This step-by-step tutorial will show you How to Speed up a Firestick by assigning the Cloudflare DNS server addresses to your Internet connection.
What’s a DNS server you may ask?
You can think of a DNS server as a phone book for the Internet.
When people type domain names into the URL bar in their Internet browser (troypoint.com), DNS servers are responsible for translating those strings of text into numeric IP addresses, leading them to the correct website.
Each Website has a unique numeric value assigned to it, which is the IP address, and the Website address points to it.
Some DNS servers perform faster than others so that’s why this adjustment may help increase your speed.
Please note that some of you may not notice any difference whatsoever and in that case, it is OK using the default DNS server that your ISP is providing.
If you are an avid cord-cutter, you know that one of the most important components of quality streaming is a fast internet connection.
A slow network connection usually contributes to buffering and lag when trying to watch movies, tv shows, and more.
This is one of the most frustrating parts of cutting the cord and is one of the main complaints we receive here at TROYPOINT.
This is a completely safe and efficient way to improve your speed and get the most out of your streaming device.
In the instance below, I am using a Fire TV Stick 4K which is the most popular streaming device available today.
Prior to initializing the “DNS hack”, I checked my internet speed via my home network using the TROYPOINT Speed Test within the TROYPOINT App and here are my results.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I strongly suggest testing your Internet Speed before initializing Cloudfare DNS on your device or router. As noted above, this adjustment won’t increase speed for everyone, only those of you with slow DNS servers.
After using the first instructional guide below I tested again and got the following results:
As you can see, in this instance my Download Speed nearly doubled by using the first guide below.
There are two ways that you can change your DNS settings.
You can change the DNS settings on the actual Firestick/Fire TV or you can alter them in your router’s configuration, and by doing so, all devices on your network will be optimized.
If your router is capable, I suggest using the second option due to the fact it may help all of your Internet-connected devices.
Table of Contents
How To Speed Up Firestick Guides
Option #1 – Alter DNS Directly on Firestick or Fire TV
1 From the Home-screen of your device, open Settings and scroll to select My Fire TV
2 Click About
3 Scroll down to hover over Network and take a picture or write down the following: SSID, IP Address, and Gateway
4 Return to Settings and choose Network
5 Hover over your Network and click the Options button (3 Horizontal Lines) on your remote to Forget this network
6 Click the Select button on your remote to confirm
7 Scroll down and select Join Other Network
8 Enter the SSID that you took note of earlier and click Next
9 Choose WPA/WPA2 PSK
10 Click Next
11 Enter your Network password and Click Advanced
IMPORTANT NOTE: You must choose Advanced here and not click Next for this process to work properly
12 Enter your IP Address noted earlier and click Next
13 Enter Gateway address noted earlier and click Next again
14 Enter 24 for Network Prefix Length and select Next
15 For DNS 1, type exactly: 18.104.22.168 and choose Next
16 For DNS 2, type exactly: 22.214.171.124 and click Next
17 Click Connect
18 Return to Network Settings under My Fire TV and notice your DNS will now appear as 126.96.36.199
19 Go back to the device home-screen and open the TROYPOINT App
20 Select Speed Test
21 Click Begin Test
22 Wait for test to finish and see if your internet speed has improved!
Option #2 – Alter DNS Settings On Router
This should be the preferred option if your router allows it.
If you change the DNS settings directly on your router, all Internet connected devices that connect to it may realize the same speed increase.
If you use a router that your Internet Service Provider has issued you, these settings may not be available in your admin interface.
In my case, I’m using an Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Router and I can easily change the DNS settings in that which I will show you below.
The screens that come with your router may differ depending on the model.
Click images below to enlarge them for better visibility.
1 Launch your router admin panel. Refer to your router instructions on how to do this for your specific model. In my case, I will type the following IP address into my Internet browser – 192.168.1.1
2 Log into your router admin panel with the username and password that you set when you first configured it.
3 Click WAN setting.
4 Type in new Cloudflare DNS Server Addresses (188.8.131.52 & 184.108.40.206) and click Apply or Save button at the bottom.
If this change doesn’t help you, simply return to the default settings and click the Apply button at the bottom of the screen.
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While you may lose some download speed after connecting to your VPN, in our case it was still faster than the initial connection to our home Network.
Many cord-cutters use an IPTV Service for live streaming and this was also tested after setting up the new connection.
You may find that this trick will eliminate buffering on your IPTV Service for good.
This is due to the fact that many IPTV Providers use Cloudflare as their content delivery network (CDN). This means less distance to travel for the DNS lookup.
If you find that connecting to Cloudflare does not increase your device’s speed, we can remove this to return to your original network.
Follow the guide below to disable.
How To Disable Cloudflare Connection on Firestick
To return to your device’s original network settings, follow the steps below:
1. Open Settings and click Network
2. Hover over your connected Network and click 3 Horizontal lines on remote to Forget Network
3. Click Select to Confirm
4. Scroll down and Click See All Networks
5. Find and choose your Network
You are now disconnected from Cloudflare and can reconnect to your preferred Network choice.
Important Note: I highly suggest looking into a Firestick Ethernet Adapter if you are still experiencing slow download speeds.
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