Last time I wrote about Miracast / DLNA dongles, the price was about $55, but today I’ve found a new device closer to my target price ($25) with IPUSH Miracast adapter that sells for $31.90 on DealExtreme. [Update: Several users report it’s only a DLNA dongle, and it does not support Miracast yet]
Here are the specifications according to DealExtreme:
- SoC – Allwinner A10s Cortex A8 + Mali-400 GPU
- Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
- USB – 1x micro USB port for power
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4
- Supports DLNA and Miracast mode
- Power – 5V / 0.5A
The device comes with an HDMI cable and a micro USB cable used to connect the device to your TV HDMI and USB ports, or if your TV lacks USB, a USB power adapter.
However, I’ve done a little more research, and it turns out iPush is also a product designed by Action Semi, that just does the same thing, and with the same enclosure. zol.com.cn wrote about an event showing a Miracast demo with iPush and an Android 4.2.2 tablet powered by ATM7029. It could be DX.com got the specs wrong, or it’s just a product with the same casing but different board.
The specifications are as follows:
- CPU – ACTIONS SEMI ATV6003 @ 400MHZ
- Memory – 64M DDR2
- Storage – 16M Nor Flash
- Video Output – Standard HDMI interface
- Wi-fi – 802.11 b/g/n (Support for Wi-Fi Direct)
- USB – Hi-speed micro USB
- Video formats – AVI, WMV, RM, 3GP, MKV, MP4, ASF, VOB, MPG, TS, TP, DVIX, MOV up to 720p
- Power supply – 5V / 500mA via micro USB port
- Dimensions – 63 x 22 x 9.5 mm
- Weight – 15 grams
The device runs Linux, and is said to be compatible with Bubbleupnp and Skifta, both of which are UPnP/DLNA Android apps. Some resellers tell you to install iPush APK on your smartphone or tablet in order to use the device. Please note that the maximum resolution is 720p, which may be fine, as many smartphones / tablets may have issues to handle Miracast 1080p smoothly. This device competes directly in terms of features and price with the upcoming Rockchip RK2918 Miracast adapter. If you search for “ATV6003”, you’ll find several companies offering DLNA/Airplay/Miracast dongles with different casings, but most of them do not appear to be for sale just yet. DealExtreme actually sells another device it calls D2 with ATV6003 for $33, but only mentions DLNA and Airplay, and not Miracast.
Bear in mind that resellers sometimes add “Miracast” in the description because it helps selling their device, but it’s not properly supported, at least with the current firmware. According to customers’ reviews, DLNA/UPnP appears to be working fine however.
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