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StringedInstruments
Auburn Fan
Member since Oct 2013
10372 posts

New Firestick is absurdly slow - alternatives?
Going to be returning this device tomorrow. Couldn’t stream anything without low frame rates or needing to buffer. Dropped the connection a few times too.

Old Firestick (purchased in 2015) had zero connectivity issues but the interface got so slow that it took a good five minutes just to load an app.

Is this just a dud Firestick or should I look into an alternative streaming device?

Price range would be less than $100.


Korkstand
LSU Fan
Plaquemine, LA
Member since Nov 2003
16051 posts

re: New Firestick is absurdly slow - alternatives?
Sounds like either a dud with bad wifi, or you've got something happening with your connection.

That said, with a budget that high I would personally get a Roku Ultra, either a refurb 2018 model for ~$70 or this year's model for ~$100.

The sticks are already underpowered, but Amazon DGAF and tries to load them down with tons of ads and visuals and shit, and it's just awful. Roku keeps it simple, and their devices stay snappy.


BigPerm30
Chicago Cubs Fan
Member since Aug 2011
12988 posts

re: New Firestick is absurdly slow - alternatives?
I hardwired all of my fire sticks and they work like a dream. Never had a problem. I’ve got a Nvidia Shield too which is nice.


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MykTide
Alabama Fan
Member since Jul 2012
19487 posts

re: New Firestick is absurdly slow - alternatives?
Hardwire it. Did with my new one and it’s pretty flawless.


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ArkLaTexTiger
LSU Fan
Houston
Member since Nov 2009
1631 posts

re: New Firestick is absurdly slow - alternatives?
Is this a Firestick or Firestick 4k?

I hear lots of complaints from owners of the 1st gen dual core and very few from 2nd gen quad core and 4k owners -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Fire_TV


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Tempratt
New Orleans Saints Fan
Lewzianer
Member since Oct 2013
5143 posts

re: New Firestick is absurdly slow - alternatives?
I 2nd the Roku Ultra. I got one last year at BB for $70.

Works perfectly for you tube, Netflix.


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Hu_Flung_Pu
USA Fan
Central, LA
Member since Jan 2013
18504 posts

re: New Firestick is absurdly slow - alternatives?
If it's the 4k stick, then it's a dud or something is wrong with your internet. That's the fastest MFer in such a small size.


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Member since Oct 2009
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re: New Firestick is absurdly slow - alternatives?
cosign. got a 4k stick on prime day. zips around faster than my ultra.


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kengel2
LSU Fan
Team Gun
Member since Mar 2004
15111 posts

re: New Firestick is absurdly slow - alternatives?
quote:

Is this just a dud Firestick or should I look into an alternative streaming device?


Im betting this is just a dud or you have connection issues.

We just bought two new firesticks and a small Insignia TV with it built in.

All 3 of those are faster than our old firestick and firetv. Like way way faster.


bengalman
LSU Fan
In da Country
Member since Feb 2007
808 posts

re: New Firestick is absurdly slow - alternatives?
Must not be a 4k stick. Have 6 of them streaming everything with a crappy at&t modem/wifi and not missing a beat with only 50mbps. Waiting for fiber!!


WonderWartHawg
Arkansas Fan
Member since Dec 2010
8982 posts

re: New Firestick is absurdly slow - alternatives?
My girlfriend had a firestick when I first started dating her. It was horrible! Slow to boot, constantly having to enter her PIN.
Bought her a Roku, works 1000x better.


Hu_Flung_Pu
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Central, LA
Member since Jan 2013
18504 posts

re: New Firestick is absurdly slow - alternatives?


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StringedInstruments
Auburn Fan
Member since Oct 2013
10372 posts

re: New Firestick is absurdly slow - alternatives?
Well it’s my connection. Plugged in my old Firestick and had the same issues.

Calling Charter about it.


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TeddyPadillac
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Member since Dec 2010
13940 posts

re: New Firestick is absurdly slow - alternatives?
first tell us how far away this fire stick is from your router.


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