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post #871 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Gary J View Post

Wireless extender works well for me. re: throw out the window wireless signal is a you problem not Roku.

I wasn't going to actually do that.biggrin.gif

Are these powerlines that good? I moved my modem and router to my TV stand. I can now hardwire my Roku and BD player, which is ideal. Unfortunately, my desktop in the home office now has a weaker signal. It is going back and forth between 3 or 4 out of 5 bars. If I am understanding powerlines, I can connect 1 to my router near the TV and the other to my PC in the home office. I ran a few speed tests on my desktop and the results have varied from what I got yesterday with the router right next to it and much less. Will a powerline help stabilize this? If so, I would like to go to a store and pick something up so any brand or store ideas are appreciated.
post #872 of 1127
I'm using a powerline adapter for my internet to the A/V equipment rack. I have AppleTV, Roku, Anthem, and Oppo all plugged in. This is working great for me. Very stable.

A lot will depend on your home electrical wiring and what else is on the same circuit. Might need to experiment a bit.
post #873 of 1127
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

I'm using a powerline adapter for my internet to the A/V equipment rack. I have AppleTV, Roku, Anthem, and Oppo all plugged in. This is working great for me. Very stable.

A lot will depend on your home electrical wiring and what else is on the same circuit. Might need to experiment a bit.

Thanks for the info. Any brands to look for or stay away from? Any specs that are necessary? The Roku is performing quite well being wired. I was also able to eliminate the dongle and hardwire my BD player to the router.smile.gif

On 1 end, I would need to plug this into a UPS and not an actual outlet. Not sure if this would eliminate me being able to use 1 of these.
Edited by Doctego - 2/16/13 at 9:03am
post #874 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Doctego View Post

Thanks for the info. Any brands to look for or stay away from? Any specs that are necessary? The Roku is performing quite well being wired. I was also able to eliminate the dongle and hardwire my BD player to the router.smile.gif

On 1 end, I would need to plug this into a UPS and not an actual outlet. Not sure if this would eliminate me being able to use 1 of these.

I am using the Western Digital Livewire in my system. It is not recommended to plug this into a UPS or extension cord. I would source it from a seller that allows returns if it doesn't work through the UPS.. Always worth a try.
post #875 of 1127
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

I am using the Western Digital Livewire in my system. It is not recommended to plug this into a UPS or extension cord. I would source it from a seller that allows returns if it doesn't work through the UPS.. Always worth a try.

Thanks. I'm going to create a thread for additional information on this topic while not hijacking this thread any further.
post #876 of 1127
There's nothing that beats a cat5-6 cable. Ping time with wireless or power line is too long for good video performance.
post #877 of 1127
Wireless works great on my Roku 2 boxes. The experience is identical to when it's connected to a wired connection. Everything still starts quickly.
post #878 of 1127
Any recommendations on how to make NHL Game Center have better flow? The video quality of the games is great but something seems off. It's hard to describe (obviously). I have Optimum Online with my Roku 2 XS hardwired from my router. Netflix and HBO Go stream perfectly. Are there any settings in the box or my TV that might help with this? In case it matters, this is the TV that I have:

http://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/UN46C6300SFXZA
post #879 of 1127
What's Optimum Online? ISP? What is Mb/second?
post #880 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Gary J View Post

What's Optimum Online? ISP? What is Mb/second?

My ISP is Cablevision/Optimum Online. Typical speeds are 18 Mbps up and 2 Mbps down.
post #881 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Doctego View Post

Typical speeds are 18 Mbps up and 2 Mbps down.
You mean the other way around. Good connection so I would say quality issues lie with NHL Game Center.
post #882 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Gary J View Post

You mean the other way around. Good connection so I would say quality issues lie with NHL Game Center.

Yes. My bad. I figured that it was an issue with Game Center. I was hoping that someone had a similar issue in the past to advise me.
post #883 of 1127
Picked up a Roku HD during the BF sales, and just started playing with it...I have a question that I think I already know the answer to, but just want to make sure before I start knocking my head against the wall:

If I want to use the Plex Channel, will I need to transcode my files to 720p, or will the HD downconvert internally? I assume transcoding will be necessary...thanks!
post #884 of 1127
If a file is compliant with the Roku (mp4 or certain wmv) it will downconvert internally, just like your computer will down or upconvert any video. It is only when it isn't the correct codec where transcoding must occur.
post #885 of 1127
^ Thanks, krisbee!
post #886 of 1127
Plex runs fine on the last top of the line Roku XD/S. Have not experienced any issues with Plex or Netflix that many are complaining about with the newer Roku models. Can't wait for Roku to release their next line which they applied for a patent. It is supposed to be faster, and if the rumors are to be believed have the proper hardware to run YouTube again.
post #887 of 1127
For what it's worth, the Blockbuster On Demand channel is now available. I'm personally underwhelmed. The selection of HD titles is unimpressive and the UI has its problems here and there. It has a filter, which is nice, but it needs a couple of additions; there's so few titles with 5.1 sound that that should be one of them. It does start streams pretty quickly (to judge from playing trailers); 1 to 4 seconds to full resolution output (YMMV).

There's also no player registration bonus credit. Who do they think they are rolleyes.gif?
post #888 of 1127
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Originally Posted by seti1 View Post

Plex runs fine on the last top of the line Roku XD/S. Have not experienced any issues with Plex or Netflix that many are complaining about with the newer Roku models. Can't wait for Roku to release their next line which they applied for a patent. It is supposed to be faster, and if the rumors are to be believed have the proper hardware to run YouTube again.
You can add the YouTube channel to your Plex server. It works on my Roku 2 XS.
post #889 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Ken.F View Post

You can add the YouTube channel to your Plex server. It works on my Roku 2 XS.

Thanks Ken, great idea will give it a try. Did add the Free version of Hulu to my Plex server although was unable to get it to work in Roku. It shows up and all the titles are there except when you go to play it loads forever. Roku may have intentionally disabled it to keep people from using Free Hulu. Can still watch it fine in Plex client on HTPC.
post #890 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Ken.F View Post

You can add the YouTube channel to your Plex server. It works on my Roku 2 XS.

If you want to watch YouTube, this private channel works great, been using it for months. - http://streamfree.tv/apps/roku-private-channels/video-buzz-3807-thread.html
post #891 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Sabrewulf... View Post

If you want to watch YouTube, this private channel works great, been using it for months. - http://streamfree.tv/apps/roku-private-channels/video-buzz-3807-thread.html

2nd that...also if you sign up for myplex (http://www.plexapp.com/) you can send links from youtube to myplex then watch them on the Roku through the Plex channel. The nice thing about this is that you don't need to have a plex server running to do this! The other nice thing about this service is that it's not just youtube that they support, there are countless other sites they support as well (http://wiki.plexapp.com/index.php/Supported_myPlex_Sites)...it's a great little service from Plex and a great way to queue videos to watch on the Roku.
post #892 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Sabrewulf... View Post

If you want to watch YouTube, this private channel works great, been using it for months. - http://streamfree.tv/apps/roku-private-channels/video-buzz-3807-thread.html

Thanks for the tip! Nice channel...added!
post #893 of 1127
I see the new Roku 3 is supposed to be released next week on March 6th. I'm looking forward to getting it and moving my Roku 2 boxes around.
post #894 of 1127
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

I see the new Roku 3 is supposed to be released next week on March 6th. I'm looking forward to getting it and moving my Roku 2 boxes around.

Thanks for the heads up. I'd like to move my XS to the bedroom and put the new one in my HT setup. cool.gif
post #895 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Sabrewulf... View Post

If you want to watch YouTube, this private channel works great, been using it for months. - http://streamfree.tv/apps/roku-private-channels/video-buzz-3807-thread.html

thanks for that tip. i added the channel will see how well it works later
post #896 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Sabrewulf... View Post

If you want to watch YouTube, this private channel works great, been using it for months. - http://streamfree.tv/apps/roku-private-channels/video-buzz-3807-thread.html

I added it and it works fine, except that it freezes on hi-def videos and then restarts with a highly compressed image. I have 10 Mbps at least, and no such problems with Vudu or Netflix at 1080p.
post #897 of 1127
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Originally Posted by pbarach View Post

I added it and it works fine, except that it freezes on hi-def videos and then restarts with a highly compressed image. I have 10 Mbps at least, and no such problems with Vudu or Netflix at 1080p.

I haven't seen the freezing yet (50mbps dload), but I haven't used it that much either. Seems to work fine for an occasional YouTube session.
post #898 of 1127
First post here. I'm using a ROKU plugged into a OPPO BD105. Tried to watch Life Of PI last night. The movie was interrupted several times saying it was "buffering". Then said it could not support HDX and move down to HD to continue the movie, which I did. Then more buffering notices. Then, 10 minutes from the conclusion of the movie it stopped and said "network error, try again later" and that was the end of the movie for me. As the Vudu FAQs instructed for buffering I pulled the RUKO drive for several minutes and reinserted it and that did no good. Very poor experience. I will continue to buy my movies on discs.
post #899 of 1127
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Originally Posted by elphillips View Post

...a ROKU plugged into a OPPO BD105.

What connection on the Roku is connected to what connection on the OPPO? What Roku model do you have?
post #900 of 1127
Don't know what a OPPO BD105 is but buffering means a weak network signal not a Roku defect.
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