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- May 19, 2020
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- Chattanooga, TN
- 2020 CW CTR, 2014 Mazda CX-5, 2006 NC Miata, 2018 Silverado 5.3 (work)
Just watched the video on Amazon of the pairing process, it seems to be BT as per the BT pairing that went on-unless there are additional steps....I don’t think these use BT. I believe a WiFi connection is made to the adapter.
Thanks so much for the detailed review!I've been using it for about a month, bought the exact same unit as the OP.
The sound quality is exactly the same as wired CarPlay, as it uses wifi to pass the sound. Bluetooth is only needed for the initial handshake/connection.
The lag I only find is with playing music - pressing play/pause/skip. I discovered that the lag is by design. Going into the unit's settings there is a delay setting. It was default set to 1000. Not sure what unit it's in, maybe milliseconds. The lowest setting allowed is 300, which I set to that. The music started almost instantaneously when I hit play, but was extremely choppy. So the delay, or lag, I think is likely to buffer the music for a more smoother playback stream. From what I've read about even the headunits with built-in wireless CarPlay from the factory, they have a lag as well. Switching between running apps and going in and out of the home screen takes the same amount of time as when wired. Firmware is also updatable.
There are some weird interface quirks, like squares around some of the buttons that weren't there before.
The connection has been fairly reliable. I've had it disconnect a few times, but it was the unit losing it's connection with the headunit, not my iPhone losing connection. Easily rectified by unplugging and replugging the unit into the USB port. Much easier recovery than when I would lose the connection when wired, which happened once in a blue moon, which sometimes required me to reboot either my iPhone or the headunit to re-establish connection.
Overall, I'm quite satisfied with it. I have the OE wireless charger as well (Canadian Touring/Si/Type R models come with it standard from the factory), so I can wireless CarPlay and wireless charge at the same time, although the charging isn't nearly as fast as plugging it in.
It's not obvious in the product information on Amazon, but there is an additional USB-A port on the unit to allow you to plug your iPhone into the unit with a USB-A to lightning cable to revert back to wired CarPlay and charge your iPhone faster withotu having to disconnect the whole unit, which is very small (smaller than the photos look) and lightweight.