A Miracast adapter that works with the Kindle Fire HDX
I’m happy to report that I have now tested the
This is a device to allow the “mirroring” of the KFHDX screen on to a TV where the latter has an HDMI in port.
In other words, I can see everything which is on my Kindle Fire on my TV.
This is done wirelessly, unlike the previous Kindle Fire HD (not the current generation Kindle Fire HD, which has neither wireless TV connection nor an HDMI out cable port…to my knowledge, it can not be displayed on a TV).
I had tried another Miracast adapter (the iPush), and the sound and the video were terribly out of sync (the video might lag a couple of minutes behind the audio on a movie).
The Netgear is recommended by Amazon:
It does cost about $60 (the iPush was more like $30), and I did need to buy another cable with a standard HDMI on each end. I bought the
It works well…not perfectly, but acceptably well.
Prime video (streaming and downloaded) looked and sounded fine.
I streamed from another site, and there was maybe half a second of lag on the sound…tolerable.
Sometimes, there was a bit of breakup in the image, but I also found that acceptable.
I tried to test it out a bit, so I went across the room (a good, oh, four meters or so), and it worked just fine.
It didn’t seem to really need line of sight.
Important update: it definitely isn’t line of sight…it’s more like a wi-fi network. I have a place in the family room where I have a charger for the Fire. I can have it plugged in in that room, pair it with the Netgear, start a stream running, and watch that stream in the bedroom (down the hall and in a different room entirely). No problem.
It did work in the Origami case, but when I closed the case (putting the Fire to sleep), it would stop broadcasting. That made sense, of course, but I did want to test it.
I tried a video and an app. It was nice to be able to control everything from the other side of the room…that part was better than having an HDMI cable directly from the old Kindle Fire HD.
The device itself is quite small…much smaller than I thought from the picture on the product page. It is perhaps as long as your palm and half as wide. That’s pretty unobtrusive.
My TV does not have a USB port, so it does need to be plugged into a wall outlet, as well as cabled to the TV’s HDMI. You can likely hide all that pretty much behind the shelf or the TV. The device does have a blue “ready light” on it, but I’m not finding it too bright at this point (I have a problem with that with some ready lights, probably due to my superior night vision, which may in turn come from some color vision deficiency I have).
Set up was easy: plug it in, tell the KFHDX to Mirror (Swipe down from the top on the homescreen, go to Settings, then Display & Sounds). Within about six seconds, the two of them found each other (the name of the Netgear appeared on the Fire). Tapping it caused it to connect, again in under ten seconds, and that was it). Pretty similar to pairing a Bluetooth phone (without having to enter a code).
Turning off the TV meant pairing it again the next time, but again, that’s an easy process.
I haven’t used it enough to determine battery drain yet.
The one thing that has failed for me so far is updating the device*. Amazon recommends that you have the latest update, and so does Netgear. I was able to get to the Netgear site and download the update on to my Kindle…but it downloaded as an .exe file, and I don’t seem to be able to launch it (should be an APK for an Android device, right?). I may play around with that part a bit more, but it does work well enough now.
So, I now have TV in that room again! I haven’t had it since eight of our Kindles were stolen when our house was burglarized recently.
Bottom line: it isn’t perfect, but if you are willing to pay $65 (approximately, counting the cable) to mirror your KFHDX to your HDMI equipped TV, I think you’ll find it worth it.
It’s possible Amazon will still release a TV device, but it is interesting to me that they are recommending this one if that’s the case. I was thinking they might release two (an inexpensive “dongle” and a full-featured, Roku like device). I’m now thinking it may be more likely that they’ll only do the latter.
* Update: I have successfully updated it, and am satisfied with it now. I’m only seeing a tiny lag, and I haven’t seen audio and video out of sync unless it was also out of sync on the device.
Thanks to my reader, Americanchild, for posting how they updated it, and to my reader, Jacopo, for reminding me that I hadn’t come back to update this post with how I did it (although I had written about it other places).
Here’s the key concept. The Netgear is going to create its own wi-fi (not Miracast) network, and you can only get to the necessary website to do the update on that network (not on your regular household network). The sequence below is important, for that reason.
1. I downloaded the latest software update from http://downloadcenter.netgear.com/en/product/PTV3000. I did it directly from my Fire, first, but you can do it from your PC and then transfer it.
2. Press and hold the Push2TV button on the side for several seconds (I think it started flashing).
3. Next, connect your Fire to the Push2TV wi-fi network. This is different from mirroring: you are going to connect in the same way you connect to your regular network
4. Use a browser (Silk, or something else if you have it) to go to http://192.168.3.1
5. Follow the instructions there. It takes several minutes to do the update, and at the end of it, your Fire should return to your home network.
Hope that does it for you. If you have questions, you can let me know.
Bonus story: Fire at the Internet Archive
I’ve written about the Internet Archive before, and I was sorry to hear about the recent fire there. As they report in this
some physical items waiting to be digitized (and then made available free to you and me) were lost, but it sounds like it was mostly equipment which was damaged.
They are asking for donations for repairs: you can choose your own amount.
I plan to donate something myself…up to you, but I thought some of you might also want to help.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them