Amazon Fire TV devices have great WiFi capabilities and generally are able to sustain very good connections so that you have a great streaming experience. WiFi connectivity is one of the main features of Fire TV devices because it allows you to use it anywhere you have a wireless signal.
But in some cases, the wireless signal is not sufficient. Sometimes you can make adjustments to your WiFi network equipment to alleviate the problems. If you want to read up on that, check out my article How to Improve Your Wi-Fi Signal. If you have tried everything and still can’t seem to get a great WiFi signal, there is still a fix. Most people aren’t aware that you can also connect your Fire TV device using a hard-wired Ethernet connection. Having a hard-wired connection is the best possible solution as it is not susceptible to the environmental interference that is inherent with WiFi connections.
In order to complete this tutorial, you will have to have an Ethernet cable that is long enough to reach from your router’s Ethernet port to the location of your Fire TV device. You can purchase Ethernet cables of almost any length to suit your needs or even get a whole box of cable and put your own ends on to create a custom cable. The only limitation is that Ethernet has a distance restriction of approximately 100ft (300m) cable length. Here are some options from Amazon.com.
You will also need to grab an Amazon Ethernet Adapter for Amazon Fire TV Devices. This device connects to the USB port on your Fire TV device and then, in turn, has an Ethernet port and another USB port for power.
Connecting the device is super simple. Just follow the instructions below and you will have your Fire TV connected directly to your router for the best streaming quality.
- Connect the Ethernet adapter to your Fire TV Stick’s USB port.
- Plug the USB power cable into the Ethernet adapter.
- Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to the back of the Ethernet adapter, and then connect the other end to an available Ethernet port on your router or modem.
- Select Settings > Network from the Fire TV menu.
- Select the Wired option. A confirmation message appears on-screen when the connection is complete
That’s all you have to do. Now the network connection to your Amazon Fire TV device won’t be subject to a weak WiFi connection. Your streams will be clear with less buffering. Enjoy!
Note: Even with a wired connection to the Internet, your ISP will still try to slow down your connection. Use a VPN to avoid this altogether. IPVanish is the number one VPN on the planet with the fastest connections.