Roku Accessories

Here are some Roku accessories that I recommend you check out that will help get the most out of your Roku.

HDMI Cables

Amazon ImageHDMI cables are probably one of the best Roku accessories you can buy. With the exception of the Roku 3, all other Rokus come with a basic A/V cable. The Roku 3 requires an HDMI cable. However, I recommend just getting an HDMI cable if your television will accept one for whatever Roku model you have. HDMI cables are the quickest way to get the best picture and audio setup you can get. Don’t buy the super expensive HDMI cables that cost more than $25. I think they’re kind of a rip off. I suggest Amazon’s AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable. The 6.5 footer is what works for me and they’ve been going for less than $6, which is a great deal. The other lengths range from about 10 feet to 25 feet and range in price from less than $8 to about $18.

HDMI Switcher

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If you’re like me, I have a few devices that use the HDMI ports on my HDTV. Unfortunately, my main TV only has two HDMI ports — but I have three devices that I need to connect: A Blu-Ray player, a DVR, and, of course, my Roku. I certainly didn’t want to unhook one HDMI cable from my Blu-Ray player and then plug it into my Roku every time (and vice-versa). That would be a major pain and hassle to deal with. So what did I do? I bought this: the Portta PET0301S 3×1 HDMI Switcher. It allows you to connect three HDMI devices and connect it to one of your TV’s HDMI ports. It comes with a remote control so you can rotate through whatever devices you have hooked up. But what is really cool is that it is smart. Let me explain. By default my Roku device is always on. However, when I power on my Blu-Ray player the switcher detects this and automatically switches to it. When I turn it off it goes right back to my Roku. This is what makes it so smart. And it only costs around $12. I’ve been very happy with this purchase.

Network Extenders

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As you may recall earlier, I mentioned I don’t have the best wireless connectivity, as my wireless router is a bit far from my Roku 2 XS. I barely get one bar of signal strength and it just wasn’t the best situation. My house doesn’t have Ethernet cable and I wasn’t about to spend the money or time running wires all through my house. After searching for a while I found the WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit. When set up, it creates a high-speed internet connection anywhere in your house using your home’s electrical outlets. This only took about five minutes to install, sending secure, full HD video to my Roku 2 XS or if you own the Roku 3 (the other Roku models don’t have Ethernet connections). I now have a flawless internet connection anywhere in my house. This has definitely been my best accessory investment. I can’t recommend it enough.

Update: It appears the WD Livewire is fairly expensive now. I recommend looking at the Linksys Powerline AV Wireless Network Extender instead, as the price appears much more reasonable.

MicroSD Card

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Except for the Roku LT, all Roku models have a MicroSD memory card slot. This slot allows you to add extra channels and games you may want to download. I haven’t needed this yet, but I’m glad it is there if I ever require it. I recommend the 2GB Sandisk MicroSD Memory Card. Other sizes are available on Amazon if you need it.

Mounting Kit

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If you want to place your Roku out of the way, I recommend the TotalMount Roku Mounting Kit. It easily attaches to the back of your TV and it works with any Roku model.

 

 

 

Other Accessories

Some other items you may need are extra remote controls or power supplies. Go to here check out some of these items.

If you have other suggestions for Roku accessories please contact me.

Thanks-
Aaron