How to Connect Roku to Laptop?

how to connect roku to laptop

Can you connect your Roku to your laptop? Sure, but why would you? The whole point of Roku is to turn your HDTV to a streaming display device. It serves as the monitor to your Roku’s computer or projector to your Roku’s film reel. A laptop can serve as its own display.

It has a built-in screen. You can connect it to monitors but it has an HDMI-Out for that, the same one Roku has to connect to monitors and TVs as well. Regardless, keep on reading to find out how to connect roku to laptop.

How to Connect Roku to Laptop

No, it doesn’t involve hooking up Roku’s HDMI port with the laptop’s HDMI port. They’re both HDMI-Out and require an HDMI-In or input port like those found in HDTVs, monitors, and projectors. They’re both media devices so you need to turn the Roku device into something laptop-readable.

You should instead use an HDMI-based video capture device that serves as an adapter to your Roku’s HDMI-Out output port and turns it into a USB 3.0 port. Just connect your video capture device to your laptop with a USB while it’s connected to your Roku.

This way, your laptop can read the contents and run the operating system of your Roku Streaming Stick or Ultra Box or Express 4K or what-have-you with the ease of running a USB flash disk.

Setting Up Roku on Your Computer

If you wish to connect your Roku Streaming Stick, Express 4K, or Ultra Box to a laptop in order to provide you unlimited entertainment content in hardware form, you need to exert more effort compared to hooking it up to a smart TV, HDTV, or any home theater system.

  • Both Have HDMI-Out Ports: You shouldn’t really use the HDMI-Out or HDMI output on your PC. Your Roku’s HDMI connector doesn’t connect to the laptop’s HDMI-Out port that’s also reserved for HDTVs, projectors, and monitors. You need HDMI-In or HDMI input.
  • HDMI Video Capture Device: You can, however, stick the Roku Stick to your PC via HDMI video capture device with a UBS 3.0 connection. The device makes your Roku readable on PC desktops or laptops.
  • Extra Paraphernalia: Some video capture devices make the stick easily readable to PC from the start. Others require extra software like OBS Studio or an HDMI adapter/splitter/converter if your device lacks an HDMI connection or is VGA-based.
  • Streamcast or Download Software: You can use Chromecast or Miracast in order to streamcast your HDTV feed for Roku onto your PC laptop or desktop. You can also install the Roku app with a third-party app to connect the device into your notebook PC system sans stick.


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How to Use Roku Stick on Laptop without HDMI?

You can also follow these steps in order to use the Roku Stick with your laptop that lacks an HDMI port. No, it doesn’t involve using an HDMI adapter or HDMI video capture device. Instead, you can use the Plex App instead.

  • Go to the Plex App Website: Open your laptop’s Internet browser and search Plex App on Google. You can also write it as or Access the website and go to the three download options on the home screen for Plex Media Server.
  • Your Options for Plex Media Server: The Plex Media Server offers downloads for Linux, Mac, and Windows. Download in accordance to the notebook PC or MacBook operating system you’re using. Make a compatible selection for your laptop’s operating system.
  • Download and Install: Download the app then install as you would any other program. Launch the app on your laptop then go to the Roku app or website to login to your account. Find the Plex app on the Roku Channel Store.
  • Stable Wi-Fi is a Must: Make sure you have fast-spped and stable Wi-Fi Internet connection. Or Fiber Internet even. Because you can’t connect your Roku device on a laptop HDMI, you need to connect it to the power and Wi-Fi from the app or by manual operation.
  • Connect the Stick to Wi-Fi: Make your Roku Stick use a similar Wi-Fi network as your laptop then connect using the Plex Media Server. With the Plex app’s assistance, you can now access Roku through the laptop and use it thusly from there.
  • You’re All Set to Stream Now: You can now have hassle-free streaming from your Roku to your laptop. It doesn’t particularly offer any advantages to streaming on your web browser save of course familiarity with the operating system and interface of Roku.

How do I connect my Roku to my laptop with HDMI?

Connecting your Roku to your laptop with HDMI is easy and only requires a few simple steps. First, connect the video capture device to your computer. If needed, install any software included with the capture device. Next, connect the View HD 2 Port Mini Splitter to a power source. Finally, connect the Roku device to the HDMI Input port on the View HD 2 Port Mini Splitter using a standard HDMI cable. That’s it! Now you’re ready to enjoy your favorite Roku content on your laptop.

How to Screen Mirror from Windows 10 to Roku?

Your Roku is already set up to work as a Miracast screen mirror, so you can easily show your desktop wirelessly.

You can use Miracast to send what’s on your PC screen to your Roku. Check to see if your Windows computer supports the Miracast service. How To Check If My Windows 10 PC Supports Miracast? Click Here.

Open the Action Center by clicking on the icon in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.

Then, click on Project. Next, select Connect to a wireless display. A scan for wireless display devices will start. Select your Roku from the list of devices that appears.

Once connected, your Windows 10 device should now be mirrored by the wireless display. Enjoy!

Note: If the option to “Connect to a wireless display” is not there, it means that your device or video card does not support Miracast. If Miracast isn’t supported, we suggest connecting directly with an HDMI cable or another method.

Should You Connect Roku to a Laptop?

The smart thing to do is to stick your Roku Streaming Stick to a smart TV instead of a computer even though a notebook computer is technically a smart device in its own right (it’s mobile, it runs apps, and can connect to the Internet too).

  • Is It Worth It? It’s not so smart to stick your Roku Stick into a laptop because it’s kind of redundant. Your notebook PC can play Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, HBO Max, Disney+, and much more via browser instead of via streaming stick.
  • Resources for Effective Outcomes: You can use the Plex Media Server, the OBS app, and/or the HDMI video capture device as external resources for the purpose of running a Roku Stick onto your laptop.
  • But The Laptop Has an HDMI Port: Yes, your laptop has an HDMI port but it’s an output port that only goes with an input port. It’s the same port as your Roku Streaming Stick, Express 4K, or Ultra Box. You need an HDMI input found in HDTVs,
  • Just Use a Monitor or HDTV: Instead of the laptop with its built-in laptop screen, use a monitor or HDTV. A PC monitor can run the Roku just fine. Or even a projector. Any device with an HDMI-In or input port for HDMI will do.

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Can I connect my laptop to my Roku TV wirelessly?

Yes, you can connect your laptop to your Roku TV wirelessly. This feature allows you to replicate (or “mirror”) the screen of your compatible Android or Windows device wirelessly onto your TV screen. With screen mirroring, you can send web pages, videos, photos, music, and more to your compatible Roku® streaming player or Roku TV™.

Screen mirroring is a great way to share content from your laptop with friends and family on your Roku TV. To set up screen mirroring, simply connect your laptop and Roku TV to the same wireless network and follow the prompts on your screen. Once you’ve connected, you’ll be able to enjoy all your favorite content on the big screen.

To Summarize

Roku HDTV Streaming Sticks aren’t only popular to families and coach potatoes as a means to make a non-smart TV “smart” enough to stream. They’re also sought-after among researchers and IT professionals who wish to stream educational and science content.

With that in mind, there are ways for you to use the streaming stick like it’s a USB stick on your laptop. With some finagling, anything is possible in the home entertainment industry.

Author: James Core

I write dozens of helpful informational articles based on topics that I have identified again and again throughout my research and work experience. I am here to help you find the right CABLE AND CONVERTER for your needs.

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