s there a place/website (post?) that I can go to that has some step-by-step setup instructions for a newbie who is getting dizzy trying to understand the process I need to follow to set everything up? Iâ€™m afraid Iâ€™ll just be taking up too much of everyoneâ€™s time/bandwith (I see I already double posted my first question â€“ sorry, I meant to cancel it before it went out) for the bunches of questions I have.
Most things set-up out of the box. The forum is here for any problems.
For instance, whereâ€™s good place to learn the type of wireless router it appears Iâ€™ll need? Iâ€™ve read about the need for security when going wireless, is security a concern using a Roku (and a router?) to transmit music from my computer to the speakers? What about a wireless card instead of a router â€“ can that work? Do I need both wireless card and router?
You are obviously a newbie to networks as well! Basically, you get a wireless router and this becomes the "hub" of your network. It may also connect to your broadband as a broadband/cable modem if you buy a combined unit. For music serving purposes the router should be connected to the PC via cable. Your PC will require a network port. If it is reasonably recent there should be one, if not you will need a network card for the PC- very cheap. If you wanted to make this link wireless, then the PC would need a wireless card instead. This is not recommended for this setup where the Roku will also be connected wirelessly. The router is your "host" and allocates IP addresses dynamically. For example, the router itself might be 192.168.1.1 When you plug in a PC it might become 192.168.1.2 and when you connect the Roku it might be 192.168.1.3 You don't need to worry too much about this as it should happen automatically, but it is good to know how it works. Roku works with WEP security, which unless you are obsessive is probably good enough. You enter a WEP key into every device on the network and unless you know the code, you can't get in. In theory WEP can be broken fairly easily by someone with the means, knowledge and time to monitor your network. If you have things on your PC you consider hgigh security then there are ways around the problem of Roku being WEP only. At the moment WPA security, which is better, cannot be used directly with Roku, but this may change in the future.
iTunes and Firefly. It appears many like Firefly, and Iâ€™m willing to try it but I donâ€™t know exactly what it does, or if it would be right for my purposes. My plan is to transfer my vinyl albums to digital wav or mp3 files in my computer, and tag the files using a tagging method that would work best with a Roku (i.e. for searching, displaying info, etc).
And iTunes. Is iTunes needed in addition to Firefly? or only as an option? But why have both? ( Iâ€™ve read one does not want iTunes v. 7 as it currently doesnâ€™t â€œplayâ€ well with the Roku Soundbridge - or with Firefly?). But if iTunes, v. 6, for instance, will do the needful for me, what would Firefly add? Iâ€™ve been to the Firefly homepage, but couldnâ€™t find a â€œhow toâ€ manual, and donâ€™t have enough knowledge to follow a lot of the info from the Firefly forum posts.
iTunes is a music manager amongst other things. Even without an ipod, it is quite a good way of organising your music library. Within iTunes 6 and 7 there is an option to "share my music". At the moment this feature works with Roku for iT6 but not iT7. What Firefly does, in effect, is replace this little bit of iTunes with a different server. So yes, you need both. iT to manage the music and FF to serve it. Download iTunes if you haven't already and then just fdollow the Firefly instructions to install first "bonjour" which is an apple service and then FF. It really should install just using default settings. Any probs just ask here. You could just use iT 6 without FF, but I don't think you can any longer get this older version directly from the apple website.
Anyway, if thereâ€™s a place I can read about this â€œstuffâ€ (an â€œIdiots guide to setting up a Roku 1001â€, for instance), Iâ€™d be happy to go there first before I continue to barrage the list with unending questions.
Although the process of setting up a network and configuring Roku might seem daunting, it is really pretty straight forward. I suggest that you take advice in your store about what router you want for your home set-up. Just stick with the big names. Get your roku and follow the instructions. There is a strong possibility it will all work first time. The reason there isn't a definitive "idiots guide" is that there are a few wrinkles that can crop up and everybody's set-up is slightly different. In theory the process is RTM and follow the instructions, and then ask about any specific problems as/if/when they occur