A receiver has the HDMI port that a Fire TV stick can plug into. But, I was wondering whether you can plug a Fire TV stick into it. I did some research and here’s what I found.
so can you plug a fire tv stick into the receiver? connecting a fire tv stick to an hdmi port on your receiver will work the same as connecting it directly to the television. always remember that when you want to watch your fire tv stick, you must change the channel of your television to the hdmi port that your receiver is connected to.
getting it to work may need some tweaking here and there. so below I’ll cover everything you need to know to get it working. and other helpful tips on how to use your fire tv stick with your surround sound system.
how do you connect a fire tv stick to the receiver?
Each receiver is a little different, but they all have hdmi ports that you connect to different devices you might be using. like a blu ray player, xbox and/or playstation. these hdmi ports are also the ones you connect your fire tv stick to.
I’ll start with a brief high level overview of how a fire tv stick works with a receiver and a tv to make it easier when you’re actually trying to plug it all in and get it working. after that i will give you exact step by step instructions on how to plug your fire tv stick into the receiver and get everything working.
how connections work on your fire tv
As you may know, fire tv stick connects to the internet and streams videos. the video and audio signal received by the fire tv stick is sent through the hdmi port and then played on your television.
so whether you send the audio and video signal directly to your tv through your receiver and then to your tv, it always has to go through an hdmi port.
The receiver simply splits the signal between the different speakers you have connected to the receiver. Most receivers also come with around 5 hdmi ports, and TVs usually only have 2, which is easier because you don’t have to unplug any devices you’re using when switching between them.
for example, you don’t have to unplug your blu ray player when you want to play your xbox. you can leave all your devices connected and on standby.
1. start by locating a free hdmi port on the back of your receiver
On the back of your receiver, you will have some hdmi ports. they may be labeled hdmi, but some may not. if it’s not labeled, you can tell by looking at its shape. The HDMI power cable has a distinctive shape that is easy to tell apart from the other ports on your receiver.
It will also be the only port that the firetv stick appears to be plugged into. some receivers will have the hdmi ports on the front, but these are very rare.
2. connect your fire tv stick to the hdmi port and connect the power
Next, connect your fire tv stick to the hdmi port. and plug the power adapter into a free power outlet. You can also use a USB cable and plug it into a USB port on your TV. but this type of cable does not come with the fire tv stick and you will have to buy it separately.
They are quite common and you may have one in your house. it will have a micro usb end and a usb end. The micro usb end goes into the fire tv stick and you plug the usb end into your tv.
however, older tvs will have older usb ports that don’t supply enough power. While most modern TVs have USB ports that will work with your Fire TV Stick. To learn more about how to use a USB port to power your Fire TV device, I wrote a guide on how it all works.
you can read it by clicking here: can you power a fire tv stick with the usb port of a television?. if you didn’t use a sound system and were just using your tv’s speakers, then you would connect your fire tv stick to your tv’s hdmi port.
3. switch your TV to your receiver’s input
your tv will have all the different channels built in and different channels for the different ports it has: hdmi and usb.
to watch your fire tv stick you need to change the channel to the hdmi port. and it has to be the one you plugged your fire tv stick into. will be hdm1, hdm2 channels on your tv. depending on how many hdmi ports you have on your receiver. you will have hdmi channels for all the different hdmi ports you have. it’s a bit harder to test which port it is because it’s coming through the receiver. and your receiver must be on the correct channel for it to work.
but to test it out, you can unplug your fire tv stick from the receiver and then plug it directly into the hdmi port on your tv. and make a note of which hdmi channel that port is. for example hdmi1. If you’re really lucky, the hdmi ports on the back of your tv will be labeled. but often so they are now. if they are not labeled you will have to try them all to see which hdmi channel it is.
To do this, plug your Fire TV Stick directly into your TV, wait for it to turn on, and then try all the different HDMI channels on your TV using your remote until you find the channel that Fire TV Stick shows on the screen. .
Next, write down which hdmi channel it is on your smartphone or on a piece of paper. then continue to the next step where you make sure the output channel your receiver is on is the one going to your TV.
4. convert your receiver output to fire tv stick
Receivers may have some hdmi output ports. this is the place where you connect a cable that runs from your receiver to your television. on some receivers you will need to change the output channel to the hdmi port you want to watch.
because sometimes you will have your receiver connected to a TV and another cable going to a projector. So you can play one on your Fire TV device, either on your TV or on your projector. so you need to change the output channel to tell it whether you want to display the fire tv stick screen on your projector or on your tv.
Each model of receiver is a little different, so look at the user manual for your specific receiver.
If you don’t have one, you can find one online. just find the model number on your receiver and the brand and google the brand and model number and put the pdf manual at the end.
something like: ‘sony 550 receiver manual pdf’. this will bring it up, usually if you’re having trouble finding it I’ll contact your specific receiver’s customer support team.
you can definitely connect a fire tv stick to a receiver. The Fire TV Stick must be connected to the HDMI port of your receiver. it also needs to be connected to a power source. you can do this by plugging it into the wall with a power adapter.
You can also connect it to a usb port using a micro usb to usb cable. but not all usb ports are compatible with a fire tv stick.