Roku is working on a Wi-Fi extender to improve video streaming

Fresh report sheds light on new Roku-focused device

A Roku Wi-Fi extender is in the works

Roku is in the process of developing a Wi-Fi extender called the Roku Relay, designed to improve the reliability of its TV streaming sticks and boxes.

That's according to a new report from Bloomberg, which suggests the device is currently in testing ahead of a full release. Citing people familiar with the matter, the outlet says the Relay will be a small white gadget that plugs into a wall socket, with a status indicator on the front and a reset button on the side.

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Its main focus will be on improving the connections of Roku-branded devices, with the manual for Relay suggesting users install it halfway between the router and TV. However, it's not yet clear whether this Wi-Fi booster will also pull up other devices with it. The report notes that the Relay will also work with TVs running Roku software, but not non-Roku products.

Could we see a launch soon? Probably not. Despite the hardware being ready for testing, it's not yet been cleared by the FCC - something that's required before it goes on sale. Bloomberg even indicates the Relay may not come to market at all, with Roku still undecided.

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If the company does decide to launch the Wi-Fi extender, it would see it branch further beyond its usual remit of set-top boxes, streaming sticks, and TVs, and immediately come into competition with companies like Netgear, Amazon-owned Eero and Linksys. The move makes sense on paper, considering its recent foray into wireless speakers, but it seems we may have to wait a while to see if this one reaches the production line.

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