How to connect your Amazon Fire Stick to a wireless network

How to connect your Amazon Fire Stick to a wireless network

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Connect your Fire Stick to a wireless network which allows you to use the Fire Stick to stream TV shows, movies, and music to your TV.

1-Connect your Amazon Fire Stick to your TV 

Simply connect the device to the HDMI port on the back of the TV. Turn on the TV and select the appropriate input source.

2. Connect the Fire Stick to the source of power

Plug one end of the cable that came with the Fire Stick into the Fire Stick, and plug the other end that came with the power adapter into a power outlet. If the TV has a free USB port, connect the cable to that port, not to the adapter.

  • If the screen displays a message that the Fire Stick is not provided with sufficient power, connect the cable to the adapter which plug into the power outlet.

3. Select “Settings”

Use the arrow buttons of the remote control to go to the top of the main screen and then select the “Settings” option which is located in the upper right corner of the screen.

  • Press the ‘Home’ button on the controller to go to the main menu. This button is marked with a house icon.

4. Select “Network” 

This is the second option in the menu which is marked with an icon in the form of three curved lines. 

  • Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to scroll down and right, to highlight the “Network” option with a yellow marker, and then press the “Select” button in the center of the remote. Fire Stick will start searching available networks.

5. Choose the network

When the list of available networks appears on the screen use the arrow buttons on the remote control to select your wireless network and then press the “Select” button in the center of the remote.

  • If your network does not appear, select “Rescan” at the bottom of the list.
  • If your network is hidden, select “Join Other Network” at the bottom of the list of available networks and then enter the name of your network. 

6. Enter the password for your network

Do this using the buttons on the remote control.

  • If your network is not protected with password the Fire Stick will connect to it automatically.

7. Select “Connect”

This is an option in the lower right corner of the on-screen keyboard. The Fire Stick will connect to your network and the screen will display “Connected” under the network name in the list of available networks.

  • Now, to return to the main screen of the Fire Stick press the “Home” button on the remote control.

How to use Amazon Fire TV Stick without a remote control

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a great way to watch movies and TV shows through the Internet connection which completely eliminates the need for cable subscriptions. It is an easy way to satisfy all your video needs with options for almost every streaming video service in the market. Viewing the interface becomes possible if you have an instrument to control your TV, but do not despair if you lost the Fire TV remote control as there are many ways to use a Fire Stick without a remote control. Let’s look at four of them.

1- Use the Fire TV Remote app

The easiest way to outwit a lost or broken remote is to use the Amazon Fire TV app which allows you to control your Fire Stick without a physical remote. Available for both iOS and Android. The Amazon Fire TV app provides you with all the controls you get with a standard remote control and also allows you to use your phone’s keyboard and microphone to enter or voice-search movies and TV shows.

2- Buy spare remote control

If you have a time and money to order a spare remote it will really help you improve your use of Amazon Fire Stick. Amazon sells remotes directly from its own warehouse, so you don’t have to worry about getting a fake device or something that doesn’t really come with your Fire Stick. However, there are two versions of the Fire remote that you can take online: the first generation model which includes the built-in Alexa, and the second generation model which adds power and volume controls directly to the remote controller. Make sure to check the compatibility with your Amazon Fire Stick by looking at the description before purchasing.

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When your spare remote control arrives, you will need to connect it to your Fire TV for it to work properly. Here’s how to do it.

  • Unplug the power source from your Fire TV Stick for 20-30 seconds.
  • Reconnect the Fire TV Stick, turn on the TV, and wait for it to load.
  • Press the “Select” and “Home” button on the new remote control and hold them until a message appears on the screen that the remote is connected.

You need to hold both buttons at the same time and hold them for about 50-60 seconds until the remote control and Fire TV Stick connect. After that you should see a message and be able to use the remote as usual.

3- Use a CEC-compatible remote

(CEC – Consumer Electronics Control)

If your TV (or universal remote control) was manufactured after 2002, it may comply with CEC requirements. CEC-compatible remote controls can control equipment of any manufacturer that complies with the CEC standard (part of the HDMI standard governing device compatibility). You will need to enable the CEC setting on your TV. This option is in the TV settings menu. Unfortunately, most TV manufacturers do not call it CEC, instead they “brand” it with their own made label. Here is a list of some of the most common television brands and the name they gave the CEC functions:

  • AOC: electronic link
  • Hitachi: HDMI-CEC
  • LG: SimpLink or SIMPLINK
  • Mitsubishi: NetCommand for HDMI
  • Onkyo: RIHD
  • Panasonic: HDAVI, EZ-Sync or VIERA Link control
  • Philips: EasyLink
  • Pioneer: Kuro Link
  • Runco International: RuncoLink
  • Samsung: Anynet +
  • Sharp: Aquos Link
  • Sony: BRAVIA Sync
  • Toshiba: CE-Link or Regza Link
  • Visio: CEC

Turn on CEC (under any name) on the TV, connect the Fire TV Stick in a usual way, and you will be able to configure the Fire TV Stick and control it from the TV remote. You will not have access to the voice control functions of your device but you can still use the navigation controls on the TV remote.

4- Use Echo or Echo Dot

If you use Echo and Alexa as well as Amazon Fire Stick and they are on the same network, you can use Alexa voice control to control your Fire TV. This feature was introduced last summer so that users can integrate their devices into Amazon’s growing ecosystem.