MatchStick’s Firefox OS Firmware Ported to MK808B mini PC

MatchStick is an HDMI Stick running Firefox OS and designed to stream online video, mirroring browsers, etc.. which makes it very similar to a Chromecast, even using the same DIAL protocol. The hardware is based on Rockchip RK3066, and Mozilla released an SDK for the device. Since there are quite a few Rockchip RK3066 TV sticks out there, BalintBanyasz announced he ported MatchStick’s firmware to MK808B (with RK903 Wi-Fi module), and has now provided the firmware and instructions on Freaktab. The firmware is based on Linux kernel 3.0.36+ used in Android 4.2.2.

MatchStick Home Screen (Click for Original Size)
MatchStick Home Screen on MK808B (Click for Original Size)

Once you’ve flash the firmware (matchstick-flingone-b2g2.0-201409281739-mk808b.img.7z) to MK808B, and installed MatchStick app / add-on in your Android device or Firefox Browser (iOS app coming) soon, you can “fling” a YouTube video from your phone / browser to your TV through MK808B as follows:

  • Open MatchStick app on your phone in order to detect the hotspot (MatchStickXXXX) created by MK808B.
  • Click on the ESSID and press “Set up”
  • Select the “I can find the code” option and set a name for the device
  • Select your Wi-Fi router ESSID, enter the Wi-Fi password, and click “Setup network”.
  • The app will show “MatchStickXXXX is successfully set up!” and the TV: “Ready to Fling” as in the screenshot above
  • Now that the setup is completed, you can close MatchStick app.
  • Open any app that support Google Cast (e.g. YouTube, Netflix…), press the Cast button in the top-right corner, select your MatchStick device, and enjoy!
Youtube Video Casted to MK808B with MatchStick Firmware
Youtube Video Casted to MK808B with MatchStick Firmware

The firmware might also work on other Rockchip RK3066 based hardware featuring RK903 Wi-Fi module (Broadcom BCM40183 chipset), including Uhost U2, Probox2 Ultimate, and Minix Neo X5. So if you already have one of these devices, you can give it a try while waiting for the $18 MatchStick, which has now raised well over $300,000 from about 12,600 backers on Kickstarter, and should ship on February 2015.

Thanks to Harley for the tip.

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