Streaming content through a projector can be a frustrating experience:
As a teacher, I understand the anxiety and frustration of trying to stream video to a projector under a tight time limit.
Amazon’s FireStick can connect to a wide range of projectors, saving you the hassle of calling tech support before a big presentation or movie night.
This article will walk you through the process of setting up your Amazon FireStick to a projector in an easy to follow step by step guide.
We will be covering a wide range of projectors with different connectors.
Whether you’re dealing with a 15-year-old projector at the office or a current generation projector for a home theater system, we will get your streaming setup with no stress or hassle.
Specifically, we will cover:
- What is an Amazon FireStick
- Types of Connections available on an Amazon Fire Stick
- Connecting a FireStick using an HDMI connection
- Connecting a FireStick to a projector using an adaptor
- Connect a FireStick to a projector using a laptop or computer
What is an Amazon Fire Stick?
The Amazon FireStick is a small, compact device that allows you to stream 4k T.V. and movies to any T.V., projector, or computer that you plug it in to.
The FireStick can wirelessly connect to Amazon Prime, Disney +, and other services, allowing you to access streaming from a wide range of displays.
The FireStick is a great choice for anyone who wants to set up a high quality streaming display with a minimal amount of equipment.
It’s a small and sleek device about 3 and a half inches long, 1 inch wide, and half an inch thick.
With as little as 2 easy plug-and-play connections, you can stream high quality content with nothing else but a projector.
The Amazon FireStick offers a powerful and minimalist set up media streaming entertainment on a projector.
If the projector you want to use has an HDMI port, set up is easy. Even if your projector does not have an HDMI Port, you can still use your FireStick with some extra steps.
Older projectors often do not have HDMI ports, so you may need to set up with a VGA port instead. Older projectors are common in offices and schools, so be prepared to work with VGA when setting up at work.
You can connect an Amazon FireStick to an older projector using a VGA connection, but you will need to use some creative work around.
Regardless of what ports you have to work with, this article will walk you through the process of setting up your FireStick on your projector.
What ports Can I Use My FireStick With?
The short answer is that the Amazon FireStick is compatible with an HDMI port. Out of the box, the Amazon FireStick sports an HDMI out port and a USB in port meant for use with a USB charging cable.
Amazon FireSticks do come with a USB port, but it’s for hooking up the power cord. If you try to connect the FireStick through the USB port, the FireStick will display an error message.
HDMI Is the Easiest and Simplest Way to Connect your FireStick to a Projector
If you’re fortunate enough to be using a new projector, your projector probably has an HDMI input.
This is the best choice for connecting your Amazon FireStick, as an HDMI connection is the easiest connection to set up, and offers the highest quality picture and sound.
HDMI has the advantage of sending both video and audio information to your projector in the same connection. Once you plug your FireStick into your Projector’s HDMI port, installation is basically done.
After you connect the FireStick into an HDMI port, you need to connect it to a power source.
You can connect your FireStick to power by either plugging the FireStick into a USB port on your projector, or by using the power cord to plug it into a nearby outlet.
Once everything is connected, the projector should display the content you wish to stream. Switch to the projector’s HDMI display, and the FireStick will stream movies and T.V. shows directly to your projector.
This is a great choice for a home theater set up, since the Amazon Fire stick will be able to stream 4K video directly to any project that supports 4K resolution.
Connecting your FireStick using an adaptor
The HDMI connection is simple and easy, but it may not be a choice on older models of projectors. Older projectors will often not have HDMI ports, so you may need to use a VGA connection instead.
If you want to stream video on a projector without an HDMI input, relax. With the right adaptors and some extra steps you can hook up for FireStick to a VGA connection.
Here is everything you will need:
There’s a good chance that your workplace will have these adaptors already. If your workplace does not have them, or if you are working on an at home set up, they are for sale on Amazon.com.
You can find links to everything you might need for sale on Amazon.com in the list above. If you do not want to shop for them online, they should be available from any electronics store.
Step 1: Using an HDMI Audio Extractor
HDMI connections bundle audio and video signal together, but most other types of inputs do not. If you want to use a VGA connection, you will need to separate the audio and video signal before they go to your projector.
With the HDMI Audio Extractor, this is simple. Plug your FireStick into an HDMI Audio Extractor, and it will separate the signals for you.
The extractor will send the video signal on one through one port, and the audio through another.
You will need to convert the video signal to VGA using an adaptor to make it compatible. The audio signal should be fine as is, so you can connect it to the projector.
Step 2: Converting the video signal from HDMI to something your projector can use
Now that you have split your audio and video signal with an HDMI Audio Extractor, you will need to run your video signal through an HDMI to VGA adaptor.
To switch your video signal from HDMI to VGA, you will need to connect your adaptor directly to the HDMI output of your Audio Extractor.
Plug the HDMI side into the extractor, and leave the VGA side out for our next step.
Next, connect a VGA cable to the other port on your HDMI to VGA converter. You should be able to run this cable to your projector and plug it in directly to a VGA input port on your projector.
Once you have connected your VGA cable to your projector, the video signal is converted and ready to stream. The VGA converter will do all the work for you.
Step 3: Connecting Audio to Your Projector
Splitting the audio and video signal from your FireStick was the hard part. Now you need to run a cable to your projector to stream audio.
You will need a male to male audio cable to transfer your audio signal to your projector. This cable is the same cable you might use when connecting headphones, except it as a plug on each end.
Setting this up is even easier than setting up the video signal. Plug one end of the cable into your audio extractor and one end into your projector and you’ve finished the job.
Connecting your FireStick using a Laptop or Computer
Using an adapter to connect your FireStick can be a good choice, but if you do not have access to the required adaptors or if you wanted an easier set up, a laptop or computer can work as an all-purpose adaptor.
If you have a laptop or computer with an HDMI input, you can connect the FireStick to your computer, and use your computer to transfer the stream onto a projector.
This is like using converters, but your computer or laptop can act as an HDMI audio extractor for you.
Your first step will be setting up your computer to run off of your projector. If your computer has a VGA port, run a VGA cable from your computer to the projector.
Once your computer is hooked up and you set your projector to its VGA setting, the projector should display whatever is on your computer’s desktop.
Next, you will need to connect your computer’s audio to the projector. Run an audio cable from the audio output port on your computer to your projector.
Once you plug the audio cable in, your projector will play whatever sound your computer’s speakers would play. Like before, you will need a male to male audio cable for this step.
If you are having trouble finding your computer’s audio output port, it’s the same port you plug headphones into. Most computer’s have them on the front for ease of access.
The last step is plugging your FireStick into your computer. Connect the FireStick to your computer’s HDMI port and connect the FireStick to a power source.
Now, your computer is streaming movies and video off of the FireStick, and your projector is displaying what’s on your computer screen.
The projector can act as a big screen for your computer, so if you can run the FireStick on a laptop, you’re all set to transfer that picture to your projector.
The Amazon FireStick can be a great solution to streaming video content to a projector without running a lot of wires or connections. If you have an HDMI ready projector, it’s a hassle free set up with two quick connections.
Even if you are restricted to an older model projector without an HDMI port, the FireStick is still a workable solution. With some adaptor and technical work around, the FireStick can make any projector streaming compatible.
We have plenty of easy and low cost solutions to solve any connectivity gaps between the FireStick and older projectors. Fire stick users can expect a great experience when streaming on projectors, regardless of the model of projector they are using.