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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Getting started with a set top box is easily the hardest part, no matter which platform you’re on. You need to enter a Wi-Fi password, log in to several services, and all most boxes come with 70-595 is a tiny remote without a keyboard. It’s going to be a bit of a hassle no matter what you do. However, certain boxes make it a little easier than others.


Apple TV


As with most things in the Apple-verse, how easy the setup process for the Apple TV is depends heavily on whether you own other Apple products. Once you connect your box to the TV, you can 70-663J choose to either set it up with an iOS device (requires iOS 9.1 or later), or do it manually. The former will connect to your phone via Bluetooth and allow you to log in to Wi-Fi as well as each service using your phone or tablet’s keyboard. It’s pretty handy.


Manual setup, on the other hand, is awful. The current generation of the Apple TV comes with a touchpad remote (as opposed to a D-pad as most other boxes use). While this is nice for gestures, it makes typing harder  Zend-Technologies than usual. Worse yet, the Apple TV’s on-screen keyboard has every letter on one line, meaning you have to make 70-668 broad swipes to get across the alphabet, then precisely choose individual letters with a touchpad. God help you if you have a long, complex password. You’ll also need to use this process to log in to your other services like Netflix. Without an iOS device, there’s no way to enter logins, which puts the Apple TV at a stark disadvantage for non-Apple households.


Nexus Player

The Nexus Player has a similar setup to the Apple TV,  70-684Certification but with a bit more flexibility. When you first plug in the device, you’ll need to connect to Wi-Fi. You can use the included remote to enter your Wi-Fi password in manually, or you can pair it with your Android phone to connect to Wi-Fi and add a Google account directly.


Once you’re connected to the internet, you can visit g.co/AndroidTV to log in to your Google account. You can enter in your login information from the browser on any phone, tablet, or laptop, which is much easier than using an on-screen keyboard. Once your Google account is connected, if you use Google’s Smart Lock password manager,  70-595 certain apps will login automatically, so you don’t need to enter account information manually. Unfortunately, support for Smart Lock has to be added by each app developer. In my testing, only Netflix found my password. Fortunately, other apps like Hulu and Plex had their own web-based login system, but any service that doesn’t build its own easy login solution or use Google’s  70-693 Smart Lock will require that you use the tedious on-screen keyboard.



Roku 4


Unlike the other two players, you can’t use your phone to connect the Roku 4 to your Wi-Fi network. You’ll have to use the directional pad and on-screen keyboard to enter your password manually when you first start it up to connect to the internet. Fortunately, the process gets considerably easier after that.


Much like with the Nexus Player, you can connect to Roku Link to login to your Roku account. However, you can use your Roku account to log in to nearly any service that Roku has an app for. From your laptop, you can log in to Netflix, Hulu, and a bunch of other services. Your account is then synced to the Roku 4 on your TV.

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