The Amazon Firestick is one of the most popular micro-consoles and digital media players for streaming videos and music. It is compact, simple to set up, and easy to use, making it perfect for streaming high-quality video right to your TV.
While Firesticks are fantastic for the most part, it’s not uncommon to experience some Internet connectivity issues. This can be very frustrating when you’re just trying to sit down, relax, and watch your favorite show after a long day at work. Fortunately, though, while it can be frustrating, Firestick connectivity problems can be resolved through a little troubleshooting.
There are several potential things that can cause Firestick WiFi connectivity problems. Luckily, it is usually quite easy to troubleshoot the exact cause of poor Firestick connectivity.
This TechJunkie how-to article will provide you with more than a few quick fixes that can get your Firestick back online in no time so you can get back to enjoying it.
Inspect Your Amazon Firestick Setup
- Inspect Your Amazon Firestick Setup
- Restart Your Amazon Firestick
- Check Your Internet Connection and WiFi
- Password Problems
- Compatibility Issues
- Final Thoughts
Before you proceed to restart the Firestick, take a closer look at the physical set up as something might be blocking the WiFi signal from coming through.
If your TV is in a cabinet or any other enclosed space, you might experience a weaker WiFi signal more subject to periodic interruptions.
Tip: If you have a Fire TV device, keep it away from other electronics that might interfere with the Wifi signal.
Restart Your Amazon Firestick
Once you have made sure that nothing is physically blocking or interfering with the WiFi signal to your Firestick, the next thing you’ll want to try simply restarting your device.
It’s amazing how often restarting a device will fix problems of all sorts, including Internet connectivity issues.
There are two different methods to initiate a restart of your Firestick.
1. Physical Restart
To physically restart your Firestick, you only need to unplug the device, wait about 15 seconds, and plug it back in. Your Firestick should be back online a few seconds or so after it’s plugged back in.
Oftentimes, you’ll find that this is enough to solve your WiFi connectivity issues.
2. Restart via Remote
If you don’t want to get off the couch to physically restart your device, you can force your Firestick to restart using a shortcut on your remote.
To restart your Firestick with a remote, just hold down the Play/Pause and Select buttons simultaneously and wait for the device to restart.
3. Restart From the Menu
Lastly, if for some reason the remote shortcut doesn’t seem to be working, you can restart your device from the Firestick menu. To do so, just follow these three steps:
Go to Settings > Device > Restart
Using one of these three methods, you can quickly restart your Firestick to try to resolve your WiFi connectivity issues. Be sure to try this before moving on as it is much easier and faster than any other solution.
Check Your Internet Connection and WiFi
If restarting your device doesn’t work, there is a possibility that the issue lies in your internet connection. Use the built-in network tool to check the network status and get some tips on how to fix the issue.
These are the steps to check your wifi network:
Settings > Network > Press Play/Pause
This will tell you whether or not your home WiFi network is up and running. If it’s not, then the solution may be to restart your modem or router to re-establish a connection.
Restart Your Modem or Router
If your network is not working as it’s supposed to, a simple restart should fix the connectivity issue so that your Firestick can reconnect to WiFi.
1. Power off Your Router
Use the Power button to turn off your modem and wait for 30 seconds before you power it back on. You can also unplug the adapter to turn off the device.
2. Power the Router Back on
After 30 seconds, turn your router back and wait for it to establish a connection. You may have to wait several minutes for the router/modem to completely power back on and connect to the Internet.
Once your router/modem fully restarts and connects, try reconnecting the Firestick to your WiFi.
Note: Those who use both a modem and a router need to power on the modem first, then the router.
Forget Your WiFi Network and then Re-establish a Connection
If restarting your router doesn’t work, you can try forgetting your home network then reconnecting to it with your Firestick. This is a type of software-level restart that helps establish a fresh WiFi connection.
Here is how to forget your home WiFi network on your Amazon Firestick:
Use the Firestick remote to navigate to the Settings menu and select the Network option.
2. Select Your Network
Locate the offending network and press the Menu button for more options. This button is represented by three horizontal lines (also known as the hamburger icon).
3. Forget the Network
Choose the option to forget the network and confirm your choice by pressing the Select button. This will cause your Firestick to disconnect from your home network.
4. Reconnect to your Network
After forgetting the network, look for it among the list of available networks and try to connect back to it. Enter your password when prompted to see if you can now connect to the WiFi.
If you aren’t able to connect to WiFi after restarting your device and attempting to reconnect, it may be because you are using the wrong password. If this is the case, you will get a password error displayed on the Fire TV menu.
To avoid password problems, remember that they are case sensitive. If you suspect that you’ve forgotten the password, you might be able to retrieve it by checking your saved networks on another device. Or ask a roommate or housemate if you have one.
Fire TV devices require certain network and modem or router specifications.
When it comes to networks, Firestick can connect to WPA1-PSK encrypted, WEP, WPA-PSK, open, and hidden networks. It also supports N, B, and G routers on 2.4 GHz, as well as AC, A, and N routers on 5 GHz.
To avoid this problem, you should check if your equipment and network are Firestick-compatible before you purchase the device.
Wifi connectivity issues can be quite annoying. On the bright side, this write-up should help you easily get to the bottom of the issue. The methods above are quick, simple, and often effective in resolving Firestick Internet connectivity problems.
If you found this article useful, check out these TechJunkie how-to articles focusing on the Amazon Firestick:
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- How To Mirror an Android Phone With the Amazon Firestick TV
- How To Download & Watch Movies on to your Amazon Firestick
And please feel free to comment and let us know how you’ve been able to solve your Firestick connectivity issues.