Imagine this. It’s Friday night, and you just got home. You settle into your favorite spot on the sofa, ready to celebrate the end of the week with a movie. You click the button to turn on the Roku and start your movie night, and then…nothing.
The Roku is silent, the TV is blank. It looks like you need to reconnect your Roku device to your TV! Fortunately, the setup process is straightforward. If you’re a first-time Roku owner, the setup instructions are also very helpful. Read on to learn everything you need to know about setting up your Roku device.
Connecting your Roku device to your TV
The first thing you need to know about setting up your Roku device is how it connects to your TV. Roku models connect using an HDMI cable, but instructions still vary by device. The only exception is the Roku TV, which doesn’t require an external streaming device. Once you know what you’re working with, connecting your Roku to your TV is a breeze.
The Roku Express is a set-top box that uses an HDMI cable to connect to your TV. It also comes with a USB power line that you will need to plug into an outlet to power the device. You can reset the Roku device using a small reset button next to your USB port.
Currently, the Roku Express is around $30 at most major retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, etc. The device only supports HD streaming and comes with a voice-activated remote. The Express Remote also features shortcut buttons to some of the most popular streamers, such as Netflix, Sling TV, Hulu and others.
Like the Roku Express, the Roku Premiere is a set-top box with an HDMI cable. To watch Roku Premiere on your TV, you’ll need to connect this cable to an HDMI port, then turn to the appropriate HDMI source on your TV. For example, if you connect the cable to the HDMI 1 port, you will need to tune to HDMI 1. You can usually change the source using the “input” button on your TV remote.
The Roku Premiere costs around $10. That’s a $10 difference over the Roku Express. The Roku Premiere supports 4K streaming, so if you’re looking for a device to watch 4K titles, this Roku model may be your best bet.
The Roku Ultra is considered one of Roku’s best streaming devices. You can connect the device to your TV using an HDMI cable, as well as an Ethernet cable to connect the device directly to your internet.
At $100, the Roku Ultra is one of the most expensive standalone devices offered by Roku. But it’s also the only Roku device that comes with a remote that supports private listening and a box that connects to the internet via an Ethernet cable. And if that wasn’t enough, it also supports 4K streaming. You will also enjoy a lost distance search function.
Roku+ Streaming Stick
The Roku Streaming Stick+ is similar to Amazon’s Fire Stick. This Roku plus model directly into any HDMI port on your TV. The stick is smaller than Roku’s “box” devices, and that’s certainly handy, but you’ll still need a power source. You can either use a nearby wall outlet or plug the USB adapter that comes with the Streaming Stick+ into a USB port on your TV.
Rounding out the list of standalone streaming devices featured here, the Roku Streaming Stick+ costs around $45. The device supports 4K and HDR streaming, while it’s one of the easiest devices to set up. All you have to do is plug it into your TV, wait a few seconds for it to set up, launch your streaming channel of choice, connect, and then start streaming your movies and shows. favorite TV shows.
In the meantime, you can also get the Roku Streaming Stick 4K+ for around $70. It comes with an enhanced remote with personal shortcuts and private listening.
There are virtually no setup requirements with the Roku TV. Model prices start at around $190. Once you’ve purchased your TV, there are only two things left to do before you can start streaming.
First, find a nice place to put the TV and decide if it will be mounted or placed on a TV stand somewhere. And second, make sure your device is connected to Wi-Fi. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be well on your way to streaming your favorite titles.
How to set up your Roku device
No matter what Roku device you have, every Roku user still needs to follow some steps to set it up and stream it. Here’s what you need to know (in 10 easy steps).
Make sure your Roku device is connected to one of your TV’s HDMI ports.
If your Roku came with a power adapter, you should also plug it into the outlet closest to your connected TV.
Turn on your TV and switch the source to the corresponding Roku source (the source may be labeled as an HDMI port or you may need to switch between each input to find the correct source).
The Roku configuration page should appear shortly after switching to the correct input source.
Unpack the remote that came with your Roku device, then place the batteries you were given into the back of the remote.
Point the remote at your TV, then use the directional buttons on it to click and make sure your remote is working properly.
You should see a menu that asks you to set up your preferred language, so select the one you want to use.
Next, you will be taken to a screen to “Set up wireless connection”. Go ahead and enter your Wi-Fi information on this screen. You might want to keep your Wi-Fi passwords close for this step, so it’s easy to enter them when prompted.
If your wireless connection is successful, you will then see the Roku home screen.
Now all you have to do is download the streaming channel you want to use and enter your login details for each channel.
Our final take
Setting up your Roku device is a relatively simple process. All you need to do is make sure the device is plugged into your TV with a suitable power outlet and connected to your home Wi-Fi network. Once done, you can download streaming channels and stream your favorite movies and TV shows, stream your own media from your smartphone or tablet via the Roku app, and much more.
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