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First off I am NOT a 'Video' guy. I'm an Audio Guy.... So, I need a bit of advice....
When I travel for the winter I have been using a Roku 3 and it has served me pretty well. (Probably not using it to its fullest extent).... I have decided that I also need a Roku like device for my Smart TV at home, that seems to be lacking some features that the ROKU gives me.
I see Roku has some upgraded devices as well as the 'Firestick'... I am wondering if I should upgrade?
-- I am attracted to the small size of the 'Sticks' as I am traveling, and the less the better.... Currently I plug my Roku 3 in with a Wall Wart.. I also use the Ethernet Connection. The sticks are all wireless connection (I suppose)and don't need any external power Supply?
The sticks seem to have a remote, but if they are plugged into the back of a TV and don't have a 'line of sight' with the remote - Well, how good does that work?
So, I would like a new Video Streaming Device for Travel (and I would use the Roku 3 at home) and I need some opinions on what I should get and would it work better than a Roku 3 and maybe smaller in size?
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I'm wondering what to get, too. I have a family room sort of with a 'smart' TV, that is actually very dumb!
I'm thinking of getting a raspberry pi computer, but I'm not sure of all the details and I have little time.
If push came to shove, I would get a Roku with the ear buds. So far, nobody has asked me that they want to use the family room TV, so I'm safe for now.
I really want the internet browsing, especially YouTube, and the cordless earbuds would be a big plus. As it is, most of these stick devices let you use your iPhone/Android as your controller and earbuds, I think (not sure).
Seems overly complicated to me any way you look at it. I tried an Google puck, but the location was not suitable for EVERYTHING being on the same wireless unless I got an ethernet extender, which really made things more complicated in my estimation, so that immediately got returned.
What's with the bonefish?
It's in my top 3 Fish to Fly Fish for.
I Like em!
How about the other two?
Redfish and Tarpon...... Permit are Assholes.
I own both. I prefer the Firestick for its' interface. Not much wrong with either.
ROKU just announced today that new/upgraded products are available for pre-order and should be shipping about the middle of October. I currently am happy using the ROKU Ultra, but will probably buy the new version and move the current one to my bedroom TV to replace an older streaming stick.
Short answer: Get one of the Roku stick devices.
We travel a lot and use a Roku Streaming Stick+. Have good results.
Prefer Roku over Fire - Fire is too cluttered with promotions.
Also, one problem when traveling is connecting to hotel Wi-Fi that has a sign-in page. Roku (or Fire) does not always handle this well. We use a portable Wi-Fi router (TP-Link) that ties into hotel Wi-Fi with aid of tablet or computer. Roku, as well as all of our other devices (phones, tablets, computers), ties into the portable router without having to enter new sign-ns or passwords. Makes life on the road a little easier.
OK, got a Stick+ --- Works good.. I may buy another.. I can't see much difference from my Roku 3, except for the size.. I don't even need to bring the remote with the Roku phone App.
I also use a portable Router... A linksys that I attach to the WiFi of the place we are renting... Main advantage of this is that it has 4 Ethernet Ports and when we use our VOIP, it needs Ethernet to work. Calling from Australia is a pretty simple affair with this.
We use Firestick at home, and it works very well. I'm not sure what promotions you are referring to. We have no problem.
Yes, the Fire Stick works, and I've used it.
However, to my eye the Fire screen presentation is just too busy with a lot of "pay for" option choices (of little interest to me) that clutter the screen.
The Roku just offers a cleaner simpler user interface. Give it a try if you haven't.
One Question... With the Stick plugged into the back of the TV, how does the remote work without a 'line of sight' to the stick?
Mine is pluged in to the rear of my Oppo 205, powered by the 5v USB on the Oppo. No problem with the remote, works great.
A big factor for my using Roku players (have three) is they have an app that can access your LMS server. I store over three hundred videos on the NAS that each one can access.
Bluetooth or similar RF. Line of sight not required.
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