We all know that hotels don’t exactly have the best selection when it comes to television. Typically, you only get a few channels, and if you’re used to streaming, the commercials will make watching TV a nightmare. Even if you get lucky and have the ability to order a movie, you’ll probably have to overpay. Thankfully, you don’t have to watch hotel TV anymore because you can bring your Amazon Firestick with you.
This article takes you through how to connect a Firestick to hotel WiFi. We also cover how you can protect your device with a VPN or mobile hotspot when you’re staying in a hotel.
Firesticks can be connected to any WiFi network as long as you have the login credentials. If your hotel gives you access to WiFi, you can connect your device in just a few minutes.
Follow the steps below to connect a Firestick to a hotel’s WiFi.
- Place your Firestick in the hotel TV that you want to use. Look for the HDMI port on the side or back of the TV.
- Plug the other cable (USB) into the wall or some other type of outlet.
- Power up the TV and your Firestick.
- Navigate to your Firestick’s Settings; it’s located at the top menu.
- Look for Network.
- Select Join Other Network.
- Enter the hotel’s WiFi information. You’ll need the name of the network and the password.
- Select Connect.
Once you select connect, if you entered the information properly, you should be connected to the hotel’s WiFi network.
Also, when you’re connecting to hotel WiFi, it’s important to consult with the staff before you start streaming or downloading content. Some hotels have set limits on the amount of WiFi that you can use, which means using too much can increase the cost of your visit.
While you can connect to hotel WiFi, that doesn’t mean your device is always safe. Some hotels might have bad security, and this can result in your Firestick getting hacked, which can result in a data breach. Now, that doesn’t sound fun, does it? We show you how to protect your device below.
The best way to stay safe on any WiFi network is to download a reputable virtual private network (VPN) provider like NordVPN. We always recommend downloading NordVPN’s Firestick VPN (which you can download here) because you get military-grade encryption that will keep your Firestick safe from hackers and other people who want to steal your data.
Another benefit of NordVPN is that you can use an IP address from one of their servers in a different location if you want to view content you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see. For example, you can use the United Kingdom’s version of Netflix, and it might have different shows available.
Don’t want to even touch hotel WiFi? We definitely understand, and the good news is that you don’t have to. If you have a service provider like T-Mobile or Verizon, check your plan to see if you have a mobile hotspot option. Mobile hotspots allow you to turn your smartphone into a WiFi-emitting device. Once the hotspot is active, you can connect your Firestick to your device’s network.
We recommend downloading the content you want to stream if you go this route because hotspot data is usually limited to a few gigabytes, so it might be better than streaming the content. You can check to see if your device has access to a mobile hotspot by contacting your phone provider or by checking for Mobile Hotspot in your device’s settings.
Hotels aren’t known for their TV, but that doesn’t have to be the case. If you come prepared with your own Firestick, a VPN, and access to a few streaming services, you can watch anything you would watch from your own home. So, you can be on vacation during the day but still keep up with your favorite shows before bed. Plus, who wants to watch commercials anymore?