Roku LT Streaming Media Player

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Setting Up

 

The first thing that you’re going to wonder when setting this up is why there is only a cable for SD, surely the inclusion of a HDMI cable would not have broken the bank? To make this even slightly more annoying they have gone with a 3.5mm jack to composite (RCA), presumably to save space, but this means it’s that little less likely that you have a spare cable laying about should you need it.

I’d venture that anyone buying a device for media streaming from the internet has already taken the plunge and got a decent HD capable TV, so making the default (in fact only provided)  option that of SD seems like a bit of an oversight to me.

I tested the device with the provided SD cable and with a HDMI cable of my own, and there is a marked difference even when simply navigating the menus, as you would expect. I am however getting ahead of myself here, as the picture quality provided by the cable only becomes relevant when you are at the point of being able to watch something, which  initially proved more work than I had anticipated .

The process I had been lead to believe was the setup as per the back of the box was:

1. Plug the device into the TV and a power socket

2. Connect it to my wireless network

3. Enjoy.

 

The actual process as it happened was:

1. Plug the device into the TV and a power socket

2. Connect it to my wireless network

Roku LT

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3. Receive an error message that the device couldn’t reach the Internet.

Roku LT

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4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 a couple of times wondering why it couldn’t connect when all computers were fine.

5.  Follow suggested link to manufacturers site, which provided no help when searching error code

6. Google for people with similar issues and find some saying firewall in router needs dropping

7. Drop firewall, still wont connect.

8. Last attempt, I power cycle  the router  and also hard reset the device with the recessed switch

I had become sick of these few screens, so i was over the moon when it finally worked. I’m not sure which of these did the trick as I did them both together. Finally it connected to the Roku servers and performed a software update immediately, and then after reboot I was ready to watch something…. or so I thought…

9. Visit the URL on laptop that is showing on screen and enter an activation code displayed on the TV

10. Register an account with Roku to activate my player

11. Have to put in credit card details (though no charge was made, I checked) for potential purchases

12. Enter a pin to secure purchases (thankfully!)

13. Select channels I’d like installing to the Roku

14. Enjoy!

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Last modified: December 19, 2018

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