Roku help (Black Friday is coming!)

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Walmart is running a Roku Express for $22 on Black Friday. It says on the specs it will run 720p and 1080p. It also says it upscales 720 to 1080. What will this do on the 480p stream? Will it work? Cause buffering? Anyone know if it can be adjusted to 480? Will it upscale the 480 to 720? I’ll be upgrading to a Roku 4K tv (dvds, gaming and such), but want one of these for my second tv.
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I have 2 Rokus in my house currently and I haven’t seen much buffering with them. You shouldn’t have much of an issue with them. I’m currently on the unlimited optimized for 480 plan if that helps any.
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Thanks. Does it try to upscale or just runs at 480?
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Umm I couldn’t say haha. It looks fine and doesn’t buffer so never really looked into it. It doesn’t look 1080 but I don’t watch videos enough to tell you the difference between 480 & 720. Sorry I couldn’t be more help.
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No problem. Thanks for answering.
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3 Roku TVs (different resolutions) HD Samsung 23" computer Monitor, Tablet & Android Phone here, with SD Direct TV service, and I can say that the resolution of online streaming platforms via Exede is way better than these old 480 res Satellite boxes.  HD antenna is also way better. 
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Hi Bradley, Video streaming at DVD quality definition, optimized for 480p and will stay at 480p.  It will not optimize higher.   It will not reach 720 or 1080 quality.
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Maybe Exede can do a technical document or something for what’s possible or not?

For example, DVDs have been able to be upscaled by devices for years. Why isn’t it theoretically possible to take our 480 stream and run through a device like an Xbox x and upscale the image to 720 or higher?
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Scale in images generally refers to size, not resolution. resolution is dots per inch. Sure you can make a 480p image as big (upscale it) as you want, no promise it will look good at that size without adding more dots per inch, increasing the resolution.

I have never seen a DVR player capable of that, some image editing software can do that on one image at a time but, a movie would take weeks to do that way.
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I thought upscaling filled in the dots. Not great quality, but better than the original format. I guess I need to research.
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Update: Roku works pretty nicely on the silver unlimited plan. Watched both Netflix and Amazon Prime with it. Was using an older 42” TV, but the pic was actually decent. Not sure why viewing was better than streaming through the Xbox on a newer tv.

So far I’ve experienced no buffering.
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Mine buffers every few minutes and then no buffering for quite awhile. Pretty bad when it is busy on the net; Sat and Sunday evening.

Definitely low resolution; obvious on a 1080P Plasma but "decent'

Part of the problem seems to be the modem because the signal is a full bar lower than my ASUS router and will not even run ROKU on my furthest TV but the ASUS will...no antennas on it - NOT GOOD!

QUESTION: I can connect the Ethernet cord from Exede's router to the ASUS and get it good but then the WiFi signal sops. Is it supposed to do that?