Does anybody use a fire stick with an Ethernet adapter

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Posted 4th Jan 2019
I’m looking at getting a fire stick but due to my already slow broadband I would want to use Ethernet rather than WiFi in order to get the highest speed possible. Has anyone had any experience with the fire stick Ethernet adapter? It has mixed reviews with some saying it worked great and some saying they actually lost speed when using one and WiFi was faster.
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What is yiour current wifi speed?
Should be OK from FS2 or later to obtain more reliable connection using even a generic USB ethernet adapter. Generic option would also need OTG cable with power, random example £1.68 dlvd ex-UK ebay.co.uk/itm…635
Pic shows use with a USB hub for additional connectivity.

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fearona7 m ago

What is yiour current wifi speed?


My broadband speed is 30mb but it would be reduced to around 15ish over WiFi where the firestick is located. I’ve already got Ethernet running there so makes sense to use it
More than enough for firestick.
fearona41 s ago

More than enough for firestick.


Not for 4K it’s not
Where did you mention 4k?
Edited by: "fearona" 4th Jan 2019
If you have 4k tv use the smart apps built in maybe?
Amazon netflix available on smart apps.
And homeplugs.
Edited by: "fearona" 4th Jan 2019
Ok what should I do for the apps that aren’t available on my tv? Not bother with 4K for the sake of a £15 adapter?
Edited by: "howarth3" 4th Jan 2019
Do whats best for you, only you know what apps you require.
fearona04/01/2019 13:40

Do whats best for you, only you know what apps you require.


That was the whole point of this post I know what I want to watch and what speeds I need hence the reason for needing the adapter. The question was does anybody have any experience with these adapters. If they are unreliable then a fire stick won’t work for me and id be looking at getting something with an Ethernet port built in
Sorry for trying to help.
Thats me out.
I use a couple of them and they are very reliable to be honest... needs second gen to work. 100mb speed, not gigabit.
aidan.conway04/01/2019 13:52

I use a couple of them and they are very reliable to be honest... needs …I use a couple of them and they are very reliable to be honest... needs second gen to work. 100mb speed, not gigabit.


Which brand have you got? The amazon own or a different one?
howarth304/01/2019 13:37

Ok what should I do for the apps that aren’t available on my tv? Not b …Ok what should I do for the apps that aren’t available on my tv? Not bother with 4K for the sake of a £15 adapter?


Not sure I'd throw £15 at the official product. I'd be more inclined to run with a combined ethernet adapter + USB hub plus the prev mentioned OTG with power pass-through cable, combined total under £5 ex-UK with benefit of 3 x full-size USB sockets being available for other devices (keyboards, mouse, controllers, etc), or under £6 ex-UK if you want the same-image adapter+hub product description to specifically mention Android support:
ebay.co.uk/itm…960
ebay.co.uk/itm…307
Run a ethernet cable to TV for 4k. Maybe a real pain in the butt to do it but will give you trouble free streaming. Hacking adaptors can work but not the best option.
Edited by: "wayners" 4th Jan 2019
howarth316 m ago

Which brand have you got? The amazon own or a different one?


My adapter is a generic Chinese item, cost 99p off the bay few years ago. RT chipset. Don't use the FS now cos performance is pants and connectivity too restricted.
I bet money you would get better throughput my using a proper AC access point with that spare ethernet port. The speed of the micro usb port will bottleneck before the AC Wifi does. I would say also you could get away with 100mbps for 4k.
howarth304/01/2019 13:47

That was the whole point of this post I know what I want to watch …That was the whole point of this post I know what I want to watch and what speeds I need hence the reason for needing the adapter. The question was does anybody have any experience with these adapters. If they are unreliable then a fire stick won’t work for me and id be looking at getting something with an Ethernet port built in



No experience precisely of what you are attempting but you conveyed part my thoughts here as besides the mess why not get a device with ethernet built in - then went to check the full amazon tv 4k rather than stick and found not available which would personally lead me down the cheap S905 4K based boxes out there but again depends which apps you require.
Bertz9904/01/2019 15:39

No experience precisely of what you are attempting but you conveyed part …No experience precisely of what you are attempting but you conveyed part my thoughts here as besides the mess why not get a device with ethernet built in - then went to check the full amazon tv 4k rather than stick and found not available which would personally lead me down the cheap S905 4K based boxes out there but again depends which apps you require.


Ye that would be easier but the problem is I’ve had cheap Chinese boxes in the past and the GUI on them is terrible. The GUI on the firestick is much better. I already own a Nvidia Shield and the firestick is probably closest i’d get without paying £150+ for another shield. (Apart from the mi boxes which also don’t have Ethernet) I’m thinking second hand fire tv box might be the solution.
Edited by: "howarth3" 4th Jan 2019
howarth304/01/2019 15:46

Ye that would be easier but the problem is I’ve had cheap Chinese boxes in …Ye that would be easier but the problem is I’ve had cheap Chinese boxes in the past and the GUI on them is terrible. The GUI on the firestick is much better. I already own a Nvidia Shield and the firestick is probably closest i’d get without paying £150+ for another shield. (Apart from the mi boxes which also don’t have Ethernet) I’m thinking second hand fire tv box might be the solution.


A 2nd hand fire box would only have 10/100 ethernet. They firestick 4k has dualband ac which is faster. Get an AC ap.
mogsog04/01/2019 17:11

A 2nd hand fire box would only have 10/100 ethernet. They firestick 4k has …A 2nd hand fire box would only have 10/100 ethernet. They firestick 4k has dualband ac which is faster. Get an AC ap.


I only have 30mb anyway so wouldn’t make a difference would it?
howarth31 h, 40 m ago

Ye that would be easier but the problem is I’ve had cheap Chinese boxes in …Ye that would be easier but the problem is I’ve had cheap Chinese boxes in the past and the GUI on them is terrible. The GUI on the firestick is much better. I already own a Nvidia Shield and the firestick is probably closest i’d get without paying £150+ for another shield. (Apart from the mi boxes which also don’t have Ethernet) I’m thinking second hand fire tv box might be the solution.


Agreed they are albeit they give the most generic basic stuff they can but nothing tying you to that supplied software.

Might be worth a browse of the ftv skin on kodi auto launching from libreelec for example - sure plenty of others here could give alternatives - although don't shout me on kodi suggestion as just guessing what might suit your exact use case
howarth31 h, 25 m ago

I only have 30mb anyway so wouldn’t make a difference would it?


Depends if you stream local network content thats raw, why buy not a single cable solution? Or a cheap ap to plug the ethenet into.

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Edited by: "mogsog" 4th Jan 2019
AndyRoyd7 h, 32 m ago

Not sure I'd throw £15 at the official product. I'd be more inclined to …Not sure I'd throw £15 at the official product. I'd be more inclined to run with a combined ethernet adapter + USB hub plus the prev mentioned OTG with power pass-through cable, combined total under £5 ex-UK with benefit of 3 x full-size USB sockets being available for other devices (keyboards, mouse, controllers, etc), or under £6 ex-UK if you want the same-image adapter+hub product description to specifically mention Android support:https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/173427700960https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/273382024307


That cable is the best solution, OP just needs to remember that the WiFi will be faster if the signal is there because its only USB 2.0.
Edited by: "mogsog" 4th Jan 2019
For anyone that’s interested I ordered the ‘ugreen’ ethernet adapters and so far so good. Getting my full broadband speed on the fire stick
Most WiFi above 20mbs should be fine, however, if you use plex and have hi res rips with 10 bit colour, your likely gonna need the ethernet adapter as those larger files with have higher bit rates. Streaming services compress and optimise their 4K content to provide a good experience for a larger audience and to reduce their upstream.

TL;DR

If you just stream from Netflix, etc, WiFi is more than fine.
If you plan on having a media server like me with 4K Blu-ray rips, you need LAN.
waste of money these do not even support gigabit only 10/100 connection.

better of extending your wifi connection
I bought this, only connected today but has made an improvement to steaming.
ebay.co.uk/itm…649
howarth304/01/2019 17:12

I only have 30mb anyway so wouldn’t make a difference would it?


The speed of your wi-fi network is unrelated to the speed of your internet connection.

So you could have 200Mbps wi-fi to the router with a 30Mbps internet connection, rather than 15Mbps.

Obviously anything going to and from the internet is still limited by the internet connection but there's no reason it should be further limited to 15Mbps once it's passed your modem.
David_GWiU06/01/2020 18:04

I bought this, only connected today but has made an improvement to …I bought this, only connected today but has made an improvement to steaming. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/For-Amazon-Fire-TV-or-Stick-Gen-2-3-4-LAN-Ethernet-Adapter-Solve-Stream-Buffer/362787713148?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=631941824420&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649


I'll give this a go.
Currently takes about 5sec to load TV show/movie when using apks.
howarth304/01/2019 13:57

Which brand have you got? The amazon own or a different one?


Amazon's genuine ones. I am sure they were about £11 each
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