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Video through HDMI in 2014 Honda Pilot, options and suggestions welcome.

jdramirez 12,173 4,504 October 3, 2014 at 09:44 PM
We bought a 2014 Honda Pilot and it has a HDMI imput. It also comes with a dvd player which we have access to from the front seats. But I have all but abandoned physical media several years ago.

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.

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Why not just use something like this [amazon.com]?
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Why not just use something like this [amazon.com]?
Thatt's a great idea, except that I think he will need a dongle to convert the signal into HDMI.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00...SX200_QL40
Plus an HDMI cable, for example.
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Thatt's a great idea, except that I think he will need a dongle to convert the signal into HDMI.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00...SX200_QL40
Plus an HDMI cable, for example.
I thought what I linked to was all of that in one, but to be honest I have never used such a device. the one you linked to seems to be the official Samsung one and priced accordingly and can also charge the phone while playing
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I thought what I linked to was all of that in one, but to be honest I have never used such a device. the one you linked to seems to be the official Samsung one and priced accordingly and can also charge the phone while playing
yes the one you linked does have a microUSB to HDMI cable. You can plug it directly into the TV. The USB plug is attached to the wire and used to power the cable I believe.

Doing this will eat up your battery life. If anyone looks for MHL adapters I recommend this one. http://www.monoprice.com/Product?...1&format=2
It's only about $10. And it has a slot for a microUSB cable so you can charge your phone while using this.
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Then there were other options, like getting a tablet with HDMI out, but we don't have access to control the video... so no.
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What an absolute and utter mess not to deal with a HDMI cable.

Any roku box with USB/SD support + power inverter + USB drive / SD card with movies. If you are a pirate, this won't transcode; however, if you have correctly encoded files it will work. Roku 3 has a RF/wifi-direct remote.
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I thought what I linked to was all of that in one, but to be honest I have never used such a device. the one you linked to seems to be the official Samsung one and priced accordingly and can also charge the phone while playing
You linked to a passive cable. It's the best choice if you have an MHL-compatible HDMI port. But if you have just an ordinary HDMI port, then you need a dongle which has a chip that converts MHL into HDMI.
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I looked for the hdmi input last night and I couldn't find it. I think the conversation about hooking up a game system ended with that detail and I assumed there had to be an hdmi cable. So I think I'm stuck with just a composite yellow red and white option... so I have to rethink everything.

Having said that, I'm going to contact the sales staff just to confirm.
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So I looked at the Roku options... the roku 3 has a micro sd card, and I have a 64 GB micro sd... so perfect... but it only has hdmi out... roku 1 and 2 don't have an sd slot... so those are a no go despite having the composite connections.... wow... I have to find tech that is both stupid and smart at the same time... it is impossible.
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Wait... I'm getting conflicting information. Per one amazon... roku 2 doesn't have an sd slot... but per another listing all roku 2's do... so that is a good option...
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Damn it... evidently the roku 2's that come with a micro sd slot... also come with only hdmi. Son of a b.
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Wait... I'm getting conflicting information. Per one amazon... roku 2 doesn't have an sd slot... but per another listing all roku 2's do... so that is a good option...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roku...comparison

Roku 2 XS (3100)
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Sorry... but evidently the roku 2 does come with a sd slot and it comes with a composite slot... but the one that looks like a 3.5mm headphone jack... so I was missing that. I think I found a winner. Other than keeping the media streamer out of the way, I think this is a really good option.

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Get HDMI to Composite adapter. Can use any Roku with HDMI out.
http://www.amazon.com/Portta-PETH...+composite
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