I need a router.
I connect the modem to the router, then the router to my PC.
I set the router to work wirelessly.
If the router won't work wirelessly, I can hook up the router with a cord across the house to the Roku/TV.
How can I check and see if the router will work before I get the Roku? I'd hate to have to go through all the hassle of sending the Roku back to the company after purchasing it, the router, cables, cords, etc.
Someone asked if I could change the location of my modem -- no I can't.
I do have high speed broadband access.
Anything else I've missed or have incorrect?
A router is almost a must these days. I believe all Blu-Ray players are finally required to have an ethernet connection, and many TV's are Network ready as well. On my Network at home I have two routers (One wired only and one wireless) and a Network switch, I believe that soon, that will not be an unusual configuration at all. Our refrigerators etc. will all eventually be Internet enabled. Getting a router now is a good idea.
Modem to router, and then router to PC is correct, no problems there.
Regarding "setting the router to use wireless". There are two schools of thought on this. I run my Roku wired, because wired is easier to maintain, and tends to be at least 'somewhat' more reliable. Different situations will call for different configurations though. You will need to examine this more closely and determine which configuration is going to be best for your particular set of circumstances.
It will be a real drag if you get all of this and something doesn't work, but that is a risk we take, you MAY need to return defective merchandise. These products have become more stable in recent months, and getting a defective unit would most certainly be the exception and not the rule. Chances are you will not have any defective merchandise as long as you purchase NEW equipment.
1. Get router
2. Get CAT 6 cables as needed (CAT5 will work fine, but the CAT6 will be more futureproof)
3. Connect Router to Cable Modem
4. Connect Router to PC
5. Connect ROKU Box to router (whether wired or wirelessly)
6. Barbecue a couple racks of ribs, and invite the guy you know, that knows the most about computer networking, for ribs if you have any problems.