Video through HDMI in 2014 Honda Pilot, options and suggestions welcome.
So I'd like to be able to have access to my videos which I currently keep on a 2 TB external hard drive...
We presently have an HTC EVO LTE and a Samsung Galaxy 3... but I'll be upgrading to either the samsung note 3 or the samsung galaxy 5 in a month or two. We also have a ipod mini (which I don't think will do much for this situation) and a HP Touchpad running Android.
So my initial thought was, a cheap dvd player that plays mp4 files. Then simply load burned disks into the dvd player... but we don't have access to the files from the front and we are still dealing with physical media.
Then I was thinking, what about chromecast? We can control the video through our phones or a tablet... but it needs wifi. Even the new version will connect not using the same wifi network, but I think it needs the wifi to communicate through the tablet/phone.
So... maybe I get a router and have a wifi hotspot (not connected to the internet) just for the car. The router will be plugged in, and the chromecast connected via hdmi... so we should then be able to send videos from our phone (I have a 64 GB micro sd card so that will easily hold 30 movies for the kids.
We would have control over the videos from the front of the car... and we would have a decent variety.
But I know using foxfi for android, we can broadcast our own wifi network... but the last time I tried that, I wasn't able to get it to work (2 years ago). Rather than the router, could I just broadcast from the phone and still use chromecast?
Then I was thinking... heck, I can have a NAS... but then I am making it overly complicated.
Then there were other options, like getting a tablet with HDMI out, but we don't have access to control the video... so no.
I kinda would like one of those really small mac computers they had several years ago. I could use a wireless usb mouse/keyboard to control it... But I think they were vga out, which means no audio... so that seems like a no go.
I just looked, a used mac mini had a dvi out... so again no audio. But I think some of the later ones have hdmi... a decent sized hard drive and I think I'm in business.
I'm also coming across an HP Chromebox... but an internal SSD of 16 GB... that's a joke. And @ $150... that's not good enough.
Are there media players that might be a good option... I wouldn't want to control it via an IR remote... but if there is one with a RF remote or that connects via USB to a wireless (handheld) keyboard and mouse... that might be good.