I originally bought a Chromecast & found it rather limiting as my smartphone can’t store very many apps or channels with it’s very limited memory. So I bought a Roku Streaming Stick in early May 2018. I found it to be what I want it to be-an tiny all around streaming device that I can take anywhere with me & could store as many apps/channels as I want to. Plus the little gizmo would automatically adjust itself to the bad sometimes unreliable connection which is all that’s available here. The Roku Channel was the final push to purchase it as well.
So for this past year, I used this stick exclusively and it mostly worked quite well. Except for Mondays-Fridays from 6:00 pm to around Midnight, and all day Saturdays and Sundays. During those time periods I had to sometimes deal with frequent buffering and much longer loading times for my video & audio content-even sometimes getting thrown off a channel due to my Internet limitations. So I decided to take another plunge and buy the Roku Ultra. Based on the reviews I have been reading about other people’s similar limitations, I felt that this might help somewhat. Well, I am so glad I did & here’s why:
- Ethernet Cable-Wired hookups do make a big difference over even the Streaming Stick +. It’s the number one reason why I chose it rather than try to save some money and go for another stick or dongle even with it’s Wi-Fi antenna which is actually part of the power cable. The Ultra covers both bases far better.
- More Powerful Overall -This unit has plenty of power to spare over it’s smaller cousins & it does make a great difference in the playback of the A/V content even at just barebones 720p without all that 4K and other fancy TV stuff I don’t have & probably never will. Plus you can add a Micro SD Card to store all the apps/channels you want & cut back on loading time.
- Localized USB Port-No Internet access needed for this to work!
- Not even 5 inches Square! -Not as portable as the stick but it could still go with me whenever I visit or travel.
- Plus other unexpected, but welcomed, surprises like it could be paired with the Philips Universal Remote’s streaming option which was purchased separately to operate the Television when the even my Streaming Stick cannot recognized or work with. When I programmed the listed supplied access digits into the remote, it worked! All this was discovered only a couple of days since I set it up just last Friday!
So here is my solution. I went to the local hardware store and purchase an inexpensive Plug-In On/Off Switch. I always use them to save my switches on my lamps and light duty sewing machines to save their own built in on/off switches. Replacing the plug in switches versions are far easier to replace than spending $$$$ on replacing the product itself or the product’s own built in switch assuming it has one. I use very basic mechanical ones. There are ones available for a bit more with timers and other sort of electronic controls. The idea is still the same. Pulling the device’s in and out of ports might damage the expensive TV or streaming device. So here is my idea presented to all of you. Examples Of These Plugs On Amazon [color=#000000][size=100][size=100][font=Arial]I staggered on my [/font][/size][/size][/color][size=100]layout of the plugs on my power strip so the units won't bump or overlap in any way. [/size]
Hope Roku adds these devices into their own accessories page for ease of device protection.