Well, Picture the scene. You guys are away on vacation or with work and are staying in a hotel along with free internet. You brought your Amazon Firestick along with you so you can enjoy some downtime but forgot the remote. You cannot change the WiFi network on a Firestick without the remote so what do you do at that situation? Just read this article to know all about How to Change WiFi on Firestick – Tutorial. Let’s begin!
If Reddit and Android forums are anything to go by, then this is a common occurrence. Both the Firestick and the remote are small and really portable so lend themselves well to taking along with you on vacation. They are also small enough to lose or misplace, that leaves us in this situation.
The problem is, the Firestick is set to your home WiFi network actually. Without the remote, how can you guys change that network on the Firestick so you can just use all that free internet goodness at the hotel?
How to Change WiFi on Firestick – Tutorial
You can connect to your Firestick using the Amazon Fire TV app, however, as soon as you try to change the WiFi, the connection drops. A phone or tablet can only use the modem for just one thing at a time so it cannot make changes to WiFi whenever maintaining a connection to the Firestick. As soon as you guys try to change the WiFi settings, it will then drop the connection to your Firestick.
What you do next relies on the tools you have to hand. If you guys have a phone and a 4G tablet or access to two phones. Then you can easily overcome this challenge. If your hotel remote is HDMI-CEC compatible, then you could use that. As both would work, I’ll just cover both options.
Using a second device to change the WiFi network on a Firestick
If you guys have more than one 4G device, you can use both of those to change the WiFi network. As part of the problem is the dropping of the connection between the phone along with the app to change the WiFi. We also need to use a second device to hold the WiFi network when we use the Amazon Fire TV app.
Here’s how you can do it.
- If you guys have the Amazon Fire TV app on one device, just use the other as a WiFi hotspot.
- Set the name and login of that hotspot to the exact same settings just like your home WiFi network.
- Connect the device along with the Amazon Fire TV app to your new hotspot.
- Also, make sure your Firestick is connected to the TV and powered on.
- You have to open the Amazon Fire TV app and try to connect to the Firestick.
- Use the Amazon Fire TV app to access the Firestick Settings menu and then change the Network settings to the premises network.
- Now save your changes and disable your hotspot.
Yes, this is a convoluted setup, however, it does work. I tested it at home along with a borrowed iPad and my Android phone and it worked. I used the iPad as a hotspot and had the Amazon Fire TV app on my phone anyway actually. Once reconfigured, I joined the Firestick to my guest network that also has a different name and login and it worked fine.
Use HDMI-CEC remote to change WiFi network on a Firestick
HDMI-CEC, HDMI-Consumer Electronics Control, is basically an international standard for remotes. It is designed to permit a range of different remote controls to work along with different TVs and make the universal remote control market easier to use and much more compatible.
The Amazon Firestick also has HDMI-CEC compatibility and is enabled by default. As long as you haven’t disabled it for any reason, you may be able to use the hotel’s remote control in order to access basic functions on your Firestick. As long as the remote is a relatively recent one and the TV has CEC compatibility, you could be up and also running in seconds.
Turn on CEC on the TV using the Settings menu if you have access to it. Connect your Firestick to the TV and you guys may be able to use the remote along with your Firestick. You should at least be able to navigate menus and play media as well.
Different TV manufacturers call CEC different things, since branding. Some of the more famous TV manufacturers are listed below:
- AOC: E-link
- Hitachi: HDMI-CEC
- LG: SimpLink or SIMPLINK
- Mitsubishi: NetCommand for HDMI
- Onkyo: RIHD
- Panasonic: HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync, or VIERA Link
- Philips: EasyLink
- Pioneer: Kuro Link
- Runco International: RuncoLink
- Samsung: Anynet+
- Sharp: Aquos Link
- Sony: BRAVIA Sync
- Toshiba: CE-Link or Regza Link
- Vizio: CEC
Well, That all from my side. If you want to know more about this article or have any queries. Then feel free to ask me anything in the comments section below.
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