You can use a projector in order to view the “contents” of your streaming stick, the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Instead of sticking the stick into an HDTV, you should find an appropriate HD projector with HDMI-In so that it coincides with the HDMI-Out of your FireStick.
You want to know more about How to connect a Firestick to the projector? Keep on reading to find out! This article explains how to connect your Fire TV Stick to projectors, including non-HDMI connections.
How to Connect FireStick with Projector
Just stick the FireStick to the projector’s HDMI port. Or use an adapter to connect to a VGA port. Some projectors worth with TVs so they have A/V ports as well (composite RCA or component video). You might need an HDMI extension cable if required in case the projector is mounted on the ceiling.
Once it’s connected, just open the lens then turn on your projector. Don’t look directly into the lens, the light coming forth from it is literally blinding. You might need an HDMI to RCA or HDMI to VGA adapter depending on the projector you’ve availed of.
How to Use the FireStick with a Projector
Set the projector to the correct input (HDMI1, RCA, AV1, and so forth). Then from there, setup your FireStick like you would with your HDTV. Sign into your Amazon Prime account, set your language, and connect to the Wi-FI.
You can use the Fire TV Stick the exact same way as with your TV, but this time your screen is extra big and projected to a screen or wall. You’ll still use the FireStick remote to navigate through menus or type in your account info.
The setup portion of your FireStick is pretty self-explanatory anyway, with it involving on-screen instructions that anyone should be able to follow.
How to Deal with Potential Issues
You might face few potential issues when hooking up your FireStick to your projector, but it’s often just a matter of fixing your FireStick connection, switching ports, adjusting projector settings, or connecting to Wi-Fi. It’d be better to setup your projector from the start to fit into your screen borders.
- Setup the Stick: From there, setup your FireStick by turning on your projector and working at the display like you would with an HDTV. Just follow the on-screen instructions carefully and set your Wi-Fi Internet, configure the language, login to your account, and start streaming.
- HDMI, VGA, or AV: The HDMI-In port on your projector is your best bet in instantly working with your FireStick. Even better if it has a USB port you can connect to in order to power up the stick. If it’s using VGA or RCA composite ports instead, you need additional adapters.
- Wireless Connection: You might need to connect your projector to an HDMI transmitter that then links to your projector’s receiver dongle in case you wish to watch Amazon Prime Video or Netflix on the projector in a wireless fashion.
- Extension Cable: Depending on whether the throw distance for your projector is standard or ultra short, you might need an extension cable if there’s a lot of space on the back of the projector and the power outlet is far away.
- HDMI Extension Cord: You might need an extension cord for your HDMI-In port if your projector is contained inside housing that blocks the HDMI connection of your FireStick. Or you might need the FireStick handy for use with your FireStick remote.
What are the Most Common Projector Inputs?
Here are the most common projector inputs you should keep in mind.
- HDMI: HDMI or High-Definition Media Interface is the de facto port of HDTVs everywhere but is also seen in HD projectors too. It’s a long, thin port that matches the output connector of the FireStick. If you have enough space, you can stick the FireStick in like a flash disk.
- RCA: Your RCA connection usually has three colored jacks that connect to three circular ports. They’re color-coded for your convenience—one yellow video jack and two audio jacks for stereo sound on your left and right speaker.
- VGA: VGA or Video Graphics Array is a video connector for the 1980s that can be found on vintage computer monitors and classic LCD projectors. It’s shaped like a Letter D and has rounded edges plus 15 pinholes for the connector’s pins.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions about connecting the FireStick to a projector.
- Does HDMI, VGA, or RCA offer Sound Connection? HDMI-ARC offers a sound connection for external speakers if your projector has that port. VGA is video only and requires separate audio cables. RCA has the audio cables included with the yellow video cable.
- Should You Use the AV Receiver to Handle Audio and Video? You can use that to complete the cinematic experience. Or you can use the built-in speaker of your projector, but that usually pales in comparison to the orchestral or cinematic feel of a home theater audio system.
- Can HDCP Block Your Netflix HDMI Signal? HDCP or the High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection only applies to devices or software that mirrors the display of a media source in an unauthorized fashion. Using streaming sticks on projectors doesn’t activate HDCP blocks.
- Can You Use the USB Port to Power the FireStick? Yes, the USB port of the projector can be used as a power source for the FireStick instead of the power adapter. However, use the power adapter instead even if it’s more convenient to go the USB route because it might lack power.
Factors for Consideration
You can stick the Firestick unto a projector much easier than putting the FireStick into a laptop. The laptop also has an HDMI-Out like the Fire TV Stick. They’re both media sources so it takes an HDMI video capture device and software to make a FireStick to laptop connection work.
In contrast, the FireStick’s HDMI-Out can work with the projector’s HDMI-In port that’s similar to the HDTV’s HDMI-In port. You can use the HD projector the same way you would a computer monitor or HD television sets.
- Jeremy Laukkonen, “How to Connect a Fire Stick to a Projector“, Lifewire.com, September 24, 2021