Try This Free Fire TV Stick Hack for Faster Streaming

It used to be that the TV and the Internet were two separate entities. Nowadays, the Internet has invaded TV sets with the Smart TV. If your TV doesn’t come with this feature, then a Fire TV stick can help convert your TV into a smart one.

Here’s just one thing that you need to know.

Since your TV will be able to connect to the Internet, you will also need to deal with Internet-related issues. Specifically, you will have to deal with buffering and slow Internet. If you want faster Fire TV Stick streaming, then there’s an effective way of achieving this. It’s a free and straightforward process to implement.

How the DNS Affects You

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This hack revolves around changing the default DNS setting of your device. DNS stands for Domain Name System. If you go to a website, you know that inputting the address into the browser is all you need to do. But in the early Internet days, that’s not how it worked.

It used to be that for you to check a website, you had to input the IP address into the browser. This was really problematic as memorizing numbers like 66.220.144.0 is ridiculously cumbersome, and it’s likely that the Internet would never catch on if things didn’t change. To make things a lot easier, tech engineers invented the Domain Name System.

What the DNS does is connect words and numbers to the corresponding IP address. With this system, you can just type Facebook.com into your browser rather than memorizing and typing in 66.220.144.0 just to visit the site.

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Why DNS Will Affect Your Internet Speed

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Visiting a website means that you will need to go from point A to point B virtually. For this example, point A is your device, and point B is the server of the website. While DNS may have made things more accessible, it also added another waypoint while you head to your destination.

This means that your route will go to the DNS and then you get transferred to the website’s IP address so you can access the content. This addition of waypoint will result in the slowing of Internet speed. But there’s another issue.

Geography also plays a role with your Internet speed. For the sake of simplicity, let’s say you live in the middle of the United States. The server of the website you want to visit is on the east side of the continent. However, if the DNS server is located in the west side, then your route will now be from the middle, west and then east. Even though going directly to the east side is a lot faster, you won’t be doing that because you have to access the DNS server first which is on the opposite side of the continent. Of course, this means that streaming speeds will take a hit.

This problem only worsens if the distance between you, the DNS server, and the website gets further and further. Thankfully, there’s Cloudflare that offers a solution to this problem.

Faster Fire TV Stick Streaming

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Before you implement this free Fire TV Stick hack, it’s best that you know a bit about Cloudflare.

Cloudflare is a tech company that offers plenty of services. For this hack, you are primarily interested in their content delivery network services and DNS services. These services are essential for speeding up your streaming as most IPTVs use Cloudflare with their content management system. This means you will be tapping closer to the source of the content, thus helping with the speed increase.

Another benefit of Cloudflare is that they clone the content and distribute it to their network of servers around the world. As a result, you will be automatically accessing the server that’s closest to your location and thus increasing speed.

The beauty of Cloudflare is that it’s a free Fire TV Stick hack. The reason for this is that it’s usually the website or content creators that will be paying for the services of Cloudflare.

How to Connect to Cloudflare

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Before you do the following steps please make sure you have your WiFi password ready.

For this free Fire TV Stick hack to work, you will first need to list down some essential details. First, you’d want to go to Settings > Device > About OR Settings > My Fire TV > About > Network.

In this page, you will see a bunch of seemingly meaningless info. Don’t be intimidated as you will only need to copy the details for SSID, IP Address, Gateway, and Subnet Mask. You will need these details later on, so be sure to copy, snapshot or write down them exactly as they are. This also means copying the dashes, dots, and if it’s uppercase or lowercase. Now that you have everything you need, you can proceed to the next step.

Then you have to forget your current network. To do this go to Settings > Network and click on the connected Network. Then click on the hamburger button on your Fire TV Remote (Forget this network). After that you confirm with the select button on your Remote.

When you are done click on “Join Other Network” to change your DNS.

The system will ask you for the SSID. Input the SSID that you previously copied. Again, be exact, including the dots, dashes, upper case, and lowercase. Once you do that, then you can continue to the next step.

You will need to choose security. The WPA/WPA2 PSK option should be fine for most. From this point, you need to be very careful, so you won’t have to repeat the process again.

After you enter your Wi-FI password, it’s critical that you don’t click on “Connect” just yet. You need to click on Advanced.

In Advanced, you will need to enter your IP Address and Gateway. You will also have to enter the Enter Network Prefix Length which is 24. The next step is inputting the DNS, and it’s very important that you input 1.1.1.1, and 1.0.0.1 for the DNS2.

The 1.1.1.1 is Cloudflare’s DNS and that’s what you need to change to do this free Fire TV Stick hack.

Once that’s done, only then you can click on Connect. At this point, your device will now connect to Cloudflare and enjoy the benefits it offers.

To check if you are connecting to Cloudflare, go back to the Settings > Device > About. The DNS should now be 1.1.1.1.

If you have problems connecting for the first time, you should disconnect/reconnect the power to your Fire TV to restart it.

Conclusion

The key to making this faster Fire TV Stick streaming method work is connecting directly to Cloudflare. It’s a fairly simple process, and everyone should be able to do it. Just don’t forget about the most crucial point, which is that you need to completely copy the details on the about page and don’t click on Connect if you haven’t gone through the Advanced settings when changing your network settings.

The Cloudflare DNS Fire TV Speed Hack also works perfectly together with the IPVanish VPN which you should always have activated when streaming.

Let us know in the comments if the Fire TV Speed Hack worked for you!

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Doug Eppley
Doug Eppley
1 year ago

I’ve reviewed the instructions and the settings. I’ve tried a couple more times and the DNS does not change from 8.8.8.8

Janine Weaver
Janine Weaver
1 year ago
Reply to  wst

I can not get mine to connect at the very end of doing everything. It says wifi network not connected. Help

Pati
Pati
1 year ago
Reply to  wst

Is it 1.1.1.1 and no other numbers?

Tom
Tom
11 months ago
Reply to  wst

I did all that 3 times and it did not work on my fire stick

Stu
Stu
1 year ago
Reply to  Pati

Sorted
Had to redo it cuz I put wrong password in. It’s actually called ‘wireless key’ on my settings card so maybe doing same thing as I did.

LM
LM
11 months ago
Reply to  wst

Tried several times double checked everything mine came back 8888

Jose
Jose
10 months ago
Reply to  wst

My firetv box is wired connected so I can’t click the forget(hamberger)button. I’m stuck on how to proceed.

Anthony
Anthony
1 month ago
Reply to  Doug Eppley

You have to restart the firestick or fire TV box I had to do that online and it will show up

Vannich
Vannich
1 year ago

Does Cloudfare work with an ethernet connection? Is the process to use the same as listed?

Ian
Ian
9 months ago

Will this cause any problems or benefits with Real-Debrid?

Tommy ShearZ
Tommy ShearZ
1 year ago

Would I be able to hook this into my router directly? And or should I try to hook my ipvanish to the router?
I did hook up cloudfare and it set up easy, but it’s no change in quality, still has the buffering and stalling out issues I had before. And my speed is fine.
Just curious to what you think?
Thank you, And if you’re in the USA, Happy 4th!

andy
andy
1 year ago

nice one filelink,will give it a shot.

Paps
Paps
11 months ago
Reply to  andy

I set up one firestick and have it connected but on the second one it says connected with problems and I’ve tried redoing everything a few times ? Any suggestions

David Hill
David Hill
7 months ago

I’m a technology dummy, but I followed instructions step by step and it worked. I’ve played 4 movies that I had chronic buffering issues with and every one played perfectly. No buffering.
I even tried to make the buffering return. I restarted the firestick, the router, and several other things but it kept playing without buffering.
Thanks for this huge tip. I’m housebound and severely disabled. The TV stops me from going even more crazy.
Thank you.

Ray
Ray
1 year ago

Will this work on android?

paul smith
paul smith
1 year ago
Reply to  wst

Will this work in uk england

Richard Aylott
Richard Aylott
1 year ago
Reply to  wst

I have just done this and it changed DNS successfully. Does this mean when streaming there won’t be so much a delay?

Ben
Ben
11 months ago
Reply to  paul smith

Hi thank you for the info and all you do. I got a could not connect message so I rebooted. Now my fire stick is stuck in the reboot mode

Chris
1 year ago
Reply to  Ray

Can I do this on my Zgemma H2s box? And if so can you help me out with directions.. Thanks in Advance ?

Kandace Kramer
Kandace Kramer
1 year ago

Didn’t work, pulled plug, tried again still didn’t work

harry ridge
harry ridge
1 year ago

System came back with network error. It may be cause I am in canada????

Tried on 2 of my firesticks and did not. Had to go back to my defaults..

sev
sev
1 year ago
Reply to  harry ridge

mb this video helps https://youtu.be/iYhO5Jg1gDM

sev
sev
1 year ago

worked for me thanks

zebroni
zebroni
10 months ago
Reply to  sev

Worked fine with me, 1st time

William Jones
William Jones
1 year ago

Seems to work great but will this work as good as more people find out and start using this hack ??

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 year ago

Ok

Kelly Ozias
Kelly Ozias
1 year ago

Can I use this without interfering with my VPN?

Mareco Manoey
Mareco Manoey
10 months ago
Reply to  wst

Hi my ipvanosh won’t connect now after this

Erik Hollenbeck
Erik Hollenbeck
1 year ago
Reply to  Kelly Ozias

I’ve tried over several times and DNS does not change from 8.8.8.8. Please help?

Shreevsy
Shreevsy
1 year ago

Worked first time thanks

george stevenson
1 year ago

FFOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON i DID THESE CHANGES ON wifi WHEN i PUT IT IN ETHERNET NOTHING WORKED

Victoria Pennington
Victoria Pennington
1 year ago

Seems confusing when you read it all but i am going to try it because i get alot of buffering. Thanks i will pass this on.

rick reeves
rick reeves
1 year ago

what happens if I write down my info wrong can I get it back?

Wendell Galbraith
Wendell Galbraith
11 months ago
Reply to  wst

Correctly tried twice. My DNS remains 75.75.75.75

Ismael
Ismael
1 year ago

Work for me.Thanks

David
David
1 year ago

Still get buffering

Starzstuff
Starzstuff
8 months ago
Reply to  David

So do I. My router is giving me 450 abs download and IP vanish reduces it to 56 mbs

Marc
1 year ago

Followed directions and it worked-works perfectly.

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