Do Roku® streaming devices need to be connected to the Internet?

Background

Your Roku TV or Roku® streaming player provides you with access to stream video and music from the Internet. For this to work, your Roku streaming device must be connected to your home network in the same way that you connect your home computer or smartphone.

  • Note: You need a good network connection from your router to the Roku streaming device, otherwise you may experience video playback issues.

Does it need to be permanently connected to the Internet?

No; however, Roku streaming players are low-power devices that are designed to remain on and connected to the Internet.

What if I take my Roku player with me when I travel?

If the location provides access to the Internet, you can simply connect the Roku streaming player to the local network, much like you would your computer or smartphone.

However, some locations, such as hotels, dorms or businesses, may only allow access to the Internet after you first provide additional information (such as your hotel room number) via a webpage on your computer. These types of networks are known as captive portal networks.

Most Roku streaming players include a feature known as Hotel & Dorm Connect that allows you to connect your Roku streaming player to a captive portal network.

You can use the Roku device comparison chart to determine which products support Hotel & Dorm Connect.

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