How far should firestick be from router?


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Written By Dinu Sri

Dr. H. T. D. S. Madusanka is an electronic enthusiastic, involved in research and development.

There must be a maximum distance, but as long as your firestick is within the range of your Wi-Fi network and is connected- to it without buffering, you are good to go. It depends on your router type and where you put it. 

How far should firestick be from router?

Amazon firestick uses your home Wi-Fi network to stream its contents. Nowadays, we all use Wi-Fi routers at home. Almost every one of us wants to know how far our firestick should be from our Wi-Fi router. In most cases, we keep our routers- in living rooms. 

Distance between your Wi-Fi router and your firestick depends on your router type. Generally, a router can cover 10 meters in every direction. But some routers can cover much more distance than that. At first, you have to understand your router type. 

You should keep- your firestick anywhere between 10 feet to 30 feet. But if you have a more powerful router, you can go beyond that. Make sure- your firestick is not too close to your Wi-Fi router; do not place it near your TV. It can weaken Wi-Fi signal strength. 

Some firestick users have claimed they use their firestick device 50 feet away from their routers. Some have said they use them from 20 feet of distance. As long as your firestick is in the range of your Wi-Fi and has a stable, buffer-free connection, you should be fine.    

How can I boost my FireStick Wi-Fi signal?

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Several factors might affect your Wi-Fi signal. Your FireStick streaming experience can become annoying as a result of it. Wireless internet is a new technology and, it’s improving every day. But it has some limitations due to the way they work. 

Your Wi-Fi router uses radio frequency transmission like many other digital devices do. So, there is some obstacle that can affect it. Interference from other devices, weak signals from old routers, technical glitches, power deficit, etc. can seriously affect your Wi-Fi signal.

Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to boost your FireStick Wi-Fi signal. They are: 

  • Move Router to a Central Position: You should move your Wi-Fi router to the center of your home if you get a weak signal in your FireStick. If possible, bring it near your FireStick. But do not keep them too close. 
  • Switch Your Router Channel: If you live in an apartment or a dense neighborhood, you can have disturbance from your neighbor’s Wi-Fi router. In that case, change your router channel. Thus it will operate on a different frequency band. Check your router manual to do it. 
  • Check Devices that Might Cause Interference: Some devices in your home use radio frequencies and interfere with your router; it will weaken your router signal. Microwaves, Wireless cameras, External Monitors, wireless speakers, satellite TV receivers, etc. are some of these devices. 
  • Minimize Devices: If multiple devices and applications use your bandwidth simultaneously- your internet might get slow down- resulting in weak signal strength. So, make sure. You do not use a lot of devices and applications together. Turn off any device that you are not using.  
  • Use Wi-Fi Signal Booster: You can buy and use Wi-Fi signal boosters to boost your FireStick Wi-Fi signal. A lot of signal boosters and repeater are available in stores. Buy one and place it near your FireStick. 

What should be the maximum distance between TV and router?

Distance between your TV and Router matters. It determines how much internet speed your TV or firestick will receive. Generally, modern routers can cover as far as 150 feet in any direction from their location. So, keep your TV and Wi-Fi router within this distance.

But do not keep them too close. It can hamper your router signal. It is wise to keep at least 6 feet away from one another for better results. 

Firestick signal strength levels

You can check your Wi-Fi signal strength level from your firestick. Here’s how you can check it:

  • Firstly, go to Firestick Settings from Home menu. 
  • Then click on Network option. 
  • Finally, select your Wi-Fi network and, you will see signal level in the right column. 

By checking the signal level- you can determine whether your firestick is receiving enough bandwidth.  

Why is my firestick saying network not in range?

Digital devices have modernized our entertainment industry. Now technology decides how we consume entertainment. Amazon firestick is one such device; it changes your boring regular TV into a smart one. This small device is affordable and available to mass people. 

But like many other digital devices, it is not error-free. You will face some technical glitches in here too. ‘Network not in range’ is one of them. Many people have reported facing this problem despite having a stable internet connection.

Luckily it is one of the easiest- issues that you can troubleshoot at home. Amazon firestick is a very high-quality device compared to many others. But digital devices will inevitably go wrong at some point in time. Firestick is by no means different from that. 

How do I solve the ‘network not in range’ issue?

Amazon firestick users have pointed out some issues over the years. ‘Network not it range’ is most common among them. But the good thing is, you can troubleshoot this issue at home. You can solve it with three easy steps. They are:  

By changing Security Protocol

Amazon firestick is a high-quality device, but not the smartest one. You might get surprised, but this device is inferior to your smartphone or laptop. It does not use the same Wi-Fi security protocol as other devices do. Firestick only uses WEP, WPA-PSK, and WPA1-PSK protocol. So, you have to change other protocols manually. 

You can do it in the following steps: 

  • First, open your firestick login page. 
  • Then connect your Wi-Fi router to an IP address. 
  • Next, go to the Settings option. 
  • Navigate to Advanced Settings and tap on Wireless Settings. 
  • Finally, change the encryption to either WEP, WPA-PSK, or WPA1-PSK. It will bring back your firestick within range.

By disabling Smart Connect option

Like I already said, your firestick is not- a smart device. Most routers have a Smart Connect feature that helps nearby devices to connect with them. But the problem is, firestick is not that smart. It cannot connect- to your Wi-Fi router when this option is on. You must switch off this feature. 

Follow these steps to turn Smart Connection settings off: 

  • Firstly, connect to your Wi-Fi and type your router IP address into the browser. 
  • Then log in to your Wi-Fi router from the login page.
  • Now go to router Settings and search for Wireless Settings 
  • Select Smart Connect option and disable it. 
  • Finally, restart your router to complete the change. 

By General Troubleshooting

In some cases, you can solve this problem with general troubleshooting. Restarting your firestick can be your first step. You will be surprised to see how a simple restart can solve many issues and optimize your device’s performance. So, restart your firestick before considering it as a faulty device. 

Final Words

I hope I have answered the questions you were looking for; now you can solve them yourself.