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How To Use an Amazon Fire TV Stick with a Computer Monitor

Posted by Robert Hayes on May 10, 2019

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a great little streaming solution to turn just about any TV set into a full-featured media station. As long as you have a good WiFi connection and a decent Internet speed, you can get access to a huge array of content for free and even more if you’re willing to pay a few dollars a month. The Fire TV Stick is designed to work with television sets – but will it work with a computer monitor? The answer is yes, though it may take a little bit of finagling and possibly some additional hardware. In this article, I’ll show you how to connect your Fire TV Stick to just about any computer monitor you may have.

Input Requirements

Theoretically, the Fire TV Stick requires a monitor with an HDMI input. Modern monitors all support the HDMI standard and have at least one input port. The Fire TV Stick uses an HDMI output, so a monitor with an HDMI port will accept your Fire TV Stick without any issues. The Fire TV Stick uses HDCP encryption to copy-protect certain forms of content, however, and some earlier HDMI-equipped monitors may not support that standard. There is a workaround for that issue if it arises, however.

Additionally, the Fire TV Stick’s HDMI output can be passed through an adapter box and converted to either RCA output (for really older monitors) or DVI output (for newer monitors but still in the pre-HDMI era).

Regardless of what type of monitor you use, it will need to have at least 720p resolution. Monitors with less than that level of resolution won’t work with the Fire TV Stick’s output regardless of what you do with it.

Audio Requirements

TV with no sound isn’t really going to cut the mustard, so you also need a way to get audio from the Fire TV Stick. If your monitor has built-in speakers, you’re in business. If your monitor has no sound, then you’ll need a sound adapter.

Additional Hardware

Whether you will need additional hardware depends on the monitor you’re trying to connect to your Fire TV Stick. For an HDMI-equipped HDCP-compliant monitor with built-in sound, you won’t need any additional hardware at all. You can plug your Fire TV Stick in and go.

However, there are some additional hardware components that will be useful to anyone trying to use an older monitor.

View HD Mini Splitter

The View HD VHD-1X2MN3D splitter is a little box that basically lets you take one HDMI signal and split it to two HDMI outputs. You might use this if you had a game console or DVD player that you wanted to use with two different video displays, for example. However, for our purposes in this article, the View HD unit is useful because it has the property of stripping out HDCP encryption from an HDMI signal. This is useful if you have an HDMI monitor that doesn’t support HDCP. This adapter is known to have the HDCP-stripping property, so I would advise sticking to this model if you need HDCP encryption removal.

Foscomax HDMI to RCA Composite Audio Converter

This handy little converter cable takes an HDMI signal and turns it into an RCA signal, with both audio and composite video outputs. You would need this converter if you have a monitor which has RCA jacks for video and sound. You could also use it to send the video to the monitor while sending the audio to a separate speaker. Note that to connect this to your Amazon Fire TV Stick, you will need a male-to-male HDMI adapter as well. I have personally used this adapter and it works great, but there are lots of others on the market.

HDMI to DVI Converter

These are pretty generic items; this one from Amazon Basics will probably suit you. This is what you’ll use if your monitor has a DVI port but not an HDMI port. You will however need an audio extractor, as DVI doesn’t natively support audio signals.

JTech HDMI Audio Extractor

The final major tool in your arsenal is an HDMI audio extractor. This item lets you convert an HDMI input into an HDMI output plus RCA sound output. This is for monitors which don’t have any sound capability. The JTech unit is well-reviewed and reasonably priced, but I haven’t personally used and there are plenty of alternative choices.

Cables and Adapters

If you’re going to be using RCA adapters, you’ll need RCA cables as well. They are very inexpensive and easy to find. (If you use the Foscomax converter, it has RCA cable outputs already and you won’t need additional adapters). You may also need additional HDMI cables or HDMI male-to-male adapters. All of these things are usually easy to find and inexpensive at your local big box store or online.

Hooking it Up

Hooking it all up should be relatively straightforward – there are just a lot of possible cable paths depending on what exact hardware you are connecting to. conn

HDMI HDCP-Compliant Monitor with Audio

  1. Connect the Fire TV Stick to the HDMI port of the monitor.

That’s it, you’re done!

HDMI HDCP-Compliant Monitor without Audio

  1. Connect the Fire TV Stick to the JTech HDMI Audio Extractor.
  2. Connect the JTech to the monitor with an HDMI cable.
  3. Connect the JTech to the speakers with RCA cables.

HDMI Non-Compliant Monitor with Audio

  1. Connect the Fire TV Stick to an HDMI male to male adapter.
  2. Connect the other end of the male to male adapter to the View HD Mini Splitter.
  3. Connect the View HD Mini Splitter to the HDMI port of the monitor.

HDMI Non-Compliant Monitor without Audio

  1. Connect the Fire TV Stick to an HDMI male to male adapter.
  2. Connect the other end of the male to male adapter to the View HD Mini Splitter with an HDMI cable.
  3. Connect the View HD Mini Splitter to the JTech HDMI Audio Extractor.
  4. Connect the JTech to the monitor with an HDMI cable.
  5. Connect the JTech to the speakers with RCA cables.

DVI Monitor with Audio

  1. Connect the Fire TV Stick to the JTech HDMI Audio Extractor.
  2. Connect the JTech HDMI Audio Extractor to the HDMI to DVI adapter.
  3. Connect the JTech HDMI Audio Extractor to the monitor’s RCA’s input with RCA cables.
  4. Connect the HDMI to DVI adapter to the monitor’s DVI port.

DVI Monitor without Audio

  1. Connect the Fire TV Stick to the JTech HDMI Audio Extractor.
  2. Connect the JTech HDMI Audio Extractor to the HDMI to DVI adapter.
  3. Connect the JTech HDMI Audio Extractor to the external speaker with RCA cables.
  4. Connect the HDMI to DVI adapter to the monitor’s DVI port.

RCA Monitor with Audio

  1. Connect the Fire TV Stick to an HDMI male to male adapter.
  2. Connect the male to male adapter to the Foscomax composite converter.
  3. Connect the Foscomax converter to the monitor with the built-in RCA cables.

RCA Monitor without Audio

  1. Connect the Fire TV Stick to an HDMI male to male adapter.
  2. Connect the male to male adapter to the Foscomax composite converter.
  3. Connect the Foscomax converter to the monitor’s video inpout with the built-in RCA cables.
  4. Connect the Foscomax converter to the external speaker with the built-in RCA cables.

Once everything is connected, then turn on the monitor and connect the Fire TV Stick’s power adapter. You may have to set the mode on the monitor to use the correct input. Once that’s done, you should see the Fire TV Stick setup screen and can get started!

Do you have other suggestions for connecting your Fire TV Stick to a standard computer monitor? Share them with us in the comments below!

We’ve got a lot of other resources for getting the best experience with your Fire TV Stick.

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Just starting out with the Stick? See our complete guide to getting the most out of your Fire TV Stick.

We’ve got a tutorial on using your Fire TV Stick with a Vizio TV.

And of course, we have a walkthrough for unlocking your Fire TV Stick.

5 thoughts on “How To Use an Amazon Fire TV Stick with a Computer Monitor”

Deng dokme says:
Hello, I have a fire stick connected to my LG monitor but I get no sound to my speakers. I have a 3.5mm to RCA cable connected from the monitor (3.5mm)to the speakers (L/R RCA) but all I get from the speakers is feedback.
I tested the speakers with the same cable from my music player and phone, and the audio output is fine.
Appreciate any suggestions.
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Prateek Balbhadra says:
I have Samsung Monitor Model S22C350 which I have connected to the first stick and I am using it from last one year and had good time watching everything through it. But when I have purchased new firetv stick remote with power and volume key I am not able to switch off the monitor with power key and not even control the volume through the remote. Can anyone suggest me how do I use remote to do the same. I have attached tronsmart bluetooth speaker with samsung monitor also.
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Lakshman Rao Perala. says:
I have a VGA( D-SUB) monitor. I have plugged it with vga to hdmi male adapter and then a hdmi female to female adapter. When I connect fire stick to it, I get the error ‘Out of Range’ 64.7 kHz/ 60 fps’ . I believe this is a resolution error. I can use the screen to duplicate my laptop though.

Please help. How can I make use of fire stick on this one.
P.S: I made the resolution of fire stick to 720p/50Hz to felicitate this usage.

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Jens-Erik Weber says:
Nice to have some info for techies here. I want to buy a monitor for watching TV in the kitchen (Dreamplayer app for my Dreambox or apps by TV providers), and don’t need a fully featured TV for that, there’s no satellite socket anyway, so I’d like to use my Fire TV stick 4 K with a monitor with HDCP 2.2 for that, like the LG 32UD59-B. I wonder how the remote control connects to Fire TV Stick: directly via IR (I don’t see an IR widow in the stick) or does the TV or monitor receive the signals and passes them to the stick via HDMI or isn’t it IR at all but Bluetooth or whatever? In the latter case I fear that monitor doesn’t have an IR receiver. In the living room I have an LG 43UD79-B monitor (no TV), which is HDCP 2.2 compliant and has a remote control and thus an IR receiver. It works perfectly with the Fire TV Stick 4 K, but I wonder about the LG 32UD59-B or another similar monitor.
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Rechal says:
I have a HDMI HDCP-COMPLIANT MONITOR WITHOUT AUDIO
Can I connect firestick to monitor and then connect a Bluetooth speaker to Amazon firestick?
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PATRICK says:
yes you can, within the settings you will just need to pair with a bluetooth speaker
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