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I've jumped on the Wireless CarPlay/Android auto dongle, there are plenty of options, not cheap, but I hate wires so much, that decided to give it a try. So I went with Carlinkit Ai box.
Many vehicles have the CarPlay USB port readily visible, due in part, to making connecting the cable easier to connect. When we are traveling and stop at a rest stop or a store, we are often concerned about leaving our iPhone in the car since it would be an attractive target for a would-be thief. That means we have to unplug the Lightning cable so we can take the iPhone with us and then reconnect it when we get back in the car.
That may not sound like much but do it multiple times on a trip and it gets to be annoying.
With the Carlinkit Ai box, we can leave the phone in our pocket and leave the vehicle without fear that someone may try to take the phone. And yes, we always lock our car when we leave it.
So far experience is great, when it works it's perfect.
The set-up was easy and it usually connects automatically once the phone is in the car.
Occasionally, I need to "reboot" the dongle by unplugging/plugging into the car's USB socket to establish the connection.
Also, I think it prefers the phone to be in the car when you activate or start the car.
Overall I would give it 9/10 stars.
This media box enables you to really have a complete tablet experience. It’s really similar to the android t style radio. I’m happy with it. I have the $269 one from the carlinkitcarplay.com website. A little buggy but works. Have had it reboot a couple of times but beyond that, it does what it claims. Apple CarPlay works wirelessly via this unit. I’ve also tried YouTube with no issues.
Anyway, has anyone had any luck with Carlinkit? Were you able to set it up and it works as expected? If so, can you please share a link to an exact model which works for you?
I would love to get wireless car play to work.
Thank you!
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Thanks for the detailed review!

I will probably get one (when I get the car!!). It looks rather better than the cheaper eBay thing. I think it’s a little over priced for what it is, but hey if it works it’s probably worth it.
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This deal might still be available;


I don't have one to comment on it's usefulness though
what is the difference between this one and the official website? I saw the official website FAQ and found the below pic, I am afraid there not the same manufactory and I can't get the after-service sales.
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I bought the Carlinkit Tbox after reading this thread. I found a coupon online and got it for $226. It arrived today and I started trying it out. So far, seems to work pretty great, but there are some glitches to work out. I have an Android phone and it loads up Android Auto wirelessly very quickly (maybe 10-15s after the car turns on). I had to find a setting to enable Autokit.app to start automatically when then unit boots up. Otherwise it would boot up and connect and then I'd have to choose to start Autokit which then loads up the AA wireless interface. In wireless android auto mode it seems to work flawlessly. As a standalone unit, I'm still working out the kinks. I was able to create a hotspot on my phone and share my 4G connection to the device and can use that to use internet apps. Haven't yet tried out Netflix or other video streaming apps. I tried Google Maps using the box and it while it has its own GPS radio, it was very glitchy because it doesn't get good signal tucked under my radio. There is a setting to use the OEM GPS signal (the one from the car) and that seemed to fix that issue. There is a weird glitch where it mutes all audio from the car (FM, SiriusXM, anything generated by the car) while the Google Maps app is full screen. Kind of makes the googel maps non functional if you want to actually listen to something from the car. But if you were streaming audio from Spotify/etc. it works fine. Also it works fine if you minimize google maps to a smaller window. So maybe not a deal breaker. So far, I'm really impressed. I'm thinking of ordering a SIM card just for this device to try it out with a discount service like Visible to see if having a dedicated 4G connection allows anyone to use it even if me and my phone aren't in the car. I give it 9/10 stars!
 
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