Originally Posted by STEELERSRULE
Here is another cheap alternative.
The older ROKU N1000(which I have), has outputs of composite/S-Video/Component/HDMI/stereo RCA/Optical. It also has built in wireless(G only I think), and wired.
There HD output is ONLY 720p, so bear that in mind. But I have one hooked up to a 46" Samsung 46UN6000 LED, and it looks just fine. Does 1080p look better? Sure, but not a TON better, that is for sure.
Anyway, you can find them online at EBay. I have had mine for about 2-3 years now. It does develop problems every once and a while(locks up), but just unplugging it for a minute, then plugging it back in solves this. Not the greatest/most reliable device, but for the prices I see on EBay now for it, I think it worth a shot:
While the Roku N1000 can be had for a very cheap price nowadays, they are legacy units, which come with legacy issues. They are still functional, but the firmware updates have slowed considerably, since they run a different firmware than the current gen boxes (Roku 2 and LT). Again, they are still functional & supported, but for how much longer? Who knows. The price is very tempting though.
The other thing to watch out for on these units is the wall-wart power supplies. They are notorious for failing on these older boxes. Not a huge deal, as you can find suitable replacements, but it is a potential added cost. I've had an N1000 for about 3 years, and the PSU is still working fine, so you never can tell. It's just luck of the draw, I guess. But if you were reading the Roku forums back in 2009-2010, before they released subsequent generation boxes, you'd see a ton of posts about failing PSU's.
Also, the OP didn't really specify what they wanted to stream. If local network streaming is your thing, the N1000 (or any Roku box for that matter) is probably not your best solution.