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Connect Mac Roku: Useful Apps

How to connect Mac to TV wirelessly? macOS has Apple TV streaming available by default, but you’ll need additional software for non-AirPlay devices, such as Roku.

Nonetheless, it’s completely possible to do over Wi-Fi, without using any cables or adapters. The apps below are the easiest solutions we could find for Mac Roku streaming.

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JustStream
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Connect Mac to Roku using JustStream

How to connect Mac to Roku - JustStream

JustStream

4.6 Rank based on 438 + users Reviews(227)
Requirements: macOS 10.12
Version: v2.4(474), Released 22 Apr, 2022 Release notes
Category: Video

JustStream allows you to create a Roku - Mac connection right from your desktop. It opens any common video or audio format, streams video directly to WiFi devices, without having to play it on your computer.

Nonetheless, it has numerous options for convenience and compatibility, such as opening external tracks, in-depth subtitle customization and stream quality configuration - perfect to connect Mac to Roku. JustStream also comes with built-in playlist capabilities.

JustStream is compatible with a lot of hardware - both receivers and TVs. It also allows you to connect Mac to Sony, with configurable resolution and the other settings. You can try it out for 20 minutes for free, and if you like it, it’s a $12.99 annual subscription. A negligible price for what is essentially the best Mac streaming app.

Mac to Roku using JustStream

icon pros Pros

  • Feature-rich for a reasonable price
  • Compatible with many different TV models
  • Can configure and add audio and subtitles
  • Simple interface.

icon cons Cons

  • Subscription-based service.

AirBeamTV

AirBeam for Roku consists of 2 apps - a Mac program that costs $9.99, and a free Roku channel. By using both, you can quickly and easily connect Mac to Roku. Sadly, the features are rather limited - you can only open one video at a time, for example. No playlists. But it’s a fully-functional, dedicated app that you can rely on. Also, it’s a cheap one-time purchase, although, if you want to stream to different platforms, you’ll have to buy separate apps.

Connect Mac to Roku with AirBeam

How to connect Mac to Roku with AirBeamTV:

1
Download the AirBeamTV Screen Mirror app for macOS.
2
Open the media file from your Mac / MacBook Pro / MacBook Air.
3
Click "Start Mirroring". The photo album will instantly appear on your Smart TV.

icon pros Pros

  • Cheap, no strings attached
  • Has a Mac app and a Roku channel
  • Simple to use, can stream and mirror.

icon cons Cons

  • Different version needs to be bought for every TV brand
  • Limited free trial time (5 minutes).

"Screen Mirroring to Roku" by wmacapps

This is a streaming and mirroring app, meaning that it can either open movies or duplicate your screen on the TV. It also needs a receiving channel on Roku, called "Screen Mirroring to Roku". The interface is compact and convenient, and you can easily find the buttons which add subtitles or sound. This wmacapps program can mirror to other Macs as well. This is a useful way to connect MacBook to Roku TV, and it even has a free trial.

Mac to Roku using wmacapps

How to connect Mac to Roku with wmacapps:

1
First, check whether the same network, router, and router channel are shared between your Mac and Roku device.
2
Open the app and wait for the Roku devices to appear in the "Cast To" list. The process will be done automatically showing you devices to which you can stream local video / audio files.
3
In case there is no necessary device is not in the list, you can manually connect Mac to Roku by typing the device's IP address. For this, you need to choose the "Connect to a Device via IP Address" button in the "Cast To" list.
4

There are several ways to add video / audio files to the app:

  • • By using drag and drop.
  • • By selecting "Cast Local Media Files" - > "Add Files".
5
Choose the file from the playlist which you want to stream.
6
To load subtitles or soundtracks for the file navigate to the "Subtitles" or "Soundtrack" button. The app is also compatible with external subtitles.
7
Choose the Roku device (available from the device list) you want to stream the content to.
8
To control video playback there are control buttons in the app.
9

There are several ways to end a streaming process:

  • • By clicking the "Stop" button in the controls.
  • • By disconnecting the device in the "Cast To" list.

Once you have followed this step-by-step guide you would know how to connect Mac to Roku and would enjoy watching / listening to your favorite media content.

AirPlay Roku Connection

AirPlay is essentially a powerful data transfer feature that allows you to stream content from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to Roku device. Thus, you can use it to transfer photos, videos, or any other content.

Connect Roku with AirPlay

How to connect Roku via AirPlay:

1
Ensure that both systems are fully updated. If problems arise, check for model and system compatibility.
2
To find out your Roku device's network name, go to Settings > Network in Roku OS.
3
If everything works, you should be able to use the AirPlay icon on your macOS Menu Bar to connect Mac to Roku.
4
Open videos and photos on your Mac to see them mirrored on the TV screen.

NOTA BENE!

In fact, almost all modern models of Roku support AirPlay. However, keep in mind that to use AirPlay to mirror your Mac / MacBook to Roku, your Roku device must be running the appropriate version of Roku OS.

A complete list of Roku devices that support AirPlay can be found below. To check your Roku model, go to Settings - > System - > About. In addition, your Apple device must support AirDrop - those are Apple devices with iOS 12.3 or later (for iPhone and iPad) or macOS Mojave 10.14.5 or later (for Mac).

devices must be running Roku OS 9.4 or higher devices must be running Roku OS 10.0 or higher
Roku TV models Axxxx, Cxxxx, CxxGB, and 7xxxx (where x equals any model number) Roku TV model Dxxxx and 8xxxx (where x equals any model number)
Roku Streambar model 9102 Roku Streaming Stick models 3600, 3800, and 3801
Roku Streambar Pro model 9101R2 Roku Express models 3900, 3930, and 3801
Roku Smart Soundbar models 9100 and 9101 Roku Express+ models 3910 and 3931
Roku Streaming Stick+ models 3810 and 3811 Roku HD model 3932
Roku Express 4K model 3940 Roku 2 models 4205 and 4210
Roku Express 4K+ model 3941 Roku 3 models 4200, 4201, and 4230
Roku Premiere models 3920 and 4620
Roku Premiere+ models 3921 and 4630
Roku Ultra models 4600, 4640, 4660, 4661, 4670, and 4800
Roku Ultra LT model 4662

Frequently Asked Questions:

The most common reasons for this issue are:

  • There can be an issue with the Wi-Fi signal. In case the signal is low, there can be performance problems or even playback freezing issues.
  • Make sure that there is no problem with the Ethernet cable (it is not damaged or unplugged).
  • Check whether there is any power or router outage.
  • Make sure that no other devices are using up the network bandwidth preventing you to connect MacBook to Roku TV.
  • Check the Roku device for any malfunction.
JustStream
Requirements: OS X 10.12+ , 40.03MB size
Version 2.4(474) (22 Apr, 2022) Release notes
Category: MultimediaApplication