Is a WiFi setup or a router necessary for successful use of the Roku box? My new box arrived Tuesday. Immediately, the 3-minute setup time became 3 hours.
Reading the forums, I kept my DSL cord in the Roku box while I used dial-up to enter the confirmation code. Bingo! I was able to watch one Netflix movie on television.
Last night, I turned on the Roku box and could not connect with Netflix. The "accessing your instant queue" ran for 15 minutes and continued to spin even after I disconnected the DSL cord.
I reset the Roku box - no luck.
I attempted to reset the facotry setup so that I could obtain another Netflix link code to enter on my dialup computer whle the Roku box was connected by DSL.
I never could get a new code. Also, the television display stated that the DSL connection was dead which was not true.
Nowhere in the Roku ads was it stated that a router or WiFi was required for Roku success. If I had known, I would not have to endure the hassle of returning the box.
If you have any ideas - if you know how to make the Roku box work with DSL wired and no router and no WiFi, I would appreciate your comments.
I understand your fustration but it will work if you plug the Roku Netflix box into your DSL modem and then reboot both of them (by unplugging the power to both then plugging it back it) never use the "reset" button on your modem or router (if you had one) becasue that will put it back to factory defaults and you will loose your login name and password)).
So you do not need a router or wirelss to use this as you yourself found out since you watched one NetFlix movie already.
The only caveat is you would have to do this anytime you wanted to change from using the netflix box to using the computer. Plus the DSL modem can time out and loose the connection if there has been no activity for a while. A router that can support a DSL connection can keep you logged in 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
A poor example is if you only had one electrical outlet on the wall and you had your TV plugged into the top part of that outlet and a VCR in bottom and you bought a DVD player that "works with any TV". You could not use the DVD player unless you unplugged the VCR and plug the DVD into the outlet plug hole that the VCR was in. Then if you wanted to use the VCR you would have to unplug the DVD and then plug the VCR back in. That would be a total pain, so you would then get a power strip (the thing you plug into an outlet and lets you plug many things into it.)
Same with anything that uses the internet. The DSL modem lets you use one thing and if you want to use more then one without going through the hastle of plugging and unplugging then you need a "router".
you can get a normal router or one with a built in wireless. Then you could use up to 4 wired devices (sometiems 8) and a bunch of wireless devices at the same time.
I would get the Linksys WRT54G2 and you get it for about $49 in most cases. Then you could coonect your computer and the Roku box to the interent, also when anyone comes to your house the can get an internet connection too and if you have any other computers or laptops in the house your can use them with the internet or what have you (more netflix boxes, game consoles, etc).
The internet and how to connect to it is still not common knowlege to most, since you just don't plug stuff in and the power stip for the internet (rotuer) cost way more then a real power strip...LOL
last caveat: You will have to put your DSL modem into "bridge mode' for this to work and you can call Linksys tech support once you get the WRT54GS and they can walk you though it. They did it for my dad (he is 3hrs away, so I could not make it down fast enought to help him). Also you will need to know the LOGIN NAME and PASSWORD for your DSL account.
I hope this is semi-helpful, Matt
Roku3 and Roku HD1000 [Rev B] on a Samsung HLP5674W DLP in the living room; a Roku2 and two Roku XS and a few SoundBridges.Win7; Kubuntu and XP via RT-N66U, E2000 and a switch or two. I own stock in Roku, it's just all in the form of hardware.Viva la Roku