I'm hooking up an RCN cable drop in my living room for streaming HD video, to a Roku 3 linked to my TV set, for a hard-wired setup.
The Roku 3 manual specifies that I need a router to interface between the cable drop and the Roku 3. But the RCN tech said, No, you just need a cable modem, NOT a router.
So, who is correct?
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Connecting the Roku directly to a cable modem will work (if you're only connecting this one device) but it's a security risk. A cable modem plus a router (in stealth mode) is much safer. The modem's provided most cable companies include both wired and wireless routers.
Thanks for your quick response.
Incidentally, how would I set the parameters for a modem/router if there's no computer that's part of the interface?
You would need a computer. You might be able to do it via wifi and a phone, depending on the router default settings.Google is your Friend
I'm now considering setting up the streaming video option by adding
a wireless router to my PC modem, even though wireless streaming is
less reliable than wired streaming.
RCN wants to double my monthly rate if I use another cable drop.
You are going to need a router of some kind, either an external one or if your modem has a built in one use that one. Paying double is pointless unless you need the extra bandwidth it might provide, which I doubt.
Last edited by D.V. Dee; 1st Jul 2017 at 19:33. Reason: more info