To connect a Roku streaming media player to an Ethernet source, slide one end of the Ethernet cable into the port marked Ethernet on the back of the Roku box and the other end into an empty Ethernet port on the back of the router. Roku also offers wireless connectivity, which only requires entering the SSID and wireless security password for an Internet connection.
The first step of setting up a Roku streaming media player requires the connection of HDMI, composite or component cables to the back of the unit, depending on the requirements of the display being used. After connecting both ends to the Roku unit and the display, plug the Roku box in with the included wall outlet adapter to power up the streaming media device.
Once the Roku powers on and launches the Welcome screen, press OK to begin the setup process. If connecting with an Ethernet cable, click the wired option to continue setup. Once the unit completes an Internet connection, it downloads all the hardware and software updates available for its particular needs and then reboots itself to integrate the new programming.
After this reboot, the Roku unit then prompts users to select their time zones and provides them with a unique device ID used to link the unit with its correct Roku account. Users then go online to Roku.com/link, enter the code and complete the setup process before adding channels to the device.