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Old 02-17-2015, 12:38 PM   #1
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Anyone use Amazon Fire Stick?

Does it work on local campground wi-fi?

Any ideas?
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Old 02-17-2015, 02:54 PM   #2
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A Fire Stick will work on a campground wifi but you are unlikely to have the bandwidth to do any serious streaming.

More importantly, the Fire Stick is a piece of junk compared to the equivalent Roku stick (or any other Roku). There are far fewer "channels" available and the stream would freeze randomly. I looked at the user reviews on Amazon and the freezing problem appeared to be common. I returned my FireStick after a week and bought a Roku (my second one).
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Old 02-19-2015, 08:59 PM   #3
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So are you saying the Roku will stream when the Fire Stick will not?
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It will depend on what you will be using the Fire Stick or Roku for. I have two Fire Sticks at my S&B to watch only Amazon Prime. I don't believe either will do very good at a campground due to the bandwidth or data plans required.
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Streaming using campground wifi rarely works, regardless of device. If you happen to have good cellular service, you may have better luck using your phone as a hotspot and streaming that way. Whatever streaming device you get would be connected to your phone's hotspot.

On devices--I'm a fan of the Apple TV product. Seems more stable than others out there.
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So are you saying the Roku will stream when the Fire Stick will not?
If you are asking if the Roku works without freezing compared to the Fire Stick, the answer is "yes" but I don't think that has anything to do with working where a Fire Stick doesn't. The customer reviews of the Fire Stick (as of last month) reported that it froze a lot.
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The only time our Fire Stick froze up was when the internet was screwing up. It is set up on the other side of the house from where the router is. But you have to have a fast internet which I am sure you would need on all the other brands also. IMHO which one you get will depend on what you plan to watch. We plan on watching only Amazon Prime.
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We plan on watching only Amazon Prime.
FWIW we have Amazon Prime video, along with Netflix and Huluplus, and find we hardly ever use Amazon. Different streaming services have significantly different content, some movies and TV shows are on one and not the others. Furthermore, almost every time we check Amazon to see if they have a particular show we find that it isn't included in the Prime selections and would have to be purchased. Yes, you can live with just Amazon Prime, but for ~$8/mo for Netflix and Hulu we find that our streaming experience is significantly enhanced.
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On devices--I'm a fan of the Apple TV product. Seems more stable than others out there.

I'm a big fan of Apple TV, because my kids and I all have Apple products with vast iTunes music, movie, and pictures on Macs and iPhones. It just works. However, it's just not as stable for RVPark video streaming as the Sony Media Devices.

You really do need good wireless bandwidth if you intend to stream video. Streaming video with any cellular plan is a losing proposition due to data caps. Two full length HD movies will easily consume a monthly 10GB data plan! That' it!! Two movies.

I own AppleTV, Sony Media Streaming Devices, Sony Google TV device, and a Chromecast dongle. The Apple TV does not include Amazon Prime movies, if you have access to those. If you have great bandwidth the AppleTV is the best experience. If you have marginal bandwidth the Chromecast and Sony devices still work.

If you have really bad bandwidth, (like with "free" WiFi at a campground or RVPark), then only the Sony Media Device has the ability to buffer enough data internally to provide a viewable experience.


The best part about this is that the Sony Media devices never really caught on with the general public, so they can be found on clearance! I paid $5.00 for the Sony SMP-N100 at Best Buy, and $10 for the Sony NSZ-GS8 Digital Media Streamer at Micro Center.
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We have the FireStick, the Apple TV, WifiRanger, all the iDevices you can imagine, and the Macbook(s) with all my movies / tv show collection. we run Plex to "serve" the movies via FireStick to the TV, and Apple TV also (same function, different TVs. since WiFiRanger is our 'internal' router, all works fine. Why the firstick and AppleTV.. seems redundant. Well as I am Amazon Prime Member we get all Amazon TV for Free. Not doable on AppleTV. Yes it available on iDevices (iPads, iPhones) but AirPlay is disabled, so i can't view it on the big TV. FireTV fixed that. Crashing? nope not yet at least.
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I use Amazon Firestick and it has been the best device I have ever used so far. If to know how to use it properly, one can obtain total freedom to watch whatever and whenever you want. I have recently stumbled upon one nice recource with the info one needs for effective use of FireStick - https://www.firesticktricks.com/firestick.html . Nice informative portal with actual and constantly updating information.
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As the thread is indicating, the real issue is sufficient internet bandwidth for any type of streaming. Once you have a good availability, then a Roku, an Android TV, a Firestick essentially all do the same thing and dependent on model, do a good job with lots of media choices.

Then there is the user interface which in general they all are very useable but one tends to get into a groove with one vs. the other.

then there are the services that the device ships natively with. We tend to fall in love with X vs. Y and if the second device doesn't support X then it stinks.

In my day job, we have them all, support them all, and there are groups that like one over the other.

But, the real issue is No Internet Availability at Campsites. So, if you don't have Local media (on a hard drive) or have a satellite dish, or no access to Over the Air (antenna), then no Media.
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I use the Fire Sticks on my bedroom TV in the MH and S&B with my Hopper 3 instead of Joeys. A little slower than a Joey but it is free.
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Best thing about the Firestick , when my dish is blocked I can use the firestick with Dish Anywhere app, which is not on the Roku.
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