How to Add Ethernet Cable to an Amazon Fire TV Stick and Stop Buffering

By | February 23, 2020

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The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a great low-cost way to stream media to a TV.
While it can be a great device it does need a good WiFi signal to stream data.

For most, this is likely not a problem and streaming over wireless works very well.

With that said there are many scenarios when the WiFi does not work well and using an Ethernet wired cable is a much better solution.

If you find yourself needing to have Ethernet work with the Fire Stick there is a low-cost device that will convert a signal.

It is an Ethernet adapter that lets a Fire Stick work over a wired connection.

Here it is on Amazon
Amazon Ethernet Adapter for Amazon Fire TV Devices

They are simple to set up by plugging into the Micro-USB power port on the Fire Stick.
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Since the Micro-USB power port is an OTG plug an Adapter can add Ethernet and power to the unit.

OTG has been used by Android smartphones for many years as a way to connect wired keyboards, mice, and external storage to an Android device including the Fire Stick.

OTG comes built into the Fire Stick and can be used in the same way.

Fire Stick Version Compatibility
If you have a Fire TV Stick Gen 1 it will need to be Rooted for OTG to work.

If you have a Fire TV Stick Gen 2 it will work by default and simply need to be plugged in.

If you have a Fire TV Stick Gen 3 4K version it will work by default and simply need to be plugged in.

OTG is Plug and Play with the second and third-generation 4K version but the first generation will need to be rooted.

Basically, unless you are a technical person ready to Root the Fire Stick it will only work with the second and third-generation 4K version.
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The most common way to tell them apart is the size, with the Second Gen Fire Stick physically bigger than the first version.

There are several Ethernet adapters for the Fire TV stick with the official Amazon version the most popular.
Add Ethernet Cable to an Amazon Fire TV Stick

There is also a UGREEN Ethernet Adapter for Fire TV Stick that is popular.
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The setup is simple by plugging in an Ethernet cable to a port on the adapter.
How to Add Ethernet Cable to an Amazon Fire TV Stick and Stop Buffering Setup

The Micro-USB cable goes to the Fire Stick and the standard USB plug is for power.
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To see if it is connected to the Ethernet go to Settings–>Network–>Configure Network.
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It will show on the right side of the screen if it is on Wired or Wireless.

Clicking on Configure Network will test the connection.
How to Add Ethernet Cable to an Amazon Fire TV Stick and Stop Buffering Test
 
Summary
Most will have no problems streaming over WiFi but for those that do have problems having an Ethernet adapter is a good solution.

Having a wired Ethernet connection is always better and faster than a WiFi signal with no interference.

The setup is quick and easy by plugging in the cables.

It will only work on the second and third-gen 4K Fire TV Stick so be sure which version you have.


 




 

5 thoughts on “How to Add Ethernet Cable to an Amazon Fire TV Stick and Stop Buffering

  1. Rene

    Are there special requirements for ethernet cables?
    One is working fine on Cat5e and the other is not working on Cat6!!!!

    Reply
  2. Gary Gray

    Can I convert my coaxial internet cable directly from the wall to ethernet and connect the ethernet straight to my Fire Cube?

    Reply
  3. Touche

    If you’re paying for more than 100mbps, DON’T buy the Amazon adapter. It will throttle you down to below 100. I have 200mbps, and found a “UGREEN” adapter/hub that doesn’t throttle my speed. I don’t know what it’s top limit is – or if it has one, so check BEFORE you buy. Just saying…

    Reply
  4. James

    I added a Soundbar to my tv and there is a Delay with the sound and picture. Will the Hardwire Ethernet adapter Resolve that?

    Reply
  5. Connie Johnson

    I got a fire stick how do I get an Ethernet cable to hook up to it when it does not come with one. I am going to hook to my dish TV blue tooth and sound bar. Where can I get and how much r they.

    Reply

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