It’s no secret that watching TV is more complicated than ever. Between the number of remotes, streaming devices, and mobile apps, it might take you longer to put on a show than it will to actually watch it. However, Roku makes the process slightly easier, with multiple streaming services on one user-friendly interface.
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If you need to find your Roku’s IP address, you can do so with or without a remote. Here’s how.
How to Find Your Roku’s IP Address
The easiest way to look up your IP address on your Roku is to use the remote, if it hasn’t fallen deep within your couch cushions, that is.
Find your IP address in three simple steps.
- Go to Settings.
- Click Network.
- Click About.
With the Mobile App
Lost your Roku remote? You’re not the first. The easiest way to find your Roku’s IP address without a remote is to use the Remoku app, available for iOS, Android, Mac, and PCs.
- Download the Remoku app from your app store
- Open the app
- Connect the app to your tv
- Click Settings (pictured left below)
- Click View system info (pictured middle below)
- See your IP address near the bottom (pictured right below)
With a Web Browser
Remoku also has a browser extension on:
- Google Chrome apps
- Internet Explorer
We used the Chrome extension, downloading it from the Chrome Web Store. It took us just a few seconds to add it to Chrome. To see your IP address using Remoku:
- Go to remoku.tv. The remote will begin to install automatically.
- Click Allow Offline Data Storage.
- Click Settings.
- See your IP address under My Network.1
FYI: The Remoku app is a third-party app, unlike the official Roku mobile app, which lets you search with your voice or the mobile keyboard. You can also use it to cast to other streaming devices or have the volume come through your headphones instead of your TV.
From Your Router
If your Roku is on your router’s network, you can find your Roku’s IP address through the router. To find your router’s IP address:
- Right click on Start.
- Choose Command Prompt.
- Enter ipconfig in the Command Prompt window.
- Click Enter. Your IP address will be to the right of where it says Default Gateway.
- Click on the Windows icon on your keyboard.
- Enter Command Prompt in the window search box that appears.
- Click Command Prompt.
- Type in ipconfig.
- Press Enter. Your IP address will be to the right of Default Gateway.
- Press and hold the Windows key and R on your keyboard.
- In the window that pops up, enter cmd.
- Click OK.
- Enter ipconfig in the Command Prompt website.
- Click Enter.
- Your IP address will be next to Default Gateway.2
- Open System Settings.
- Click Network.
- Click Advanced.
- Click TCP/IP. Look at the IP address next to Router.
By Your Serial Number
Our last suggestion would be to go to customer support with your Roku’s serial number. You can contact them via live chat, an online form, or by calling +44 203 684 1123.
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Why Is the Roku App Not Seeing My Streaming Device?
The reason you may be looking for your Roku’s IP address is to connect your device to your Roku app. We use apps for nearly all of our TV watching, and there are few things more frustrating than an app not being able to find a device that you’re staring at. Especially if you lose your remote, how are you going to add your streaming player?
To troubleshoot the situation, first make sure your network access isn’t disabled.
- On your Roku remote, press Home.
- Choose Settings.
- Choose System.
- Click Advanced System Settings.
- Choose Control by Mobile Apps.
- Select Network Access.
- Select Default.
If it’s enabled, make sure your Roku device is on the same Wi-Fi network as your phone. If they’re both already on the same network, check your Roku’s IP address. If it’s public, it won’t connect with your phone. The IP address must be private, falling into the following ranges:
If your IP address isn’t within these ranges, it may be because you’re not using a router. Either install one or have your internet service provider change your IP address manually.
By hiding your IP address and hiding your browsing history, VPNs let you change regions and unlock geo-restricted content. In response, many streaming platforms block VPN IP addresses, so you may have to turn off your VPN to use your Roku device. Rats!
However, if you aren’t using a VPN, your network may have access point (AP) isolation enabled. This means that devices can’t communicate with each other on a wireless network, hence the term “isolation.” Disable AP isolation on your router and get connected.
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Still Don’t See Roku?
If none of the above methods worked, try these.
Connect to your Roku manually:
- On your device selection screen’s top corner, tap the icon with the three dots and circle.
- Choose Connect Manually.
- Enter your Roku device’s IP address.
- Click Connect.
Restart your Roku, then make sure it’s on the right wireless network.
On iOS devices:
- Double click the home button.
- Swipe up on the Roku app to close it.
- Launch the Roku app.
- Press the Recents button.
- Swipe the Roku app to close it.
- Tap on the Roku app to open it.
Double-check your network’s name. Sometimes, dual-band routers with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz options have slightly different network names. Make sure your Roku and phone are connected to networks with identical names.3
NOTE: If you’ve tried all of the above options and still can’t connect your Roku to the app, contact customer support by calling +44 203 684 1123.
Now that you’ve found your Roku’s IP address, learn how to find your iPhone’s IP address, how to find your computer’s IP address, and even how to find your printer’s IP address. In short, if it has an IP address, we’ll help you track it down.
You had so many questions about Rokus that we added an FAQ section. Enjoy!
How do I find my Roku’s IP address without the remote?
The easiest way to find your Roku’s IP address without the remote is through the Remoku mobile app.
- Download the Remoku app for iOS, Android, Mac, or PC.
- Open the app.
- Click Settings.
- Look under My Network to see your IP address.
Can I connect my Roku to Wi-Fi without a remote?
Yes, you can connect Roku to Wi-Fi without a remote through the Remoku mobile app or web browser extension, through your router, or by the serial number if you contact Roku’s customer service department.
What is my Roku’s default IP address?
Your Roku does not have a default IP address. It only has an IP address only if it’s connected to a network. Your router will determine the IP address.
How do I set up my Roku without a remote?
To set up your Roku without a remote:
- Download the Roku app.
- Open the app and follow the instructions.
- Click Devices.
- Select your Roku.
- Make sure your Roku is on the same Wi-Fi network as your phone.