Roku 2 and Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by itsjustmeee, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. itsjustmeee macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2008
    Does anyone here use a Roku as an interface with their Mac media server and how does it work for you?
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    for using plex it works great.

    if you've got content purchased from the iTunes store, it won't work at all.
  3. itsjustmeee thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2008
    Thanks for the info. I don't watch anything from the iTunes store. I'm just more concerned with my own mkv and mp4, mp3, and a couple of other formats that I think Roku by itself won't play. Also, if I just plug the Roku into the same airport extreme that the mini is plugged into, I'm guessing that Roku will be able to stream the content from the mini (via Plex) directly through the ethernet connection without wifi .... is that right?
  4. davidg4781 macrumors 68020

    Oct 28, 2006
    Alice, TX
    Sorry, just to clarify, plex won't play content purchased from the iTunes store?

    Don't mean to hijack or anything.
  5. itsjustmeee thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2008
    Also, from what i've just read in the Plex forums, Roku can have issues with playing back MKV files with 5.1 audio. It apparently has Plex transcode the file and certain people have to tell Roku to kick it down to 2.1 in order to get it to stream properly. It's something they're working on but it does appear to be a problem of sorts.
  6. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    the top of the line roku ($99) is the only one with an ethernet port. so if you get that one, you don't need wifi

    I use the roku with stereo speakers, so don't use 5.1 with it.
    I have tried it in the past with the roku in the living room, and i did get 5.1, but not too extensive of testing.

    Plex will not play videos purchased from iTunes, not sure about audio, and what kind of DRM apple is including now.
  7. DAMAC3 macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2009
    Noblesville, IN
    I just tried out the Roku 2 XS. I also have a 2012 Mac Mini. They work fairly well together when using PLEX. I prefer Plex on the hacked Apple TV 2 better, but Roku would be my 2nd choice over any of the other devices that are out there (including Google TV).

    I don't have a 5.1 setup anymore. I was just using my TV as the audio source. You need to plan on the Roku needing a lot of your files transcoded by your Plex Server (Mac Mini), so your Mini better at least be a Core2Duo 2.4GHZ 4GB RAM model. The transcoding still looks good IMO. As I said, the Roku makes a decent Plex front end device.
  8. 2crazy macrumors regular


    Jun 5, 2012
    Saint Louis
    You might be better off connecting your mini directly to your TV and use Plex directly or XBMC.
  9. mrrippey macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2009
    Have mini, ATV2 and Roku...experiences

    Having all of the mentioned hardware, here is my experience

    mini (2011) has 8GB RAM and when I am watch either ATV2 (hacked) or Roku, nothing else is running (not even screen saver). FiOS router (strictly on N network, isolated channel but likely the bottleneck in things)...

    try to run any high def file (anything blueray ripped) and it usually studders on both Roku (I have two) and ATV2 (I have two)

    standard def files run fine, can run and I can stream to two TV's without issue

    MKV and mp4 files are hit and miss on Roku (even when connected via USB using USB Channel)

    using mini direct to the TV is best (but you only can watch on that TV), I have three TV's

    Plex clients are not consistant. Can watch on the mini but not watch on the Roku (same file via USB) and streaming buffers alot


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