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Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2019
Overall the Echo Show 5 seems to be a decent device. I haven't used it long, so that opinion may change. The biggest thing I like is the ability to use Ethernet instead of WiFI. I plan to replace my regular Echo by my bed. The less RF while I sleep the better. For the people wondering, the micro USB port DOES function for an Ethernet adapter.
I bought the ES5 and personally tested it. I tried 4 different USB Ethernet adapters and only one worked. The one that worked has a Realtek chipset (supposedly RTL8153) inside. When connected to my PC all I could find was "Realtek GBE". It came from Amazon and was branded Cable Creation. It was a USB 3.0 to gigabit adapter. If you search B01FJQGCB0 on Amazon you should find it.
The other adapters (all USB 2.0) didn't work. I tried a Plugable brand fast Ethernet (100mbps), a Plugable brand Gigabit (1000mbps) and the official Chromecast Ethernet adapter. The Plugable brand adapters both had ASIX brand chipsets. I don't know what the Chromecast one had. None of those worked. Besides the Ethernet adapter, you will need a "Y" OTG cable (one that has a power input) and a micro USB charger/power cord from an old phone or something.
The micro USB port on the ES5 does NOT output power, so the power for the Ethernet adapter comes from the power input on the OTG "Y" cable. My ES5 was a brand new one, that I deregistered (after shipment) from my Amazon account, prior to the first powering on. The new Amazon devices I have received lately have been pre-setup with my personal WiFi login info, which I didn't want the ES5 to have available to it, so it would HAVE to use Ethernet. Deregistering wipes the WIFI info.
I connected everything and powered it on. It picked up the "wired" connection right away and setup began. If the Ethernet adapter gets unplugged and plugged in again, the Echo Show 5 doesn't seem to pick it back up, without first power cycling the ES5. So when you first connect everything, make sure to power cycle your ES5. With those pieces, anyone should be able to figure out how to connect them.
I did NOT try the official Fire TV Ethernet adapter, but would expect it to work. Something to note about that, I believe the Fire TV Ethernet adapter is only fast Ethernet (100mbps) where as the adapter I used is gigabit (1000mbps) though you will only get about 200mbps through the micro USB port (USB 2.0 bus). That assumes the ES5 is even fast enough to use more than 100mbps.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Affordable Alexa device that works with Ethernet!
By Dave's personal opinion! on July 21, 2019
Overall the Echo Show 5 seems to be a decent device. I haven't used it long, so that opinion may change. The biggest thing I like is the ability to use Ethernet instead of WiFI. I plan to replace my regular Echo by my bed. The less RF while I sleep the better. For the people wondering, the micro USB port DOES function for an Ethernet adapter.
I bought the ES5 and personally tested it. I tried 4 different USB Ethernet adapters and only one worked. The one that worked has a Realtek chipset (supposedly RTL8153) inside. When connected to my PC all I could find was "Realtek GBE". It came from Amazon and was branded Cable Creation. It was a USB 3.0 to gigabit adapter. If you search B01FJQGCB0 on Amazon you should find it.
The other adapters (all USB 2.0) didn't work. I tried a Plugable brand fast Ethernet (100mbps), a Plugable brand Gigabit (1000mbps) and the official Chromecast Ethernet adapter. The Plugable brand adapters both had ASIX brand chipsets. I don't know what the Chromecast one had. None of those worked. Besides the Ethernet adapter, you will need a "Y" OTG cable (one that has a power input) and a micro USB charger/power cord from an old phone or something.
The micro USB port on the ES5 does NOT output power, so the power for the Ethernet adapter comes from the power input on the OTG "Y" cable. My ES5 was a brand new one, that I deregistered (after shipment) from my Amazon account, prior to the first powering on. The new Amazon devices I have received lately have been pre-setup with my personal WiFi login info, which I didn't want the ES5 to have available to it, so it would HAVE to use Ethernet. Deregistering wipes the WIFI info.
I connected everything and powered it on. It picked up the "wired" connection right away and setup began. If the Ethernet adapter gets unplugged and plugged in again, the Echo Show 5 doesn't seem to pick it back up, without first power cycling the ES5. So when you first connect everything, make sure to power cycle your ES5. With those pieces, anyone should be able to figure out how to connect them.
I did NOT try the official Fire TV Ethernet adapter, but would expect it to work. Something to note about that, I believe the Fire TV Ethernet adapter is only fast Ethernet (100mbps) where as the adapter I used is gigabit (1000mbps) though you will only get about 200mbps through the micro USB port (USB 2.0 bus). That assumes the ES5 is even fast enough to use more than 100mbps.
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