A router solved my Kindle Fire connection problems
Big thanks to reader and commenter Glenn Starrett!
Following an update, my
which had been connecting really well to my home wi-fi, started dropping wi-fi…a lot.
I would toggle the wi-fi on and off many times a day…that would cause it to reconnect.
Now, I’m logical enough not to have said it was purely cause and effect…that the update created that issue.
However, it did seem pretty likely. Amazon had specifically changed connection protocols (to make it compatible with more systems).
I did have a relatively new router from Comcast/Xfinity…but I had that before the Fire update, and it hadn’t been an issue.
My best guess is that it was a combination of the newish router and the update.
The router may not work well with current gen(eration) devices. My Rokus have also had problems with it, but our Kindle Paperwhites don’t.
The Kindle Fire update may have essentially turned it from an older gen device into a newer one…which then made it drop off.
Glenn suggested a router to me, which had solved similar problems for Glenn:
Yes, that was a $70 investment…if it didn’t work for me (and YMMV…Your Mileage May Vary is the rule with routers…the physical configuration of your house can matter, among other things), I would have considered returning it.
The reviews looked good, besides what Glenn had said. Sure, there were 1-star reviews, but I always look at those to see why. They sometimes are encountering problems that I don’t expect to have or expect to be able to overcome…and sometimes they are irrelevant to the function of the product. In this case, they weren’t a barrier.
I 1-clicked, and it got here quickly.
Set up, which can be challenging, wasn’t particularly hard.
It did come with a CD which was necessary to do the set-up. Fortunately, our old desktop has a CD drive, and I could use that. If I’d already transitioned completely to our
that CD wouldn’t have helped…I would have had to have seen if I could download the set-up files from the website.
Outside of that, set-up was really a breeze. It did take some time (fifteen minutes or so), but it was largely hands-off.
For the most part, the software was user friendly…you wouldn’t need superior technical expertise to get it going.
I set it up yesterday afternoon.
Since then, I haven’t had to toggle the wireless on my Fire once!
Knock virtual wood, it seems to be working well.
As far as the Rokus (we have two of the same model)
I could see the speed difference in downloading videos (from Netflix, Amazon, or its own news videos).
With the old Arris router (and I really appreciated that Glenn identified the specific brand as a possible issue…gave the suggestion a lot more credibility) from Xfinity, the Roku would sometimes simply give up and not start something. So far, not an issue.
Now, do I still want Amazon to release an update for the Fire? Sure…people shouldn’t need to buy a $70 device to have consistent connections. I’m guessing, though, that it might be a case of giving it some backwards compatibility, or special compatibility with Comcast.
If Amazon does release its own TV solution next month, which I think is likely based on the rumors, that might make some difference here…but you’ll still need some kind of wireless connection for your devices.
Oh, a couple of other nice functionalities for the Linksys. You can set parental controls (again, easy guided set-up), and it has a “guest functionality”, with an easy password your guests can use while they are there.
At this point, based on what I’ve seen in less than a day’s use, I’d recommend it strongly. 🙂
Thanks again, Glenn!
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