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Topic # 133638 28-Oct-2013 23:15
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Hi,

You have probably seen me around asking about these devices and after about 2-3 weeks of use i have finally come to an end with my Roku.
I once did have it working like a treat but it has fallen down around me.
From start to now i have found it to be a good device $99 (USD) for what its worth.

I would of expected it to last longer. However the wireless in the device cant hold any form or wifi connection. It will instantly drop off the network after joining. Many factory resets and new wireless routers later i have not had a permanent fix for the issue, At best it lasted for 20 minutes then kept on dropping. I cant run an Ethernet cable and i cant use wireless given the defect. I have tried to get a response from the Roku support but have had nothing in any form of help given i live in NZ. If i cant get a resolution its up to us at Geekzone to decide how the device dies and for me to send it to Roku.

1: Hammered to death.
2: Drilled.
3: Water.
4: Magnifying glass.
5: Think of something cruel.

Summary, I think i wasted $130 to get one of these. It let me down.
(Suggestions for a fix are very welcome!)

Thanks.




 


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  Reply # 923311 28-Oct-2013 23:21
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Sorry to hear that Tim.

My Roku 3 has been great - no issue whatsoever. Are you sure the wireless reception is good? Our Roku streams about ~200GB a month wirelessly.

Edit: I bought mine in June







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  Reply # 923314 28-Oct-2013 23:56
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nakedmolerat: Sorry to hear that Tim.

My Roku 3 has been great - no issue whatsoever. Are you sure the wireless reception is good? Our Roku streams about ~200GB a month wirelessly.

Edit: I bought mine in June


Silly question nakedmolerat, (Yes)
I got it running again but i spend 30 minutes fixing it for 2 hours enjoyment. Thats not how it should be.
Fix 1
Fix 2
Fix 3


** Edit ** Sorry nakedmolerat, I accidentally called you Timmy as he also has a south park DP and im tired.




 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 923316 29-Oct-2013 00:01
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did you try switching it off and on again?

and are you sure it was plugged in?

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  Reply # 923317 29-Oct-2013 00:07
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Get a WD TV live box, works great for me, best WiFi connection in the house.

As for killing the Ruku, take it apart, leave no two pieces attached and send it in for repair.

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  Reply # 923338 29-Oct-2013 06:08
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Oh well worth asking. The only time I need to type the wireless password was when I first set it up (4 months ago in June). There has been a few updates that required Roku to restart but the wirelesss reconnected automatically.

Maybe your unit is faulty?





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  Reply # 923339 29-Oct-2013 06:45
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Get a WDTV, dismantle both units. Stuff the parts from the Roku inside the WDTV and send away.

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  Reply # 923359 29-Oct-2013 07:58
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Why not just contact Roku support and pretend you are in the states?

You could try connect it to another wiifi for testing, maybe its unhappy with your router

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  Reply # 923380 29-Oct-2013 09:16
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hmmmm we have a Roku 2 and have had it working for over a year now, never had any hassles.




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  Reply # 923440 29-Oct-2013 10:50
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Klipspringer: hmmmm we have a Roku 2 and have had it working for over a year now, never had any hassles.



Must be one of those unlucky ones as usual with me..




 


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  Reply # 926793 3-Nov-2013 23:22
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Wifi on these seems to be weak.

Can you just get a wireless bridge or extender and plug the roku into that to get it online since you cant run a cable?




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  Reply # 926931 4-Nov-2013 12:05
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To OP - have you thought about powerline networking?  I have a PlayonHD which had dodgy wifi and I fixed that by running a powerline network solution from my router to behind the TV.  The best part is, the box behind the TV is also a 4-port switch, so any transfers between the media player, Xbox and behind-the-TV-PC all happen locally at that switch.
For example: http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=702668

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  Reply # 926942 4-Nov-2013 12:27
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I haven't experienced any issues my Roku 3 and wireless connectivity. Having said that I only used the wireless initially whilst setting it up and playing around. I now connect it via ethernet.

Did you buy direct from Amazon? My very first was DOA and I just returned it for a replacement without hassle.




 

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  Reply # 927292 4-Nov-2013 22:21
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shk292: To OP - have you thought about powerline networking?  I have a PlayonHD which had dodgy wifi and I fixed that by running a powerline network solution from my router to behind the TV.  The best part is, the box behind the TV is also a 4-port switch, so any transfers between the media player, Xbox and behind-the-TV-PC all happen locally at that switch.
For example: http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=702668


Yes, They are useless in my house. The claimed 200Mbps is at best 5Mbps and has over 300ms ping. Useless device.




 


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  Reply # 927401 5-Nov-2013 08:46
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TimA:
shk292: To OP - have you thought about powerline networking?  I have a PlayonHD which had dodgy wifi and I fixed that by running a powerline network solution from my router to behind the TV.  The best part is, the box behind the TV is also a 4-port switch, so any transfers between the media player, Xbox and behind-the-TV-PC all happen locally at that switch.
For example: http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=702668


Yes, They are useless in my house. The claimed 200Mbps is at best 5Mbps and has over 300ms ping. Useless device.


Hmmm, almost makes me wonder if you have some weird EM interference thing going on in your house.  Not sure what I'd try next, but good luck!

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  Reply # 927670 5-Nov-2013 14:48
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shk292:
TimA:
shk292: To OP - have you thought about powerline networking?  I have a PlayonHD which had dodgy wifi and I fixed that by running a powerline network solution from my router to behind the TV.  The best part is, the box behind the TV is also a 4-port switch, so any transfers between the media player, Xbox and behind-the-TV-PC all happen locally at that switch.
For example: http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=702668


Yes, They are useless in my house. The claimed 200Mbps is at best 5Mbps and has over 300ms ping. Useless device.


Hmmm, almost makes me wonder if you have some weird EM interference thing going on in your house.  Not sure what I'd try next, but good luck!


+1 on that - Powerline networking does work well - have used the Dlink AV ones, and worked great for streaming vids, etc. Couple of caveats is that they don't like multiboards, and need to be on the same phase.

Going back to the original idea of weird EM interference - a dodgy CFL or other flouro fitting ? They can emanate vast quantities of EM noise, both wireless, and back along the power lines.

Even fridge motors, air con motors can cause issues if a suppression part fails. Cordless phones ? AV Sender ?  Might just be a process of elimination ...




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