What type of connector does Roku use?

Answered by Robert Flynn

Roku players typically use HDMI connectors to connect to your TV. HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface and is the industry standard for transmitting high-quality audio and video signals between devices. The HDMI connector has become widely adopted in recent years due to its ability to support high-definition content.

The HDMI connector is a small, rectangular-shaped port that carries both audio and video signals. It is easy to identify as it has 19 pins arranged in a specific pattern. One end of the HDMI cable plugs into the HDMI port on the back of your Roku player, while the other end connects to an available HDMI input on your TV.

It’s important to note that not all Roku players have built-in HDMI ports. Older models such as the Roku 1 and Roku 2 XD used composite or component video connectors instead. These connectors are color-coded and have separate audio connectors as well. If you have one of these older models, you will need to use the appropriate cables to connect to your TV.

In addition to the HDMI or composite/component video connectors, Roku players also require power to function. The power can be supplied through the USB port on your TV, which is a convenient option if your TV has a USB port available. However, not all USB ports on TVs provide sufficient power, so it’s important to check your TV’s specifications or user manual to ensure compatibility.

If your TV does not have a USB port or it does not provide enough power, you can use the included power adapter that comes with your Roku player. Simply plug one end of the power adapter into a power outlet and the other end into the power port on your Roku player.

Roku players typically use HDMI connectors to connect to your TV for audio and video transmission. They may also require power, which can be supplied through a USB port on your TV or by using the included power adapter.