Before I buy the Roku, should I upgrade my DSL speed?

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Before I buy the Roku, should I upgrade my DSL speed?

Postby squidvet » Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:44 pm

Hello everyone,

First time posting, so please take it easy on me. :wink: I've been reading other posts & searching for a bit, so hopefully I don't sound stupid on here.

I've been looking at getting the Roku HD. I do not have an HDTV and won't get one until my current CRT TV dies. However, it seems that I need the Roku HD box to stream from Amazon, so I decided I would pay the extra $20 and get the Roku HD. I do have a subscription to Netflix, so the Roku would primarily be used for streaming from Netflix with Amazon being an occasional thing.

For all intents and purposes, I presume I would be streaming SD for my analog TV. (I don't know if the HD box will "dumb down" an HD stream to SD if it sees the HDMI cable is not being used.) I would obviously just use an RCA 3 cable extension. I have searched the forum and found out that another user has the router I have, with no issues....so I'm good there. I have run the speedtest I've seen mentioned in this forum & am posting my results below. My main question is this: With the Roku HD box basically streaming SD to my analog TV (if that is an option I can toggle - SD/HD), do you think I'll encounter any issues with the speeds I get from AT&T DSL? Just trying to get the advice of people that have been there, done that.....before I spend the money on the Roku. Any input is truly appreciated! Thanks!

Test 1 Results

135k - 479ms - 2255 kBps (fb: 176ms)

270k - 648ms - 3333 kBps (fb: 634ms)

540k - 2202ms - 1962 kBps (fb: 190ms)

675k - 2228ms - 2424 kBps (fb: 338ms)

810k - 2840ms - 2282 kBps (fb: 270ms)

945k - 3235ms - 2337 kBps (fb: 494ms)

1080k - 3718ms - 2324 kBps (fb: 180ms)

2025k - 6789ms - 2386 kBps (fb: 276ms)

Test 2 Results

135k - 431ms - 2506 kBps (fb: 96ms)

270k - 893ms - 2419 kBps (fb: 71ms)

540k - 1874ms - 2305 kBps (fb: 73ms)

675k - 2540ms - 2126 kBps (fb: 91ms)

810k - 2726ms - 2377 kBps (fb: 58ms)

945k - 3545ms - 2133 kBps (fb: 72ms)

1080k - 3675ms - 2351 kBps (fb: 73ms)

2025k - 8317ms - 1948 kBps (fb: 111ms)

Test 3 Results

135k - 431ms - 2506 kBps (fb: 82ms)

270k - 874ms - 2471 kBps (fb: 73ms)

540k - 1890ms - 2286 kBps (fb: 70ms)

675k - 2558ms - 2111 kBps (fb: 75ms)

810k - 2758ms - 2350 kBps (fb: 68ms)

945k - 3217ms - 2350 kBps (fb: 69ms)

1080k - 4162ms - 2076 kBps (fb: 70ms)

2025k - 6656ms - 2434 kBps (fb: 90ms)

Test 4 Results

135k - 446ms - 2422 kBps (fb: 114ms)

270k - 874ms - 2471 kBps (fb: 104ms)

540k - 1804ms - 2395 kBps (fb: 79ms)

675k - 2549ms - 2118 kBps (fb: 135ms)

810k - 2856ms - 2269 kBps (fb: 90ms)

945k - 3195ms - 2366 kBps (fb: 76ms)

1080k - 4125ms - 2095 kBps (fb: 101ms)

2025k - 6806ms - 2380 kBps (fb: 237ms)[/u]
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Postby moviegeek65 » Fri Jan 15, 2010 4:00 pm

The DL speed looks ok for SD, but I know AT&T is cheap so it can't hurt to upgrade. Just make sure you get a good wireless signal to your tv, if you can't get a good signal then you will have to run an ethernet cable. I tested my laptop next to my tv to make sure before I bought my Roku.
As for SD from the Roku, the aspect ratio from composite is 4:3 so you just select 4:3 in settings and you are good to go.
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Postby philsoft » Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:04 pm

Pretty sure that you can stream SD content from Amazon with the SD box.
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Postby squidvet » Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:24 pm

Sounds good so far. I will have to research the SD box a bit more, then. If I can stream from Amazon with it, then there's no need at all for me to bet the HD box. And, thankfully, I can run a CAT5e cable from the router to the Roku, if needed.
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Postby jeffrok » Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:38 pm

Just be cautious- if someone is downloading something on your network, you'll probably NOT have enough bandwidth to get a good Netflix or Amazon stream..

also remember that the Roku HD has more output types- HDMI, component, and S-vid.. You may want those in the future, and the extra 20 dollars isn't much in the long run.
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Postby KennyJ » Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:42 pm

And you never know what can happen.

Someone GAVE me a free HDTV (their old one). I also had no intention of upgrading to HD anytime soon.
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Postby squidvet » Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:58 pm

Good points. Heck, I just gave away a TV last year. One man's junk is another man's treasure, right? As for the bandwidth, it's just me & my wife in the house. So when a movie is on, chances are we're both watching it. Should be OK there.
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Postby robertm » Sat Jan 16, 2010 7:18 am

KennyJ wrote:And you never know what can happen.

Someone GAVE me a free HDTV (their old one). I also had no intention of upgrading to HD anytime soon.


I gave a 1080i away recently myself.

I upgraded 3 TVs all at once. One was a space issue, one was a sound issue (low buzzing), and one was an issue where I was tired of watching 16:9 movies in a 5 inch tall video across the middle of a tv. But it all came down to price. They are just so cheap now and getting cheaper.

Once the first 3 were done the move to HD was unstoppable. The best TV in the house (and main viewing area) before the 3 upgrades was suddenly one of the worst. So I gave away my 52" 1080i rear projection that never saw an HD stream ever (loved that TV) and went with a 58 inch plasma.

This year on black friday I heard of people getting 42 inch TVs for $250. By next year those TVs will probably be $179.
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Postby KennyJ » Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:21 am

Yeah, mine is a 5-year old DLP that will likely need a bulb replacement soon. I'll probably just replace the TV instead of the bulb.
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Postby robertm » Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:09 am

KennyJ wrote:Yeah, mine is a 5-year old DLP that will likely need a bulb replacement soon. I'll probably just replace the TV instead of the bulb.



I was sad to give mine up but the wife and I agreed only to have one monster in the house. It covered for SD problems so well. I know things like smoothing and whatnot are supposed to be bad but sometimes they really help and especially when you have small town local channels.
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Re: Before I buy the Roku, should I upgrade my DSL speed?

Postby JoshuaMarc1234 » Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:32 pm

squidvet wrote:My main question is this[/u]: With the Roku HD box basically streaming SD to my analog TV (if that is an option I can toggle - SD/HD), do you think I'll encounter any issues with the speeds I get from AT&T DSL? Just trying to get the advice of people that have been there, done that.....before I spend the money on the Roku. Any input is truly appreciated! Thanks!



I have ATT DSL with down of 2500 Kbps on average, have a G router and always have 4 dots for quality ( the best rating ). As well, I have the SD box and stream fine from Amazon.

Wireless or ethernet from router to TV is the same quality and stability of picture.

HD box has an S-Video output which may look better than the RCA is your TV takes an S-Video.

Hope this helps.
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Postby trksh22 » Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:18 am

I have a regular tube tv and crappy slow verizon speeds of up to 1mb per second. We watch the Roku while using the internet all the time. Only problems we've had were after the upgrade, but we don't seem to have them now.
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