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.
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!
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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