Follow the instructions below to use your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick as a DAKboard display.
You can also purchase a ready to go DAKboard Wall Display, or get a DAKboard CPU to make any TV or monitor a DAKboard!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Create A Custom Screen Or Setup Your Predefined Screen
1) First step is to create an account with DAKboard. Follow the steps in this support article
Create A DAKboard Account.
2) Next, setup a custom screen or setup your predefined screen. Follow the steps in this support article
Configure Your DAKboard Screen.
Link Your Fire TV Or Fire TV Stick To Your DAKboard Account
1. In your DAKboard account, go to "Displays & Devices", click the "Add" button, and give the device a name. Now select the screen, loop or schedule you would like to use in the Assigned Screen section. Give it a name and click "Save changes":
A screen showing Device Added Successfully should pop up. Click "Close".
2. Now, on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, open the Internet app (Silk web browser):
3. Type in https://dakboard.com/link. This will generate a code on the on the display:
4. Enter this code in the popup back in your DAKboard account. Navigate back to "Displays & Devices" and click on the 3 dots to the right of the name of the device you added earlier for the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, then select "Links with Device or TV":
5. Now enter the code from the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick that we generated on step #3, and then click "Link Device":
Configure Fire TV or Fire TV Stick Sleep Timer & Screen Saver
If you plan to use your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick as a full time display, you will need to adjust the default settings so the screen does not timeout or run the screen saver. The default sleep timer that cannot be configured via the GUI is hard coded to 20 minutes. To change this, we will need to do some additional steps outlined below.
First, you will need to download adbLink software so we can change the hardcoded settings on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. The software can be found here http://jocala.com/adblink.html for Windows, Mac or Linux. Unfortunately this method will not work using a phone or tablet.
For these steps, you will need to ensure your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick are on the same network as your computer or accessible on the same network via IP for adbLink software to work properly.
Next, we need to turn on ADB debugging with your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Navigate to "Settings", then to "My Fire TV", then "Developer Options". Click on "ADB debugging" to turn it ON:
Now you need to to determine the IP of your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. To find this on the device, navigate to "Settings", then to "My Fire TV". Click on "Network" to see the IP of the device. Take note of this for the next steps.
Now, open adbLink on your computer (from the first step in this section). Click the "New" button:
Give the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick a name in the "Description Field". In the "Address" field, add the IP of the device:
Now click the "Connect" button. You will have a screen pop up on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick asking for approval for your computer to connect to it. Check the box and click "Yes". You should see the name of your device in the "Connected devices" box and under "Connection status" you should see "IP connection" if successful.
If you do not see your device IP in the "Connected device" box, there is an issue with the network connection to the device, or path between the computer and the device which will require additional troubleshooting of your network
Next, click "Utility" in the toolbar, and select "Set timers" from the dropdown:
A new screen will pop up. Sometimes this screen can take a moment to open as adbLink communicates to the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick so you may need to give it a moment. Once the screen opens, click on "Sleep Off", "Screensaver off", and then click "OK":
NOTE: When you create your screen in your DAKboard account, you will need to set smaller font sizes your screen will be incorrect on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. This is due to the way the Silk browser as well as other mobile browsers were created to function.
You're all set! Enjoy your DAKboard screen anywhere on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick !
Rotate the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick Screen
If you would like to change your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick to portrait/vertical orientation, you can follow the steps we have documented here: Screen Rotation for Smart TVs
Tips, Tricks and Notes
- Bookmark your screen URL in Silk to easily pull up if your device reboots.
- You can use the adbLink application to to side load application like Chrome, Firefox and more.
- To hide the Silk toolbar, scroll to the bottom of the screen and both the cursor and toolbar will hide. When your screen fully refreshes every 6 hours, this URL will reappear and you will need to hide it again.
- Different TV's and Monitors have varying resolutions. Using smaller font adjustments in each block in your custom screen should be used to maximize your screen space as the Silk browser is zoomed in further by default than the preview screen.