Roku Device Features, Settings & Updates

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Boomergal50
Level 7

Streaming Stick + vs older Roku 2 XD

Just bought the latest Stick + for our RV. In our home and cottage we have 3 of the older Roku 2 XD’s. Aside from better WiFi and improved remote, what are the other differences, and would it be worth replacing the older units, which work fine?

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Basil
Level 10

Re: Streaming Stick + vs older Roku 2 XD

If the older devices work fine, and support all the apps (and the version of the apps) you want, there's no reason to change. If, after using the Stick for a period of time, you find it to be sufficiently faster or more responsive, you may want to consider it then. Otherwise, your current setup works, leave it be.
Basil
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Roku Ultra (4660)
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Boomergal50
Level 7

Re: Streaming Stick + vs older Roku 2 XD

Thanks! It just occurred to me that perhaps I should have purchased a Roku with USB port for our RV. I have lots of movies on USB flash drives taped from Playon. Our RV’s new TV has a USB port but it only plays music and photos. From what I read, if I had Roku with USB input hooked up to my TV, I could then play those movies when we had no WiFi signal on cell. Which units would work?
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atc98092
Level 16

Re: Streaming Stick + vs older Roku 2 XD

For the current models, only the Ultra has a USB port. With older players, the Roku 2 (4210), Roku 3 (4200 and 4230) and Roku 4 (4400) have one. There are some models even older than those with USB ports, but I wouldn't recommend going that far back in generations. Don't forget that your videos have to be compatible with a Roku, since you don't have any way to transcode them when using the USB port. This page explains the requirements better than I can here.
Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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Boomergal50
Level 7

Re: Streaming Stick + vs older Roku 2 XD

How cool is this! I have a Roku 3 and I tested movies I taped to a USB stick from Playon, they work great! So I will move the Roku 3 from our guest cottage to our RV. Now have to get a new Roku for guest cottage. I have two old model 2 XDs, are they faster than the new Roku Express? I put the new Roku stick+ in our home's guest room as it is further away from our router than any other location. Now I am salivating about a new Roku for our bedroom....my husband had heart surgery a few months ago and has fallen in love with the Roku in our bedroom, which he previously never used! I like the idea of the remote controlling TV on/off and volume.
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atc98092
Level 16

Re: Streaming Stick + vs older Roku 2 XD

No the 2 XD would be terrifically slow compared to a new version. The Express would be far better, and the Stick + even better. 
Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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