Extremely slow setup - Did I get an older version?
Just received the free box about an hour ago. Still trying to set it up. The unit powers on and is really slow. When it finally presents me with a lot of wireless networks (I have my own equipment), the unit is extremely slow to respond to button pushes (yes - I'm aiming directly at the front). When I finally am able to select my network, the text-select for the password is ridiculously difficult. Who's idea was it to use the long line of letters??? It's near impossible to input my password when 1) the unit is already has an extremely slow response, and 2) it will randomly jump several characters ahead of where I had intended (I'm slowly clicking along, not rage clicking). I rebooted and now, finally got signed in (still had random slowness to it). At this point, I'm waiting at the "Connecting to your entertainment experience" screen. It prompted me to power off and back on because of some unknown error. Back at the "connecting" screen, there are quick flashes of static, and now just a black screen after selecting the voice guidance - I've been asked that three times now with still flashing static. Just now verified my phone number and am sitting at a black screen (still random flashes of static). After a few minutes if darkness, got to pick a nickname, and began the task of configuring things. The pairing with tv option wasn't working (until I realized it's cycling through IR codes to find the one that my tv uses...fair enough). The flashes finally went away, and I'm now at the main screen. The unit *seems* a little more responsive. Let's try to sign into a service...Disney+. Little slow (but faster than first turning this thing on). I'm guessing it's just the network? I don't know. And there's a different method of input for the password...guessing since this is a third-party app (from the view of this unit), that would make sense. Also, this unit doesn't look at all like what's advertised. It's a thin rounded-square versus the "gamer router" shape I've been seeing. Did I get an old unit? If so...why? That would at least explain the sluggishness of this unit.
Overall, this is not boding well. I thought I'd try this out since it comes free with internet service. I have other streaming options (smart tv, Xbox, Chromecast) so it's not like this was necessary. What also isn't necessary is how ridiculously long this took.