How to Fix 'Kodi Can't Connect to Network Server' Error

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Frederik Lipfert
Dr. Frederik Lipfert Founder, vpncheck
Updated on 6 Mar 2022

Kodi Connection Error

Is Kodi not working on your Firestick? Fret not because we’ve got you covered. We know how frustrating it is whenever Kodi isn’t working, especially when it’s difficult to pinpoint the main cause. While most tech geeks can do it themselves by checking the Kodi error logs, not everyone can resolve the issue on their own.

The good news is most Kodi errors can be fixed within a few minutes. The solution to ‘Kodi Unable to Connect Error’ is simpler than you think. With this detailed guide, you’ll be able to get your favorite app working so you can go back to watching movies and TV shows on it.

What is the Reason behind the Kodi Unable to Connect Error?

Almost all Kodi users experience this error at some point. It potentially occurs on any device, so we will discuss solutions that work on all device types. Before we get to the fixes for the ‘Unable to connect error,’ the reason why it actually happens is rather simple.

Kodi shows this error if you have a spotty internet connection or have typed an incorrect URL to the repository. It also occurs when the repository or addon you’re trying to access is currently not working.

How to Solve the ‘Kodi Unable to Connect Error’

Now that we’ve understood what’s causing this Kodi error, we are all ready to fix it. Let’s dive right into the different solutions.

1. Check the internet connection

The first thing you should do to fix the error is check your internet connection. This is the simplest of all the solutions. Remember that you need a fast and stable internet connection to prevent buffering when you are streaming movies online. The ‘Kodi unable to connect’ error may also occur due to an unstable internet connection. Your Firestick is connected to the internet, and it is necessary to check whether your internet is working or not.

To do so, you can run any other app on your Firestick. If everything’s working except for Kodi, the problem is not with your internet connection. If they’re not working either, there must be some issue with your internet connection. Follow these steps to check the internet connection on your device:

  1. Go to Settings on the home screen of your Firestick.
    Click Settings App
  2. Look at the Network option.
    Firestick settings Network highlighted
  3. See the Wi-Fi connection (your home network) and then hit the play/pause button.
    Firestick settings Network Connected highlighted
  4. A screen will appear that shows you the network connection details. Here, you’ll see if there are any connectivity or connection quality issues.
    Firestick WI-Fi network status screen
  5. If you see that the internet is not connected, contact your service provider.
  6. You can also try disconnecting the internet connection and reconnecting it to see if it works. You can disconnect the network by selecting the Wi-Fi option under the Network category.
    Turn On Wi-Fi
    Turn Wi-fi Off

2. Check the entered source URL information

After confirming that the internet connection is working fine, it’s time to look at another fix for the Kodi unable to connect error. It can also occur due to human error. In other words, you probably had typos when you entered the URL in the address bar. These can be small errors like an extra space or incorrect spelling of ‘https.’ To avoid such typos, it is better to copy the URL and paste it into the address bar. When you type an incorrect URL, you’ll get this message:

unable to connect message

Getting this error means that you have typed the incorrect address. This error might be familiar to those who type URLs in haste. When you get this error, click on Yes and go back to correct the typos that you might have made while inputting the URL. Below we’ll explain how to fix this issue:

  1. After seeing the Unable to connect error on Kodi, click Yes, and go back to Kodi’s Settings.
    Kodi Settings button is indicated by a large cog button at the top of the left navigation menu on Home Page
  2. Select File Manager. Now, right-click the source and then choose Edit source.
    Kodi File Manager in settings
  3. Click the add-on that you were going to install. Use the three horizontal lines button on your Firestick remote to do so. A pop-up menu will appear, now hit Edit source.
    Edit source Kodi
  4. Click on the address bar where you’ve typed the URL, then correct your typo. For example, the image below is a common mistake.
    Correct the URL
  5. Correct the spelling error and look for other errors that you might have made while typing. Common typos include backslashes, missed periods, spaces before and after URLs, hyphens, among others.
  6. Now that you’ve checked the errors, hit OK.
    Name it falcon and press ok
  7. Enter the name of the media source (typos are completely fine here as you’re only naming it).
  8. If the unable to connect error occurred because of the incorrect URL, it should now work properly after correcting it. If not, move on to the next method to fix the issue.

3. Check if the Repository is available

After trying the above methods, and you’re still getting the Kodi unable to connect error, you can try this method we’re about to discuss

If you’re a regular Kodi user, you’re already aware that the third-party repositories and addons keep changing frequently. Therefore, the repository or addon you’re trying to install may no longer be available. If you have already checked your internet connection and checked for typos in the URL, the reason for the error could be that the repository/add-on has been shut down.

To check if a repository is available or not, you have two ways. After typing the URL correctly in the address bar, you’ll get either of these two messages:

  1. You will get a message saying Index of/, indicating that the URL is a working source. This message will also show you all the files present within this source.
  2. Another message that you might get is, “The site can’t be reached.” This message indicates that the add-on you’re trying to install is unavailable
    Site Cant Reach

Conclusion

So, if the above two fixes don’t work for you, move on to the third one and try another repository. Fortunately, there are numerous Kodi add-ons and Kodi builds that you can find and install on Firestick. We hope that this guide has solved your Kodi unable to connect error.

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