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  #2297815 14-Aug-2019 08:59
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steve98:

If you get the opportunity to pick up a 4K stick, it's well worth the price just for boost in speed launching apps, etc. The difference is night and day. 

 

Agreed. and Amazon offers 4K HDR content now and its awesome.

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  #2297824 14-Aug-2019 09:13
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I have the last model FireTV and recently I have noticed that sometimes when I turn on the TV, there is no picture and the fix is to power off the FireTV box. I am unsure if it's faulty. I can't recall if it happened about the same time as I bought the new TV and there is some form of compatibility issue between the two. I also need to reboot it occasionally as it seems to run slowly esp with 4K which is barely capable. I considered buying a new one as I use it a lot, and found they discontinued it in favour of a stick, which still requires an external PSU but doesn't have ethernet which is by far my preferred method of testing.

 

 

 

The sticks are so cheap, it's not really an issue I guess... Lack of ethernet though...


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  #2297826 14-Aug-2019 09:20
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Another thing I love about the latest stick is that the remote can also control volume and power on receivers and TVs.





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Kiwifruta: Yeah me too. I’ve been really pleased with the continued updates from Amazon over the past 5 years.

 

 

Pretty happy with ours as well - Amazon have supported it pretty well over quite a long time.

 

Had an issue with something they stuffed up in the Ethernet connection figuration a while back - but they eventually sorted it.

 

Not so keen on the sticks because you have to by some extra hardware if you want it on an ethernet connection.

 

The only thing the gen 1 does not support so well is HEVC/x265 at 1080p on KODI (which I use a lot on this device). But 720p looks fine on my TV so not really a biggie.





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  #2299008 14-Aug-2019 11:02
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Kiwifruta: Yeah me too. I’ve been really pleased with the continued updates from Amazon over the past 5 years.

 

 

Pretty happy with ours as well - Amazon have supported it pretty well over quite a long time.

 

Had an issue with something they stuffed up in the Ethernet connection figuration a while back - but they eventually sorted it.

 

Not so keen on the sticks because you have to by some extra hardware if you want it on an ethernet connection.

 

The only thing the gen 1 does not support so well is HEVC/x265 at 1080p on KODI (which I use a lot on this device). But 720p looks fine on my TV so not really a biggie.

 

 

With decent WiFi the lack of Ethernet is a bit of a non-issue. I am able to watch 4K content on Netflix, Amazon and Plex on my 4K stick and it starts almost instantly with zero buffering. 


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  #2299083 14-Aug-2019 11:34
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Thanks to no interference at home my desktop can easily get 400 - 600 Mbps on 5GHz, so I don't think WiFi would be a problem... Is the lack of DNS settings on Fire TV Stick WiFi still a thing or can you set everything now? I don't have custom DNS on router, only on my Fire TV wired connection.





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  #2299104 14-Aug-2019 12:02
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I am also keen to know about custom DNS it would be a problem otherwise.

 

 




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  #2299121 14-Aug-2019 12:13
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networkn:

I have the last model FireTV and recently I have noticed that sometimes when I turn on the TV, there is no picture and the fix is to power off the FireTV box. I am unsure if it's faulty. I can't recall if it happened about the same time as I bought the new TV and there is some form of compatibility issue between the two. I also need to reboot it occasionally as it seems to run slowly esp with 4K which is barely capable. I considered buying a new one as I use it a lot, and found they discontinued it in favour of a stick, which still requires an external PSU but doesn't have ethernet which is by far my preferred method of testing.

 

 

 

The sticks are so cheap, it's not really an issue I guess... Lack of ethernet though...

 

 

Works fine with my Amazon Fire TV Ethernet adapter

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  #2299124 14-Aug-2019 12:17
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Ok, well hopefully someone can let me know if it's then possible to change the DNS Settings. Also can you still sideload apps? 

 

 


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  #2299140 14-Aug-2019 12:37
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Ok, well hopefully someone can let me know if it's then possible to change the DNS Settings. Also can you still sideload apps?

 

I changed DNS settings with Ethernet adapter, I used DNS4Me ones, and yes, I believe you still sideload apps.

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Might be wrong, cos it was a few months ago now, but using ethernet and Fire Stick 4K, think I found it needed the static routes blocked on the router to get to the US, whereas the old 2nd gen box only needed the two google ones blocking.





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  #2299156 14-Aug-2019 12:50
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rb99:

 

Might be wrong, cos it was a few months ago now, but using ethernet and Fire Stick 4K, think I found it needed the static routes blocked on the router to get to the US, whereas the old 2nd gen box only needed the two google ones blocking.

 

 

I'm using 4K stick with DNS pointing to DNS4ME at router level and have zero static routes blocked - all US and British services working fine.


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  #2299167 14-Aug-2019 13:04
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rb99:

 

Might be wrong, cos it was a few months ago now, but using ethernet and Fire Stick 4K, think I found it needed the static routes blocked on the router to get to the US, whereas the old 2nd gen box only needed the two google ones blocking.

 

 

I'm using 4K stick with DNS pointing to DNS4ME at router level and have zero static routes blocked - all US and British services working fine.

 

 

Interesting, was advised those static routes were necessary by one of the guys at dns4me, though I had the dns4me DNSes set on the stick not the router.





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Interesting, was advised those static routes were necessary by one of the guys at dns4me, though I had the dns4me DNSes set on the stick not the router.



Any US service in particular? Or all?

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  #2299192 14-Aug-2019 13:38
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Yes, on the ethernet adapter it works but wondering about WiFi - not planning on change router DNS.




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