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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 4:32:22 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 25, 2011 7:35:19 PM PST
Q says:
No. Like WiFi-only Kindle e-ink ereaders, you *must* register the Fire by going at least once online via WiFi from some public area that offers WiFi like the library, B&N, Wendy's, Starbucks, etc.

Amazon has to assign your Kindle an identity and that can only happen as both Amazon's servers & the Kindle "talk".

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 7:36:47 PM PST
Why would you think that? The product sheet certainly didn't say that. And there were many discussions here about the fact that it would not. What were you expecting to connect?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2011 12:27:55 AM PST
Hv says:
ive used a nokia phone that had a microB usb port and was able to use it as host with an adapter, if the micro port has 5 pins ( like fire has) against 4 pins, you can use it to host. I think we'll probably need a firmware update or some kind of usb app to enable it.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 12:12:14 PM PST
R. Beyer says:
I am a Kindle Fire owner, but at only $50 cheaper than the Nook Tablet, the Fire is quickly losing it's appeal. NT is rootable, has bluetooth and an expandable memory slot for microSD, and a microphone. What does this mean? 1) you can use GoogleVoice and turn the NT into a free version of a cell phone, 2) you can carry a lot more music, video, etc. in the SD card and larger internal HD than the KF, 3) you can hook up wireless headphones/speakers or a keyboard. 4) a rooted Nook would also give you full access to Amazon and B&N content through their apps.

I too would like to know if anyone has tried to run an external hard drive or thumb drive off the KF. Why? Simple, I want the added storage- my wife and I have a combined music collection well over 30 GB, so the 6 GB isn't doing much for me.

So why did I buy the KF? Simple, it didn't really cost me anything other than my Amazon reward points. Guess I should have done more research and realize the NT offers essentially a better all around product for $50 more.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2011 1:52:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 24, 2011 5:52:10 AM PST
Q says:
What devices were you able to plug into your Nokia phone's micro-USB and the phone used it and are you sure it was a micro-B USB port?

Reading, it seems there is a micro-A USB port (also called micro-USB A) and a micro-B USB port (also called micro-USB B) and they are not the same.

But, I am *very* interested for someone to buy an adapter cable (micro-B USB male-to-USB female) and see if the Fire can do USB-hosting (also known as USB On-the-Go). I don't think the Fire's modified OS is smart enough nor that power is shared with the attached device like a flash drive, but that's a guess on my part. I hope I'm wrong!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2011 4:25:23 PM PST
Not that it addresses all those issues but I had my Fire rooted last week, and am running both Kindle and Nook apps, as well as the Android market, Gmail, and a few other Google apps. Agreed that doesn't address the microphone or storage, but I never intended to use it as anything but a reader / web browser and occasional video player.

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 3:19:37 PM PST
Was a cord supposed to come with the Kindle Fire that lets you hook it to the computer through the usb port, or was the only cord the charger cord? Can you by a cord that lets you connect to a computer?

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 8:29:35 PM PST
Sharon Brush says:
can i connect my kindle fire to an RGB adapter so that I can project info from the kindle onto a large computer screen or roku projector?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011 8:35:50 PM PST
M. Ratcheson says:
I really don't believe that is possible. There is a headphone port so you can probably redirect audio to your home theater system, but there is nothing to redirect video. Hopefully someone will prove me mistaken.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2011 8:06:42 AM PST
Parrot: Any USB to micro-USB cord should work. Examples are the USB cords from earlier Kindle models or the cord from practically any cell phone.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2011 8:07:04 AM PST
Sharon: No, sorry, but the Fire has no video output capability.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 10:51:04 AM PST
Todd Graff says:
Q: not true.. I have a freeagent hard drive with a micro usb cord that connect to a pc or other device and is powered thru whatever device it is plugged into.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 11:11:56 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 30, 2011 11:13:37 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
Right. Which is why that hard drive wouldn't work with the Fire. The drive gets power from the device it's plugged into. If the device doesn't provide power, the drive won't work.

You just said that Q's statement was not true, and then proceeded to restate exactly what he said.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 11:27:29 AM PST
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Posted on Nov 30, 2011 11:44:18 AM PST
Nope. The Fire doesn't have the software support for it.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 11:53:02 AM PST
J. Shomo says:
you guys are missing the whole point with the USB connector. Amazon wants to sell you storage on the 'Cloud'. That is why there isn't much on-board memory in the Fire. I too would have enjoyed a host USB connector since Wi-Fi isn't always available to access the cloud.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 11:56:31 AM PST
art says:
Grey Parrot, there are also a few free apps that let you wirelessly transfer between your Fire and your computer, so a USB cable is not really even necessary if you have a little know-how on networking. e.g. "Wifi transport" (lets you ftp into your fire - you can type (or whatever URL wifi transport tells you) into your windows explorer and transparently access it) and "File Expert" (file browser that lets you access shared windows folders from your local network).

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 4:15:39 AM PST
For those who worry about having no WiFi access while away somewhere -- if they have 3G access on their cell phones they can use tethering to have the phone act as a hotspot for the KFire, providing it WiFi if it's near the phone and if the material in the internal 6.5 gig user area of the Fire could use some refueling.

I now have a Samsung Galaxy S2 phone ($0.01 at Amazon's wireless sale last week) and tested its ability to give usable WiFi to the Kindle Fire, the Nook Color, and my Kindle Touch. It all worked. I had a 53-63Mbps connection deemed "excellent" by the wireless monitoring and was able to watch Netflix off of it on the tablet-readers without the video pixelating. My data plan is 4 gigs /mo. for $25 and $20 monthly add'l for the tethering, for up to 5 other devices, per AT&T. It's worth it to me, as I'm also getting the Samsung Galaxy 10.1" Tab (WiFi only) which Woot! sold for $320, refurbished, last week.

If you have cell phone access where you are, then you'll have WiFi for the KFire w/ access to the Amazon Cloud to get a video file or to Dropbox etc. It works better than I thought it would.

- Andrys

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2011 6:11:50 PM PST
We do not have wireless service so we just got a USB Micro B Connector so I can download via computer, and it does not fit into the Kindle fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2011 1:41:06 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 3, 2011 1:42:07 AM PST
Q says:
Are you sure it's a micro-USB and not a mini-USB? I can confirm that the micro-USB cable *does* work (the same cable as fits on the K2 & K3 and fits on our 2 cell phones). But it is a tight fit the first few times and the cable plug needs to be angled just right.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 10:12:27 AM PST
It isn't--only the charging cable.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2011 10:15:05 AM PST
It isn't--only the charging cable.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 10:11:51 AM PST
This is probably going to sound silly-

Isn't there a thumb drive that uses Micro USB B instead of regular USB? There has got to be someone that manufactures it with all this clogging array of thumb/pen drives right?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011 10:13:50 AM PST
It doesn't matter, because the Fire does not have the software necessary to use a thumb drive even if you get an adapter that will allow you to physically connect it. It also does not provide power on its USB port, which is required for thumb drives and most other peripherals.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 10:24:15 AM PST
Mike Martin says:
I am considering a couple of Fires as gifts for my kids. Will they be able to connect and use a webcam with the Fire? Please let me know!
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