The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a handy device that you can plug straight into your TV and then stream your favorite movies, shows, or other videos from a whole list of your favorite apps.
You will need to have WiFi and internet access in order to use your Amazon Fire TV Stick. The device uses the internet to access the applications that you will use to watch your movies, shows, or other videos.
If you have a Fire TV stick, or are looking into getting one, but aren’t sure if you have a strong enough WiFi connection to utilize it, keep reading.
First of all, how does the Amazon Fire TV Stick actually work?
The way that this device works is fairly straightforward. You can plug Amazon’s Fire TV Stick into your TV via the HDMI port, which of course means that you must have a TV that has an HDMI port.
While plugged into your TV, the device will use your WiFi connection to access all of the applications it has that will then allow you to access your preferred movies, TV shows, or other videos on a streaming service like YouTube.
It is important to understand that the device itself only allows you to access streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, or YouTube on your TV, but it does not mean that you can access that content for free. You are still required to pay the subscription for these streaming services if you wish to watch them on your Amazon Fire TV stick.
How strong should your internet connection be to use an Amazon Fire TV Stick?
The answer to this question is going to depend on how many people you have connected to the same internet connection, how often you plan on streaming and so on.
First and foremost, it is imperative that you are able to access the internet wireless, as the Amazon Fire TV Stick does not have the capability of plugging into an ethernet cable. WiFi is a must.
When it comes to speed, video streaming will not actually require that much unless you have a lot of devices streaming at the same time, or you are streaming videos or movies that are produced in 4K or higher quality.
It is suggested to have a connection speed of at least 5 Mbps to stream videos in HD quality. That speed is well below what basic internet packages will offer today, as they usually offer speeds of around 25-100 Mbps.
Alternatives to the Amazon Fire TV Stick
If you are in a situation where you cannot gain access to WiFi, but you still want to be able to stream shows and movies on your TV, there are some alternatives that you can consider.
The best alternative would be upgrading to Amazon’s Fire TV Cube as long as you have an internet connection that is only lacking WiFi capabilities.
The Fire TV Cube is more expensive than the Fire TV Stick, but it will allow you to plug the device into an ethernet cable and gain access to the internet that way. This is a great solution for anyone that is unable to access the internet wirelessly.
Other than that there are really no alternatives to Amazon’s Fire TV Stick if you have no WiFi connection and want to stay within Amazon.
There may be other devices from other companies that will offer you similar capabilities with an ethernet connection, but odds are that those alternatives will end up being more costly than necessary.
What is the best option for moving forward?
With all of that being said, let’s talk about what your options are moving forward if you are looking to get a Fire TV stick, but do not have the WiFi capabilities to use one.
1.) Don’t get it
We can start with the most obvious step forward and say that you should simply not get the Fire TV Stick if you do not have the internet to back it up.
Odds are that if you do not have the internet connection to support the device, then there is some sort of misunderstanding in what the device is actually used for, and you probably do not actually need it.
You should only be purchasing an Amazon Fire TV Stick if you are intending on streaming movies, shows, and videos from the internet to your TV.
The device will give you other Smart TV features, but all things considered, all of that will require a stable WiFi connection.
2.) Get WiFi
On the flip side, if your goal is to be watching Netflix and Hulu movies on your TV as soon as possible, you should go ahead and consider purchasing the Fire TV stick along with a new internet package.
What internet provider and package you should go with will depend on your location, but most companies and packages now are going to offer more than a good enough connection for something as simple as streaming HD video.
Even the starter packages that your local internet service provider provides will likely suffice for you to stream movies and shows, even if you have two or three people in the household all connected to the same connection.
3.) Stick to your computer or other device
If you are in a situation where you are already subscribed to streaming services but only have hard-wired internet connection at home, you might be better off just sticking to your computer or other device that you already have and can connect to the internet directly.
Most if not all streaming services will allow you to stream from your computer screen, and while that might not be as nice as putting the video up on the TV, it will work with what you’ve got.
4.) Putting your computer screen on your TV screen
This might be used as a last resort, but if you are able to stream videos to your computer but not to your TV, it might be possible for you to display your computer screen on your TV through an HDMI cable.
This will require that you have HDMI inputs on both your computer, whether be a laptop or desktop, and on your TV.
Simply plug the HDMI cable into both ends and then search through your settings to see if you can find the display settings that will allow you to display your screen on the TV.
This can vary depending on the type of computer and the type of TV that you have, so a quick Google search might be the most helpful thing for you to get the job done quicker.