by wil — Dec 22, 2010

Instead of buying a tv with Netflix baked in, we decided to put off upgrading the tv for the moment, and bought a Roku streaming player for our current tv. I must admit I was apprehensive about the Roku set-up, visions of vcr/dvd/tv/modem/router conflicts dancing in my head, but it was surprisingly painless.

With the help of a $12 ethernet switch, I split the the cable running from our router to my wife’s computer into two — one continued to her computer and one ran on to the Roku. Then I connected the Roku via RCA cables to our tv. Voila! C’est fini*.

If it helps anyone out there on the webernet, here’s a diagram of our set-up:


Last night, we watched our first streaming Netflix program from the comfort of our couch, using the little Roku remote (which has a handy “7 second rewind” button in addition to standard forward/rewind buttons). All in all, I’m very impressed (and I feel like I’m living in the future — I mean, high-quality movies streaming over the internet onto the living room tv?!? No way!!!**).

* Actually, not quite fini, we still had to drill holes through a couple of walls and clean up the cordage, but that’s basically it.

** We’ve come a long way from the days of 28k dial-up.

2 responses to “Roku”

  1. George says:

    Hello Middleager! I’m older at 67 years but I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for the diagram of your router/Roku. I wanted to get streaming Netflix for my son as a reward for his great academic achievement so I purchased the Roku LT. I was surprised to find out that I needed a router; and my knowledge of WiFi is zero. Not to bore you with this, your diagram was a nice entry point for this tiro! We purchased a Belkin N150 and after the usual incantation of foul language it actually works!!!! And this from a guy who can’t wire a single track model railroad!!! So my son is now happily doing Netflix Streaming. As you wrote ‘we’ve come a long way from the days of 28k dial-up’. My first PC was an Amstrad. I don’t need any help in dating my aging self! Thanks again.

  2. wil says:

    Hi George,

    Thanks for the comment. Setting up networks can be a major pain in the butt. I’m glad my diagram was helpful.