Showing posts with label media centre. Show all posts
Showing posts with label media centre. Show all posts

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Hidden Wi-Fi Network on the Roku 2

If you have a Roku 2 media streamer and use a wireless network scanning tool such as Acrylic Wi-Fi Home, you might see a hidden wi-fi network on exactly the same wireless channel as your router. Depending on the location of your PC, the signal for this hidden network might be stronger than your wireless router. Changing the channel on your router doesn't help, as the hidden network "follows" and switches to the same channel again.

This is due to a feature in the Roku called "Wi-Fi" direct. This allows for wireless devices (such as phones and other wi-fi remote controls) to connect to the Roku. As the Roku 2 comes with an infra-red remote control, this additional Wi-Fi network isn't really needed (as long as you're not planning to control it via wi-fi).

Connecting the Roku 2 to the internet via a wired connection means that the hidden Roku wireless network can be on a different channel, but to reduce interference I've  disabled Wi-Fi Direct on my Roku 2 by following these steps: -

  •     Home
  •     Settings
  •     System
  •     Advanced system settings
  •     Device connect
  •     Disable Device connect

Once you've done this, you should see the additional wireless network disappear.

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Linux Media Centres

I'm toying with the idea of creating a Media Centre PC running Linux. Here are the main contendors for Linux Media Centres that I can find.

Twonky Supported Clients

The latest firmware for the QNAP TS-101 (Version 2.3.0-Build 080618) includes an upgrade to TwonkyMedia V4.4.5

Here's a list of compatible clients from their website.