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JamesAndersonJr
Level 8

Feature Request: Gig+ 1-5 Gbps Ethernet on 2020 Roku Ultra

Feature Request: Gig+ (1-5 Gbps) Ethernet on 2020 Roku Ultra

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C_I
Level 12

Re: Feature Request: Gig+ 1-5 Gbps Ethernet on 2020 Roku Ultra


@JamesAndersonJr wrote:

Feature Request: Gig+ (1-5 Gbps) Ethernet on 2020 Roku Ultra


           Ethernet is an outdated technology!

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makaiguy
Level 21

Re: Feature Request: Gig+ 1-5 Gbps Ethernet on 2020 Roku Ultra

I think what you are asking for cannot be done merely by updating the firmware.  I believe it would require a hardware update, so it cannot happen on existing models.

  • Roku Streaming Stick +, 3810X, Ser YH0059427035, wifi - Samsung UN55ES6100
  • Roku Streaming Stick, 3600X, Ser 5S56D8240827, wifi - JVC EM37T
  • TCL Roku TV 43S425/C107X, Ser X000001R60KV, wifi
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JamesAndersonJr
Level 8

Re: Feature Request: Gig+ 1-5 Gbps Ethernet on 2020 Roku Ultra

@C_I 

Hmmm...I guess that's why 2.5-5 Gbps Ethernet has just recently been ratified and just now being released into consumer electronics and devices such as PC motherboards. Please do your homework before you make ignorant uninformed statements. 🙄

makaiguy
Level 21

Re: Feature Request: Gig+ 1-5 Gbps Ethernet on 2020 Roku Ultra

Nice way to respond to somebody giving of his time to try to help a stranger.

Source: https://www.roku.com/products/roku-ultra

Networking
802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless
10/100 Base-T Ethernet


No Gigabit-capable hardware present.

Time to look in mirror, son.

  • Roku Streaming Stick +, 3810X, Ser YH0059427035, wifi - Samsung UN55ES6100
  • Roku Streaming Stick, 3600X, Ser 5S56D8240827, wifi - JVC EM37T
  • TCL Roku TV 43S425/C107X, Ser X000001R60KV, wifi
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JamesAndersonJr
Level 8

Re: Feature Request: Gig+ 1-5 Gbps Ethernet on 2020 Roku Ultra

@makaiguy  I was directing my reply to @C_I ; NOT you. And my reply may have been a little crude and unpolished, because he was directing not only me but other people to an erroneous conclusion. But anyway, in regards to your reply. I think you may be referring to the 2019 version, as I am unaware that the 2020 version has been released yet. If so, my feature request was meant for the next hardware revision. Not merely a firmware update. I am already aware you cannot upgrade the Ethernet version merely via a software or firmware update.

makaiguy
Level 21

Re: Feature Request: Gig+ 1-5 Gbps Ethernet on 2020 Roku Ultra


@JamesAndersonJr wrote:

@makaiguy  I was directing my reply to @C_I ; NOT you. And my reply may have been a little crude and unpolished, because he was directing not only me but other people to an erroneous conclusion. But anyway, in regards to your reply. I think you may be referring to the 2019 version, as I am unaware that the 2020 version has been released yet. If so, my feature request was meant for the next hardware revision. Not merely a firmware update. I am already aware you cannot upgrade the Ethernet version merely via a software or firmware update.


Sorry, I should have realized that.  A quote of the message being replied-to goes a long way toward eliminating ambiguity but this [blasted] forum software doesn't make that especially easy.

I agree, your request is valid for any device with an Ethernet port, which limits it to the Ultra in the current product line.  10/100 T is adequate for virtually anything being streamed in from the internet, but can be too limiting for high def stuff off one's own system.

The link I supplied is to the current offering, as far as I know.  It doesn't mention year or model number but currently does mention the $30 off sale that is in force at the moment.  I don't think I've ever seen them mention the year in referring to a product; Roku has the unfortunate habit of reusing identical product names and relying on an obscure model number for differentiation.  Including a release number in the product name works for mobile phones, why not for Roku?

They don't typically announce plans beforehand, so as far as I know, it's a mystery whether they'll even have a 2020 Ultra release.  The current sale prices on several models may indicated they're trying to clear out inventory prior to a fall release, though.

  • Roku Streaming Stick +, 3810X, Ser YH0059427035, wifi - Samsung UN55ES6100
  • Roku Streaming Stick, 3600X, Ser 5S56D8240827, wifi - JVC EM37T
  • TCL Roku TV 43S425/C107X, Ser X000001R60KV, wifi
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C_I
Level 12

Re: Feature Request: Gig+ 1-5 Gbps Ethernet on 2020 Roku Ultra


@JamesAndersonJr wrote:

@C_I 

Hmmm...I guess that's why 2.5-5 Gbps Ethernet has just recently been ratified and just now being released into consumer electronics and devices such as PC motherboards. Please do your homework before you make ignorant uninformed statements. 🙄


    umm- what's old is new again- Ethernet ports did exist in computer motherboards 20-30 something years ago- even though they are releasing newer, faster versions of an older technology. You need to cite your sources before making claims. I go on CNET  a lot and I've seen nothing about this 

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DairyWinter
Level 7

Re: Feature Request: Gig+ 1-5 Gbps Ethernet on 2020 Roku Ultra

Without PlexPass - Plex streaming is unreliable over WiFi. With the plethora of device connected such as,  Google home, Alexa, a hub for this / a hub for that and several smart outlet. Also in apartment building, there's so much interference with your neighbors. Hard to fix what you can't see, so many thing can affect WiFi performance. In wall electrical wire, microwave, wireless headphones, older gen device still connected can also drag you down.

I love The Ultra for that Ethernet plug, but I was hoping the 2020 model would have implemented Gigabit Ethernet. The 10/100 mb/s is the bottleneck, in the Roku Ultra  => They need to fix

Your opinion is your own, I doesn't reflect everyone. From my experience nothing beat the stability of a gigabit connection.

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C_I
Level 12

Re: Feature Request: Gig+ 1-5 Gbps Ethernet on 2020 Roku Ultra


I. The 10/100 mb/s is the bottleneck, in the Roku Ultra  => They need to fix

This is the downfall of ethernet technology. Ethernet only allows so much bandwidth at one time. If there's too many people online at once , there will be a lot of buffering and you might not be able to connect. This is particularly true if you have the old fashioned broadband internet instead of the modern high speed internet connection. Wi-Fi , in my opinion is more reliable provided that there's not too many users in your house who are on it at once. But, that's  only limited to your house, as each house each customer has their own Wi-Fi Network. With Ethernet, and a traditional Internet connection, you can be bottled up because you are contending with thousands maybe millions of Internet users at once and you could be in the buffering mode for many hours , and if you are streaming, Roku, that could result in you missing the show you wanted to watch. 

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