How to Hook Up Roku

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6-10-2016, 20:15
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Hooking up Roku is a fairly straightforward process. Simply connect the right cables to the corresponding ports on your TV and on the Roku player. Then, follow the on-screen instructions to finish setting up the Roku player itself.

Getting Started

  1. Figure out which audio/video connection to use. Your television set should have an HDMI connection, component connection, or composite connection. It may, in fact, have more than one of these connections. Take a good look at the side or back of your TV to figure out what your options are.
    • An HDMI connection is skinny and narrow. If your TV has this option, choose it. One HDMI cable can carry both the audio and video signals, and it also supports 1080p HD video on Roku players that are compatible. Note, however, that your Roku player does not come with an HDMI cable, so that cable will need to be purchased separately.
    • A component connection consists of three small circular outlets, usually colored green, blue, and red. You will need to hook up the audio and video separately, and this type of connection will only support up to 720p HD. While many Roku players are compatible with a component connection, some are not. Even if yours is compatible, you will need to purchase component cables separately.
    • A composite connection is also made up of three small circular outlets, usually colored yellow, white, and red. You will need to connect the audio and video separately, and the audio needs an analog or RCA connection. A composite cable should have come packaged with your Roku player.
  2. Know which networking type you need to use. In order to use Roku, you will need to connect to the Internet. You can either connect to the Internet wirelessly or with a wired connection.
    • To connect Roku with a wireless connection, you need to have a wireless Internet installed. You also need to have a corresponding network name, or SSID, as well as your wireless security password.
    • To connect Roku using a wired connection, you will need to have Internet service as well as a standard Ethernet cable. This cable does not come with your Roku player and will need to be purchased separately.
    • All models are compatible with wireless Internet, but only the Roku XS model is compatible with a wired connection.
  3. Power up the remote. Before you can do anything with your Roku player, you will need to provide power to the remote control. This remote is the only way of controlling content through your Roku player. Power up the remote by inserting batteries into the back compartment.
    • The remote control requires two AAA batteries. These should be packaged with your Roku player, but if they are not, then you can use any standard AAA batteries.
    • Open up the battery compartment by pressing the latch at the top of the cover down. Slide the cover down and off while pressing down on this latch.
    • Insert the batteries, matching up the positive and negative signs.
    • Place the battery cover back on the compartment and press it down until the latch snaps back into its original position.

Hooking Up Your Roku Player

  1. Connect Roku to your TV with an HDMI cable. Insert one end of an HDMI cable into the HDMI-IN port at the back of your television set. Plug the other end of the same cable into the HDMI port at the back of your Roku player.
    • Note that if your TV has multiple HDMI ports, you can use any open HDMI port available. The one you choose should not make a difference.
  2. Use component connectors. Insert the red, blue, and green connectors on one end of your component cable into the corresponding red, blue, and green component-in ports on the back of your TV set. Plug the connectors on the other end of the same cable into the corresponding red, blue, and green component ports on the back of your Roku player, if available.
    • A component connection is only for video. To get audio, you will need to hook up the red and white connectors of a standard A/V cable into the analog audio ports of the TV and into the corresponding ports on the back of your Roku player.
    • If you have a Roku XDS, you will need a special component cable in order to make this type of connection work.
  3. Hook up a composite connection. Hook up the yellow, white, and red composite video and audio connectors from one end of a standard A/V cable into the corresponding yellow, white, and red video and audio ports on your television. Insert the 3.5 mm connector end of the same A/V cable into the A/V port on the back of your Roku player.
    • While you might be tempted to use the composite ports on your VCR, you should not hook the Roku player up to you VCR. The video signal that goes through the VCR might be altered due to various copyright protection systems put in place on certain Roku content. As a result, the video you see on your TV screen will look distorted.
    • The A/V cable that comes packaged with your Roku player is custom-built for the player. The Roku 2 XS is notably small, so it uses a single connector for the back of the Roku player. As such, standard A/V cables may not work.

Setting Up Roku

  1. Connect to your network. If you are using a wired Internet connection, you should connect one end of your Ethernet network cable into the corresponding Ethernet port on the back of your Roku player. Hook the other end of the cable up to an open Ethernet port on your Internet router.
    • You do not need to worry about this step yet if you have a wireless connection. You will be guided through the connection process as you set up the player. For now, all you need to have is your network name and security password on hand.
  2. Plug in the power adapter. Connect the appropriate end of your power adapter into the back of the Roku player. Plug the adapter itself into the wall outlet. Your Roku player should start up on its own.
    • Note that the Roku player does not have a Power button.
    • Make sure that your TV is off as you connect the Roku player. Once connected, turn your TV on and set the display, or video input, to where you connected Roku (e.g., HDMI1, HDMI2, or A/V).
    • After plugging the Roku player in, you should get a Roku message. The following sequence of screens should appear:
      • Roku - Starting, please wait
      • Roku - Launching home screen
      • Welcome to the Roku player
    • After the welcome message, press the "OK" button to begin the rest of the process.
  3. Establish your Internet connection. You will have two options at this point. Select "Wired" if that is the appropriate choice or "Wireless" if that connection is the type you plan to use.
    • If you have a wired connection, it should connect after you select that option, as long as you already have the Ethernet cable hooked up.
    • If you select the "Wireless" option, you will be led through a series of screens that can finish the connection for you. You will be asked to select your wireless network name and enter a security password, if applicable.
    • Note that the Roku player automatically detects nearby wireless networks. You simply need to select your network from the list it provides. Do not place your Roku player in an enclosed cabinet since doing so may interfere with the wireless signal.
  4. Wait for Roku to install its software. As soon as the Roku player is hooked up and connected to your Internet network, it will automatically download and install the latest version of Roku software. You do not need to do anything to trigger the download or installation.
    • After the software updates, the player will automatically reboot.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the setup process. Once your Roku player restarts, you will be led through a series of on-screen instructions. Input the information as you are asked for it.
    • You'll need to select your time zone. After doing so, select "Done."
    • The following screen displays a unique code that links to your Roku player.
    • Set up your Roku account using your player's code. Open a new browser window on your computer and go to Once there, enter the code. Log into an existing account or set up a new one.
    • You will need to provide a valid credit card number while setting up your account, but Roku is free, and the only time this credit card will be charged is if you purchase an app through the Roku Channel Store.
  6. Use your Roku player. After you link your Roku player and finish the setup process, you should see a message of congratulations on your TV. With this, your Roku player is ready to use.


  • If your TV does not display the Roku screen after you plug the adapter in, double-check your input connections on both the Roku player and on the TV. You should also press the "Input" or "Source" button on your TV or TV remote to switch to the appropriate video input. If you do not know which input this is, just keep switching the input until you see the Roku screen.

Things You'll Need

  • Roku player
  • Television set
  • HDMI cable (optional)
  • A/V cable (optional)
  • Component cable (optional)
  • Ethernet cable (optional)
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