Can you connect Firestick to Ethernet?
Absolutely! Just get an Ethernet adapter that works with your Firestick (both kinds are shown below in detail). P.S. – These adapters also work to add Ethernet to Chromecast if you have a Chromecast device.
Why connect Firestick to Ethernet?
Ethernet is much faster than WiFi. So you can expect much faster performance, quicker loading, less buffering, and less lag while using your Firestick after you connect Firestick to Ethernet.
Do you need the Ethernet adapter for Firestick?
No, most people do not need the Ethernet adapter for Firestick. Most people’s WiFi signal reaches the Firestick just fine. But then again, some people have one of the following scenarios which make it necessary to get a Firestick Ethernet adapter:
- You do not have WiFi in the same room as your Firestick / Chromecast
- The WiFi signal in your home is very weak
- You prefer to have the fastest loading, least amount of buffering, and best experience with your Firestick
If any of the situations above apply to you, then you should get one of the Firestick Ethernet adapters (below).
Amazon Firestick Ethernet Adapter (Official)
The official Ethernet Adapter for Firestick is compatible with all versions of Firestick except for 1st Gen Firestick.
So if you have a 2nd Gen Firestick, 3rd Gen Firestick, Fire Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, or the new Fire TV (3rd Generation “pendant design”), then this adapter will work on your device.
How does the Fire TV Ethernet adapter work?
The Amazon Ethernet Adapter works as an “inbetween”, where you basically use it in between your Firestick power cord and the Firestick itself.
What does the Ethernet adapter do?
If you have a weak WiFi signal or your Firestick is loading things up slowly, then use this adapter to make everything faster.
This device is easy to install (takes just a second or two to plug it in). Once it’s installed, it’s installed for good and requires no additional setup.
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After it’s installed, you have full-speed 10/100mbps wired connection going to your Amazon Fire TV (stick). Once the adapter is installed, expect to wait less for Apps like Netflix to load up TV shows and movies. Also expect generally better performance from your Firestick since the network connection will no longer be an Internet bottleneck for your device.
Ugreen Ethernet Adapter for Firestick (Unofficial)
The Ugreen Ethernet adapter is essentially the same device as the Amazon adapter. They look very similar and perform in a similar way.
Difference Between Amazon Ethernet Adapter and Ugreen Adapter
Basically these two devices are the same. The differences are very very small:
Is there a difference in the ratings which customers gave the Ugreen adapter and the Amazon adapter?
The Official Amazon Firestick Ethernet Adapter get 4.1 stars out of 5 stars (as far as ratings / reviews go)
Similarly, the unofficial (“Ugreen”) Ethernet Adapter for Firestick gets 4.1 stars as well!
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Differences in Cables and Ports on Firestick Ethernet Adapters
The only real difference between the two devices are the ends of the cables for each device. Amazon’s adapter has a female Micro USB power port which you plug your Firestick power cord into. In contrast, the Ugreen device has a standard USB male cable coming out of it which you plug directly into your Firestick (or Chromecast) power adapter.
Here’s a picture of the ports / cables on the Amazon Ethernet adapter:
..and here’s a picture of the ports / cables on the Ugreen Ethernet adapter.
So basically, people are equally as happy with the Amazon Ethernet Adapter as they are with the Ugreen adapter.
It’s really just a matter of..
- A) Do you want to use an Amazon-brand device?
- B) or Do you want to use a non-Amazon brand device (the Ugreen adapter)?
How to Setup Firestick Ethernet Adapter
Setting up the Ethernet Adapter for Firestick is super simple:
- Just connect the Ethernet Adapter to the USB port of the Firestick.
- Plug an Ethernet cable into the adapter
- Then plug your Firestick power cord into the Ethernet adapter.
You’re done! Now enjoy fast wired Internet.