When you turn on your Roku TV or player for the first time, the system will recognize you as a new user and prompt you to connect to the internet.
If you use the wired method, you will need an Ethernet cable.
Because Roku is a streaming platform, a strong internet connection is required to avoid constant buffering.
For the record, because you’ll navigate through the on-screen menus by pressing buttons on the remote, the remote control is an essential part of configuring the settings.
If we rule out that possibility, how do we connect Roku to a new WiFi without a remote?
Fortunately, that is still an option.
In many cases, using the Roku device without a remote is out of the question. Perhaps you’ve misplaced it, or some of the buttons no longer work.
In any case, you don’t have to rely on the remote to make a connection because there are a few workarounds.
Connect Roku to Wi-Fi without a remote with Roku App
- This step requires you to install the Roku remote app on your mobile device. It’s available for both iOS and Android. Just launch the Play Store or App Store and find the app in question by typing in the exact name.
- Following the addition, launch the app. It will take you through a series of options.
- The app will ask you to log in to your Roku account. This is optional, you can skip it to go ahead as a guest. But if you find it more convenient to add your account, then just enter the login credentials.
- Tap on ‘Devices’ at the bottom right of the screen. Select your Roku device from the selection, followed by ‘Connect Now’.
- There will be a message confirming that the pairing was successful. Shift your focus to the remote icon right under the connected Roku device. Tap on it, and then select OK, or go back to the main menu by hitting the Home button.
- Now you should be able to use your smartphone as a remote because the pairing was a success. Use the arrow pad to navigate to Settings. Navigate to Network > Setup > Wireless. Just intuitively follow the guide displayed on the TV screen to connect to your home Wi-Fi network.
Connect Roku using Chrome Extension
If you don’t want to turn your smartphone into a remote, you still have some options.
This time, we’ll show you how to connect to a Wi-Fi network using a Chrome extension.
Start a device with this browser installed, such as a laptop or desktop PC.
Simply open the browser and look for the ‘Remoku’ extension in the Chrome Web Store.
To enable it, click the ‘Add to Chrome’ button.
After you’ve added it to your library, click the Remoku icon in the upper right corner.
A setup guide is located directly beneath the simulated remote.
To figure out how to use the extension, read the explanation.
Connect Roku to the internet using an Ethernet cable
It should be noted that this method is only possible if your Roku device has an Ethernet port built in.
This port is only available on a few Roku models, including the Ultimate models, the Streambar, and a few Roku televisions.
The steps are as follows:
- First, connect your compatible Roku device to the existing router using an Ethernet cable.
- To properly set up the Wi-Fi, please connect your phone (with the Roku app installed) to the same network.
- Open the app and locate the synched Roku device. Head over to Settings > Network > Set Up Connection > and then Wireless. Select your network from the list of detected networks. Insert the correct password and select ‘Connect’. That’s pretty much it.