Congratulations! You have decided to get your hands on a shiny new Roku! The world of media streaming is literally at your fingertips! But how do you go from a hunk of plastic sitting in its packaging to streaming the latest and greatest content that the Internet has to offer? Fret not, because CutCable Today has your back. In this article we will detail the step-by-step process of how to set up Roku players of all kinds, making you a media streaming pro in no time.
Disclaimer: this guide assumes that you already have a working Wi-Fi network in your home, as the Roku needs a working Internet connection to deliver the goods. You can also run an Ethernet cable into the Roku for a wired connection, but depending on where your router is, this may not be a viable option.
How to Set Up Roku Devices
The first thing you want to do is get the Roku and all of its bits and pieces out of its packaging. This seems like a no brainer step when learning how to set up Roku players, but bear with us. Inside the box you will find the Roku itself, a remote, a power supply unit, a standard definition AV cable to connect the Roku to your TV and some documentation. We’d suggest having a look through the manual, but let’s be honest, who does actually does that?
2. Connecting the cables
First thing you want to do is connect the power supply unit to the Roku, then go ahead and plug the power supply into a free socket. Secondly, you’ll want to decide on the method of connection to your television. You have a few options, but the best and easiest way is via an HDMI cable. HDMI delivers both audio and video signals in the single cable, as well as supporting the highest resolution at 1080p. You can use the standard AV cable (the one with yellow, red and white connectors) that was supplied with the Roku, however you will not be able to take advantage of high definition resolution.
3. Power on and follow the Roku Guided setup
Turn on the Roku and ensure that your TV is set to the correct input (HDMI, AV, etc) depending on the connection type you chose. The on-screen setup will walk you through the necessary steps to get you rolling, including finding your Wi-Fi network and creating a Roku account. Roku accounts are free, however you will need a valid credit card number. For all of you penny pinchers out there (and lets be honest, if you’re on this site you probably are), don’t worry; you won’t incur any charges unless you choose to purchase paid only content like certain On-Demand movies or games.
4. Add channels
Now onto the good stuff. Use the remote to navigate to the Channel Store. From here you can browse all of the awesome content the Internet has to offer. Use the arrow buttons on your remote to the channel of your choice like CutCable Today favorite, SlingTV, and hit Add. You can search for channels by category, genre or popularity. The sheer amount of content will blow your mind and almost guarantee that you can say goodbye to seeing the sun again.
Additional Tips to Make Your Roku Experience Even Better
1. Install “Hidden” Channels
One thing you might not realize when earning how to set up the Roku player you purchased is not all channels are available through the Channel Store for one reason or another. There is a plethora of content available, however you have to do a little digging first. Head to the Roku Guide, find a channel you want, and hit Add Channel. From there you’ll be taken to a page where you add your Roku account details. Log in to generate a code for the channel and BAM, you’ve got it.
2. Download the Roku app for iOS, Android or Windows
As great as the Roku’s remote is, it can be a bit cumbersome. If you absolutely need to fly through the pages and pages of content that is available at breakneck speed, get your hands on the app. It enables easy searching via a full keyboard and even allows screen mirroring from your phone or tablet; be aware that this feature applies to certain models only.
3. Game night
It may not be a PS4 or XboxOne, but you can still indulge in your competitive side with games. Head to the Games section and peruse the numerous options available. The Roku 3 and 4 even have motion control capabilities built directly into the remote.
4. Out of sight, but hardly out of mind
Unless you have the Roku streaming stick, the Roku box is taking up space somewhere. Get your hands on the Roku mounting system and you can attach your Roku to the back of your TV for a more aesthetically pleasing experience.
5. Know what’s happening in your neighborhood
Cutting your cable doesn’t mean you have to be without your local news. There are plenty of great ways to watch the news online. Grab the NewsOn channel from the Channel Store to give you access to local news broadcasts from around the country.
Did we miss anything? Have a question about how to set up Roku players? What do you love most about your Roku? Let us know in the comments!