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Bypass wireless with new Roku?

I have an older Roku, that does not have wifi capabilities. I am using it to stream content to my HDTV, via ethernet. I want to keep this set up, & when Roku recently informed me that I would need to upgrade to one of the newer models, to keep channel compatibility, they recommended the Roku 2, since it can be connected via ethernet also. I let them know that I wanted NO wifi at all...I have small children in my home, & I do not want anything that will emit any kind of wifi signal. I don't use my cell phone in the house, I don't use a microwave, & I don't have a cordless phone, etc. I understand that all electronics will emit EMFs, but I am specifically concerned about wifi signals. Roku customer service told me that there is no manual shut off for the wifi, but that I can use it via ethernet, & that the Roku 2 doesn't have the same wifi remote that the Roku 3 has, so I wouldn't need to worry about that, either. However, there is some conflicting information about whether or not the new Roku 2 would still emit a wifi signal, even if it's connected via ethernet. I can't seem to get a straight answer out of customer service & I really need a definitive answer about this one way or another, I need to know for sure if it would emit ANY kind of wifi signal, or not? Any help at all would be so greatly appreciated, thank you so much!

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While I can write

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That all devices like this don't turn on the WiFi when Ethernet is in use that may not be good enough for you. It appears you may have to forget Roku?

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Still a signal then?

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So you're saying that it would still emit a signal even if connected via ethernet? I had checked into other streaming devices like Amazon Fire and such, because I had read that you could manually turn off the wifi with Amazon Fire, & also hook it up via ethernet. But, upon reading reviews, there were a number of complaints that the wifi would stitch back "on" automatically, even when manually switched "off" and hooked up with the ethernet, so I just don't want to take a chance with that. Many of the other devices don't offer ethernet at all, & all of the new ones offer wireless capabilities. The Roku 2 was suggested to me by Roku's customer service, since it can be hooked up via ethernet...but they were vague about whether or not it would still emit a wifi signal. I wrote in to ask them again, asking them to please be more specific...I received 2 different responses from customer service. One reiterated that there was no way to manually shut off the wifi, & that it wouldn't connect to wifi if it was hooked up via ethernet, but it would in fact emit a signal. Then, I received a 2nd response from a different customer service rep, telling me not to worry, & to go ahead & get the Roku 2, because it could be used with the ethernet and it wouldn't emit a signal since it didn't have a wifi remote like the roku 3 does. So, now I am more confused than ever, with these conflicting responses from their customer service. I am hoping that someone here can give me a definitive answer about it. I really need to figure it out because our family no longer subscribes to cable, and we stream everything either from the roku, or directly from our PC. We have netflix and amazon prime, etc, so Roku is great for that & I like the remote...since I won't use a wireless mouse/keyboard with the PC, & getting up to pause a program or set up a new one every time can be a pain! Happy

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Here's what I wrote.

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" devices like this don't turn on the WiFi when Ethernet is in use "

I fear that wasn't good enough for you so what's next? Something that has no WiFi at all if you can find it.

My answer is from years of work on electronic things. I'm just a designer with a lot of work over the years. My answer is that it should not turn on the WiFi but you seek something beyond that. Good hunting.

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I misunderstood :)

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Oh, thank you very much for your response, I misunderstood the first time, but I do understand now! I appreciate your help & your feedback. Happy I don't mind that the system would have wifi capabilities, so long as it 100% would not emit a wifi signal. In theory, I understood that if it were connected via ethernet that the wifi would not be "on" per se, but I had read a few reviews to the contrary...stating that their roku was showing up on their network & it was sending out a signal searching for a connection...I'm not exactly certain as to what the problem was or what they were referring to, since I'm definitely not savvy when it comes to all things tech-related. Happy But it worried me enough to want to check into it and make absolutely certain, especially before spending money on an upgrade...which Roku is telling me is necessary, in order to continue to use it the way it was intended.

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So..does this mean the compatibility issue...

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will obsolete Roku1 or does it mean just the channel numbers will be change? I still see Walmart and Amazon selling Roku1 now.

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They are different devices...

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The Roku 1 is actually one of the newer, updated models. The original Roku..the one that I have...was just called "Roku". They now have 3 newer models: Roku 1, Roku 2, & Roku 3. Customer service had recommended that I upgrade to the Roku 2, since it could be hooked up with Ethernet, like my existing Roku is...whereas the new Roku 1 does not have an ethernet slot. The email that I'd received about the upgrade said that the channels were going to be updated, & that many of them would no longer support the older device, & would not be updated with that device in mind, so they were giving me a 20% off coupon to upgrade if I wanted to do so. I contacted them to make sure the email I'd received was legit & not spam...they verified that it was real, & then I asked about the wifi issue with the newer versions, which ultimately led me here. Happy

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A few things

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First, I feel your fears about radiation from wifi devices are unfounded. Look more carefully at the pedigreed research regarding power levels/safety as such.

That said, you could easily grab a newer Roku 2 and utilize ethernet without having to worry about the device trying to connect somewhere. And using any of the Roku IR remotes instead of wifi direct will eliminate the issue further.

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to specifically answer your question

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If the roku2 setting is set for wired, then there will not be a signal. I happen to have the roku 2 and just tested it. I change the setting to wired and plugged in a wire. I use an android app called fing to see everything connected to my wifi and roku did not show up. It only shows when roku is set to wifi.

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forgot to mention

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forgot to mention, when set to wire, it will also not show up as an available wireless network when checking local available networks in the area in the smartphone wifi setting.

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I also find no Roku wireless with my WiFi searcher

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Using Access Connections (Lenovo software to locate WiFi) I don't see the Roku. My Roku 3 is hardwired with an ethernet cable to my CenturyLink router (a regular internet router with ethernet plugs and WiFi). I can find lots of radiation from the whole neighborhood's WiFi routers, but the Roku 3 does not show up.

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(NT) Perhaps a misunderstanding?

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Perhaps a misunderstanding?

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It seems to me that the Roku media streamer is receiving streamed video from the internet, via your router, then passing it to your television. Consequently, it does not transmit radio waves, even when configured for wi-fi. It receives wi-fi if your router is transmitting. If wi-fi is turned off at your router, the media streamer will only work if it instead has an ethernet (wired) connection.
I see that the Rocu 3 device uses wireless, separately, to control the device from the remote keypad. The Rocu 2, on the other hand, has an infra red keypad and so uses the much higher frequency of infra red, rather than radio. So if you want to avoid any radio transmission, use the Rocu 2 and switch wi-fi off on your router. You'll still be bathed in a sea of radio transmission of every conceivable frequency from a myriad of neighbouring devices, but at least you won't be adding to it.

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What does channel compatibility mean?

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I think they just want more sale. If you don't care about any change, why would it matter. I just don't understand (maybe because I don't have a Roku). Just curious.

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