A few Roku players com with a USB port included by default. This USB port can be used to connect external USB drive to the device for the purpose of playing audio and video files that people have along with themselves. In the recent times, there have been a wide range of USB drives on the market such as, large external hard drives to thumb drives. Though all these drives can work with Roku player, but it is important to keep in mind that every external drive has its own power requirements. Where most external drives take power from the devices they are connected to, there are many that require external power.
It is also to be noted that there are many channels within the channel store of the Roku player, which have the ability to play audio and video files from USB hard-drive. One such channel is ‘Roku Media Player’. You can know more about it by visiting www Roku com link.
Now, the problem that people are facing is that their Roku player can’t detect their USB drive, and as a result, they can’t play local audio and video files. What could the possible reasons for a non-functional USB drive and how this issue can be sorted out? Let’s find out.
USB device became non-functional because of the insufficient power:
While it is always beneficial to have USB devices around, but there is one drawback as well. A USB device requires more power than Roku player can possibly provide. So, when there is an imbalance of power, then the USB driver will not going to appear in the channel that people are using in order to play the local media files such as Plex, Roku Media Player and so on. They will also see a message, which is as follows:
‘The USB device requires more power. If possible, use a power adapter’, or go to www Support Roku com for more help.’
If there is an LED indicator on the USB drive, then it will also flash or turn red to indicate that there is an insufficient amount of power. You must also check your Roku device because sometimes, it is your Roku not working and you blame it on the USB drive.
This issue needs to be fixed and in order to do so, people will have to use the power cable or the power supply that came along with the USB drive. They will have to connect the drive to the main power outlet. If that is not possible, then they will have to use a powered USB hub.
It is not be noted that a few powered USB hubs want to have a specific operational order to perform efficiently. If a person is using a powered USB hub and finds out that the USB drive is not detected by it, then he/she needs to check whether Roku HDCP unauthorized content disabled or not. If yes, then perform the following steps.
- Turn on the power to USB hub followed by connecting USB drive.
- If this doesn’t work, then turn off USB hub and take out the drive.
- Now, connect USB drive followed by turning on the USB hub.
- If this doesn’t work, then turn off the power to the USB drive while keep the hub connected. After that, turn the power to the USB hub back on.
There is no need to perform Roku account setup as there is no role of having a Roku account in all this.