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How to Enable Playback Debugging on the Roku

Posted by Arch on November 7, 2019
how to enable playback debugging on the roku

Roku products are among the most popular streaming devices and TVs on the market. Streaming is, of course, an internet-based technology – it brings many benefits to the table but, at the end of the day, it still requires a solid internet connection.

Although the typical modern home features a high-speed internet connection, streaming is quite the beast and you might experience playback issues. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do in order to make the most out of your viewing experience and keep your internet connection in check.

Why Bother?

So, you are an avid gamer, watch a lot of YouTube videos, and download large games to your PC or console. You are generally satisfied with your internet connection, so it has to be pretty solid, right? Well, yes, your internet speed can be downright brilliant, but there are some underlying conditions that may cause your streaming to falter.

How come? Although it may not make sense when you first think about it, you probably have a wireless connection. The Wi-Fi technology, although popular and downright awesome, does come with its own set of downsides.

Plus, there are many other factors that can easily contribute to connection and connectivity issues, so don’t go and up your internet subscription just yet.

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The Wi-Fi Problem

Yes, you love your Wi-Fi. You get to come home and use the internet on your devices from wherever you are, without relying on pesky cables. The thing is, as you may have noticed if your home is spacy, the Wi-Fi bars on your device aren’t at their fullest throughout your home.

This is the thing with wireless internet. It has a certain range. The more away you are from your router, quite obviously, the weaker your connection will be.

enable playback debugging on the roku

But what does this have to do with your Roku device? Well, most likely, you will connect it to your Wi-Fi. Depending on where the router is located, as well as whether there is something blocking the direct line between them, things can get a bit awkward, connection-wise.

So, what do you do? Sure, you can bring the router closer to your television set and/or Roku device, but this may not turn out to be the most convenient solution. Your best bet is going wired from your router. Chances are that your router supports both wired and wireless connectivity, so make an effort to supply your streaming device with an Ethernet cable and you’ll be able to get more stable internet speeds.

Update Firmware

If you are absolutely certain that the distance is not the issue here (or you’ve already gone wired with your Roku), it’s time to go back to the basics. Yes, your router might be craving a firmware update. This is an essential factor in optimal streaming performance. There is no single tutorial or guide here. Depending on what router you’re using, you’ll want to go to the manufacturer’s website and snoop around for firmware update information.

Update Router

If you’ve updated the firmware and you’re still experiencing headaches (streaming-wise), google your router’s exact model and look for an 802.11n marking. If your router uses this technology, you’re good. However, if it uses the 802.11g/b technology, this means that you may need a new router.

If you’re planning on getting a new router, aim for the ones that run on the 5 GHz frequency, as it is much less used than the standard 2.4 Ghz frequency (the one your phone is likely connected to right now). This means less congestion and faster speeds.

On the other hand, make sure that your Roku player supports the 5 GHz frequency first.

Come Up with a Logistical Plan

Your Roku player/TV is probably not the only device connected to your home internet connection. If your internet speed is decent and you still experience issues while streaming, maybe it’s time to upgrade your internet speed or get a separate package for streaming purposes. This is especially vital for streaming 4K HDR content.

Set the Connection Speed Manually

You can set the connection speed on your Roku manually. In order to gain access to the Select a speed screen, press the Home button on your Roku remote 5 times, then the Rewind button 3 times, and, finally, the Fast Forward button 2 times.

You’ll see a screen appear that will allow you to set the desired speed for your Roku device. If you want to see the speed of your streaming while watching the content, select Enable playback debugging. Keep in mind, though, that this will only work with the automatic streaming speed option.

Roku and Streaming Speed

The first thing that you need to take a look at if you’re experiencing issues with your streaming speed is your Wi-Fi connection. Update your firmware, consider getting a new router, solve the logistical issues, and set the connection speed manually, if you want the highest possible streaming speed.

Have these tips helped you boost your Roku streaming speed? Which one worked for you? You can add your testimonials or ask any questions related to Roku and streaming in the comments section below.

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