How to Connect Roku to Wi-Fi.
Once you receive your Roku device, you will need to connect it to Wi-Fi. This allows you to set up your Roku account and access various streaming channels. If you don’t know how to connect your Roku to Wi-Fi, this guide will show you how.
You can also connect your Roku to the Internet via Ethernet. In this case, you simply plug an Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on your Roku and your device will be able to access the internet. However, if you want to use a wireless connection, you will need to set up the connection as described in this guide.
Connect Your Roku to a Wi-Fi Network for the First Time
To connect your Roku to a wireless network for the first time, you will use the Roku Guided Access wizard to set up connection details.
Here’s how to do it step by step:
Turn on Roku and follow the setup wizard. When Roku asks you to connect to a network, select “Wireless” > “Set up a new wireless connection”. Do not select Wired because you want to connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.
Roku will search for nearby Wi-Fi networks. If your network does not appear in the list after a scan, you can rerun the scan by selecting Scan again to see all networks. When you see the name of your wireless network in the list, select the network.
Wait for Roku to find compatibility with your network. This should only take a couple of seconds. Roku will ask you to enter your Wi-Fi password. Enter your password using the on-screen keyboard, then select Connect.
Your Roku device will connect to your Wi-Fi network. The device will then start the software update and install the available updates.
Now that your Roku is connected to the internet via a wireless internet connection, you can continue with the setup wizard and then access your favorite shows. Enjoy!
Connect Roku to a Wi-Fi Network After You’ve Set Up the Device
If you’ve already set up Roku and want to connect your device to a different Wi-Fi network, you can do so from the device’s settings menu. Using this method, you can connect your streaming device to any number of networks, but one at a time.
Keep in mind that your Roku will disconnect from your current network when you switch to another one.
Press the Home button on your Roku remote. Go to Settings > Network > Set up connection on the screen. Select Wireless because you want to connect your Roku to a Wi-Fi network.
Select a new Wi-Fi network from the list of available networks. If you don’t see your network, search for nearby networks again by selecting Scan to see all networks again.
Enter your Wi-Fi network password and select Connect.
Your Roku is now connected to the wireless network of your choice. You can now continue to access all of your streaming channels on your device.
Issues Connecting Roku to a Wi-Fi Network
Sometimes you may have trouble connecting your Roku to a Wi-Fi network. These problems are usually the result of various network failures, and you can fix most of these problems by applying a few simple methods.
Use the correct Wi-Fi password
The most common reason your Roku won’t connect to your network is because you entered the wrong Wi-Fi password. You must enter the correct network password on the setup screen in order for your Roku to connect.
If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it or view the password on your other devices if you have saved it there.
Bring your Roku and Wi-Fi router closer
Because Wi-Fi is a wireless technology, it only works in a limited area. If you’ve placed your Roku and your Wi-Fi router too far apart, the distance between the devices may be the reason why they can’t connect.
You can fix this by bringing the Roku and the router closer. This allows your Roku to pick up Wi-Fi signals sent from your router.
Reboot your wireless router
A possible reason why your Roku refuses to connect to your network is that your Wi-Fi router has a minor glitch. In this case, try restarting your router and see if that solves your problem.
When you reboot your router, it gets a new chance to restart all of its services. It helps to fix many minor problems with the device.
You can reset most routers by going to the router’s page in a web browser and selecting the reboot option. If you don’t know how to do this, you can use the power switch to turn the router off and on again.
Just like your router, your Roku device may have a minor glitch causing connectivity issues. In this case, restart your Roku device to fix the issue.
You can restart Roku by going to Settings > System > Power > System Restart > Restart.
Use 5 GHz for your Wi-Fi network
Roku recommends using a 5GHz network if available. This allows the device to perform better than if it were on a different type of network.
We have written a guide on how to connect your device to a 5GHz network, so check it out to learn how to disable 2.4GHz and set your router to use 5GHz only.
Use a more efficient wireless channel
Wi-Fi networks use different channels to transmit signals. To improve the efficiency of your network, use the least congested channel for your network. This improves the chances of your Roku successfully connecting to your Wi-Fi network.
We have a guide that will show you how to find the best Wi-Fi channel. Once you’ve found the best channel, check out our guide on how to change the Wi-Fi channel so your network uses the most efficient channel.
Let Your Roku Connect to the World Through Your Wi-Fi Network
Roku needs to be connected to the Internet in order to provide you with multimedia content. Using the methods above, you will be able to connect your device to the Internet using your preferred wireless network and enjoy all the channels your device has to offer.
How to Connect Roku to Wi-Fi
How to Connect Roku to Wi-Fi