use of word cottage makes me suspect you might be in UK).

Top tip:  Put high quality precharged NiMH batteries in remotes..much less likely to leak (see lecture on topic on YouTube from bigclivedotcom), last a good while, and can be recharged (although they don't have to be..not that expensive to just replace or repurposed the recharged ones).

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