How To Control Firestick From PC | Control Fire TV From PC

The Amazon Firestick is an amazing device. Whether you love it or not, it has gained millions of followers across the globe. It is the best streaming solution for your television sets. It can turn a blank screen to the content of a variety of genres depending on your desire and need. It is available for free and you can access a variety of content, and even more if you spend some money on the same. The only thing you need here is a good internet connection. A good WiFi with a decent speed should be a must. Now it does work perfectly with any type of television set, but what about a situation where you have none?

How To Control Firestick From PC

It is said that after 2009, the introduction of the internet has greatly influenced the sale of television sets. The sale has come crashing down and the sale of computers has skyrocketed. Thus, it might be a good chance that you do have your computer/laptop and you might feel the need of using a Firestick on your PC. What should you do then? We have mentioned a working method by which you can control Firestick and Fire TV device from your PC without any additional software and tools.

Basics of Using The Firestick On Your PC

If there happens to be a computer monitor lying around your house, you don’t need to worry about any television set. The Firestick would work on your PC’s monitor, and you don’t have to work extra hard for this. You just need some cables and information as to where to put what and you are good to go. The most basic way as to how you can use the Amazon Firestick on your PC is by just plugging in the same. Simply plug the Firestick on the back of your monitor, turn on your PC, adjust your settings for your audio and you are good to go.

Pray that you don’t need any cables or anything because it is a little bit hard to get all the things in place. Because if that happens, then you need to read this whole article and understand what goes where and how everything fits in. Don’t worry, we have made this as easy to understand as it can get. Also, the only time where this would happen is if you happen to have an old monitor, otherwise, it works just fine.

Things Required To Control Fire TV From PC

The first thing that you need to understand is that your firestick needs an HDMI port. If your monitor has one, you don’t need anything else. Also, there should be a support system for HDCP encryption. Old monitors do not have an HDMI port, and the ones that came equipped with the same do not support this system.

  • The next thing that you need to know is whether your PC has an RCA output or DVI output, both of which are mentioned below.
  • And the screen should have a resolution of at least 720p. Anything less than that deserves the trash can because nothing is going to work on that old hag PC.
  • Let’s check in audio as well. If you don’t have a built-in speaker with your PC’s monitor, you need to make sure that you would get a sound adapter too as that would be needed.

As mentioned above, if you are one of those lucky people that have a new monitor with an HDMI output as well as a built-in speaker to provide you with the audio, you are good to go. Just plug in, take your popcorn, and you are done. For unlucky souls out there, here is the list of hardware that you might need.

HD Mini Splitter

HDMI Mini Splitter

If you have a console or a CD player, you might know what this is. It is a simple device that helps you split one HDMI output into two HDMI outputs. You can use the same to use two monitors on one screen. This gadget is actually useful to remove the HDCP encryption that we talked about earlier. It would strip the encryption from the Firestick if your PC doesn’t support the same. This is quite useful for those PCs that do not support HDCP encryption.

Audio Converter

Audio Converter

The one mentioned in the picture is Fosamax HDMI to RCA converter cable. This gadget is one of the best in the market when it comes to converting your old PC into a streaming media device. This device converts HDMI output into RCA output attached to an audio cable too. The best part about this audio converter is that you can attach your RCA output PC to the Firestick and a speaker for the audio cable. Just note that you might need a male-to-male HDMI adapter as well.

HDMI To DVI Cable

HDMI To DVI

A simple cable that would convert your existing DVI PC and change it into the HDMI output. You need to understand that the DVI output doesn’t need any audio type because you can use the audio output natively as almost all the devices do contain an audio output natively.

Audio Extractor

Audio Extractor

This device converts HDMI input into an HDMI output with RCA sound. Now you might get confused with the audio converter, but this is quite easy to understand. Just notice that the output here is HDMI and the output there is RCA. So, this is for the old PCs that do have an HDMI port but not an audio output.

How To Control Firestick/Fire TV From PC

HDMI Monitor With Audio Output

Plugin the Firestick and enjoy. You don’t need any hardware.

HDMI Monitor With Audio Port

Plug in the Firestick and also your speaker/earphones/headphones. You should have an audio output device to connect audio signals.

HDMI Monitor Without An Audio Output (Without Audio Port)

HDMI Supported Monitor Without Audio

Now you do need some hardware. As mentioned above, the audio extractor will help you in this case. Simply connect the monitor and the audio cable with any RCA input audio device. And you are good to go. To explain it better:-

  • Connect your Firestick with the extractor.
  • Bring in an HDMI cable, attach the same to the extractor and then connect it with the monitor.
  • Attach the audio output to your speaker/headphone/earphone.

HDMI Supported Monitor With Audio (Doesn’t Support HDCP Encryption)

Here you might need the splitter that was mentioned before. Follow the steps given below and you will understand how to do it. The steps are as follows:-

  • Connect your Splitter with your PC.
  • Now attach the Splitter to the male-to-male HDMI cable.
  • Now attach the end of this cable to your Firestick.

HDMI Supported Monitor Without Audio (Doesn’t Support HDCP Encryption)

HDMI Monitor Without Audiov

It is a bit tough but if you follow the points below step by step, you will get it right. It might not work and there could be a short circuit if you insert the wrong cable. The steps are mentioned in the points below. These are as follows:-

  • Connect an HDMI cable with your PC.
  • Now attach the cable to the audio extractor mentioned above.
  • Attach the end to this audio extractor to the Splitter that is mentioned before.
  • Now attach the same Splitter to the male-to-male HDMI cable.
  • Now attach the end of this cable to your Firestick.

DVI Supportable With Audio

Now as to move towards the old ones, it gets a bit more complicated. The steps to run the Firestick on this old PC is as follows:-

  • Connect your PC with a DVI adapter (You can get a cheap DVI adaptor from AmazonBasics).
  • Connect the DVI adapter to the HDMI cable.
  • Now attach the cable to the audio extractor.
  • Attach an RCA cable into the extractor and to the monitor as well.
  • Now everything is attached to the extractor.
  • Connect the Firestick with the extractor.

DVI Supportable Without Audio

The process is the same as above, just a little bit changed. The steps are as follows:-

  • Connect your PC with a DVI adapter (You can get a cheap DVI adaptor from AmazonBasics).
  • Connect the DVI adapter to the HDMI cable.
  • Now attach the cable to the audio extractor.
  • Attach an RCA cable into the extractor and the end of this cable is now attached to the exterior audio output.
  • Now everything is attached to the extractor.
  • Connect the Firestick with the audio extractor.

RCA Monitor With Audio

RCA Monitor With Audio

RCA monitors are a bit more modern than the DVI. To use the Firestick here, you should follow the steps below:-

  • Connect your PC with the converter. (Not to be confused with the extractor).
  • Connect the converter to the male-to-male HDMI cable.
  • Now connect the Firestick to the HDMI cable.

RCA Monitor Without Audio

RCA Monitor Without Audio

For devices without audio, it is a bit complicated. To use the Firestick here, you should follow the steps below:-

  • Connect your PC with the converter. (Not to be confused with the extractor).
  • Now attach the converter to an external audio device using RCA cables.
  • Attach the converter to the male-to-male HDMI cable.
  • Now connect the Firestick to the HDMI cable.

Final Words

So this was all there is to the question of how to control the Firestick from your PC. I admit that this is a bit confusing for people who have no prior knowledge of cables and wires. For a much better understanding, follow the steps below:-

  • Know your PC. What it is and what ports it contains.
  • Purchase the hardware (if needed) for your PC.
  • Follow the instructions above step by step.
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by Anshul Mathur
Hi, I am Anshul Mathur. A Cisco Certified Network Associate and Blogger from India. I love technology, therefore I write about it on blogs like FooFighters. I help users to fix issues with their tech devices. Music Lover | Gamer | Tech Enthusiast

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