Each of us has probably lost the remote control at least once, so we know very well how unpleasant such a situation can be.
Especially today, in the modern – digital age, televisions are produced with a large number of features and options, and the remote control plays a very important role.
Connecting your TV to your home (or any other) Wi-Fi network without a remote seems like a mission impossible at first glance. But it’s not like that.
In this article, we will show you how to connect your Roku TV to Wi-Fi without a remote control using three simple workarounds. Below we will explain each of them in detail.
Connect Roku TV to Wi-Fi Without Remote using a Wireless Keyboard or Mouse
Already have a USB mouse or keyboard? Great, until you buy a new remote control, a USB mouse or keyboard can replace it in many things, and one of them is connecting to Wi-Fi.
First of all, you need to turn on the TV. Do this with the power button on the TV.
Now, you need to connect a USB mouse or keyboard to the TV. It’s very simple – all you have to do is plug a USB wireless mouse or keyboard adapter into the USB port of your Roku TV, and that’s it. No additional settings are required.
After that, you need to connect your TV to Wi-Fi, following these steps:
- From the on-screen menu, click on Settings, and then select Network.
- You need to select the option “Set Up Connection”.
- Wired and Wireless options should now appear. Click on Wireless.
- Available networks will appear.
- Click on the one you want to connect to, enter the password for that network, and confirm by clicking Connect.
That’s it, you’re connected to Wi-Fi.
Connect Roku TV to Wi-Fi with an Ethernet Cable
Another way to connect Roku TV to Wi-Fi without a remote control is using Ethernet Cable. This may seem confusing to you – isn’t the goal to connect to Wi-Fi? Why do we use an Ethernet cable? The answer is simple – we only use the Ethernet cable here temporarily, until we connect to Wi-Fi.
Connect the Ethernet cable from the LAN port of the router to the LAN port on your TV and turn on the TV using the power button on the side/bottom of the TV. Since you’re using a wired connection, your TV is already connected to your home network – you don’t have to enter the Wi-Fi password.
Now, you need to connect your mobile phone to the same network your TV is already connected to (otherwise it will not work), and you can use the mobile phone application to connect your TV to the Wi-Fi. Do the following:
- From the on-screen menu, click Settings, and then select Network.
- Select the Set Up Connection.
- Wired and Wireless options should now appear, click on Wireless.
- Available networks will appear.
- Click on the one you want, enter the password for that network, and confirm by clicking Connect.
That’s it – you’re connected to Wi-Fi and now you can disconnect the Ethernet cable.
The good thing about this connection method is that your TV will remember the network name and password and will automatically connect to it the next time you turn it on. So, you don’t have to use the Ethernet cable next time – just turn on your Roku TV.
Tricking Your Roku TV
You can also try this method (We saw this trick on YouTube). The trick works on other Roku devices, (not tested on Roko TVs), but should also work on Roku TVs.
The following is required:
- Two smartphones
- You need to know the SSID and password of the last Wi-Fi network your TV was connected to.
- TV with “Control by mobile apps setting” enabled (it’s enabled by default).
You will use one phone to create a hotspot, and the other smartphone will be used as a remote (you will install the Roku app on it).
The first thing you need to do is create a hotspot. It is necessary to rename the phone so that the name of the hotspot matches the name of the last Wi-Fi network to which your TV was connected. In addition, the password of your hotspot must match the password of the last known Wi-Fi network. After creating the hotspot, you need to turn on the TV (you can do this using the physical button on the TV). If it does not connect automatically, then the trick does not work. If the connection is successful, you can go to the next step.
In this step, you need to connect your other phone (the one with the Roku app on it) to the hotspot. After a successful connection, open the Roku app on that phone, and your TV should appear on the detection screen. Pair the app with the TV, and you can now use the Roku app to control the TV.
From there, you can try connecting your TV to your home Wi-Fi network. Once the Wi-Fi connection is established, you can turn off the hotspot and connect your other phone to Wi-Fi.
Ways to Connect your Roku TV to Wi-Fi Without Remote
As you could see, there are certainly ways to connect your Roku TV to Wi-Fi even if you don’t have a remote. However, we advise you to get a new one, because using the original remote control is still the best and easiest option.
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