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How to Set Up Roku

Updated on January 8, 2016
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Max holds a BS in Mass Communications from SIU and an MA in Communication from U of I, and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Introduction

Roku players offer a wide array of apps for music, movies, TV, sports, news, cooking and a variety of other subjects that can help you cut the cord and replace your cable package, or can act as a supplement to a cable package. The Roku player itself is roughly the size of a hockey puck, weighs just a few ounces, only requires an Internet connection and can be set up in less than half an hour.

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The Roku player lets you stream a wide variety of content, such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Crackle and Pandora.This screen appears when you first start your Roku player.Select your wireless network.Enter the password associated with your wireless network if you're prompted.After entering your network password, the Roku player will connect to the Internet.You'll have to install an update if one is available.The progress of the update installation will be displayed.You'll be prompted to open your Web browser and input information before you can continue the installation.After entering your code, you'll have to select whether or not you already have a Roku account.Enter your name, e-mail address and the password you want to use for your Roku account.You have to associate a credit card or a PayPal account with your Roku account.You can elect whether you want to use a passcode or not.Immediately after entering the information requested in your Web browser, the Roku installation continues on your monitor.Click "OK" after a message appears that the installation is finished.
The Roku player lets you stream a wide variety of content, such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Crackle and Pandora.
The Roku player lets you stream a wide variety of content, such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Crackle and Pandora. | Source
This screen appears when you first start your Roku player.
This screen appears when you first start your Roku player. | Source
Select your wireless network.
Select your wireless network. | Source
Enter the password associated with your wireless network if you're prompted.
Enter the password associated with your wireless network if you're prompted. | Source
After entering your network password, the Roku player will connect to the Internet.
After entering your network password, the Roku player will connect to the Internet. | Source
You'll have to install an update if one is available.
You'll have to install an update if one is available. | Source
The progress of the update installation will be displayed.
The progress of the update installation will be displayed. | Source
You'll be prompted to open your Web browser and input information before you can continue the installation.
You'll be prompted to open your Web browser and input information before you can continue the installation. | Source
After entering your code, you'll have to select whether or not you already have a Roku account.
After entering your code, you'll have to select whether or not you already have a Roku account. | Source
Enter your name, e-mail address and the password you want to use for your Roku account.
Enter your name, e-mail address and the password you want to use for your Roku account. | Source
You have to associate a credit card or a PayPal account with your Roku account.
You have to associate a credit card or a PayPal account with your Roku account. | Source
You can elect whether you want to use a passcode or not.
You can elect whether you want to use a passcode or not. | Source
Immediately after entering the information requested in your Web browser, the Roku installation continues on your monitor.
Immediately after entering the information requested in your Web browser, the Roku installation continues on your monitor. | Source
Click "OK" after a message appears that the installation is finished.
Click "OK" after a message appears that the installation is finished. | Source

Roku Player Setup

  1. Plug the small circular end of the power cable that came with your Roku player into the jack on the back of the player, then connect the other end of the power cable to an available AC outlet. The front of the Roku player will light up as the player powers on.
  2. Connect the player to a TV or other monitor using either an HDMI cable or the VGA cable that came with the Roku player. The inputs for each of these cables is available on the back of the player.
  3. Change the output device the player is connected to so it's displaying the input the Roku player is connected to. The Roku Setup screen appears.
  4. Press "OK" on the remote control that came with your Roku player to proceed with the setup. The "Connect to your wireless network" screen appears.
  5. Highlight the name of your wireless network using the arrow buttons on the Roku player's remote control, then press "OK." If your wireless network is password protected, a screen will appear prompting you to enter the network password. After inputting the password, highlight "Connect" using the remote control and then press "OK." The Connecting to the Internet dialog box appears on the screen, displaying the progress of the Roku player's attempt to connect to the Internet. If an update is available for your Roku player, the "Update available" dialog box appears and you'll have to download the update to continue.
  6. Highlight "Continue" and then click "OK" to begin downloading the update. The "Updating software" dialog box appears, displaying the progress of the Roku player update. When the update is finished installing, the player automatically restarts itself and boots up to an animated version of the purple Roku logo. After the animated Roku logo disappears, a screen appears with a code telling you to open a Web browser on your computer and then navigate to roku.com/link.
  7. Enter the code the Roku player is displaying your monitor at roku.com/link. A page will appear asking if you have a Roku account. This article will assume you don't already have a Roku account, because if you did, you'd have already gone through this before.
  8. Select "No, I need to create one."
  9. Enter your name, e-mail and a password at the first screen, then click "Continue."
  10. Enter the information associated with a credit card or a PayPal account, and then the billing information associated with that account. This will only be used to charge you if you make purchases directly from Roku. Click "Continue."
  11. Select whether or not to use a passcode, the situations where you should be prompted for a passcode and then enter the passcode in each of the two passcode boxes. Click "Submit." After clicking "Submit," the monitor your Roku is outputting through automatically displays a dialog box that displays the progress of the player's installation of various settings and apps, such as Netflix and Pandora.
  12. Click "OK" when a screen appears telling you you're ready to start streaming.

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      told on chat to purchase Roku 2 xs 3100 x

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      GERRY EFINGER 4 years ago

      CAN'T CONNECT TO AMAZON. IS THE PROBLEM THAT I HAVE A SATILLITE CONNECTION?

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      icant not the code for my new roku.

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