How to Set up Roku Streaming Device – Complete Guide

Nov 16, 2020
How To Set Up Roku

Here is the complete guide on how to set up Roku streaming devices. Roku gives a range of streaming devices that enable people to stream their favorite movies, music, and TV shows and play games on their TV. Connecting a Roku streaming device to a TV enables people to cut the cord on cable with a way to thousands of apps, including big services like Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, HBO, Hulu, Netflix, and Spotify.

This guide will explain the question of how does Roku works with an overview of the various Roku streaming devices available and how users can make them set up.

How To Set Up Roku Tv
How To Set Up Roku Tv

How to Set up Roku Device? 

Despite the different sizes and styles of streaming devices available from Roku, the setup and connection process is nearly similar for each. Here is a lead to getting a Roku streaming device set up and connected to a TV to start streaming:

Connect the Roku device 

Depending on the device’s style, power will be provided by either plugging it into an electrical socket using an AC adapter or via a micro-USB connector. The Roku streaming device then requires to be attached to an unused HDMI input in the user’s TV or monitor via an HDMI cable. Roku Streaming Stick users can plug the device straight into the TV or monitor’s HDMI input. After turning on the TV, the user needs to set the correct information for the Roku device.

This should be HDMI1 or HDMI2, conditional on the HDMI port the device has been plugged into. The Roku welcome page will now show on-screen. The user then requires to enter batteries into the Roku remote control and follow on-screen instructions. Depending on the device, the remote may need pairing, which can be achieved by holding the reset button on the remote for a few seconds. With the remote connection, the user can then select their preferred language and connect their device to the internet. For Roku TV users, no connecting device is required to stream content straight to their TV set.

Connect to the Internet

Most Roku devices connect to the user’s Wi-Fi network. In this case, the user needs to use the Roku remote control to choose the “Set up a new wireless connection” option, select their Wi-Fi network from the available list and enter their password. After connecting to the internet, the Roku device will most likely require to install some updates, allowing it to load and restart as needed. It may also ask the user to detect their TV display, so use the remote to start the test.

When all those checks are completed, the Roku device will direct the user to open a web browser on their pc or phone. On the Roku website, select the “Activate a Device” code and enter the displayed code on the TV screen. Roku Ultra enables users to connect via Ethernet, which is typically faster and more reliable than wifi networks. In this case, plug an Ethernet cable into the device, and the connection should be up and running, allowing the user to follow the on-screen setup process.

Internet speeds differ depending on the quality of the user’s internet connection, the number of devices connecting to a network, and the amount of download activity. Roku devices typically work well on most broadband services, but users looking to stream 4K content will likely require internet speeds of at least 25 Mbps.

How To Set Up Roku Stick
How To Set Up Roku Stick

Create a Roku account and activate 

Users that have a Roku account can instantly log in using their existing username and password. Those who cannot easily create and activate a new Roku account must do so in a web browser on their computer or phone. To create a new account, go to the Roku website and choose the Sign In, option then hit the Create an Account button on the right-hand side of the screen. To build an account, users need to provide their first and last name, insert their email address, and create a password. They also need to confirm they are 18 years of age or older, confirm they agree to the Terms and Conditions, read Roku’s privacy policy, whether or not they want to receive marketing emails, and then complete a reCaptcha confirmation.

Upon clicking Continue, the user will be taken to a PIN preferences page, which enables them to want a PIN to be entered for buying and adding channels. There is an option not to require a PIN at all, but this takes the user back to the account creation page when selected. Roku will then demand the user to create and confirm their new PIN. With a PIN set, the user requires to set up Roku Pay by inserting credit or debit card details or providing PayPal information. They can then move ahead and complete the creation of their new Roku account.

The user then requires to use their new account credentials to sign in on their Roku device. They can then assign the Roku device a nickname and provide information about which room it is in, which helps households with more than one Roku. The device may then query the user to select the channels they want to watch and log in to those services to enable them. With that completed, the user can go continue, and the Roku device will automatically perform the setup and add the channels requested. This process may take some time, but the new Roku device will be ready to go when finished.

FAQs

Q: Is Roku free to set up?
A: You require a Roku account to initiate your device and entree in entertainment across thousands of streaming channels. There are no monthly kit rental fees with Roku. Adding a payment method lets you simply rent/buy movies-on-demand or subscribe to popular services like Netflix.
Q: Will Roku work on any TV?
A: The streaming devices from Roku unless coming in the form of a stick, a small bar, or a small box, depending on the model. (The Roku app will operate with both Apple and Android devices).
Q: Why won't my Roku connect to my wifi?
A: Understanding your router’s signal strength and speed seem enough, try turning off other devices that are using the internet to offer more bandwidth to the Roku. You can also try transferring the Roku closer to the router to improve connection strength.
Q: Which is better, Roku, or Firestick?
A: The Fire TV Stick 4K’s main advantage over Roku is compatibility with the Dolby Vision HDR format, which might be vital to you if your TV performs significantly better with DV than standard HDR. But for most people, that wealth doesn’t overcome Roku’s strengths.

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