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Roku Ultra Standby Mode?

Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:34 pm

Do the Roku Ultra models ever go into a standby mode where video output is off, no network data at all,  and very low power consumption?
Or does it just go into screen saver mode and stay there indefinitely until a remote key is pressed or power unplugged?
If it just stays in screen saver mode, do some screen savers require network data access periodically while in that mode to get new images, etc?
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Re: Roku Ultra Standby Mode?

Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:38 pm

The only thing a Roku in screensaver mode should be capable of streaming is an authorized system upgrade or other firmware/software update. Of course, if you don't exit out of whatever channel/streaming service you are watching back to the menu and simply turn the TV off it will continue to stream until the screensaver kicks in.
 
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Re: Roku Ultra Standby Mode?

Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:33 pm

What about Roku screen savers that cycle thru various images like the 4K one?  Don't they have to download each image when they switch to a new one using the network connection?
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Re: Roku Ultra Standby Mode?

Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:57 pm

I believe the images are contained within firmware, so no they shouldn't need to be downloaded each time they cycle. Roku players do go into a standby mode, consuming very little power. The only network activity should be the daily check for updates, and of course downloading any found. 
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Re: Roku Ultra Standby Mode?

Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:59 pm

atc98092 wrote:
I believe the images are contained within firmware, so no they shouldn't need to be downloaded each time they cycle. Roku players do go into a standby mode, consuming very little power. The only network activity should be the daily check for updates, and of course downloading any found. 

Is the Roku standby mode while the screensaver is active or is there a later time after the screensaver starts that it enters a low power standby mode?
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Re: Roku Ultra Standby Mode?

Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:30 pm

NightHawk wrote:
atc98092 wrote:
I believe the images are contained within firmware, so no they shouldn't need to be downloaded each time they cycle. Roku players do go into a standby mode, consuming very little power. The only network activity should be the daily check for updates, and of course downloading any found. 

Is the Roku standby mode while the screensaver is active or is there a later time after the screensaver starts that it enters a low power standby mode?

No, not in standby while the SS is active (I don't think :)). I can't say what timeframe is used to go into reduced power mode. I've never monitored any of mine like that. In general, a Roku uses very little power when not actively streaming, so I can't really say. The Roku I'm looking at right now is a Roku TV, which behaves differently than a player. So can't check what the power menu options might be. 
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Re: Roku Ultra Standby Mode?

Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:39 am

If the Ultra has a Standby mode I have yet to see it. No matter how long I am gone I always find it in screensaver mode when I return to it. Still, it does not use any noticeable bandwidth in screensaver mode as evidenced by the traffic lights on my cable modem. All 5 of my Express units are powered by the USB ports on the TVs they are connected to. All but one TV (a Vizio) turns off power to the USB with the TV, so exiting to the menu is unnecessary on those. This is handy in the bedrooms where we often use the Sleep timer to turn off the TV at night knowing that streaming will also stop when the TV shuts off.
 
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Re: Roku Ultra Standby Mode?

Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:13 pm

I tried disabling the screensaver on my Roku Ultra yesterday and let it sit in home screen and turned off the TV.
The front LED stayed on even hours later, so no evidence of it entering any kind of standby/low power mode at all.
So I'm using a powerstrip that can turn off outlets when the TV is off so that the Roku's power is turned off with the TV.
Thats how I have a Roku Stick setup on my other TV using the TV's USB port for power which turns off when the TV is off.
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Re: Roku Ultra Standby Mode?

Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:18 pm

I just checked my Ultra (model 4640). It hasn't been touched since some time yesterday. There is no front LED visible. I do have the 4K screensaver enabled. So it does appear to enter some kind of sleep mode. Perhaps a screensaver needs to be applied for it to kick in. I powered the TV on, not touching the Roku remote. When I switched to the Roku input, I saw the screensaver running. The front panel LED was still off. As soon as I touched a button on the Roku remote, the LED illuminated and the home screen appeared. So it does look like the screensaver needs to be running to enter low power mode. 
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Re: Roku Ultra Standby Mode?

Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:21 pm

I believe the LED being off is merely an indication that a screen saver is active and is not an indication of any kind of low power mode (if such a thing exists).
 
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Re: Roku Ultra Standby Mode?

Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:32 pm

renojim wrote:
I believe the LED being off is merely an indication that a screen saver is active and is not an indication of any kind of low power mode (if such a thing exists).

You could be right. I just checked, and the SS has kicked back in and the LED is off. Of course, that still might be a low power mode. Without monitoring the power consumption real-time (which I don't have equipment for), who really knows if its power usage changes. But as mentioned, when not streaming the Roku uses very little power. 
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Re: Roku Ultra Standby Mode?

Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:34 pm

atc98092 wrote:
I just checked my Ultra (model 4640). It hasn't been touched since some time yesterday. There is no front LED visible. I do have the 4K screensaver enabled. So it does appear to enter some kind of sleep mode. Perhaps a screensaver needs to be applied for it to kick in. I powered the TV on, not touching the Roku remote. When I switched to the Roku input, I saw the screensaver running. The front panel LED was still off. As soon as I touched a button on the Roku remote, the LED illuminated and the home screen appeared. So it does look like the screensaver needs to be running to enter low power mode. 

This is exactly what my Ultra (4640) does, too.
 
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Re: Roku Ultra Standby Mode?

Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:33 pm

Yes the front LED goes off when the screen saver is active, but the Roku is still running actively running the screen saver with video output.
A true standby mode would turn the video output off and shut down to very low power with the only activity being watching for a key press on the remote I would think.
So far I have not seen such a standby mode on the Roku Ultra 4640, only screen saver mode where the device is still active as far as I can tell.
So thats why I am using a power strip that can shut off devices completely when the TV is off if they don't have a true standby mode.
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