Using the Amazon Fire TV Stick makes life easier for many people because it allows you to turn a regular TV into a Smart TV. But sometimes this device, on the other hand, can create problems that you have to deal with. There is a remote control for using the Fire Stick, so not having one can cause problems when doing things like connecting to Wi-Fi.
Fire TV Stick needs a stable Internet connection to work fully. Usually the connection is made by remote control, so if you do not have access to it for example forgot it somewhere, you need alternatives. Fortunately, there are many options in this case.
There are several options for how to connect the Fire TV Stick without a remote control:
- Using the HDMI-CEC remote control
- With the Fire TV app
- With Echo or Echo Dot
Why you need to connect the Firestick to Wi-Fi
If you have once connected your Fire Stick to Wi-Fi, it will connect to it automatically afterwards. That is, the Fire Stick connects to the last Wi-Fi connection. If you change your Wi-Fi password, you will need to reconnect. And you also need the connection to use it when traveling for example. Wi-Fi is required for most Fire Stick functions.
To connect it to the Internet, you must select the appropriate Wi-Fi connection in the settings and add a password.
HDMI-CEC remote control
You have the option of using HDMI-CEC to control the Fire Stick.
The CEC stands for Consumer Electronics Control. You can also call the CEC a kind of universal remote control. Since the Fire TV Stick connects to your TV through HDMI, and these remotes are often used for HDMI-enabled devices, you can use it for the Fire Stick as well.
But the important thing when using this method is to first enable CEC support on your device. If you didn’t turn it on earlier, you may have to use another method
On the plus side, HDMI CEC remotes are readily available at any consumer electronics store, and are inexpensive. You’re also lucky if you have one and don’t have to spend money to buy it. To enable the HDMI CEC settings you should:
- Get to the Fire Stick home screen.
- Open settings.
- Go to Display and Sounds.
- Find “HDMI CEC Device Management” and press the center button.
- Press Yes to confirm the action.
After completing these steps, you will be able to use any HDMI CEC or universal remote with Fire Stick. And, accordingly, you will be able to connect it to Wi-Fi.
Using the Fire TV app
If you don’t have a universal remote control or HDMI CEC remote control, you can connect the Fire Stick to Wi-Fi using the Fire TV app. There is an Amazon Fire TV app for this purpose. It is simple and easy to use.
Please note that it is not possible to connect the Fire Stick to the mobile Internet. It can only be connected to Wi-Fi. So, you will need two devices to make this method work. You can use two smartphones, or a tablet, or both. To connect you need:
- Install the Fire TV app on your device.
- Set up an access point on another device using the same SSID and password as your home network.
- Connect the Firestick to the hotspot.
- Make sure your device with the Fire TV app is also connected to the access point.
- Once all connections are made, you will be able to use Fire TV to control the Firestick.
- Use the app to go to settings and connect your device to the new Wi-Fi.
Once the Fire Stick is connected to the Wi-Fi you want, you can disconnect and reconfigure the access point.
Connecting with Echo or Echo Dot
You can also connect using Echo or Echo Dot. In this case, the Echo or Echo Dot will take the place of the second device. Instead of downloading the app, you can set everything up with voice commands.
Start by changing the initial network configuration using your tablet or smartphone, and then use voice commands to connect the Fire Stick to the new network.