Zome ZMT-330A is Both an Android TV Box and a Wi-Fi Router

A few months ago I wrote about SinoVoip BPI-R1 board powered by Allwinner A20, and being a sort of hybrid media player / router system running Android with 5 Gigabit ports, Wi-Fi, HDMI output and SATA, but now somebody made an actual product which they call an “Android TV Box Wi-Fi Router” sold under the model name ZMT-330A, and based on Nufront NS115 dual core processor.

Android_wi-fi_routerZome ZMT-330A specifications:

  • SoC – Nufront NS115 dual core Cortex A9 @ 1.0GHz + Mali-400 GPU
  • System Memory – Nufront: 512 MB DDR3 (1GB optional); Wi-Fi module: 32MB SDRAM (64MB optional)
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC Flash  (8 /16 GB optional) +  micro SD slot; Wi-Fi module: 8MB SPI flash (16MB optional)
  • Video Output – HDMI up to 1080p
  • Video Codecs and Containers – AVI, H.265, VC-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DIVD/DIVX, Real8/9/10, RM, RMVB, PMP, FLV, MP4, M4V, VOB, WMV, 3GP, MKV
  • Connectivity – 2x 10/100M Ethernel ports (LAN and WAN), 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi 2T2R up to 300 Mbps with two external antennas
  • USB – 2x USB host port, 1x micro USB
  • Misc – IR receiver, reset (recovery?) button, and power button. 5x LEDs on front panel.
  • Power – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – N/A
  • Weight – N/A

Based on these rather strange specifications, it would seem Nufront NS115 is handle the Android 4.2 part, and there may be a separate Wi-Fi SoC with 32 to 64 MB RAM and 8 to 8 MB SP I flash running a Linux? OS to handle the router part, which does not make a lot of sense. Nufront NS115 is also a relatively old processor (about 2 years old), and I reviewed an HDMI TV dongle based on NS115, and found it to be OK, but with not-so-good video playback capabilities. I thought the chip was dead in the water, but it’s still around apparently, and hopefully they’ve improved some of the shortcomings. If you’re a looking for a system with processor with some (GPL) source code, you can give it a pass.

Zome ZMT-330A can be purchased on Aliexpress for $69.99, but the seller has no feedback, and I could not find this device anywhere else.

Thanks to Gabe for the tip.

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I expect the emergence of a new type of device (tv box + router) ’cause the domestic market in China is very strong competition. Another device that is worth paying attention Huawei Cube Honor http://www.huaweimobileshop.com/huawei-ws860s-tv-box-storage-route.html (Android 4.2 + Linux) prettty nice)

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那twubir是中国人啊!

Paul
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> BPI-R1 board

Now appearing in “pre-sell” on Aliexpress too, for the same ~$70.

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All that is missing is a built-in harddrive with NAS software and you got a the ultimate convergence device 😉

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BPI-R1 board has space and connector for (at least 2.5″) HDD. But I’m not sure it’s ultimate device, or rather a useless monster. For one, I already have NAS. Paid a lot for it, and while hw may be not the coolest nowadays, it’s metal case actually designed to dissipate heat from couple of HDDs. Then, if it has HDMI, it’s gotta stand by TV, but TV is standing in bedroom, and HDDs are pretty noisy things, so if I use NAS during late-night hacking, it bothers somebody. Oh, and my router usually stands in the middle of apartment, to offer good wifi coverage, and that’s away from where my tv stands either.

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there is a product called timebox, in china. It is A31s+1G DDR3+8G EMMC+ Router(2LAN 1WAN 11n & 11ac), of course, it support 2.5″ HDD insite. I think it is a android smart router. The link is http://z.jd.com/project/details/1579.html , but in chinese.