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Feature Request: WiFi 6E (6 GHz Band) In 2021 Roku Ultra

Feature Request: WiFi 6E (6 GHz Band) In 2021 Roku Ultra

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atc98092
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Re: Feature Request: WiFi 6E (6 GHz Band) In 2021 Roku Ultra

That requires new hardware, so it can't be added to an existing device. Perhaps the 2022 version. 

Dan

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Re: Feature Request: WiFi 6E (6 GHz Band) In 2021 Roku Ultra

Actually, Roku releases new hardware near the end of the year. So, the 2021 version hasn't been released yet.

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andyross
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Re: Feature Request: WiFi 6E (6 GHz Band) In 2021 Roku Ultra

Given the massive chip shortages due to the pandemic and altered buying habits, it may be awhile before there are any changes, assuming there enough Roku's being made to even sell. Car companies are scaling back production due to the inability to get chips for the electronics! Then add in the Texas storm that shut down some chip fabs, and a fire in a Renesas facility in Japan, and it's a perfect storm.

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chrblack
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Re: Feature Request: WiFi 6E (6 GHz Band) In 2021 Roku Ultra

I would love to see any Roku device supporting 802.11ax aka WiFi6 or 6E. I have a large library of uncompressed 4K HDR video content that I cannot play over my wireless without transcoding.

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atc98092
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Re: Feature Request: WiFi 6E (6 GHz Band) In 2021 Roku Ultra

If by uncompressed you mean ripped from a UHD Blu Ray, they still have some video compression. But my UHD rips stream at an average of 80-100 Mbps, and I've never seen a peak higher than 180 Mbps. 801.11ac is more than enough for that amount of bitrate.

But I've never been successful streaming any of my UHD rips to a Roku player. First, the audio still has to be transcoded, as no Roku supports Dolby TrueHD or DTS Master Audio. But even with a wireless connection that is less than 5 feet, and the server is connected to the same Gigabit switch as the access point, I still get severe buffering that makes playback impossible. Several years ago I bought my first Nvidia Shield, and that's what I use for my UHD movies. Since it also supports the lossless audio codecs, I mostly use the Shield for my 1080 content as well. If you're going to the trouble of ripping UHD discs, you really want the Shield so nothing is transcoded. Roku players are still my go-to for my online providers, and for some TVs that don't have an AVR attached, so the lossless audio isn't a factor. 

Dan

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Re: Feature Request: WiFi 6E (6 GHz Band) In 2021 Roku Ultra

@atc98092

An NVIDIA Shield?! 😳 That's considered TREASON on this forum!! Be careful, Roku Staff may hang you upside-down by your toenails for such a statement...Just Kidding. ;D 😉😆

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