Use Roku Hotel and Dorm Connect While Traveling or at School

Let your Roku tag along when you're away from home

It's easy to use your Roku streaming device when you're traveling or away at college, thanks to Roku's handy Hotel & Dorm Connect feature. Here's everything you need to know to set up your Roku away from home and enjoy your favorite streaming content.

Some content and channels may be restricted or limited, depending on where you're traveling.

Traveling With Roku Streaming Stick

Setting Up Your Roku in a Hotel or Dorm

Roku's Hotel & Dorn Connect feature makes it easy to set up your Roku and connect it to Wi-Fi without having to sign in via a web browser. Here's how it works:

  1. Plug in your Roku stick or box to a power source.

    Roku Ultra and Streaming Stick - AC and USB Power Options
  2. Plug your Roku streaming device into the HDMI input on the TV you want to use.

    Roku Streaming Stick Connected To TV via HDMI

    Make sure to set the TV's input to HDMI.

  3. Once you power on the TV, you should see the Roku Logo or home screen.

    Roku 3600R Streaming Stick - Splash Logo
  4. Press the Home button on the Roku remote.

    Roku Home Page Example - Stick and Box
  5. Go to Settings > Network > Set Up Connection.

    Roku Settings — Network — Set Up Connection
  6. Select Wireless.

    Roku Network — Set Up Connection — Wired or Wireless
  7. Choose your hotel or dorm's wireless network.

    Roku — Choose Your Network
  8. In the Network connection help box, select I am at a hotel or college dorm.

    Roku Hotel and Dorm Connect
  9. Go to the Wi-Fi Settings on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop and make sure it's connected to the same dorm or hotel wireless network you selected for your Roku.

  10. Follow the on-screen instructions to authenticate your connection. On your device, select Connect to DIRECT-roku-[xxx-xxxxxx] and enter the designated password.

    Roku Hotel and Dorm Connect Screen Prompt
  11. Using a browser on your smartphone or laptop, enter any additional required information, such as your name or room number.

    If the network setup times out during the authentication process, select Try Again.

  12. Once the Wi-Fi setup is authenticated, your Roku device will return to the Network menu. The network name should match the network name of your hotel or dorm, and your status should say Connected.

Connect Your Roku Using a Mobile Hotspot

If you can't connect your Roku using the Hotel & Dorm Connect feature, there's a workaround. Create a mobile hotspot with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, and use it to connect your Roku to the internet.

Be aware of your data cap, as this method can be data-intensive. Make sure to connect your device to Wi-Fi.

Woman Using Tablet With WiFi
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  1. Connect your device to the hotel or dorm's Wi-Fi.

  2. Set up a hotspot on your Android device, iOS device, Windows 10 computer, or Mac.

  3. On your Roku device, go to Network > Setup Connection > Wireless, and find your mobile hotspot on the list of available networks.

  4. Select the mobile hotspot and enter its password on your Roku.

  5. Upon confirmation, start accessing your Roku channels for viewing.

Before Traveling With Your Roku

Before you arrive, It's a good idea to call ahead and confirm that your destination provides free Wi-Fi. Make sure it's OK to connect more than one device to the location's network, as you'll be using your laptop or mobile device as well as your Roku.

If you're using a Roku streaming stick or box, make sure the provided TV has an available and accessible HDMI connection. Find out if your hotel or dorm imposes daily, weekly, or monthly data caps.

Finally, make sure to obtain the correct Wi-Fi network name and password.

If you have a 4K-enabled streaming stick or box connected to a TV that isn't 4K-enabled, you won't be able to access 4K versions of streaming content.