Roku is the manufacturer of the famed Roku player (among other things) which enables you to watch the latest free movies, TV shows, and concerts on your TV. All you need is a great TV and a computer with a fast Internet connection and you can pretty much fill up an entire weekend with uninterrupted viewing! It’s like having an entire video store at your fingertips.
Setting it up is a breeze, and it won’t take long before you’re enjoying countless hours of viewing pleasure. Here’s how to set up your Roku player:
- Check which audio-video connection to use for your TV. This can be HDMI which supports 080p HD video playback, component which supports up to 720p HD, or composite which supports standard definition only and would need an analog (RCA) audio connection.
- Determine the type of networking you’ll be using. The most popular option is wireless networking and to use it, you will need to have the right wireless network name. You can also opt for wired networking, but you need to have a standard Ethernet cable to set it up.
- Connect the Roku player to your TV. For HDMI, insert one end of the cable (HDMI) into your TV’s HMDI-in port and then insert the opposite end into your Roku player’s HDMI port.For component connections, use the red/blue/green component connectors to connect the Roku player to your TV and make sure to use the colors to connect to the right ports. That’s for video only, though. For audio, connect the red and white RCA connectors on an A/V cable to the analog audio ports of your TV and Roku player.For composite, insert the yellow/white/red composite connections (video and analog audio) from one end of the cable into the corresponding A/V-in ports on your TV and on your Roku player.
- Connect the Roku player to your network. For wired connections, connect one end of the Ethernet network cable to an available Ethernet port on your router. Connect the other end to the Ethernet port at the back of the Roku player. For wireless, just make sure you know the wireless network name and password.
- Turn on the Roku player. The player will connect to the router and then install the latest software. It will then restart.
- Complete the guided setup. After the restart, you’ll select the time zone and then you’ll get a unique code. Open a browser and enter that code when you go to http://www.roku.com/link. Log on to your account or create a new one and follow all the steps indicated on the screen. Once you get a “Congratulations” message that means you’re all set!
That was simple enough now wasn’t it? Now you can watch all your favorite shows online through your TV.