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Itztia
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Connecting tv and modem

Is there a way to connect a Roku to your modem with an ethernet cable and then connect the Roku to your TV that’s not a smart TV

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atc98092
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Re: Connecting tv and modem

A Roku can connect to any TV, smart or otherwise. It simply needs an HDMI jack to connect the video and audio.

Only one Roku player offers a wired connection, and that is the Ultra. All other Roku players are wireless only. Just be aware that even with it connected with a wired cable, the Ultra will still be emitting a WiFi signal, as that's how the remote communicates with the Roku. It is capable of being controlled with a simple IR remote, but I'm not certain that would shut the WiFi off completely. 

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renojim
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Re: Connecting tv and modem

You will have to have a router whether it's wired or wireless.  Usually it's built into the modem, but if it's not I don't believe you can connect a Roku device directly to a modem.

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atc98092
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Re: Connecting tv and modem

People often use the terms modem and router interchangeably. For most home users, it probably really is a modem, either cable or DSL. Most modems also have an internal router, but I've seen cable modems that simply join the home network to the larger cable company network, using a corresponding IP address range that usually isn't considered private. You need to determine if your modem has such a router, and if not I strongly recommend adding one. That way your home network is completely separate from the ISP's network, and gives you far more control over its internal access. 

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