How to Connect Your Roku to Wi-Fi

You can't stream until Roku is connected to the internet

Before you set up a Roku device to stream any of the 5000+ streaming channels available, it needs to be connected to the internet.

Roku boxes and TVs allow you to connect to the internet via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, while Streaming Sticks provide only the Wi-Fi option.

To prepare for the internet connection process you need:

Just in case the Wi-Fi option doesn't work for a Roku box or TV, you may need to make the connection to your router via Ethernet Cable.

  • Your Network Password.

Connect Roku to Wi-Fi for the First Time

Once you have your Roku device connected to power and powered on, you'll be guided through a setup process which includes connecting the stick or box to the internet.

  1. During setup for Roku boxes and TVs, you'll be prompted to choose Wired or Wireless for connection to a router and the internet.

    The Wired option will not appear for Roku Streaming Sticks.

    Roku Wi-Fi Set-Up: Select Wired or Wireless.
  2. If you select Wired, don't forget to connect your Roku box or TV to your router using an Ethernet cable. Your Roku device will directly connect to your home network and the internet. Once confirmed, you can continue with the remaining setup steps for your Roku device.

    If you select Wireless, there are additional steps to complete the connection process before moving on the rest of the Roku device setup steps.

  3. For a first time wireless connection setup, your Roku device will automatically scan for any available networks within range.

    Roku WiFi Set-Up: Scanning For Available Networks Screenshot
    Roku WiFi Set-Up: Scanning For Available Networks. Lifewire
  4. Once the list of available networks appears, find and choose your wireless network from the list of those available.

    Roku Wi-Fi Set-Up: Choose Your Network Screen.
  5. If you don't see your home network, select Scan again to see all networks and see if appears on the next listing.

    If the Roku device can't find your network, the Roku and router may be too far apart. If you have the option of connecting to your router using ethernet, that is one solution. Another is to move the Roku device and router closer together or add a wireless range extender or another option.

  6. Once you choose your network, it will check to see if the Wi-Fi and internet connection are working properly. If so, then you can proceed. If not, make sure you have chosen the correct network.

    Roku Wi-Fi Set-Up: Scanning For Available Networks.
  7. Once Roku confirms it can connect to your network, you need to enter your network password. After you enter your password, select Connect. If the password was entered correctly, you'll see a confirmation stating your Roku device has connected to your home network and the internet.

    Roku Wi-Fi Set-Up: Enter Network Password.
  8. Once connected, your Roku device will automatically search for any available firmware/software updates. If any are found download and install them.

    Your Roku device may reboot/restart at the end of the software/firmware update process.

  9. Wait for this process to finish before moving on to additional setup steps or viewing.

Connect Roku to Wi-Fi After First-Time Setup

If you want to connect the Roku to a new Wi-Fi network, or are switching from a Wired to Wireless network, here are the steps to follow using your Roku's remote:

  1. Press the Home button on the remote.

    Roku TV Remote — Home Button
    Roku TV Remote — Home Button. Robert Silva for Lifewire
  2. Select Settings > Network in the Roku onscreen menu.

    Roku Wi-Fi Set-Up: Network Settings Selection.
  3. Select Set Up Connection (as shown previously)

  4. Select Wireless (if both the Wired and Wireless options are shown).

  5. Wait for Roku to find your network.

  6. Enter your network password and wait for connection confirmation.

Connect Roku to Wi-Fi in a Dorm or Hotel

One great feature of Roku is you can travel with your streaming stick or box and use it in a dorm room or Hotel.

Before you pack your Roku for use in another location, make sure the location provides Wi-Fi and the TV you'll be using has an available HDMI connection you can access from the TV's remote control.

Make sure to have your Roku Account log-in information, just in case you need it.

Once you arrive and are ready to use your Roku, do the following:

  1. Obtain the location's network password.

  2. Plug in your Roku stick or box to power and the TV you want to use.

  3. Press the Home button on the Roku remote.

  4. Go to Settings > Network > Set Up Connection.

  5. Select Wireless.

  6. Once you establish the network connection, select I am at a hotel or college dorm.

    Roku Dorm and Hotel Connect Setup Screenshot
    Roku Dorm and Hotel Connect Setup Screens. Lifewire
  7. Several prompts will appear on the TV screen for authentication purposes, such as entering the Wi-Fi password you obtained earlier, as well as a specific password that will grant access to the Roku server. This password will be shown on the screen.

    The latter password may require a smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

  8. Once the Wi-Fi setup is confirmed, you can enjoy your Roku device's features and your favorite streaming content.