Originally Posted by michaelwalsh
So far the streaming works really well on the Roku boxes we have (current generation Express in the family room, bedroom, and office) but only moderately well on the (new) 24" Sharp Roku TV we have in the exercise room (a bit more buffering and intermittently poor quality picture than I'd like, but I can live with it). Chose my 10 channels as carefully as I could when making the change and just today called back and modified the list before the 30 days to make changes was up (for some reason I couldn't get WGN as one of the choices).
Also, my Internet speeds are nowhere near 400mbps - they are more like they always were with Internet Plus (under 100mbps). I'm told that the modem we have is good for 400mbps (though sales told me two weeks ago that I'd be getting a new modem) so I'm not sure what the issues are there, but don't feel like I can address it with Support without being at home.
Does anyone know what happens when I disconnect my physical DVR in favor of cDVR? I do know I have to call yet again for cDVR to be added to the account once I've disconnected the other, and I'm not expecting to have access to any of the programs that were already recorded. Though that would be really nice, especially the more recent recordings we've yet to watch.
Internet speed and buffering issues appear to be solved with a combination of a new modem and a new router. The old modem/old router combo was giving me around 60mbps and with the new modem speeds improved but seemed to cap out at 90mbps. Then I realized that the old router only had 100mbps LAN ports, so I changed it out for a Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 and spent a while trying different Wi-Fi channels to find the cleanest one. I no longer seem to have any buffering issues with two Rokus streaming Spectrum at the same time, and intend trying to have 3 or 4 going at the same time later to see what happens.
Edit: Two Rokus was perfect. Three and I started to get a small amount of buffering in the Spectrum app. Four and the last Roku took quite a bit longer to connect to the network and then failed to load the Spectrum app on the first go. Once I got it up and running though, it seemed OK but with the same buffering as with three going at once. So the ideal number for me seems to be two, with occasional concurrent use of a third being mostly OK.
On the DVR front, as you might have expected, the hard drive in the cable box was still the physical location of program recordings, and so I did lose them. I guess it's just the authorization to access them that comes down the cable? I had theorized that maybe they had migrated recording to the cloud too, but never let on. I guess not.
So now all I have to do is train my missus. She's not very technically inclined, and I've already had grief over making the changes, but I've tried my best for a clean and easy to learn setup by making the Rokus boot with TV power (even though HDMI is connected through AV receivers), only having the 5 apps we use most on the Home screen, and buying Sofabaton Roku remotes, where I've programmed the upper (learning) section to just TV power and Receiver Volume Up/Down/Mute (the receivers are powered on all the time). I do wish the Sofabaton remotes were backlit for easier nighttime use, but they are pretty cool otherwise. Oh, and one thing I don't like about the Spectrum app is that you cannot defeat the 4-hour "Are you still watching?" prompt (which I can assure you is not coming from the Bandwidth Saver setting in the Roku).
So I guess we'll see how it goes, but other than the two slight complaints already mentioned it all seems good. Edit 2: But on my next purchase, I might try Rokus that are 5Ghz capable, at least for the one closest to the router.