Streaming Streaming Devices Use Roku Hotel and Dorm Connect While Traveling or at School Let your Roku tag along when you're away from home by Robert Silva Writer Robert Silva has written about audio, video, and home theater topics since 1998. Robert has written for Dishinfo.com, and made appearances on the YouTube series Home Theater Geeks. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Robert Silva Updated on October 11, 2020 The Ultimate Guide to Roku The Ultimate Guide to Roku Introduction Get Started With Roku What Is the Roku Channel? Set Up Your Roku Set Up the Roku Smart Soundbar Pair a Roku Remote Control Connect Your Roku to Wi-Fi Set Up A VPN For Roku Connect Alexa to Roku Connect Google Home to Roku Turn Off Your Roku Using Your Roku Best Ways to Use Your Roku TV Remote How to Watch Live TV on Roku Get Local Channels on Roku Add Channels to Roku Cast to Roku From Your Device Watch Free Movies on Roku Mirror Your iPhone to Roku How to Use Roku Parental Controls Get Netflix on Roku Roku Tips & Tricks Roku Hacks to Make Your Life Easier Great Roku Channels That You Should Add 10 Best Ways to Use the Roku Mobile App Add Spotify to a Roku Device Use Roku While Traveling or At School Install Kodi on Roku How to Jailbreak a Roku Express How to Jailbreak a Roku Device Troubleshooting Your Roku Is Your Roku Remote Not Working? Reset Your Roku Box or Streaming Stick How to Reset Your Roku Remote Find Your Roku IP Address Roku Error Code 014.30 Our Recommendations: Reviews & Devices The Best Roku Devices for Streaming TV Roku Streaming Stick Review Roku Express Review Roku Premiere Review Roku Smart Soundbar Review Tweet Share Email 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. Roku 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: Plug in your Roku stick or box to a power source. Plug your Roku streaming device into the HDMI input on the TV you want to use. Make sure to set the TV's input to HDMI. Once you power on the TV, you should see the Roku Logo or home screen. Press the Home button on the Roku remote. Go to Settings > Network > Set Up Connection. Select Wireless. Choose your hotel or dorm's wireless network. In the Network connection help box, select I am at a hotel or college dorm. 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. Follow the on-screen instructions to authenticate your connection. On your device, select Connect to DIRECT-roku-[xxx-xxxxxx] and enter the designated password. 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. 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. Westend61 / Getty Images Connect your device to the hotel or dorm's Wi-Fi. Set up a hotspot on your Android device, iOS device, Windows 10 computer, or Mac. On your Roku device, go to Network > Setup Connection > Wireless, and find your mobile hotspot on the list of available networks. Select the mobile hotspot and enter its password on your Roku. 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.