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December 30, 2020 4 min read

How Shall I Choose the Carlinkit Dongle Model? Does my vehicle model have Wired Apple CarPlay? Which Carlinkit dongle should I get for my car? What's the difference between Dongle 1.0 and 2.0 (U2W, U2W Plus)? You'll get answers to questions like these. This article is dedicated to CarPlay lovers who are confused about choosing a CarPlay adapter.

The differences between the two Carlinkit dongles (Autokit,U2W Models).

The differences between the two Carlinkit dongles (Autokit,U2W MODELS).

Dongle(Autokit)

Carlinkit dongle (Autokit) is suitable for existing 4.2 or above aftermarket Android system.

- How to confirm whether the vehicle is supported by the dongle(Autokit) or not?

First of all, you need to check the Android version of your car in the car system to make sure it is above 4.2. Then install the software "Autokit.APK" on your car. If all three options are all displayed with "√", your car with aftermarket android head unit can work with the dongle.

view Android car version -On the car system, go to setting and check the system version.

- The function of dongle(Autokit)

The dongles which work with "Autokit.apk" supports the use of CarPlay supported APPs, Waze, Maps to navigate, receive messages and calls, and play music while you are on the road, and the Screen Mirror can support syncing your phone screen to the car screen for more fun. 

This Carlinkit dongle supports your Android phone and iPhone, so it also supports wired Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay. It has several variants, wired connection and wireless version.

- Shall I choose the wired connection or wireless connection version? 

"Wired Connection" means you can just connect to your CarPlay via cable regardless of phones. "Wireless Connection" means you can not only connect to your CarPlay via bluetooth and wifi, but also via cable. So if you use android phones like Samsung, then you need "Wired Connection". Then if you usually use iPhone, you'd better choose the wireless version. We also have an optional Pro version with built-in mic for the wired version.

"Wired Connection" means you can just connect to your CarPlay via cable regardless of phones. "Wireless Connection" means you can not only connect to your CarPlay via bluetooth and wifi, but also connect via cable

Dongle(U2W, U2W Plus)

The two generations of Carlinkit wireless dongles (U2W, U2W Plus) are available for existing wired CarPlay capable vehicles or certain wired CarPlay capable aftermarket receivers (Alpine, Pioneer, Kenwood).

Their primary function is to convert Apple CarPlay from wired to wireless. If your car does not already have CarPlay capability, this dongle will not work in your car. You must already have Wired Apple CarPlay and a USB port that you previously used with the Apple Lightning cable. The dongle can only for iphone 9+, and support CarPlay. Means that can't use for android phone with the dongle. 

The two generations of Carlinkit wireless dongles (U2W, U2W Plus) are available for existing wired CarPlay capable vehicles or certain wired CarPlay capable aftermarket receivers (Alpine, Pioneer, Kenwood ).

- Does your vehicle have Wired Apple CarPlay?

If you have previously used CarPlay via the Apple Lightning cable, then you will not have this question. If you don't have this experience, try connecting with the Apple Lightning cable and see if you get the CarPlay interface (first open CarPlay on your phone) like the following picture. Finally be confirmed that there is indeed, then you are lucky to have about wireless CarPlay solution.

try connecting with the Apple Lightning cable

- Differences about dongle(U2W) and dongle(U2W Plus).

Carlinkit 2.0 (U2W Plus) is the upgraded version of Carlinkit 1.0 (U2W). Although the firmware system is the same, there are some improvements in hardware and appearance. 5.8GHZcertification module, automotive stardard ATMEL main control chip, 5G WIFI and blueooth etc. on version 2.0 The integration. Therefore, the 2.0 upgrade version has better experience in connection speed and stability. In the small box comes the Carlinkit 2.0 dongle itself, with its sleek shiny casing and a large LED status bar on the front The LED light can show the status of connection.

The dongle itself has USB-C and USB-A female ports and the kits a short USB-C to USB-A cable which it's detachable to come with. The Carlinkit dongle has to attach to this female USB-C port via USB-C on the end of the cable. Then this USB-A on the end of the cable can connect to your vehicle's existing 'Apple CarPlay' USB socket. 

USB-C to USB-A Cable  

The wireless dongles that simply connect to the existing USB port that you use to plug your USB to cable into. As soon as the dongle powers up, it tricks CarPlay system into thinking iPhone is connected by cable to vehicle's system/receiver. Meanwhile, your iPhone thinks it's connecting to a wireless CarPlay system (the dongle), so it then transmits CarPlay wirelessly over Bluetooth (for the initial hand-shake) and Wi-Fi  to your car system/receiver via the dongle. 

- Compatibility about dongles.

We currently have a supported list including some tested vehicle models(for reference only). Although we have declared compatibility for them, we are unable to test compatibiliy for all models to ensure 100% fitment due to regional differences in versions of the same model year and differences in cell phone connectivity. We still to test and collect feedback from our customers to improve our supported list. Every point of your feedback is important.

For Japanese production or Japanese brand models, we have added them to our supported list. But actually, the existing firmware is not yet mature for them, so there will be some cases where they are not able to be stably compatible. We have been aware of such cases from your feedbacks and decide to improve the stability in the future firmware for their models. You can wait for future firmware or product updates to improve them. 

If you have technical problems with your Carlinkit wireless dongle (U2W,U2W Plus), you are welcome to upload the usage log at 190.168.50.2(the same website of upgrade firmware). It is best to take a screenshot of the information you filled in on that screen and contact our after-sales team via email. If you are unable to upload usage logs via 190.168.50.2, you can leave your feedback at the bottom of the page.

    
We are always committed to providing you with a more stable and compatible wireless CarPlay solution. If you have good suggestions or other questions about using the device, you can learn from FAQ or CONTACT US directly by email.

 


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