I received my Roku today from Amazon.com. If you don’t know what a Roku is, it’s a small box you can use to watch Netflix instant view and Amzon video on demand (it also has a bunch of other content incuding MLB). The are three different models of Roku, I purchased Roku HD-XR because I plan to upgrade my wireless network to N and the Roku-XR supports Wireless N (up to 300 mbps seeds).
Installation was a snap.
I took it out of the box and I wrote down the wireless MAC address which was listed on the back (you probably don’t need to do this, I’ll explain later). Then I set the Roku on top of my cablebox, plugged in the power, and plugged it into by HDTV via HDMI.
I have my DVD/HDTV Combo mounted to the wall with an Ergotron Neo-Flex HD Wall Mount Swing Arm. I know, I know, the cables are messy.
The Roku has a variety connections, standard RCA, component, S-video, and HDMI. It also has optical audio out and a USB port.
You can connect it via standard wired ethernet, but I don’t have ethernet cabling in the location in my house where I wanted to use the Roku, so I had to configure a wireless connection.
I only had one hitch connecting the Roku to my wireless network, I am kinda anal about wireless security so I have MAC address filtering enabled and I turn off my SID broadcast. I had to add the MAC address to the allowed devices list on my wireless router (that’s why I wrote it down earlier). I then tried to manually add my network (SID) to the Roku and it didn’t work. I then turned on the SID broadcast on my router and the Roku found it and connected without a problem. Later I turned of my SID broadcast and the Roku continues to work perfecctly.
The rest of the config took less than 2 minutes.
I set my type of TV:
Selected my audio output:
Entered a connection code on Netflix and it was working. I can watch 720p HD movies via the internet over my wireless G network.
The remote is simple and straight forward.
I can’t believe I waited so long to get this device. I love it. I’m one step closer to going cable television free.