As of 2015, the steps for setting up a Roku player are to determine the type of network and audio visual connection to use, connect to the TV, connect to the wired or wireless network and turn it on. Follow the on-screen guided Roku setup prompts to complete the process.
First, determine which audio visual connection types are available on the television the Roku is being hooked up to. HDMI, component or composite cables are the most common choices. HDMI is the best option, as it supports 1080p HD playback. Also, determine whether you want to connect the Roku via a wireless network or with an Ethernet cable.
Connect the Roku to the television via the chosen audio visual connection. For HDMI, each end plugs into the port on the TV and the Roku. For Component or Composite connections, there are three colored connectors on each end of the cable that must be inserted into the corresponding colored ports on the TV and the Roku.
If using a wired Internet connection, plug one end of the Ethernet cable into the Roku and the other into the Internet router. If using a wireless network, the network name and pin should be entered during the guided set-up process. Connect the power for the Roku player, and turn on the television. Once it boots up and goes through a guided set up, it is ready for use.