How to Use Firestick with Monitors without HDMI Port?.
The Firestick has many great features in a tiny device, and that’s one of the reasons I’ve bought several of them for the various TVs in the house. However, I didn’t realize that the TV (technically a monitor) in the kitchen doesn’t have an HDMI port. Instead, it has a VGA and DVI port, so I ordered several of these to see which works best. Here is a list of all the ways to connect the Firestick if your monitor doesn’t have an HDMI port. Let’s start.
All Firesticks have an HDMI male port, and my monitor has a VGA female and a DVI female port. Since these ports are incompatible with each other, there are certainly off-the-shelf products known as adapters that will literally help you bridge the gap. They are readily available on Amazon but can be confusing as they all look the same. So I narrowed it down and listed all the products below.
1. HDMI to VGA adapter
You can mix up the orientation and buy the wrong adapter. Since Firestick has an HDMI male port and the VGA port on my monitor is a female port. We need an adapter of exactly this configuration. HDMI female port and VGA male port. You can buy this HDMI to VGA adapter from Amazon or something similar to the image below. Since VGA does not carry audio, there is a separate 3.5mm jack that can be used to connect speakers. You will also have to plug the USB port into the USB port of your monitor or smartphone charger.
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This worked out of the box, but there was a setup issue. As soon as I hit the home button, Firestick flew out. On further investigation, I realized that changing the Firestick resolution to 1080 solves this problem. You can do this by going to Settings Display & Sounds Display Video Resolution 1080p.
Buy HDMI to VGA Adapter ($ 7.98)
2. HDMI to DVI adapter
Like VGA, most DVI ports only carry video, and you will need an adapter that outputs video through the DVI port and audio through the 3.5mm audio jack. I found a $ 25 adapter on Amazon that works really well in our situation and also has an audio port.
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However, this adapter does not come with a DVI cable in the box, so if you lost the cable that came with your monitor, you can order it from Amazon. This adapter works, and the only limitation is that it doesn’t transfer more than 1080p video, so you will have to set the 4K resolution of the Firestick to 1080p.
Buy HDMI to DVI Adapter ($ 10.99)
3. HDMI to RCA adapter
Think back to the days when DVD players were all the rage and it came with a cable with three different colored ends, if you have one of those old TVs with RCA input you can convert this TV to Firestick with this HDMI to RCA adapter.
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It requires a 5V power supply to operate, and comes with a mini USB-USB cable that can be connected to any standard adapter. You can even switch between NTSC and PAL video standards to suit your TV.
Buy HDMI to RCA Adapter ($ 9.88)
That’s all you need to buy to transform your old TVs and monitors into Firestick smart devices. All of these products are relatively small and do not take up much space on the back of the monitor. Let me know if I missed any adapter your TV / monitor has. Share your experience with me on Twitter.
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