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The Carsifi Wireless Android Auto Adapter Don’t Need No Cables

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Android Users Don’t Want USB In Their Car

Of all the stupid ideas that ever existed, having a television in a car ranks right up there with hydrogen-filled dirigibles. A person needs to keep their eyes on the road and not be focused on a moving video image. So maybe that’s the unthought reason why a radio in a car always made the most sense — there’s no issue in listening to music or talking while one’s eyes stay on the road. The evolution of radio had to happen and over the years it went from a single speaker in the car to stereo to better sound systems coming from the car makers as well as the aftermarket world. But perhaps the best thing to happen to cars is the idea to enable what is on a smartphone to be able to integrate with the already built-in viewing system of a car (i.e., the head unit or “entertainment” system that includes a LCD screen on the dashboard). And before anyone complains about it being icons to see that can distract the eye, keep in mind that these integrated systems don’t allow any video apps to appear, and create a working system that doesn’t interfere with drivers (as example, there are Mazda cars that don’t allow for touch-screen access on the LCD screen while the car is in motion).

So if the car has the wired Android Auto system installed, then one’s Android phone can be plugged into a USB port to integrate and allow for onscreen operation and use (music being the most enjoyable aspect of all this). But what if you don’t want to have to deal with a USB cable and plug but still want your Android phone to connect? You can go out and buy one of those expensive cars that enable a wireless connection between the Android phone and the Android Auto system, or pound sand and just forget about it. Or you can go a simpler, non-invasive route by getting hold and using the Carsifi Wireless Android Auto Adapter. Which seems to have Wi-Fi sorta working in the name?

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Carsifi Doesn’t Need DIY

Yes it does. The Carsifi is a device that “bridges” between the Android Auto system and an Android phone. It does this by connecting to that pesky USB cable that is going into the car’s USB plug. So obviously then there’s no DIY or modifications going on that could cause any kind of grief. The unit itself is small and almost looks like one of those old ethernet adapters that plugged into an early model laptop. It’s a sealed unit, so other than having a cable existing from its back to plug into that USB port, there’s nothing there to monkey around with or have to fiddle with prior/during/after use. There’s a USB port for plugging in a USB cable (USB-C as is usually the case now with the phones), an LED indicator so one knows there’s stuff going on internally and a so-called “magic” button.

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Carsifi Has Wi-Fi

Being as small as it is, placement for the Carsifi is open to interpretation — it can be stuck to the dashboard using the included 3M sticker or held in place by figuring out how to have it grasped by one of those smartphone holders that go into a dashboard vent. Or laid flat somewhere. That’s what we managed to work out, because the signifcant other doesn’t like adhesive showing up pretty much anywhere it shouldn’t be. So it must be what’s inside the Carsifi that’s going to do all the heavy lifiting. It is — and this consists of some electronics but what we expected is there: being Bluetooth and a Wi-Fi transmitter/receiver (running on both 2.4 and 5GHz signals). So the idea must be that the Android phone will connect to the Wi-Fi network/hotspot put out by the Carsifi and so enable data to go to it, and so then into the Android Auto system. It also means, as it would with a wireless network in general, that the phone would quickly connect to the CARSIFI once in the car as the car is started up. Finally it would mean there’d be an app to take the heavy lifting and enable the whole shebang to work and deal with features and settings and stuff. So there is.

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Carsifi Does Wi-Fi

So the actual procedure to do this is pretty simple, with the Carsifi getting its power from the USB connection — no internal battery to recharge. It puts out a Wi-Fi signal that the phone takes on and there you go.

Carsifi is small enough and portable enough to be taken away when the car is parked, or hidden in a glove compartment or trunk. ISetup takes just a minute or two and certainly the Wi-Fi aspect makes its use viable and valuable to wired Android Auto users with Android 9 OS and up. For more details go to https://carsifi.com/

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