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Initial post: Dec 28, 2009, 7:35:20 AM PST
Red Menace says:
Netflix offers streaming directly to your television; however, they stipulate that you must have wi-fi to do this or have cables to connect between your tv and your computer. As I want to watch the movies upstairs and our computer is downstairs, I don't want to do that. What do I need to buy to make the wi-fi work? I am not a computer geek, so forgive the ignorance.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009, 4:22:20 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 4, 2010, 10:19:41 AM PST
Spork says:
The answer depends on how you are connecting your TV to the wi-fi. You need to buy a device to do this. One example is the Roku at Roku HD Player , but the full list of devices you can use is at . Once you've picked a device to connect to your TV you need a wireless router like Linksys by Cisco WRT54GL Wireless-G Broadband Router (Compatible with Linux) .

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2010, 6:30:55 PM PST
Laura W-A says:
I have another question for this thread: I got the Roku for Christmas (yay!). I live in a town which has free wifi (again, yay!). However, the signal is pretty weak and I have thick walls - can only get one bar. Took me 4 hrs to watch a 1 1/2 hr movie the other day. Half the time I can't get anything to load at all. I've been told that a lot of people in town have bought signal extenders/repeaters to help - would this still work with the Roku? In the reviews of the one I just looked at, it talked about drivers you have to download to your computer for it. I can't download a driver to the Roku. AAARRRGGHHH.


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2010, 10:18:51 AM PST
Spork says:
You can get wifi extenders that will work with any wifi device, even the Roku. For example, this guide tells you how to turn a Linksys wifi router into a range extender: . Note: the guide says that the Linksys wifi router is at IP, it may be at If you follow those instructions you should be able to get full bars on your Roku. FYI no streaming video service will work well over a poor wifi connection.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2010, 11:34:46 AM PST
Laura W-A says:
Thanks! After doing some more digging on the city gov't page, though, I found that they recommended the pepwave surf series - that's the manufacturer of the wifi radio units on the light poles in town, and the extenders sold by retailers here in town are already programmed to work with them. The site actually has really good, detailed info on how to set it up and get it working (which is apparently pretty easy) and get it working with a wireless printer, etc. I even found a store here that not only carries it but also takes the Ponca City "Chamber Bucks," which we all got at work for Christmas, which will let me save some on the cost. :-)

Yesterday and this morning I had a really good signal. I got through episodes 3-10 of the first season of Dr. Who (the more modern series, that is), but then it stopped close to the end of ep 10 and I've been fighting it for about 2 hrs. Can't wait for Friday (payday)...

Posted on Jan 26, 2010, 9:09:12 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 26, 2010, 9:11:20 PM PST
Have a viewsonic pocket p.c. has space for a sdio wifi card 802.11b it is the size of a memory card. It has microsoft pocket pc version 3.0. It says processor intel pxa255. Want to get a sdio wifi card says sdio NOW 2.0 technology developed by bsquare.? Questions !!
# 1 I have seen sdio NOW 1.0 technology. Is it compatible.
# 2 I have seen the word lan. Will this mess it up.
# 3 Will it take 802.11 b/g

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2010, 10:14:52 AM PST
Spork says:
Hi Steven,

I don't think that Pocket PC based devices are compatible with Netflix.

The word LAN refers to a Local Area Network, such as a WiFi or a wired ethernet. It won't mess up your PC.

If the Pocket PC has a slot for a WiFi card it should be able to connect to any 802.11 b/g router.

Hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2010, 1:38:45 PM PST
I'm sorry spork. I had seen WIFI and did not think about the netflix part. It's a pocket p.c. & I was just looking for a way to check E-Mail & check web sites. So if it's sdio wifi. With pocket pc 3.0.
so if it says sdio wifi. even if it says lan or ethernet. I should be o.k. Plus besides airports & coffee shops will it pick up siginals in general. Without passwords. Or just airports. Or coffee shops where they can give you a password. Thanks again Spork.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2010, 1:40:40 PM PST
Spork says:
If your Pocket PC supports SDIO then a SDIO WiFi card will do all of that - WiFi with or without passwords.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2010, 1:41:11 PM PST
I have a Actiontec router. I have not been able to hook up to my Roku. Do you think I need a different router?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2010, 1:42:11 PM PST
I am having the same trouble. Please let me know if you resolve this.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010, 1:45:17 PM PST
Spork says:

I googled "actiontec roku" and I found that some people are having trouble, but others have succeeded. Are you using security on your wireless router? Have you tried re-setting the roku and starting over? What sort of errors are you seeing?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2010, 8:39:23 AM PST
I have tried re-setting the roku and starting over. I have ordered an antennae thinking it may not be able to pick up the signal. My tv is upstairs and the router is downstairs. I don't have security on my router but I do have a Mcafee firewall on my computer. The message just says can't connect to the internet.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010, 7:06:17 PM PST
I couldn't get my roku box to pick up my wireless. I bought a netgear home theater internet connection kit. Very easy to hook up and had my roku working in no time.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2010, 7:10:24 PM PST
I bought a netgear home theater internet connection kit. It was very easy. You plug a device into the wall and a cable into your wireless router. You plug another device into a plug-in near your roku player ( available for sale on the netflix site) and connect a cable to your player. Register it online and you are watching movies in five minutes. EASY!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2010, 9:27:30 AM PST
F. Robinson says:
Yes, you shouldn't have a problem with it. Repeaters/Extenders just amplify the signal and shouldn't modify the data packets

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2010, 5:35:07 AM PST
P. Stein says:
I have the ROKU and it is great. But - long hdmi cables are cheap on Amazon, and work very well. I use a 25 ft hdmi, and get perfect HD. It would be very inexpensive to have an electrician run an hdmi through the wall, from the router to your TV room. You may want to add a separate audio cable, if you use a computer. My Apple laptop only streams video through hdmi. Roku streams both. The ROKU is the best option. You can still use your computer to surf. Easiest and cheapest way.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010, 7:51:10 AM PDT
M. Parker bc says:
I'm having trouble connecting my roku as well as my Ipod touch to my wireless router. It's a Linksys N router. Says there's a password on the router but I never put one on. How do you reset the password on the router. Yes, I'm brain dead when it comes to computers...any help greatly appreciated...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2010, 3:53:19 PM PDT
Spork says:
Linksys routers have a default password of "admin", with no user (leave user field blank). Does that help?

To reset the entire router, find a thin object like a bobby pin and insert it in the "reset" hole on the back of the router for 10 seconds. This will reset *everything*, so you will lose your wireless name etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2010, 3:54:08 PM PDT
Spork says:
Oh, and if you are having trouble connecting to the WiFi then you likely have either WPA or WEP wireless security enabled. You can log in to the router (usually and find the security section of the config.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010, 10:29:37 AM PDT
Shawn says:
if you have problems with your home WIFI coverage, you probably need to take a look at the MESH WIFI solution provided by Nebula Networks. It will automatically create a mesh to extend your wireless coverage everywhere by plugging mesh APs into outlet. It is self-configured, self-managing and self-organizing -- much simpler and robust than the extenders/repeaters.Airlink 101 Super G Wireless Router

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2010, 10:31:09 AM PDT
Shawn says:
check out Nebula Network's mesh packages, the mesh solution is the ideal one to boost signals and automatically extend your coverage.
Airlink 101 Super G Wireless Router

Posted on Jan 3, 2011, 6:11:17 PM PST
I have an ATT 2wire modem/router from ATT for my DSL service.
I bought a new Vizio bluray player with the internet apps included. It works ok wirelessly on the G band. However I just purchased a new Vizio Dual Band
HD wireless internet router. I want to be able to use this router and not the router in the ATT modem/router unit. Since this new Vizio router does not have
a modem built-in, how do I disable the wifi router in the ATT 2wire and use the new Vizio dual band N router?
I have two wifi radios that can use the G band router also.
Any help with this would be deeply appreciated...

Posted on May 1, 2014, 10:09:16 PM PDT
Visa says:
I get three bars of WiFi at my apartment... I got a roku would the signal be weak

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2014, 2:05:00 AM PDT
MikeT says:
Three bars out of what? 4? 5? 10?
What is your router make/model? Can you move the router to a better location? What ISP service do you have?
What internet speeds do you get?
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