Among the infinite options that the Fire TV Stick allows us to make, we also have the option of Use your own remote control to control any TV or equipment connected to it via HDMI. The only thing you need is for the equipment to be compatible with HDMI-CEC, which allows its control through this type of connection.
However, there are older televisions that do not offer compatibility with this technology. However, don’t give up, because the Fire TV Stick also has another way to control your television or any other device, as long as it has infrared. In this article we tell you how it works.
How to control your television with the Fire TV remote
The Amazon streaming device is compatible with HDMI-CEC, as we have mentioned. However, we can also program the infrared signal of the Fire TV Stick remote control through numerical codes, just like any other universal remote control.
The only thing we need to know is the television brand code or player so that the Fire TV can control some aspects such as the volume or on/off of the device. And to do this, Amazon offers a way to insert any code to program the Fire TV remote so that it works with our equipment.
However, before manually changing the remote’s IR profile, it may be best to have the Fire TV automatically determine that profile for you. And there is a very easy way to do it. To do this, simply turn on the Fire TV and go to: Settings > Device Control > Manage Device > TV > Change TV.
Once you press the option, the Fire TV will ask you to turn off the television, wait 10 seconds, and turn it on again. If the TV turns off when you press the on/off button on the Fire TV remote, it means that you can now use the Fire TV remote to control your TV.
If what you want is to control another device other than the TV, but that is plugged in via HDMI, you can do that too. You just have to add your device to Fire TV Stick and select it from the options to configure the remote.
On the other hand, if the Fire TV Stick is not able to detect the IR profile of your television, you may have to change this profile manually. To do this you just have to go to: Settings > Device Control > Manage Device > TV > Infrared Options > IR Profile > Change IR Profile > Find IR Profile.
Once in this section, you must enter the code referring to the IR profile of the brand of your television. To find out, you can always rely on a database with codes from all brands, such as the Commandfusion website or similar. The device should react when you press the on/off button.
Along with this, the Fire TV Stick also has advanced options to configure the behavior of the buttons when executing commands. The Equipment Control section offers a multitude of settings, such as the response time when pressing the button or the repetition frequency, among other settings.
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