If you want your Amazon FireStick to work faster and efficiently without any problem, you can connect it to a 5GHz network. Usually, the FireStick device will need a strong WiFi signal to work in full capacity.
You may use it offline as well, but you can’t compare it to when it’s connected to a wireless network. Moreover, if you want to enjoy all the Fire TV device features and functionalities, you must make sure that there’s no signal interference. This is why we recommend using the 5GHz network over the 2.4GHz version.
Using the FireStick 5GHz network speed, you can say goodbye to excess buffering and peripheral noises when watching your favorite videos.
Also, with a 5GHz network signal, you’ll unleash the full functions Fire Stick has to offer.
So, if you’re interested in utilizing the Fire TV device at full capacity, keep reading this article. We’ll show you how to connect your Amazon Fire Stick to the 5GHz network speed of your WiFi router. But before we do that, let’s do a brief on the 5GHz network.
What Is 5GHz Router Speed?
Routers come with two different speed levels: 2.4GHz and 5GHz (both measured in gigahertz). Between the two speeds, the 5GHz channel is the best because it’s the fastest. While 2.4GHz is okay for a broader range, you can’t compare it to 5GHz when streaming video contents or using an Amazon Fire TV.
So, when we talk about the 5GHz channel or 5GHz networks, bear in mind that we’re referring to your router speed. But not all routers support 5GHz speed.
So, if you’re someone who prioritizes speed over other things, the 5GHz channel of a dual-band router is what you need. If you want to use your Amazon Fire Stick, plus other devices on your WiFi network, you’ll need to connect to the 5 GHz channel.
It allows you to pair lots of devices, even your mobile device, on your WiFi. Also, you can download as many files as you want without issues.
The best part is that you can use your Amazon Fire Stick to stream all media with higher WiFi strength and no interference with the Wi-Fi signal.
That’s not to say that 2GHz speed isn’t acceptable. If you want to use WiFi networks that are far away from routers, you need to use the 2GHz option. But the speed will be slower, and you can’t connect many devices to your WiFi network.
Using the 5GHz speed has its challenges as well. Most notably, you can’t use WiFi networks that are too far from routers. Also, many old devices cannot handle the speed of the 5GHz channel.
Note:So, if your TV, phone or computer are old models, they may not support the WiFi 5GHz router speed. But if you’re using some of these new devices, you can try connecting to 5GHz for a faster user experience with no signal interference.
How To Connect Your FireStick To the 5GHz Channel
Before connecting your FireStick to the 5GHz network, you need to switch from 2.4GHz to 5GHz.
So, if you want to make the switch on your Wi-Fi network, make sure you do the following:
- Open a web browser, such as Chrome, Firefox or Safari, on any of your devices. Mobile devices are also okay as long as they’re receiving a WiFi signal. Once you’ve opened the window, type in this address: http://192.168.1.1
- Some routers have default addresses, which may differ from the above. So, if that’s the case, go to the Amazon Fire Stick settings, open the Device section, then go to About, then Network, and then you’ll see the Gateway IP Address. Once you locate it, write it down and use it in the address bar instead of the above address.
- After typing the IP in the browser bar, a box for your router username and password will appear. Check the WiFi router’s sticker for the details. But if it’s not available, contact your internet service provider for the information.
- If you add the login details, it will open the admin area of your wireless router. In the admin area, locate the Change Wireless Settings or Wireless Setting options, as you can find in many routers.
- Click on the tab, then also click on either Change Settings or Change Basic Settings.
- The page will open to the 5GHz channel settings. Then, make the switch to 5GHz and select channel 36 or others for your FireStick.
- Save the changes you’ve made by clicking on the command tab.
- Afterward, restart your WiFi router to move to the 5GHz channel. Also, your Amazon Fire Stick will automatically connect to the 5GHz network.
- After the entire process, go back to the Fire Stick WiFi setting to check if the 5GHz network is active.
How To Set up Your FireStick To 5GHz BandIf you’ve just bought your Amazon FireStick, take the steps below to set it up before connecting it to the 5GHz channel.
- Connect the Fire Stick to your power adapter.
- Plug it into the appropriate TV HDMI port or HDMI extender.
- Turn your TV on and press your remote home button.
- Press the “Play/Pause” remote button to open another screen.
- Select your preferred language.
- Select your WiFi network name.
- Add your password.
- Connect your FireStick.
Note:If you haven’t created an Amazon account, you can do so by selecting Create an Account. But if you’ve already registered an account, go ahead and select Register.
What To Do if Your FireStick Doesn’t Connect To 5GHz WiFi
Even though the FireStick supports the 5GHz network, there are times when it can’t connect. If this happens to you, try any of the following solutions to fix the issue:
- Check if the router you’re using has a 5 GHz Wi-Fi connection. If it does, try enabling it before reconnecting the FireStick. Remember, it’s only a dual-band router that allows you to switch from 2.4GHz to 5GHz.
- Try assigning different SSID to your 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi channels. If they have the same SSID, your FireStick will have trouble identifying the bandwidth. So, change the names and then try reconnecting.
- Adjust the router/modem antennas slightly to improve the performance of the 5GHz network.
- Change your Wi-Fi router’s position to see if the signal strength of the 5GHz network will improve.
- Restarting the router and rebooting your devices can also help.
- If no other solution works for you, try changing the channels. Change from channel 36 to other channels above it until you reach channel 48.
How To Change the SSID of the 2.4GHz and 5GHz Networks of Your Router
One thing that can stop your FireStick from connecting to the 5GHz channel is when it has the same SSID as the 2.4GHz network. So, before you even encounter the connection error, try changing the name by doing the following:
- Enter your router’s IP address into your web browser address bar.
- Then, type in the router’s username and password. Search for this detail in the router sticker.
- Go to your Settings and find the Wi-Fi network name option or SSID.
- Enter the name you want for the 5GHz network.
- Save the changes and click Exit.
Amazon Fire Stick offers a lot of functionalities when you’re connected to a robust wireless network. But when you use it on a 5GHz network, you’re in for the best experience.
It helps you browse, stream and surf the web with less signal interference. You can also enjoy unlimited video content on the Amazon Fire Stick.
Note:Remember, your Fire Stick connects to the 2.4 GHz network by default. So, it’s left for you to switch your WiFi to the faster 5GHz network. All you need to do is follow the simple steps above to move from 2.4GHz to your router’s 5GHz network. Once you’ve done that, you can connect the Fire Stick to that channel.
Connecting your FireStick 5GHz speed ensures streaming without signal interference. While others will be suffering from traffic congestion and other WiFi network issues, you’ll be enjoying a better browsing experience.