Top positive review
Works very well
Reviewed in Canada on August 12, 2020
Not everyone has a strong and fast wifi signal. Although my Fire Stick handles streaming data like Netflix and Prime Video quite well, it didn't link to my video server well at all. It connected, and played content, but if I tried to rewind, or search, it could take upwards of a minute.
No other video player I've had has had this problem, but no other video player I've had has been wifi only, either. I've always preferred wire, not only for speed, but for security. I would have preferred to have it built in to the Fire stick, but to get to the price point Amazon wanted, given that most people would prefer wifi, I can see why it's not the default. Especially since it's half the price of the Fire stick alone. Even if it was integrated, it would probably increase the cost by ten bucks, for something the majority of people don't use.
With that gripe out of the way, the device itself works, without issue. The installation process couldn't be simpler:
1. Unplug Fire Stick from TV
2. Unplug power microUSB from Fire Stick
3. Plug power microUSB into adapter's microUSB input
4. Plug ethernet cable into adapter's ethernet input
5. Plug adapter's ethernet output into Fire Stick microUSB input
6. Plug Fire Stick back into TV
I expected to have to go into the settings and change things, but when I entered settings, the network connection was already changed to ethernet, DHCP, and it already had established an IP address.
For streaming, there's no real difference. But connecting to my home network is now seamless, and there is no lag.
If your wifi works for you, you don't need this. But if you have a laggy connection, and/or you're experiencing timeouts, and you have an ethernet cable that reaches your TV, this is worth your while.