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Hi...any progress with your project? Amazon Fire 8 HD are on sale for $49. Thinking about pulling the trigger
 

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Hey again. Yes, I'm using a 2013 Google Nexus 7 tablet with a magnet mount along the top edge of the radio area. It works really well for Carplay as long as you can put up with the power cycling issue and the setup of the tablet. The Fire 8 HD may not have the power cycling issue that the Nexus has (basically if the dongle is not recognized when you fire the ignition, you have to restart the tablet. This happens to me about 50% of the time after stopping and starting the vehicle (power is cut to the carplay dongle and its not always recognized by the tablet after it has been shut down in this manner - the Fire tablet may handle this better, I'm not sure).

For mounting the tablet, I do have a fairly good solution for that. I picked up a magnet mount that is just about the right thickness that when mounted above the radio, on the 1" semi-curved lip along the top of the radio area, it allows a really good fit and you can still see the Pilot's info display screen.

All in all, I'm pleased with the solution and I've gotten used to working with the power cycle issue, restarting the tablets when needed is just two clicks on the screen and it restarts pretty quickly.
 

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Thanks for the reply. You have made good progress. Which magnet mount are you using? I have found a couple that might fit the bill...
 

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Hey again. Yes, I'm using a 2013 Google Nexus 7 tablet with a magnet mount along the top edge of the radio area. It works really well for Carplay as long as you can put up with the power cycling issue and the setup of the tablet. The Fire 8 HD may not have the power cycling issue that the Nexus has (basically if the dongle is not recognized when you fire the ignition, you have to restart the tablet. This happens to me about 50% of the time after stopping and starting the vehicle (power is cut to the carplay dongle and its not always recognized by the tablet after it has been shut down in this manner - the Fire tablet may handle this better, I'm not sure).

For mounting the tablet, I do have a fairly good solution for that. I picked up a magnet mount that is just about the right thickness that when mounted above the radio, on the 1" semi-curved lip along the top of the radio area, it allows a really good fit and you can still see the Pilot's info display screen.

All in all, I'm pleased with the solution and I've gotten used to working with the power cycle issue, restarting the tablets when needed is just two clicks on the screen and it restarts pretty quickly.
That's unfortunate about the power issue still that you were trying to resolve. I guess the pass-thru battery power option wasn't successful in maintaining constant power? Would you have the same issue if you power directly the Pilot's battery? Always the possibility of using the timer (page 2) and connect directly to the Pilot's battery. The timer would cut power after x mins/hours/days. Not sure if the timer resets when the trigger action receives power. Trying to provide a solution that won't drain your battery but eliminates the power-up issue (I previously was using an google chromecast audio device and the boot time was annoying to me so that option was replaced with my current solution). So annoying stopping to get gas or groceries and then waiting what seemed like 5 mins for it boot and connect again.
 

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Ugh!! How in the hell did you get the autokit app installed on your tablet? For the life of me, I cannot figure it out...
 

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I have been using a fire tablet successfully for the last week. The only issue is with using siri and calls, and i am pretty sure it has to do with how the microphones are used. There are three mics in my setup: one on iphone, one on fire tablet and one connected to car bluetooth. One problem is if you try to dictate a text message, it picks up siris voice and always includes it in the message. That tells me a microphone is picking up siris voice, so it seems most likely to be either car bluetooth mic or fire tablet. The other issue is during phone calls they can barely hear me speak. This never happened prior to new setup. Are others using an Airplay dongle/tablet setup experiencing similar issues? Any suggestions on a fix? other than this issue i have been pleasantly surprised at how well this system works. A great low budget solution to get carplay without replacing your headunit.
 
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