The best thing about the holidays is playing with your new gadgets – and the worst thing is struggling with your new gadgets. But fear no more: We have compiled a few key tips for new owners of the Roku media player to improve their set-up and get the most out of the device. Did you for example know that you can use your Roku as a DVR, and that there are hundreds of channels you won’t find in the channel store? Check out more essential tips below:Setting up your Roku
One of the biggest issues that people run into with streaming media devices is a slow or inconsistent Wifi connection. Big, solid walls, microwave ovens or cordless phones can ruin your Netflix fun, especially when you are watching in HD. If you have a Roku 2 XS, I’d strongly recommend that you hard-wire the device with an Ethernet cable. And if you don’t want to string a long cord through your living room, adding a HomePlug AV device to the mix might do the trick. Check the end of this article for more details on this kind of accessory.
Unfortunately, the Roku 2 LT, HD and XD devices don’t have an Ethernet port, so you’ll have to make do with Wifi. Try to move the router closer to your TV and avoid unnecessary obstacles if you run into issues, or upgrade to a 802.11n router if nothing else helps. Also, check out the video embedded below for more advice on how to improve your Netflix streaming:Watching great content on the Roku
Roku’s media streamers offer access to a few hundred content channels, and hundreds more are available with a little bit of tinkering. Make sure to check out the following choices:
Note: The YouTube channel shown in this video is unfortunately not available anymore.Buying accessories
Funny how good gifts make you want to buy more stuff, isn’t it? The Roku is no exception, and there are a few things worth considering:
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