How to Set Up Roku

Want to know how to set up your Roku? Setting up a Roku is very easy and simple to do. You should be up and running in less than ten minutes.

How to set up Roku

Please follow the below steps.

1. Determine what type of audio and video connection to use. You have three choices:

  • HDMI: If this is available on your TV I recommend this connection. Please note, the Roku 3 offers this type of connection only. An HDMI cable supports both video and audio signals. It also supports 1080p HD on the Roku models that offer this. Check out my Roku Accessories page to see which HDMI cables I recommend.
  • Component: These cables only support up to 720p HD. They are much more bulky than a single HDMI cable. It also requires a separate audio connection. Not all models support component connections.
  • Composite: These cables only has standard definition only. If you had an HD TV composite cables should be ignored. However, composite cables and audio cables are typically included with all Roku models.

2. Determine what type of connection to your network. You have two choices:

  • Wireless: I think most users connect to their Internet connection this way.
  • Wired/Ethernet: While this probably isn’t as popular as wireless, I have found this connection to be more reliable. If you have Ethernet cable wired throughout the house then you’re ready to go — just connect the cable to your Ethernet port. If you don’t have Ethernet you can still connect just like Ethernet using your home’s electrical wiring. Check out my Roku Accessories page to see which network extender I recommend.

3. Now connect to your TV.

In step 1 above you determined what type of audio/video connection you would use: HDMI, Component, or Composite. Whatever you decide (and whatever your particular Roku model requires), insert one end of the cable(s) into the appropriate port on your TV and the other end to the port on your Roku player. Done!

4. Next connect to your network.

In step 2 above you determined what type of connection you will have to your home network. If wireless, before connection make sure you know the name you use for your wireless network (SSID) and your security password if you have one (and you should have one).

If using Ethernet cable, connect one end to the back of your Roku player and the other end to your Ethernet port in your wall or directly to your router.

5. Now you are ready to turn on your Roku.

Simply connect the power cord into your Roku and the electrical outlet. It will start up and will get to a Welcome screen. Press OK on your remote.

The setup will first ask what type of network connection you will use: Wireless or wired (see step 2 above). Select which option you want to use. If you connect successfully your Roku will begin to download the latest software updates, after which it will restart.

6. After the restart in step 5 follow the instructions on-screen:

  • Select your time zone.
  • Go to on your computer and enter the unique Roku player code that is displayed on your TV.
  • Create or login to your Roku account and follow the rest of the steps there, including payment method (where applicable) and creating your initial channel selection. This should complete the linking setup.
  • Your Roku should automatically refresh and you are now linked.

That’s it and your Roku is ready to use!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.