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Roku rocks

January 24th, 2015 at 11:48 am

OMG. I hooked up the Roku 1 all by myself and got it all working. AMAZING.

I am not a tech geek.

I didn't even need the wireless router I bought since I already have DSL with AT&T. So I can return that and get my $20 back.

I started out trying to get the router up and running but when I plugged the Ethernet cable into the AT&T modem (none available on my computer tower), I noticed I lost my Internet connection on my desktop, and the router was not correctly working anyway. (I think becus I needed a 2nd Ethernet wire and i tried using a regular phone wire, which sort of plugged into the slot but didn't "click."

I called my friend who wasn't much help long distance and we got 5 inches of snow today, so I knew I was more or less on my own.

So after unplugging the wireless router and making sure my computer network connection was again running, I decided to just try hooking up the Roku directly into to the TV. (I had been under the impression I needed to buy a new wireless router becus that's what they said I needed on the Roku website, but I guess they were assuming I was starting from scratch, without any pre-existing DSL.)

Luckily, the Roku, once plugged into the TV, searched and found my AT&T connection and from there it was a cinch. I just had to register on Roku and type in my modem password and then set up my channels.

I'm so happy! All I wanted was to be able to watch Netflix on my TV (not the computer) in my bedroom, but now I've gotten so much more with a bunch of apps and many free videos. If I want to watch a paid movie or show, it looks like it's $1, so no biggie.

Welcome to the 21st century, Patient Saver! As always, I'm a little late to the table. Smile

I shoveled about one-third of my driveway. It took me about 40 minutes. I'll do the rest maybe later today or tomorrow. And now that I've done 3 loads of laundry and vacuumed and changed the bedsheets, I may just pamper myself by watching some free daytime TV, something I never do!

I've added a bunch of apps to "My Channels" but what I'd really like to find is some live news. I have to check out the channels. I know I have HSN and CBS and Fox and I think ABC but I'm not sure if it's just a few shows or actual news. I guess it wouldn't be local news but even national would be ok.

8 Responses to “Roku rocks”

  1. Carol Says:

    So happy you got it working okay!! If you enjoy British drama, comedy and mysteries, try Acorn TV on your Roku, (free for one month) more if you continue. I've had fun with it.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    Congratulations! I wish I could say I was in the 21st century but I am not! A long way from it, I am sorry to say. I still watch my 20 and 30 year old tv's.

  3. Tabs Says:

    Hey congrats! Isn't technology wonderful when it works? Haha.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Good job figuring it out on your own!

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Good work on getting it hooked up...maybe you need to reconsider your comment of not being a tech geek!

  6. VS_ozgirl Says:

    That's great! I admire anyone who handle computer-related stuff, so not my forte

  7. VS_ozgirl Says:

    That's great! I admire anyone who can handle computer-related stuff, so not my forte

  8. Joe Says:

    I assume that you plugged the ethernet cable into the Roku? In which case you would not need a wi-fi connection. I'm sure you'll love Roku.

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