How to Set Up Roku
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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Roku Player Setup
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Select "No, I need to create one."
- Enter your name, e-mail and a password at the first screen, then click "Continue."
- 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."
- 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.
- Click "OK" when a screen appears telling you you're ready to start streaming.
© 2012 Max Dalton