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mrussell
Level 7

Roku Streambar with Dell Computer Monitor

SUCCESS!!!! I connected my new Roku Streambar to my computer monitor (Dell 27 4K UHD Monitor - S2721QS). No extra cords or cables needed, other than those that came with the Streambar and the Dell monitor. No weird adapters or anything needed! No issues with the HDMI port on my computer monitor NOT being HMDI-ARC -- the sound simply plays through the Streambar, and the computer monitor shows the picture (i.e. Netflix show). And the picture quality is great, just as I expected with this screen purchase. I now we double use out of the screen, as it is my home office monitor by day and guest room TV by night. Hope this helps someone because I looked high and low for answers on this and couldn't find a solid answer! Roku customer support actually told me it wouldn't work either and that they dont advise weird adapters or anything as they arent tested. BUT I DID IT WITH NO ISSUE!

Things to consider: My monitor has an HDMI connection port, my monitor is 4k UHD screen quality, and my monitor DOES have speakers/audio capability. I don't know if this plays into the success of the Streambar connection to this particular monitor, but it works! 

NOTE: during Roku set up, when you get to the screen that says the message that you don't have HDMI ARC on this 'TV', simply scroll to the bottom, PAST 'retry', and select the 'my TV doesnt support HDMI ARC' (or something similar to this). I completely missed this!!

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atc98092
Community Streaming Expert

Re: Roku Streambar with Dell Computer Monitor

The only need for ARC would be if it were a "normal" TV and you wanted the OTA sound to be fed back to the Streambar. Since you're using a display without a tuner, that's a moot point. And since it's not a smart TV, there's no internal streaming apps that would need their audio sent back. So yes, ARC is not necessary for your setup. 

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jatr30
Level 7

Re: Roku Streambar with Dell Computer Monitor

Hi mrussell

Thank you, exactly what i was looking for. Are you able to control the volume coming from the Roku Streambar using the remote?

Many thanks

John

iamtheone
Level 7

Re: Roku Streambar with Dell Computer Monitor

Hi, I set up the same way but how do you switch between PC and TV? I think it would be painful to connect streambar HDMI cable and then disconnect it to connect PC HDMI cable. 

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atc98092
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Re: Roku Streambar with Dell Computer Monitor

If the monitor has multiple inputs, you can use the buttons on the remote to change inputs. If you need to use the same input for the Roku and the computer, you either have to swap cables or get an external HDMI switcher. They sell very inexpensive switches from places like Amazon. Just make sure the switcher supports the highest resolution the monitor supports, assuming you want the computer and Roku to use that resolution. So if the switch is only rated for 1080, and you want it at 4K, you need a switch rated for 4K resolution. 

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B0nez
Level 7

Re: Roku Streambar with Dell Computer Monitor

THANK YOU for posting your experience! I have been looking high and low for this type of information as I also have a small home office which doubles as a guest room so I am trying to work out a similar setup before I make any purchases.
I was hoping to find if anyone has any experience with this type of setup using some of the ultra-wide curved gaming monitors but haven't had much success yet.  I sure appreciate you taking the time to share your knowledge!

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internetvic1
Level 8

Re: Roku Streambar with Dell Computer Monitor

I too have successfully set up a 4K Benq  monitor as a TV with the Roku Streambar. It is a fantastic all in one solution. My only regret is that I should have purchased a 32" 4K monitor instead of a 28".

I wanted a small 4K TV and the Streambar has made this a reality.

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