|Item Weight||1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||5 x 5 x 1.8 inches|
|Item model number||N1101|
Roku N1101 HD-XR Media Player
- Start watching movies on your TV in seconds using your high-speed Internet connection
- Instantly plays the entire Netflix Instant Watch library with your Netflix membership - no additional subscription cost required
- Instantly plays over 45,000 movies and shows from Amazon Video On Demand
- Extended range wireless (Wi-Fi N dual-band) built-in the latest standard
- Plays High Definition as well as DVD-quality video; works with any TV
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|Connectivity Technology||Wireless||Wi-Fi||Powerline||Ethernet||Wi-Fi and Ethernet||Wi-Fi|
|Item Dimensions||5 x 5 x 1.75 in||3.74 x 3.74 x 1.23 in||3.5 x 3.5 x 1 in||8.15 x 8.15 x 2.68 in||4.9 x 4.9 x 0.85 in||4.9 x 4.9 x 0.85 in|
|Item Weight||1 lb||3.46 ounces||5 ounces||—||7.68 ounces||7.68 ounces|
|Internet Applications||Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Vudu, Blockbuster||Amazon Instant Video||Amazon Instant Video||Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO||Netflix||Netflix|
|Total HDMI Ports||—||1||1||1||1||1|
|Total Usb Ports||—||0||1||1||0||1|
Now featuring extended-range wireless, Roku is the easiest way to stream instant movies and shows directly to your TV - over 50,000 and counting, from Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and more. The top-of-the-line HD-XR model uses the latest wireless standard (Wi-Fi "N") to deliver the best quality video virtually anywhere in your home. It's so easy and powerful; no wonder Roku is Netflix members' top rated streaming player.
From the Manufacturer
The Roku player instantly delivers HD-quality movies and TV shows directly to your TV over the Internet. The affordable Roku player is compact, easy to set up and intuitive to use.
As Easy As 1 - 2 - 3
|1. Wired or Wireless, The Choice is Yours |
You can connect the Roku player to the Internet using most broadband providers (such as a cable modem or DSL connection.) You need at least 1.2 Mbps to watch movies instantly on the Roku digital video player with decent quality. The faster your connection, the better the quality (although this rule-of-thumb peaks out at about 5mbps). Use the built-in Wi-Fi capabilities to connect to your wireless network, or use the Ethernet port for a wired connection. It's easy either way.
|2. Connect to Virtually Any TV, New or Old |
The player comes complete with everything you need to get connected right away. It even includes the standard yellow, white and red cables. Or use the HDMI or component connections with your new HDTV.
|3. Control is at your Fingertips and Easy to Understand |
The Roku player is easily controlled using the handy included remote. Choose the item you want to watch, play, fast-forward, rewind, pause and resume play later, just like watching a DVD.
Watch Netflix Movies and TV Episodes InstantlyNetflix instant streaming ready Netflix members can now easily access over 12,000 movies and TV shows – including some new releases and hundreds of options in HD – instantly from Netflix over the internet. Netflix members can watch as much as they want and as often as they want without paying more or impacting the number of DVDs they receive. Start watching movies and TV episodes instantly in as little as 30 seconds.
|Roku Player is Netflix Members' #1 Rated Streaming Device |
If you are like most Netflix customers and on a Netflix Unlimited plan (any plan that costs $8.99 a month or more), there are no limits to how much you can watch instantly. You can watch as much as you want. There is no extra charge for online viewing, and of course you still get DVDs by mail.
|Fill Your Instant Queue |
Use the Netflix site to browse a growing library of over 12,000+ instant movies and TV episodes – including hundreds in HD. Place choices in your Instant Queue, add more whenever you want, and keep them as long as you like.
|Choose and Watch on your TV |
From your couch, use your remote to browse your Instant Queue and choose something to watch. Pause, fast-forward, rewind, or watch a favorite over and over — just like owning a DVD.
- Networking: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) with WEP, WPA, and WPA2 support; 10/100 Ethernet (RJ-45)
- Video Outputs: Composite video, S-Video, Component video (Y/Pb/Pr), HDMI
- Video Modes: 16:9 HD (720p), 16:9 anamorphic (480p), 4:3 standard (480i)
- Audio Output: Stereo (L/R RCA), Digital Optical (Toslink), Digital over HDMI
- Remote Control: NEC protocol, supported by various universal remotes
- Power Input: 5V, 1.5A provided by included AC adapter
- Power Consumption: 5 watts peak, 3 watts in standby
- Size: 5 x 5 x 1.75 inches (130 x 130 x 41 mm)
- Weight: 11 oz (300 grams)
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The package arrived at our home quickly after ordering and we have watched several videos on it - both Amazon Video on Demand (AVOD) and Netflix movies and TV shows. Set up for the ROKU was quick and easy. Maybe 30 minutes including time for the ROKU box to perform and automatic update. The included remote control is small and simple and feels high quality. I connected to my home broadband cable internet through a wired ethernet connection, since I had one available next to the TV. The ROKU HD-XR can connect wirelessly too through an N or G network. I have the higher speed N network available, but have not bothered to use it for the ROKU. I figured a wireless connection for the ROKU would slow down our home's wireless network should someone in the house be using a laptop while a video was playing. When a video begins, there is a 30 to 60 second pause while the ROKU buffers the video file. After this brief start up, the video plays smoothly, just like cable HDTV shows play on my cable box.
The "regular" quality video on the ROKU is pretty good. (We are watching on a 46" Sony XBR5 LCD HDTV) The HD quality videos are even better - about equal to the Comcast HDTV digital cable TV we watch regularly. We did watch one free movie from Netflix and the picture was sharp and clear, but the video picture seemed jerky when the characters moved quickly across the screen - it was like Netflix over-compressed or reduced the number of frames per second in the video to make the file smaller. That particular movie also had out of sync audio dialogue at times. Interestingly, immediately after watching the movie, Netflix e-mailed asking if the quality was acceptable. Made me wonder if Netflix is testing how much they can compress the video before people complain. Other video content from Netflix has been better. Amazon Video on Demand is good quality also (equal to our Comcast HDTV cable), however, you do pay per view with most Amazon content. On all videos, there are times occasionally when the audio dialogue is slightly out of sync with the video. I've noticed this occasionally happens on our regular HDTV cable programs. (The out of sync dialogue issue occurs even though my A/V receiver is set to sync audio and video of digital content.) This is a very minor issue and has not affected our enjoyment in using the ROKU.
Just as fun as the Netflix and Amazon VOD has been access to our Flickr account. We enjoy being able to easily show slide shows of our photo sets already uploaded to Flickr. Similarly, our Facebook photos can be accessed. On the ROKU, you can add a variety of "channels", Amazon, Netflix, Flickr, etc. No Youtube yet, but I'm sure that's coming. Clearly, the ROKU is the wave of the future. I can easily imagine it eliminating DVD's all together someday. If you are on the fence about purchasing the ROKU, I'd say give it a try - you will be happy you did.
****UPDATE**** It's August now and after 8 months of use, the Roku HD-XR still works well. I still connect to the internet via a hardwired ethernet cable. I have done one firmware update to the Roku so far. We gave up our Netflix account, as there never seemed to be anything on it we wanted to watch. We still use Flickr and Amazon Video on Demand (AVOD). Occasionally, the AVOD HD movies buffer quite a bit and in one case, the HD movie downgraded in quality so badly that I wrote Amazon customer service. Amazon made good by crediting me the cost of the video rental. I think it was an issue with AVOD's bandwidth, as my internet connection tests at 10 Mbps or higher for downloads. I do wonder if Comcast may be limiting Amazon'd bandwidth, since they compete with their On Demand movie rentals. Something for Congress to investigate . . . . My only criticism of the Roku is the HD video is only 720p. (My new camcorder shoots 1080/60p and the video is stunning in comparison.) But since AVOD can barely stream the low end 720p HD content anyway, I guess I can't blame Roku. Overall, still happy with my purchase.
What I LIKE:
- The setup *can* be easy if you don't receive a non-functioning unit
- The device does what it says it will do, that is, it streams Netflix and more
- I like that is streams music to my old home stereo from the Pandora channel (my TV is connected to my stereo)
- It uses HDMI to connect to my TV (and I had a spare HDMI port on the TV)
- It's small, black, and easily stowed next to our Wii console
- It's n-network ready, so it moves me closer to an all-n-network home
What I DISLIKE:
- My first unit didn't work. Keep reading for details.
- Entering the network key is S-L-O-W because of the unresponsiveness of the remote control's navigation keys
- It doesn't have a way of streaming media from my home server to the TV
- Roku's website offers little support for those who do have problems
- No on/off button to the Roku; it always sips electricity
BACKGROUND: I wanted an easier way to watch Netflix movies streamed to our TV. I had been connecting my laptop to the TV via HDMI and then navigating Netflix on the laptop. It's too bothersome, though, for my non-techie wife to do this. We've got a Wii, but it doesn't stream Netflix (yet, that is -- in spring 2010, Nintendo is releasing a software upgrade for Wii consoles that will allow Wii units to stream Netflix movies...wish I'd known that *before* I bought this Roku!). After researching a little on Amazon, the very favorable reviews of Roku devices seemed like a good choice, so I bought it off Amazon.
INSTALLATION: Ostensibly, it should be pretty easy. Plug-in the power cord, attach cables (I used HDMI) to the TV, set the TV source to point to the Roku device, which was ready to walk me through the registration of the device on Roku's website, and connect my Roku account to my Netflix account.
Here's where things went foul, though. You have to enter a special code from the Roku device into a Netflix webpage that marry Roku to my Netflix account. However, my Roku device for the most part couldn't seem to give me that code! I'd get an error message and an option to try again, which I did, and which kept failing...until, finally, it worked!
So I entered that code into the Netflix webpage on my laptop, waiting for the registration to complete...but then, unexpectedly, the Roku would toss up another error message, saying that it couldn't complete the registration. Back to square one, trying to get a Roku code, and of course, that took multiple attempts before it worked.
I tried this for at least an hour on a Friday night, never succeeding. Mind you, it's not a problem with my home network -- that was working fine. So I thought I'd wait a day and try again. On Saturday night, same problem. Same problem on Sunday, too. It took many attempts just to get a Roku code that I needed to plug-in to Netflix's registration page, and when I did get that far, the Roku threw an error message after a minute of waiting.
I did a web search and explored Roku's support website. That's when I found out Roku's website didn't have much to help people who encounter problems with their devices. I gave up. I bought this from Amazon, and it's easy to get a replacement unit, so I filled-out the request for a product replacement, and Amazon sent me the replacement via OVERNIGHT SHIPPING! Wow!!
The second unit setup with none of the troubles of the first unit. Like so many others, I found it was very simple to setup and connect to Netflix -- as long as the Roku device can spit-out those registration codes, and as long as it doesn't fail waiting for the Netflix website to synchronize with the Roku unit on my Roku account. So, when this process works, it works easily. And when it doesn't you're screwed.
We've watched a few hours of Netflix programming via the Roku device. The Roku is connected to my n-network router (running in mixed mode because I still have g-network laptops). The device is maybe 30 feet away from my router, obstructed by walls. I get a 3-to-4 bar connection (out of 5), so it usually is good enough for watching in HD. Occasionally, though, it tamps down to SD. I haven't tried moving anything to get a better signal. Last night, for instance, my wife and son were watching Mythbusters in HD using the Roku, but when I began streaming a Youtube video on my laptop, the bandwidth degraded enough so the Roku switched from HD to SD. Since my n-router is working in mixed mode, I'm not getting n-network throughput in my home yet.
There doesn't appear to be an on/off switch to the Roku device, so it runs warm all the time. Too bad that the remote doesn't have an on/off button, and too bad that the Roku sips electricity all the time, even when in disuse.
CONCLUSION: If your Roku setup is troublesome like mine was, don't keep beating your head against the wall. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. Return your defective Roku unit and get a replacement. Before you buy a Roku, consider if you'd be better off with another media-streaming device that could also stream your home video and photos from other computers in your network, as well as Netflix streaming. Also, if you've got a Wii, you can start streaming Netflix movies to your TV using your Wii beginning spring, 2010.
I ordered yesterday and being a Prime member spent the extra $3.99 so we'd have it for the weekend. I ordered it around 2 something in the afternoon yesterday, and we had it by 3 today. Pretty amazing. Thanks Amazon!
The Roku couldn't have been easier to set up. We have a Belkin G Plus Mimo router two stories down in the basement which puts us probably 25 or so feet away but still getting 4 stars with Comcast 15m high speed internet. It is not lightening speed to load as it might be with a stronger more expensive Cable package, but pretty darn quick so no complaints in that department!
Had it up and running in a matter of minutes via my Macbook Pro with no problems.
Tonight we watched our first Netflix movie. Love Netflix! With an HDMI cable, ( which does not come with the Roku package) the picture is outstanding on our Samsung 42 inch HD screen. The sound seems to be even better than what we are getting from our tv while watching movies over Comcast, if that's possible.
My only regret is that we did not get one of these sooner. It sure beats channel surfing trying to find something worth watching, and It wouldn't bother me one bit if I never saw another commercial as long as I live!