This all-in-one adapter is the easiest way to add Ethernet to the Amazon Fire TV Stick

A little-known feature of the 2nd-generation Amazon Fire TV Stick, which Amazon has never advertised, is that it supports USB OTG by default. This allows you to connect much more than a power cord to the device’s micro USB port, like wired keyboards, mice, hubs, and external storage, but by far the most common use is to connect an Ethernet adapter in order to get a fast and stable internet connection to the Fire TV Stick. If all you want to do is connect the Fire TV Stick to Ethernet, this all-in-one Ethernet adapter by UGREEN is by far the easiest way to go.

Even though the UGREEN Ethernet Adapter is labeled as an accessory for the Chromecast, I was tipped off that it works for the Fire TV Stick so I picked one up to see for my self. Sure enough, it works perfectly with the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick right out of the box without any configuration necessary. Just plug the micro USB end of the adapter into the Fire TV Stick, plug the full-sized USB end into the stock power adapter (or a USB port on your TV), connect an Ethernet cable, and the Fire TV Stick will automatically see and use the wired connection. It couldn’t be easier. The UGREEN Ethernet Adapter does also work with the 1st-gen Fire TV Stick, but the device will need to be rooted and configured to enable OTG.

The Fire TV Stick fully recognizes the Ethernet adapter and displays it as a wired network connection within the device’s network settings. By default, the Fire TV Stick automatically assigns itself an IP address via DHCP, so you likely won’t need to configure any settings, but the ability to manually configure the connection is available if it’s necessary for your particular network. Disconnecting the Ethernet cable will automatically switch the Fire TV Stick to WiFi, which is the same way the Fire TV box handles the two types of network connections, so you can easily switch between wired and wireless internet if necessary.

If you want the option to connect addition USB peripherals, you can, of course, use a separate OTG Cable, Ethernet Adapter, and USB hub instead, but if all you want is an Ethernet connection for your Fire TV Stick, it’s a much cleaner and easier setup to go with the UGREEN Ethernet Adapter. It’s currently available from Amazon.

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25 comments
  1. Wrecks says:

    Would something like that allow you to connect a USB speaker to the Echo Dot?

  2. Rene Rodgers says:

    $16.00 UGREEN + $40.00 Firestick = $56.00
    I would rather wait until Black Friday and pick up a Fire Tv box for $10.00 more.

    • AFTVnews says:

      If you know you need Ethernet support before purchasing a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, it’s definitely a better idea to buy the Fire TV instead of the Fire TV Stick. This more for those who already own a Fire TV Stick and are having connection issues.

  3. Charlie says:

    This is intriguing and I’ve come close many times to ordering a stick and the Ugreen cable, just because it’s cool. Then I remind myself I have two fire TV boxes and talk myself out of it. I’ve owned the 2nd gen stick and it’s very capable with good AC WiFi, so I’m sure it would be pretty awesome with Ethernet connectivity.

  4. Wind says:

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve been looking all-in-one solution rather than buying separate pieces. I’ll probably get this one, but have a question if any had a chance to try this adapter with the FireTV Stick 2?
    https://store.google.com/us/product/ethernet_adapter_for_chromecast?hl=en-US

  5. James Jones says:

    From my experience you get a better connection using the 802.11ac than a USB Ethernet port on the Firestick.

  6. Any idea if you can also use the Ethernet connection of this accessory from the full size USB that supplies power? Perhaps on a laptop for example.

    Too bad this doesn’t have an internal hub and a USB port or two.

  7. David says:

    Will this alow me to conect a usb stick to copy stuff to.

  8. cdlenfert says:

    It’s not much more difficult to buy 2 devices (OTG adapter + USB ethernet adapter), and you get the benefit of being able to use the ethernet adapter on other devices if need be. You also benefit from the future ability to introduce a hub into the mix if you decide you want to hook up a keyboard/mouse/usb drive/etc. I’d definitely get a couple adapters to make this happen.

    I’m curious if anyone has found a USB OTG with a couple of USB ports (like a mini hub) that works with the Fire TV Stick. I’d like to have Ethernet and USB drive, but don’t need anything else.

  9. Diane says:

    Thats pretty cool! I already have an OTG cable, and this would make it much easier to move files to the firestick, and maybe consider the Ethernet connection as well. Good find! Thanks

  10. Ganef says:

    You published a similar article a few months ago. I purchased all the components, the Ethernet never worked on the FireStick 2, even though the USB Ethernet adapter worked with a few laptops and netbooks.
    The OTG part worked, but would constantly reboot the fire stick.
    The current link to the UGREEN on Amazon is useless, since Amazon stopped selling it.

  11. Emerelle says:

    I would like to load movies on my fire 7 tablet and watch them on the large TV screen without having any Wifi. Is there any cable connection I could use for that?

  12. Charlie says:

    Looks like you post is so popular Amazon has suddenly run out of stock on he cable.

  13. Grinder says:

    If only it could read NTFS.

  14. Phil moran says:

    I’ve got a firestick running off an ATT hotspot. Very little buffering.
    Granted it EATS data- So guess I’ll see what unlimited means!

  15. Graham Ireland says:

    Bought all the cables you said, set up exactly as you said but cant get the internet to feed to the stick. I have checked it on my laptop and it feeds ok, but not when I plugged the Ethernet into my ugreen adapter plugged into the firestick, any ideas why?

    • Wind says:

      Most likely, your FireTV Stick is using an old firmware. I’ve discovered this problem with mine, which is still running 5.0.5.1 firmware, because I was able to successfully disable automatic updates back in the days.

      I’m planning to upgrade to a newer rooted release when I find the time, but it seems that 5.0.5.1 and anything earlier would not recognize this UGreen adapter.

  16. Cody says:

    My Fire Stick randomly loses internet connection while watching shows. I have to restart it to regain internet connectivity. Any ideas why this happens? I have it right next to the router and a Chromecast with no problems. Might have to go this route to fix this issue.

  17. VEGAS says:

    I have hooked this up exactly like I am supposed to and I can not get the wired connection . When I go to network, it only shows the available wifi connections and no matter where I scroll to , I can not find a wired connection option.
    I hooked up the ugreen option. Is there a step that I am missing ???? The only thing I done different from the videos on youtube is,, I chose to leave the stick connected to the tv as it was, and ran a Ethernet cable to the ugreen instead of having the firestick beside the router and running a hdmi to the tv. I for sure have the 2nd generation I for sure am wiring it all up correctly. It still works, BUT it is still connected to wifi instead of wired.
    Fiestick is plugged directly into hdmi in back of tv
    Ugreen is connected to firestick
    Ugreen is plugged into power source
    Ethernet cable from router to ugreen.
    How can I be messing this up ???????

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