How to install the Best Roku Setup
If you want to have a professional looking home theatre setup, you need to pay attention to all of the details. The Roku device is a great addition to any home theatre and by following the steps below, you too can have the best Roku setup possible.
Selecting the Appropriate Roku Device
When purchasing a Roku device, there are several models to chose from. It is important to select the best device based on your requirements. Obviously, the higher the price, the more features you are going to get. For the best experience, it is worthwhile to spend a little extra and get the Roku 2 XS. *** Latest news, Roku is running a promotional sale and is offering $20 off the regular cost of the Roku 2 XS. It is only offered in USA though (sorry to the rest of the world!).
Current Roku Models:
If you want 1080p output, you will need to get either the Roku 2 XD or Roku 2 XS. Because we are covering the best setup, it is recommended to get the Roku 2 XS for a variety of reasons. The Roku 2 XS is the only model which has 1080p output as well as an ethernet connection port. For a true home theatre setup, you should definitely go with the wired option because wireless connectivity is not as reliable which can impact the quality of your video stream.
Even if you have an older TV, the Roku 2 XS is still the best option because you won’t need to purchase a new device when you decide to upgrade your television.
Setup your Roku device
When setting up anything, it is important to take aesthetics into consideration. Make sure to hide wires if possible and always use cable management (cable ties, straps, or velcro). It will look better and will prevent any of the wires getting caught or anything. It also makes it easier to swap a cable out without having to deal with a tangled mess.
It is also advised to order the Roku attachment that allows you to hide the device by connecting it to the back of the TV. Because the Roku remote uses Bluetooth, it does not need to have line of sight like traditional infrared remotes. By having the device on the back of the tv set, you will not need a long HDMI cable either which will save money and cut down on excess cable showing.
Plug everything in and make sure the device turns on correctly. You are now ready to configure your Roku to get the best experience possible out of it.
Configure the Roku Device Settings
This is where you fine tune your Roku device to get the optimal performance out of it.
Roku Settings Menu
About (Contains device information for your Roku media player). Details included are:
- Roku Account
- Model Number
- Serial Number
- Software Version
- Roku support
- Network name
- IP Address
- Ethernet MAC Address
- Wireless MAC Address
- Connection Status
- Wired (Ethernet)
- 4:3 Standard (“4.3 Standard” is best for non-widescreen standard definition TVs.)
- 16:9 Widescreen (“16.9 widescreen” is best for widescreen standard definition TVs. If you use this option, set your TV to “wide” (or “full” or “stretch”) mode.)
- 720p HDTV (“720p HDMI” is the best for 720p HDTVs connected by HDMI.)
- 1080p HDTV (“1080p HDTV” is best for 1080p HDTVs connected by HDMI.)
- Stereo (“Stereo” is for built-in TV speakers or a two-speaker setup.)
- 5.1 Surround (“5.1 Surround” is for surround sound speaker systems. You must be connected to your receiver via HDMI.)
Sound Effects Volume
Game Remote Pairing
- Wait time
Time Zone & Clock
- Time Zone
- Clock format
Third Party Licenses
Factory Reset (BE CAREFUL WITH THIS OPTION, IT WILL RESET YOUR ROKU BACK TO DEFAULT. ONLY USE IF SOMETHING IS BROKEN AND YOU HAVE NO OTHER OPTIONS)
Optional Roku Features
These steps are not necessary however they can improve the overall experience quite a bit.
If you have an Android or iPhone device, you can take advantage of the Roku Remote Control app. This app blows the included Roku remote out of the water in several areas. One big bonus to the remote control app is that it connects through your network to the Roku. This means that as long as you are connected to the network, you can control the Roku.
Another feature that is included with the app is that you can have media from your smartphone played on your home theatre by streaming it to the Roku device.
Install Roku Channels
Out of the box, you will get a couple of suggested channels however to get the true Roku experience, you should check out our lists on the Best Roku Movie Channels, the Best Roku Music Channels, and the Best Roku Video Games.