What To Know
- The Fire Stick remote is capable of controlling projectors. By plugging the Fire Stick into the projector’s HDMI port and configuring the Equipment Control settings with the correct IR code, you can use it to power the projector on and off as well as adjust the volume.
- For TVs, the Fire Stick can be connected to the HDMI port, and through a similar process of selecting the TV brand in the Equipment Control settings
Discover how to use your Fire TV Stick remote to effortlessly command your projector or TV with our concise 101 guide.
This guide will show you how to expand its capabilities, making it the central control for all your home theater equipment.
Simplify your entertainment system with these practical tips—let’s tap into the versatility of your Fire TV Stick remote.
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Can I Control a Projector with a Fire Stick Remote?
As stated earlier, you can control a projector, the soundbar connected to the projector, etc. with a Fire Stick remote. But because your projector and Fire TV Stick remote are not natural matches, the remote control functions will be limited.
In other words, you’ll likely be unable to do more than turn on or off the projector and control the volume when the two devices are connected.
We discovered this by connecting the Fire TV Stick to different projector brands. Of all the brands, we could control the volume of and turn off only the BenQ projector using the Fire Stick remote.
If you don’t use a BenQ projector, don’t feel sad. We’ve found a workaround that lets you use the Fire Stick remote to control multiple functions of your projector, irrespective of its make.
Continue reading to learn more.
How to Control the Projector with a Fire Stick Remote?
To control the projector with a Fire Stick remote, connect the two devices first.
1. Pairing the Fire Stick to the Connected Projector
Step 1. Link the Fire Stick to the projector by inserting the streaming device into an HDMI port of the projector.
Step 2. Supply power through your projector’s USB port or a wall outlet.
Step 3. Power on both devices.
Step 4. Now go to Settings on your Fire TV.
Step 5. Choose Equipment Control.
Step 6. Next, select Manage Equipment.
Step 7. Choose TV > Change TV > and select your projector brand.
Step 8. Follow the next set of Fire Stick instructions.
Step 9. Choose No when the Fire Stick asks, “Did your TV turn off and then back on when you press?”
Step 10. Next, press Next.
Step 11. Your Fire TV Stick will now ask you one more question. Press the Menu button (represented by three horizontal lines) on your Fire Stick remote.
Step 12. The IR menu will appear. Manually enter your projector code. If you don’t know the code, try inputting the different IR codes. The IR code for my BenQ projector, for instance, is 130. Try typing in the same code if you have a BenQ or input some other code.
Once you’ve typed in the correct IR code, follow the on-screen setup instructions to complete the setup process.
Step 13. Return to Settings > Equipment Control > and choose Automatic.
Once you’ve successfully implemented the instructions above, your projector is now ready to be controlled by your Fire TV Stick remote. For example, you can turn off your projector using the Fire TV remote’s power button.
2. Using an External Soundbar
Not just your projector, but you can also use your Fire TV remote to control the external soundbar connected to your projector.
Step 1. Power on your projector and Fire TV Stick and link the two devices.
Step 2. Pair the Fire Stick and your soundbar via Bluetooth.
Step 3. Go to Settings and then Controllers & Bluetooth Devices.
Step 4. Choose Other Bluetooth Devices and then Add Bluetooth Devices.
Step 5. Select the soundbar you would like to connect.
Once done, you are now ready to manage the soundbar connected to your projector using your Fire TV Stick remote.
How to Control a TV with a Fire Stick Remote
Once again, to control a TV with a Fire Stick remote, you must have the streaming device connected to the television.
And doing so is identical to connecting a projector and Fire TV Stick. In fact, most Fire Sticks are inserted into a TV than a projector.
Here are the steps:
Step 1. Insert the Fire TV stick’s HDMI connector into your TV’s corresponding port.
Step 2. Power the device by borrowing energy from the TV’s USB port or a wall outlet.
Step 3. Turn on your TV. Switch the TV’s input source to the concerned HDMI port.
Step 4. Once you’ve launched Fire TV, go to Settings. Choose Equipment Control.
Step 5. Select Manage Equipment.
Step 6. Next, choose TV.
Step 7. Select Change TV to choose your TV brand. Mine is a Sony.
Step 8. You should now be set. To confirm, try turning off the TV using the Fire Stick remote. If you can, it means the TV and the Fire Stick remote are successfully connected. You should also be able to change the TV’s volume with the remote.
Step 9. Go back to Settings > Equipment Control > and choose Automatic.
Now, you should be able to operate the TV using the Fire Stick remote. You should be able to turn on the TV, power it off, control volume, etc.
Your TV’s remote doesn’t become completely redundant, however. If you use a set-top box or cable TV, you’ll need the TV remote to switch to the Fire TV HDMI source and control all other TV functions each time you turn on the television.
When the TV’s input source is set to the Fire Stick, the streaming device’s remote takes over maximum control, sending the TV’s actual remote temporarily out of use.
The Fire TV Stick remote may look plain on the outside. But once you get to know the remote better, you’ll unravel its true capabilities.
This article hopefully let you in some of those added functionalities. We are almost certain you didn’t know you could control your external soundbar using the remote. If you did, you are in the minority,
And if you’re wondering how somebody can use their Fire Stick remote to control a third-party soundbar through a TV or projector, welcome to the world of “HDMI-CEC.”
If you don’t know what that means, we have a dedicated article on the topic. It’s nothing short of electronic wizardry.
To sum it up, unlocking the full potential of your Fire Stick remote lets you enjoy a more integrated and streamlined home theatre experience with ease. Just open the door to this exciting possibility.
Catherine Tramell has been covering technology as a freelance writer for over a decade. She has been writing for Pointer Clicker for over a year, further expanding her expertise as a tech columnist. Catherine likes spending time with her family and friends and her pastimes are reading books and news articles.