If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a bit of an Amazon fan. You’ve probably got your own Prime account, can recite every introduced character from The Tick and is currently obsessed with American Vandal and Homecoming. And now that you know about this awesome piece of streaming kit and its various uses, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of how exactly you might go about getting your hands on one so that you too can stream all the things you love directly through your telly. At their most basic level, streaming devices like the Amazon Firestick are small intermediary pieces of hardware that bridge a gap between two separate digital services. In this case, the first being Amazon’s online store for purchasing movies and TV shows, while the second being any given television set at home (ideally HD or 4K) that just so happens to have an HDMI input socket where we can plug in our new friend here.
Step One: Know your technical requirements
Depending on what you plan to use your Firestick for, you may require an additional internet connection. And, if your internet speed is below a certain threshold, you may notice some buffering and lagging of the content while streaming, which will likely make for an unpleasant experience. If you aren’t sure what your internet speed is, there are a couple of ways to find out. You can log in to your router or modem and check the download and upload speeds (usually found in the settings section). Alternatively, if you have a smartphone or computer, you can use a free speed test website to check your speeds at home. You’ll want to have a download speed of at least 2 Megabits per second (Mbps) or more. If you have a wireless connection, the speed will be lower than if you were connected to a wired connection.
Step Two: Determine which Amazon Firestick you need
Amazon offers three different Firestick models, so it’s important to pay attention to the specs of each device. The price will vary, depending on which feature set is most important to you. – The Basic Firestick: This model offers users the ability to stream content from apps like Netflix and Hulu, along with Amazon Video, Prime Video, and other streaming services. However, it doesn’t have access to the full Amazon app ecosystem, so users can’t use it to shop, access Amazon’s library of streaming music, etc. – The Fire TV Stick: This model is essentially the same as the basic Firestick, with the exception that it has a USB port, allowing you to add more functionality to your device with the help of third-party apps. – The Fire TV Edition: This model is geared towards people who want to use the device as the main method of controlling their smart home. It comes with a remote and microphone for controlling devices like your lights, thermostat, and more.
Step Three: Find out if you have the necessary requirements
Aside from the obvious (having a TV with an HDMI port that you can plug in a Firestick into), there are a couple of other things you’ll want to check to ensure that you get the best possible experience from your device. – Make sure your TV is HD or 4K – This one might seem like a given, but it’s a good idea to confirm that your TV is capable of displaying Full High Definition at 1080p or higher. If it isn’t, then you might find the image quality to be a bit lacking. The same goes for a 4K TV, which means that your TV should be able to handle at least a 3840 x 2160 resolution. If you have a 4K TV and your Firestick is a standard model, then you’ll likely experience some softening of the image, so it’s best to go with the Fire TV Stick.
Step Four: Buy your Amazon Firestick and accessories
Now that you’ve got a good idea of which model of Firestick is best for you, you can go ahead and buy it online or in-store. You can use your standard Amazon account or create a new one if you choose to purchase online. Once your Firestick arrives, you may want to invest in some accessories to help enhance your viewing experience. There are tons of different accessories out there, depending on what you want to do with your Firestick. Here are a few suggestions: – Micro SD card: To add additional storage space to your Firestick so that you can store more movies and TV shows. – Remote: To help you control your Firestick without having to get up off the couch. Plus, it can work as a universal remote, so you can also control your TV, sound bar, and other devices. – Case: To protect your Firestick from scratches and scuffs while it’s in your TV cabinet or traveling with you.
Step Five: How to use the Amazon Fire-TV Stick? Conclusion
The Firestick is a great device all round, but it works best when you pair it with Amazon’s Prime Video. This is because Amazon Prime Video is exclusive to the Amazon ecosystem and you can’t access it anywhere else. You can use the Firestick to access a massive variety of content, from movies and TV shows to sports and music. You can use the Firestick to access apps, stream content from the internet, and play video games. You can even use the Firestick to make phone calls! The Firestick is a great device all round, but it works best when you pair it with Amazon’s Prime Video. This is because Amazon Prime Video is exclusive to the Amazon ecosystem and you can’t access it anywhere else. You can use the Firestick to access a massive variety of content, from movies and TV shows to sports and music. You can use the Firestick to access apps, stream content from the internet, and play video games. You can even use the Firestick to make phone calls!