How To Set Up Roku Projector (3 Easy Ways)

Connecting the Roku projector to a power source, establishing a connection to your WiFi network, activating the Roku streaming device, and following the on-screen instructions to finish the setup process are the steps required to set up a Roku projector.

In a time when there are no limits to entertainment, technology and fun have come together to make a new gadget that will change how you watch TV. The Roku Projector gives you access to images bigger than life and sound, making you feel right there. This cutting-edge projector is your ticket to turning any room into a fascinating entertainment hub, whether you’re a movie fan who wants to bring the theatre experience home or a sports fan who wants the biggest game nights.

But, like any advanced technology, the road to cinematic nirvana is paved with many setup steps that might initially seem complicated. Don’t worry because our detailed guide will walk you through every step, making the setup process as smooth as the story of a Hollywood blockbuster. We help you with everything, from taking your Roku Projector out of the box to fine-tuning the display and audio settings for the best picture and sound.

Join us as we get to the bottom of how to set up a Roku Projector by figuring out HDMI inputs, how aspect ratios work, and what the best projection distance is. Along the way, we’ll explain technical words, show you how to fix problems and give you expert tips to help new and experienced tech fans. With the help of our step-by-step steps and clear pictures, you can confidently go through the setup process and bring the big screen into your home.

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Connect a Roku Stick to a screen in different ways.

Connect a Roku Stick to a screen in different ways.

A Roku Stick can only be connected to a screen with an HDMI wire. Depending on what kind of Roku Stick you have, you may or may not need an HDMI cord.

Before we go any further, we should mention that using the Roku stick in this way can cause some confusion with the projector if it’s an intelligent projector that uses its WiFi connection to do smart-screen things. Check out this different guide if you have trouble getting your Roku to connect to the internet after putting it in an intelligent project. But for now, let’s talk about how you would set this up.

Connect via HDMI Directly to the Projector

A Roku Streaming Stick+, which you can buy on Amazon, can only connect to a screen through HDMI. To do this, click your Roku Stick’s HDMI plug to the input jack on your screen. If you join the stick directly to a projector, the Roku device will send its music to the projector, which is different from where you want it to go.

Most projectors have bad speakers or none, and they need better speakers for surround sound. They just weren’t made to do that. And if you have a friendly speaker system, you’ll need more wires to get the sound from the projector to the speakers, quickly making your “wireless” streaming stick look crowded. We’ll talk about how to solve this problem in the next section.

Also, the ROKU remote must be able to point to the Roku Stick wherever it is in the room. You can fix this by using a short-throw projector, a side projector, or a long HDMI extension cord from Amazon to move the Roku Stick close to the screen.

There’s no way around the fact that the remote and the ROKU stick need to be able to see each other. This can take up a lot of space, cost money, and be a pain. This problem has been fixed in some Roku models. Both the Roku Streaming Stick+ and the Roku Stick Express have WiFi straight.

This uses WiFi instead of an infrared beam to connect the remote to the Roku Stick. This means you can point the remote anywhere, and the Roku Stick will respond.

Use a Wireless HDMI Kit

Wireless HDMI Kit For Roku Projector

The easiest way to fix the sound problem is to use a wireless HDMI kit like the WeJupit Mini Wireless HDMI Extender Kit, which you can buy on Amazon. We have a more detailed description of how wireless HDMI kits work on our website, but generally, they do what they sound like they do.

In this case, having a wireless HDMI option means you can put the Roku stick wherever you want and send the video to the projector wirelessly, which is easy if you follow our directions. This fixes the music problem because you can now change the sound from the ground. This means you don’t have to run extra wires to the screen.

You can either connect the Roku to an A/V receiver (more on that below) and then run the receiver’s output to the wireless HDMI kit, or, better yet, you can skip the receiver step altogether by using a wireless HDMI kit with an HDMI audio extractor, like the J-Tech Digital Premium Quality Audio Extractor (on Amazon).

You would connect the Roku to the HDMI audio extractor, then click the wireless HDMI kit to the output of the HDMI audio extractor. From there, the wireless kit sends the video to the projector and the music to the speakers on the ground, such as a soundbar.

This may seem challenging, but it’s easy, and we have a different guide on how to use these extractor kits.

Also Read: Why Is My Smart TV Not Connecting to Wi-Fi? (9 Easy Fixes)

Connect to an A/V receiver.

If you have a surround sound system or more than a few speakers, an A/V player is a great way to handle everything. Even though the audio extractor can get the music from the Roku stick, it won’t have many outputs.

Using a receiver, you can plug the Roku stick into the other receiver’s HDMI port and then send the audio as needed. You can get the video from the receiver to the projector using an HDMI cable or a wireless HDMI kit.

Also read: 8 Best Karaoke System for Smart TV

How to Add Cable TV to This Setup

It’s important to know that TV tuners are not built into TVs. Roku players don’t have this, either. But just because you can’t stream your cable TV shows to your screen through your Roku player doesn’t mean you can’t add them.

You can do this with a cable tuner box. Your cable company can give you one for free or for a fee, depending on the extras you choose. Once you have that, here’s what you should do:

  1. Connect your cable to the box that can do thread.
  2. Use an HDMI cable to connect the radio box to the AVR.
  3. Get the projector connected to the AVR.

If your AVR can take data from multiple sources, you can connect the radio box and the Roku player and send a signal through. After that, you can switch between the Roku player and your regular TV channels by changing the source on the projector’s remote or the AVR’s control.

Using a Splitter with Your Projector Connection

You can also use a splitter to send the signal from your Roku stick to your AVR or soundbar and then to your projector so that the video signal goes to your projector and the sound signal goes to your stereo or home theatre sound system. There is also the option of Bluetooth speakers, which may rely on your projector’s compatibility with Bluetooth since a Roku player or stick will only give you a WiFi connection and the interface you need to watch your favourite Netflix or Amazon Prime shows. You will need to do more with the audio settings than plugging a Roku stick into an HDTV.

Also Read: Do Roku TVs have Bluetooth? (4 Easy Steps to Set It Up)

The Good Thing About WiFi Direct

Using a Roku stick with WiFi direct, you can turn any non-smart projector with an HDMI port into a smart projector with its streaming powers directly given to it by the Roku Streaming Stick+ or the Roku Express. If your projector is already a “smart projector” with its operating system and WiFi connection, you can download an app for Netflix or Hulu instead of hardware like Roku. Also, WiFi lets you handle the Roku Stick even if you’re not looking in the right direction. You can click on the screen with your remote, and it will still work.

Vintage Projectors and Connecting with the Roku Stick

If a projector from the 1990s or early 2000s doesn’t have an HDMI port, getting it to work with a Roku Stick can be tricky. To make these older projectors work with your Roku, you’ll need an HDMI to Component or A/V adapter, just like you can make the stick work with a CRT TV. Suppose you can make an analog connection to the TV show Netflix with a suitable adapter or converter to watch the 1980s-inspired Stranger Things on a 1980s TV set. In that case, connecting your Roku stick to a digital video projector with the proper tinkering and compatible converters is even easier.

4K projectors and new projectors 

Many projectors can connect to streaming content independently by using your WiFi and apps for Netflix and other services. However, some users prefer to use Roku instead because it’s easy to plug in and play multiple streaming channels and services without downloading or setting up anything. Also, Stick+ can work with 4K. So, if you have a 4K projector, it should work with your Stick+ to give you the best video and audio quality you can get short of 8K (in 2020, there are still no 8K projectors).

Wrap Up On How To Set Up Roku Projector

Every time you’ve clicked a button, adjusted a setting or fixed a problem, you’ve taken a step toward making your home theatre. Technology and fun have never gone together so well, and when you sit back and watch your walls turn into works of art, you’ll know that all your hard work was worth it.

But this isn’t the end of our journey. The Roku Projector has a wide range of features; each time you use it, you’ll find more ways to customize and improve it. So, accept that entertainment is constantly changing and keep tweaking your setup until it’s just right for you.

As this guide comes to a close, we hope you’ve found it to be not only helpful but also inspiring. The projection isn’t just a tool; it’s a way to go on cinematic trips, start talks, and make memories that will last a lifetime. So, go ahead and turn down the lights, change the focus, and press play. Your home theatre experience is about to begin, and with your Roku Projector in charge, you’ll be able to see, hear, and feel any story you want.

Roku Projector FAQs


What is a Roku Projector, and how is it different from a regular projector?

A Roku Projector is a gadget that blends the features of a regular projector with the streaming features of a Roku. It lets you show what you’re watching on a streaming service right on a screen or other surface. Unlike other projectors, a Roku Projector doesn’t always need a separate streaming device because it already has built-in streaming software.

What comes in the box with the Roku Projector?

Usually, a Roku Projector package comes with the projector, a power cord, a remote control, batteries for the remote control, an HDMI cable, and any user instructions or setup guides needed.

How do I put my Roku Projector together?

Adding a Roku Projector to a power source, adding external devices (if needed) via HDMI, and following the on-screen directions to connect the projector to your WiFi network are all parts of setting it up. Our detailed step-by-step guide will help you set up your computer quickly and easily.

Can I connect my phone or computer to the Roku Projector?

Yes, most Roku projectors can show your phone or tablet’s screen, which means you can directly connect your phone or tablet to the projector. With this tool, you can show what’s on your phone or tablet on the projector screen.

How do I change the size and quality of the projector’s picture?

You can change the size and quality of the picture by moving the projector closer to or farther from the screen and changing the zoom and focus settings. Most Roku Projectors also let you adjust the brightness, contrast, and colour settings on the net.

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