In the Box
The image below shows what you receive in the box. Included are a small, square 1 A USB power supply, 5 foot USB cord, remote, batteries for the remote, Fire TV Stick, HDMI extender cable and a quick start guide.
What's in the box - Fire TV Stick
The cases on both the remote and the Fire TV Stick appeared to be sonic welded together, so it was impossible to open the cases without destroying the pieces. The FCC ID docs are under short term confidentiality until 4/25/2015. So here are the FCC IDs for the Stick and remote if you want to check then.
- Fire TV Stick - 2ABDU-0509
- Fire TV Remote - 2ABDV-0929
As with the Fire TV, Amazon is very open about the components that they used to make the Fire TV Stick. The table below shows major components of the original Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick taken from the developer specs. Both platforms support the same media technologies and formats, which are listed on the developer spec page and the media spec page linked from it.
|Amazon Fire TV||Amazon Fire TV Stick|
|SOC Platform||Qualcomm Snapdragon ARMv7||Broadcom BCM28155 (Capri)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Krait 300, quad-core to 1.7 GHz (APQ8064)||Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex A9|
|GPU||Qualcomm Adreno 320||Broadcom VideoCore IV GPU/VPU (Capri VC4 device)|
|Storage||8 GB internal||8 GB internal|
|Memory||2 GB LPDDR2 @ 533 MHZ||1GB (512MB system, 512MB video )|
|Wi-Fi Connectivity||Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (N600 class)||Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (N600 class)|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.0 with HID, HFP 1.6, SPP profile support||Bluetooth 3.0 with HID, HFP, SPP profile support|
There's really not much to set up with the Fire TV - hence there's a very short Quick Start Guide. It's a short five step process:
- Connect the included USB cable to the power adapter and to the Fire TV Stick. It was nice that the included micro USB cable was 5 feet long - probably long enough to reach the floor for a wall mounted HDTV. Be sure to use the provided power supply. Though some HDTVs have USB ports, many of them are only USB 2.0 which limits the current to 500ma. The included power supply is rated for 1 amp.
- Plug the power adapter into the wall
- Plug the Fire TV Stick into an available HDMI port. You might want to use the HDMI extender cable to improve accessibility or to improve the Wi-Fi reception
- Turn on the TV and select the HDMI port corresponding to the one you used for the Fire TV Stick
- Insert the batteries into the remote.
From here, you just follow the on screen prompts. First, the Fire TV Stick will try to pair with your remote, so be sure to have your batteries installed. Next, since the Fire TV Stick is a Wi-Fi only device, you'll select your own wireless network and enter your wireless password.
Once a connection with the Internet has been established, the Fire TV Stick will check for updates and ask for confirmation to use your Amazon account. You have the option of logging in to a different account. Though it's a nice convenience to have the Fire Stick pre-registered, I worry that there might be some security issues if you purchased the device as a gift.
Next, it checks the speed of your network connection and then presents you with a brief animated tutorial. Finally, you are given the option of enabling parental controls. Though this paragraph covers the setup, some may feel a little more comfortable seeing screen shots of the setup process. Every step of the Fire TV Stick setup process is covered in Gallery 1 below: