So you’re wondering if you can connect Roku to a hotspot. I have some good news for you. In this article, I’ll show you how to connect your Roku to your mobile hotspot and also cover some important tips and suggestions.
Luckily for you, it’s very easy to connect Roku to a hotspot. If you have unlimited data on your mobile network, using a Roku with a hotspot is a great idea. It’s much easier than connecting a Chromecast to a mobile hotspot.
Here’s how to do it:
Can You Connect Roku to a Hotspot:
Yes. To connect Roku to a hotspot, first, turn on your phone’s mobile hotspot. Next, use the Roku remote to navigate to Settings, Network, and Wireless. Scan for nearby Wifi networks, select your hotspot, enter the password, and connect.
If you have sufficient data and cellular network speed on your phone, the Roku services will work as usual. The steps are the same for connecting to your home network.
Roku Not Connecting to Hotspot Fixes
In some cases, the Roku can disconnect from your hotspot and struggle to reconnect. The issue will vary depending on the Roku model and your phone.
It seems like hotspots from Apple products have issues with Roku. Nevertheless, here are some things you can try if you’re Roku is not connecting to a hotspot.
Change to 2.4 GHz Wifi
Many new phones have the option to create a hotspot using 5 GHz and it’s often enabled by default.
The problem is not all Roku devices can see 5 GHz hotspots. If you have a 5 GHz hotspot or Wifi network, the Roku simply won’t find the network.
The solution is to start the hotspot again using 2.4 GHz. Your Roku should be able to find and connect to the hotspot now.
Reset Roku Network Settings
Use the Roku remote to open Settings. Navigate to System and Advanced.
Here you should see a feature called Network Connection Reset. It will remove and delete all configurations for network connections. Next, try to reconnect the Roku to your hotspot.
Remove Special Characters from Hotspot Password
If you use special characters for your Roku password, remove them. Limit the password to only lowercase numbers and letters. The Roku software doesn’t seem to work well when passwords use special characters.
Reset the Phone’s Hotspot
Reset your phone’s hotspot. Change the name, and password, and remove all connected devices. Try connecting the Roku again, it should work.
Another note: if you’re using an IOS product, leave the hotspot setting menu open on your phone while you connect to it from the Roku. I found this fix on a forum and it might help you.
Follow those three tips and you should be able to reconnect your Roku to the mobile hotspot to continue streaming your favorite media.
Update Roku’s Firmware
Roku’s will automatically update, but you can manually check for updates too.
To check for an update, press the home button, open Settings, select System, and choose System Update. The Roku will check if there’s an update available and download and install it.
I suggest doing this as soon as you set up your new Roku. Bear in mind, that if there’s an update, the device will install it and restart. It’s always a good idea to keep your Roku’s firmware updated.
For additional network troubleshooting tips, take a look at my Roku not connecting to Wifi guide.
Roku Remote Not Working?
If your Roku remote is not working or your misplaced it, you might think it’s impossible to use your Roku. Well, what you can do is download the Roku app on your phone. It allows you to remotely control your Roku.
Just select your Roku from the list on the app and it will automatically pair it. Now you can use the app to connect your Roku to your hotspot. Pretty cool.
Why Use Roku with a Hotspot?
There are many reasons why someone would want to use a Roku with a hotspot. The most obvious is for travel purposes, for example, you’re somewhere that doesn’t have strong Wi-Fi or none at all.
Cellular networks usually have very good coverage and you can access data even when you’re out in the boonies camping or whatnot.
The second reason could be your internet is either slow or has data limits while your cellular plan offers unlimited and faster speeds.
There are some countries where Wi-fi and other internet connections are notoriously slow while the mobile networks are fast.
Granted, that works best when your phone has unlimited data plans. You don’t want to be streaming HD media on limited data plans!
So if you’re in a situation like the ones mentioned here, you’ll be happy to know the Roku works with a hotspot, and you can continue streaming your favorite online shows.
Thankfully almost all Roku models are compatible with mobile hotspots and it’s super easy to connect them.
It’s way easier than Chromecasts and other streaming sticks because Roku has its own operating system and controls.
Hopefully, now you have the information you were looking for. Do you have any other issues with Roku and hotspots? Leave a comment below and I’ll try to help out.