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How to connect a Roku to hotel wifi

Most hotel wifi networks require you to enter some information—a name or room number—to authorize a device. But because Roku’s don’t have web browsers, there’s no way for you to do that on the device.

Most of the solutions to this online aren’t very good:

  • Bring a travel router.
  • Run a virtual router on your computer.
  • Spoof your Roku’s MAC address on your computer to authenticate.

But there’s a much, much simpler way: call hotel tech support. They can authenticate your device for you. Takes about 5 minutes.

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