portlandsurfcaster wrote:Finally!!!!! I figured out how to be happy with Roku Netflix
After all the problems I have had with this player I figured out how to make it better..... I gave my Roku player to my sister in-law. No more watching a movie and have it stop to re-buffer 10 times...No more "loading please wait"...... No more lock up's of device.... No more auto boots of device while starting movies...... I will miss it (not).
I am going back to playing movies through home theater pc. I never had any problems watching this way.
portlandsurfcaster wrote:..... I gave my Roku player to my sister in-law. .
-LD wrote:This is the oddest "solution". Unless you hate your sister-in-law, then I suppose it makes sense.
thehomelessguy wrote:Reading the Roku forums it appears that most of the people reporting their boxes being awful have Time Warner Cable. Google "TWC traffic shaping" to get an idea of why you might be experiencing problems. Over the past year there have been reports of everyone from WoW players to users attempting to access online video being thwarted by Time Warner's questionable efforts. Incidentally, bandwidth test will still show TWC providing a 8 mbit connection. It is only when you try to sustain a large amount of bandwidth usage that you get smacked down. I am installing a Roku box later this week as a belated gift to my sister (who has TWC RR) that I have already setup and can verify as working just fine. So I'll be able to see for if this happens for myself.
The only other thing I'd recommend trying is setting the box to a lower quality setting (search the forums to see how to access the hidden menu). I currently own two Roku boxes. One of these is in my workout room in my basement. Despite showing 30-40% wireless signal strength there is a high degree of packet loss with my wireless router. So while the Roku will initially detect a fast connection, it eventually finds itself having to buffer excessively. Setting this box to a perfectly acceptable "2 dots" solved this problem.
I should point out that my other Roku box (the one upstairs by the router) works perfectly. I use the thing a ton (I don't even have cable anymore). I have easily watched over 100 hours on that box without it buffering once (then again I do have Verizon's FIOS which has been excellent so far).