We live in an incredible time with direct access to the world's best TVs and movies, which can easily be powered from narrow and comfortable units to massive flat-screen TVs. So why would we want to give it up – and have to pay a hotel's absurd high fees for the same shows and movies – when we travel?
Yes, you don't need to. If you own a streamer like Amazon's Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Stick 4K, you've already got everything you need to stream your favorite shows, wherever you go. It's fun, it's easy, and we'll show you how to do it. Let's start!
What You Need:
- An Amazon Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Stick 4K
- Remote TV Remote
- Power Cable, HDMI Extension Cable and Power Adapter Coming in Box
- Possibly: A USB Cable with extended length
Step 1: Find the HDMI port on the hotel TV
This first step is critical. The TV in your hotel room must have an open HDMI port that you can access, otherwise the game is over. First check the sides of the TV, or if you have access to it, take a look around the back. They should be clearly labeled as HDMI 1, HDMI 2, etc. While looking, note if there is already an HDMI cable connected to the TV. If available, you may need to disconnect it in one of the following steps. Once you've found a free port, plug in your Fire TV Stick. If the space is tight, use the HDMI extension cable that comes with your Fire TV Stick.
Step 2: Find some power
USB cable that came with your Fire TV stick is designed to seep current from a free USB port on a TV, but because Not all TVs have any of these, you should definitely bring the USB wall adapter. If there is no USB port on the TV, take a look around the desk or console on which the TV is mounted. A growing number of hotels are installing USB ports for power near the TV for just such a situation. If it doesn't work, it's time to look for a nearby electrical outlet. If there is no one open within the length of the USB leader, it is a tricky dilemma. You may need to disconnect something or, if all else fails, an extra-long micro-USB cable can save you a lot of grief.
Step 3: Change Inputs
It is time now to turn on the TV and see if you can change the source of your Fire TV's HDMI input. The TV remote control may have an input button or a source button, but often the hotel switches the manufacturer's remote control with its own which can make switching input impossible. If so, check the TV itself – most models have an input selector next to the power and volume buttons. It may be on the sides of the TV, or less commonly along the lower edge.
If you succeed, the charge screen will appear with the Fire TV Stick logo. If you have trouble switching inputs (maybe because the TV simply doesn't allow it) it's time to try to plan B: If you found a cable that is already connected to an HDMI port in step 1, disconnect it and replace in your Fire TV stick. Of course, this means that you will lose your hotel TV channels, but you can always switch back when you have been through Tom Clan's Jack Ryan .
Step 4: Download Connected
If you've come this far, this is (hopefully) the last step. If your hotel uses a standard Wi-Fi setting, you should be presented with a list of available Wi-Fi networks. Use the four-TV remote control, select the one that matches the instructions to you when you checked in (be careful with copycats and lookalikes) and enter the specified password.
Some hotels use what is known as a captive portal for Wi-Fi. This means that the connection to the Wi-Fi network is done in a two-step process. First, you connect to the correct network name, and after a few seconds, a browser window opens. You will see the hotel's instructions for logging in: This can be a distributed password, room number or an option to accept the terms for using the network. Use the remote control to navigate between fields – a keyboard on the screen will appear if you need to enter text.
Congratulations, you're ready to start streaming!