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
Access the Screens Page and click the Green ADD button in the top right to create a custom screen. See our Screen Configuration Article Group for help creating your screen.
NOTE: The native resolution of the Firestick and Fire TV is 960x540. To get your screen to look as close to what the fire stick can produce, click on the gear ICON in the upper right-hand corner of the screen editor and set the aspect ratio to custom, then the resolution to 960x540. This will make your screen in the editor look almost exactly like the screen on the Firestick
Link Your Fire TV Or Firestick 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 hardcoded 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 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 sideload applications 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.
- The Silk browser will display video, but will not automatically play. You will need to use the remote to start the video on DAKboard screens. If autoplay video is necessary for your installation we suggest a DAKboard CPU/Wall Display/DIY Raspberry Pi device.
- Loops unfortunately will not work with the Silk Browser at this time. You can only use them in sideloaded browsers running at the native resolution of 960x540. If you are looking to use Loops to their fullest, we suggest a DAKboard CPU/Wall Display/DIY Raspberry Pi device.
- Different TVs 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 native resolution of all browsers on Firestick will be set to 960x540.
- To sideload the Chrome browser on Firestick or Fire TV you will need to perform the following:
- Install the Downloader app from the Amazon App store (Make sure it is the app called Downloader)
- Once you have installed that app, then open it, and in the URL bar type the following:
This will download the last version of the Android App version of Chrome that works without requiring the Play Store to be installed. Complete the download and install this, then click Done to take you back to the Downloader and be able to delete the Chrome API to save space
- Since this version of Chrome requires a touch screen to work, if you are not loading it on a device with a touch screen you will need to download one of the following Mouse Toggle Apps, based on which version of Fire TV or Firestick you have:
For 4K Fire TV or Firestick:
For non-4K Fire TV or Firestick:
These will link you to the Mouse Toggle Apps. Complete the rest of the steps the same way you did when you finished loading Chrome
- You will need to configure Mouse Toggle first. To do this you will need to turn off and turn back on ADB Debugging as in the step above Configure Fire TV or Fire TV Stick Sleep Timer & Screen Saver
- Start Mouse Toggle and be sure it gets to the "Started" state. If not restart ADB Debugging and try again
- Open the Chrome Browser and double-click the Play/Pause button to activate the Mouse toggle
- Navigate to DAKboard.com/link and finish linking your device.