Check out our wired Fire TV Stick ethernet connection guide below and get less buffer while you stream on Kodi today with a hardwired internet cable.
The number one reason users buffer on Kodi is because they don’t have a wired internet connection. Luckily, you can even get a wired Fire TV Stick ethernet connection even though the device has no ethernet port! Follow our guide below and get better use out of your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
The amount of latency on a wireless internet connection is 10x worse than a wired connection (60ms vs 750ms during our testing). This means that no matter how fast your internet connection is, Kodi will buffer in order to “catch up” its stream. Add in the Amazon Fire TV Stick, which only has 1 GB of RAM and this means your Stick has to work extra hard to load a stream in to memory.
Luckily, the 2nd generation Fire TV Stick has a micro-USB port and there is a solution to use this port to add a wired Fire TV Stick ethernet connection to your device!
First off, check out this UGREEN Ethernet Adapter cable on Amazon. It converts micro-USB back to USB and also comes with an ethernet port right on the cable. Even better, this cable IS SUPPORTED by the Amazon Fire TV Stick and can be used to get hardwired internet to your Stick.
After you have the cable in hand, use our guide below to setup your wired Fire TV Stick ethernet connection.
How to Setup Wired Fire TV Stick Ethernet Connection Tutorial
- Disconnect your Fire TV Stick from the TV and unplug its micro-USB power cable.
- Connect your UGREEN Ethernet Adapter. If you are confused, the micro-USB male end on the adapter plugs into the female plug on the Fire TV Stick and the male USB plug on the adapter plugs into the female slot on the Fire TV Stick power supply. Plugging your power back in to the wall and the Fire TV Stick into the TV should leave you with the center ethernet adapter open.
- Turn on your Fire TV Stick. When it’s powered on and at the main menu, plug your ethernet cable into the ethernet slot on the adapter. Your Fire TV Stick should recognize your new wired ethernet connection with a prompt in the corner and should connect automatically because wired connections take precedence over wireless!
- If you want to verify that you are on your home wired connection, head into the Network Settings, hover on the Configure Network option and verify on the right hand side that it says Wired (Connected).
And that’s it! With a cheap ethernet adapter off the internet, you can remove one of the biggest limitations with the Amazon Fire Stick and get a wired Fire TV Stick ethernet connection. This will give you faster speeds and less buffer in Kodi.
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11 thoughts on “Wired Fire TV Stick Ethernet Connection Guide: Less Buffer”
Doesn’t work for me, either. My Fire tv stick still connected to wifi. The ethernet adapter works well for my chromecast.
“Luckily, the 2nd generation Fire TV Stick has a micro-USB port”. Reading that and seeing that my stick had a micro usb port I figured my stick must be 2nd generation. Turns out that the 1st gen also has 1 and that is why I cannot get a wired connection. Slightly confusing statement by koditips
Doesn’t work. Not transmitting any data or info. Fire stick still connected to wifi
Followed the instructions but nothing happens when I connect the ethernet cable, any ideas? Cable was previously connected to a Youview box and worked fine
Thank you for your responses.
I have done this. I would rather use the 802.11acas it is faster than using a USB Ethernet.
1 – Ditch the stick. It’s horrible, outdated tech. You can get a Mi Box from Walmart for $69. https://tinyurl.com/gwd6rn6
2 – For some people, hard-wiring to the router just isn’t possible due to placement issues. Consider a powerline kit, which uses in-home wiring to create an ethernet connection. There are cheaper options, but I chose these based on the features and functionality: https://tinyurl.com/y8226cd4
No. It says this ” : The ethernet adapter is designed for use only with Chromecast devices. Use with other devices may damage the device, your router, and/or your Ethernet Adapter.”
Sophie, there is an ethernet connection on your box and on your router. Get a long enough ethernet cable to run from a to b, then go into your settings and change from wifi connection to ethernet.
Ethernet cable from your box to the router.
How would you do this if you have an android box? As you can tell by my question I’m not that tech savvy. Please let me know. Thank you.