Like humans have an identity card or say an identity document, a computer has an identity card too. Though not in the literary sense of the term, a computer’s identity card is called its IP address.
You’ve probably known this. But did you know your streaming devices also have their IP address? You’ve probably known this too and by now you must be thinking why is this blog trying to teach basics?
Well, IP addresses do play a significant role when it comes to connecting your streaming device to a network or even when you’re experiencing some connectivity issues.
If you’re a Roku user and have no clue how to find the IP address of your Roku device, keep reading . . .
Well, it’s the easiest way to find your Roku’s IP address from within the Roku device itself. Thinking how? This is because your Roku makes its IP address accessible from its menus. You only have to put a little extra effort to look up where exactly it is:
- Go to Roku main menu, scroll down to the settings.
- Select the network option.
- Under the submenu, find About. There, you’ll locate your Roku’s IP address. You’ll also find other useful network-related information about your device.
Finding Roku ip Address in two simple ways:
- Via Remote
You might not always have direct access to your Roku’s menus or when you’re trying to configure something. In either case, you can access your Roku’s IP address via your Roku remote. Searching Roku’s IP address via remote is the easiest and quickest way without any complication. To do this, follow these quick steps below:
- Turn on Roku TV and move to the home screen
- Using your remote open the menu displayed on the top of your screen
- Scroll down button until you find “Settings” from the menu and press the “OK” button from your remote
- Now navigate to “Network” in the submenu. Click on “OK” from your remote and select “About”.
Post completion, a new window will display all the information about your network: the name and status of the network, connection type, signal strength, and much more including the IP address.
- Without Remote
While it is not possible to connect Roku to a network without a remote per se, you can always access your Roku IP address in numerous ways. Here are a few ways, check them out:
- Via a web browser
The easier way to get your Roku’s IP address in the absence of remote control is a Roku remote alternative called Remoku. This is a Google Chrome extension or a web app with which you can virtually lookup for your Roku IP address in the following ways:
- Launch Google Chrome and open the Chrome Web Store. If you don’t know where it is, either look for its link in the bookmark tab or simply perform a Google search for “Chrome apps,”. Choose Chrome Web Store right from the first result.
- From the Chrome app store, search for “Remoku.” The first and only result is the one you will choose. Now Select Add to Chrome to add it to Chrome.
- Launch Remoku from the icon in the upper right of your Chrome window. This will open the virtual remote.
- Across the top select Settings. You will find all the tools for connecting to your Roku in the top box of the settings menu.
- Now select the “Scan” button next to “How many Rokus? Your default IP address is visible under the “Find my Roku” section.
- Remoku scans via your network’s range of IP addresses and looks for those belonging to Roku devices. When it finds and lists them, you will find your Roku’s IP address.
- Enter it manually or add a new one under “Manual add”-in case prior changes are made to your network to match according to that configuration.
Note, Roku also has browser extensions for Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer.
- Via your mobile app
If you’re a Roku user, the most convenient ways are to install the application on your smartphone.
Whether you’re an iPhone or an Android user, the Roku mobile application offers a user-friendly interface and you can conveniently control the whole process.
On installing the Roku app, here’s what you head over to next:
- Open the Roku app on your phone and log into your account. If you don’t have one sign up to create one.
- Move to the “My Channels” tab and tap on the settings icon in the upper-right corner of your screen
- From the available options chose System Info
- You’ll find your Roku’s IP address displayed in the “System Info” tab, along with details about your network.
- Via Your Router
If you prefer a more direct option, it will comparatively depend more on your router and its stability. Almost all routers offer the capability of viewing connected devices. Some others, however don’t let you see the name of the device. So, let’s get started to see how we can do this?
- Open the web browser you use and log into your router’s admin interface. Now enter the router’s IP address in the URL bar.
- Depending on your router, you will find a list of connected devices. Or, you may sign in to your router and browse to the status page that usually contains your connection details.
- Your router may list the Roku devices by their hostname next to their IP address.
- In case you don’t find any Roku names listed, don’t worry. Look for MAC addresses from the listed devices since most routers have a column for it.
- Still couldn’t find? It’s no big deal. You can simply look up from sites like WhatsMyIP.org if you have the full MAC address.
Though this may seem a little roundabout way of getting your work done, using the method you can easily associate an IP address with your Roku.
Is the Roku app still unable to locate your streaming device?
Well, we understand that losing your remote can be indeed frustrating especially while connecting to your streaming player. To troubleshoot the issue, check your network access isn’t disabled.
- From the Roku remote, press Home
- Now select Settings and choose System
- Click on Advanced System Settings and choose Control by Mobile Apps.
- Now choose Network Access and select Default.
Ensure that your Roku device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your phone. If that’s it, check if your Roku’s IP address is private which otherwise won’t connect with your phone?
The IP address must fall within certain ranges, if not then maybe you’re not connecting via a router. Either install one or get your internet service provider to change the IP address manually.
Often you may face difficulty changing your IP address given network connectivity via VPN. While VPNs may be good for streaming but that’s not how they work always.
However, if you aren’t a VPN user, perhaps the Access point (AP) isolation is enabled on your network. This prevents communication between devices on a wireless network. So, check and disable the AP isolation on your router to get connected.
Did that Help?If you’ve already followed the steps yet could not find your Roku’s IP address, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact Roku Help Centre to further diagnose and resolve the issue.