Amazon Firestick Guide
Recommended Models


Amazon Fire TV Stick w/Alexa Voice Remote
Amazon Fire TV Dongle With 4K UHD/HDR & Alexa Voice Remote

Amazon Firestick Guide
The Equipment/setup


Amazon Firestick and Fire TV are very easy to set up. Simply plug into the HDMI-in port on your TV set. Use the HDMI Extender for more convenient access and the best Wi-fi reception.

The Firestick is a small "stick"; looks sort of like a thumb drive. The Fire TV is a dongle which hangs down from the HDMI port. I guess you could call it a "dangling dongle".  :)

Everything is powered up by plugging the power adapter into a wall outlet (do not use USB power, particularly with the Fire 4K TV). 

Internet Connection: You can connect to your Wi-Fi Internet signal; however for the best results, hardwire to your router with an Ethernet Cable adapter (order separately, below); which is highly recommended. To understand why a wired setup is better, you might want to visit Wireless and Wired Networks.

But if you decide to go wireless with your Fire TV, read all about home networks and the best router to get here: Home Networking Tutorials.

Amazon claims that Fire gives you access to over 500,000 movies and TV episodes from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO Now, SHOWTIME, NBC, and many more. It can also be used to surf online to sites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit; with browsers like Silk and Firefox.

Stream music from Pandora, Amazon Music, and iHeartRadio; watch videos from Facebook, Vevo, and Vimeo, or play hundreds of games from Mojang, EA, Disney.



Amazon Firestick Guide
What's Unique?


Amazon firestick TV streaming device

Although not the best-seller on the market, Amazon Fire TV streaming devices remain a very popular entry in the "streaming device" wars. Ease of use, low cost and name recognition (Amazon) have helped keep Amazon Fire competitive.

Amazon Fire streaming players are unique in their strong affiliation with Amazon products and services; particularly Amazon Prime Video (a huge supplier of good movies), and Amazon Music.

It works seamlessly with the Amazon Echo Smart Speaker systems.



Amazon Firestick Guide
Pros & Cons


PROS

  • Alexa Voice Remote has probably the most accurate universal search of the major streaming devices. "Alexa, play Ozark on Netflix."

  • You can link the TV control to your Alexa Echo smart speaker and thereby control Smart Home devices and other functions from the TV remote. Or, control your TV viewing by giving commands to your Alexa Echo.

  • Amazon Prime membership includes no-added-cost access to Amazon Prime movie Videos, TV episodes, Thursday Night Football, Amazon Original Series, Amazon Channels, and ad-free Prime Music.

  • Dolby Audio; you get Dolby Atmos with the 4K Model


CONS

  • Heavily biased towards Amazon products and services; even shows some advertising banners.

  • Does not allow you to search free (Prime) movies separately; you must make a selection first to find out if it's free or pay. Not very convenient.

  • Highly recommended Ethernet Cable Adapter must be purchased separately ($15, see below). It used to come free with the earlier edition Firesticks.



Amazon Firestick Guide
Buying Links


Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote Streaming Media Player; for Regular 1080p HDTV

We have Firesticks on two of our televisions and are very happy with them.

To learn more about these devices and read lots of honest reviews, you may click on our Amazon affiliate links below. 



We own and use this item and personally recommend it.


Amazon Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote; Pendant Design

And we have the Amazon Fire TV on our main TV; works great!



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Amazon Ethernet Adapter for Amazon Fire TV Devices

You'll need one of these if you want to hardwire your Amazon Fire Device. 

Compatible with Fire TV Stick (2016 release) and all-new Amazon Fire TV (2017 release).



We relied on published information and reviews to recommend this item.


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