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How To Install Roku

Updated July 20, 2017

Roku is a box that allows users to stream video content from the Web onto their television. This device works with many premium video services on the Internet. To use a Roku, plug it into your television using either an HDMI or component cable, and it must also link to an Internet signal. The latest Roku is wireless, eliminating the need for lengthy Ethernet cables, although there is also an Ethernet port on its back. When attached to your TV via an HDMI cable, it will play videos in 1080i high-definition format.

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  1. Plug an HDMI cable into the back of your Roku unit. Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into your TV. If there is no HDMI port on your TV, attach a set of component cables to the Roku unit and your TV. The component ports are the three colour-coded ports and the appropriate cables are included in your Roku package.

  2. Plug the power adaptor into the back of your Roku unit and plug it into a wall socket. The Roku unit will power itself on once plugged into the wall. Push the bottom half of the remote control down and away from its top half to reveal the battery bay. Install two AAA batteries into the remote control and then close it again.

  3. Place your Roku unit in a place where nothing will block it from receiving signals from your wireless network router. To connect your Roku to a wired network device, plug an RJ-45 Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port located on the back of the Roku and then plug the other cable end into your network device.

  4. Follow the prompts on the TV to complete the guided set-up. When asked for your Roku linking code, visit Roku's website on your computer. Type in the number that appeared on your TV screen into the text field on the website and then click "link player." Follow the prompts on the website to create your new Roku account or log in if you already have one.

  5. Warning

    Do not place anything on top of your Roku unit, because it could overheat.

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Sara Williams lives in western New York, where she is a freelance Web designer and content writer. She specializes in Web design, development and computer-hardware topics. Williams holds an Associate of Applied Science in computer information systems.

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