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      02-14-2015, 05:24 PM   #1
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BimmerTech Mirroring Unit Installation and Review

Hey guys,

If you read my other thread where I installed and reviewed the BimmerTech front and rear retrofit kit, I made a reference to a new product that they would be selling soon that integrates nicely as well. The product is a mirroring device that sets up a WiFi hotspot in your car that you can connect to via your iOS or Android device and wirelessly mirror or send audio/video to your car system. I was originally going to buy this unit but after BimmerTech saw my original review they offered to send me this new unit to test and review for them before they begin selling it. It should be for sale on their website in the near future.

The unit is pretty small and was very easy to install if you already have the BimmerTech camera integration unit, which is also a mandatory component. The reason why it is required is because the camera integration unit also provides 3 extra A/V Inputs as well as an A/V Output.

You can find the review to the camera integration unit here: http://www.2addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1086290

I wanted this product so that I could wirelessly stream Google Maps from my iPhone to the car screen and audio system because no navigation beats google maps right?!?! I guess I could also use this to play movies stored on my iPhone while I am driving a long distance or something. Really this is the perfect add-on for those who didn't opt for the Nav unit in their 2 series but still want on screen nav + more.

I would give the ease of installation a 10/10 considering you would have already installed the camera integration unit previously.

The video quality is quite good. Keep in mind you are digitally streaming over WiFi, which is then being converted to Analog signals, which is then being sent through another unit to reach the screen...so don't expect HD or something ridiculous like that. It is perfect for Google Maps, and movies look decent on it as well. 8/10 for quality.

I did find that iOS 8 has placed some DRM limitations on AirPlay recently. You can't stream YouTube and some other DRM enabled applications over AirPlay. Android doesn't have this limitation.

The flickering in the video is from my GoPro, not from the screen. Looks fine in person.

Here are the installation and results videos:









Hope you guys like the videos.

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Very cool! For those who might of missed your original install post, perhaps you could include that link above.

Again, great stuff!
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Very cool! For those who might of missed your original install post, perhaps you could include that link above.

Again, great stuff!
Good idea! Done!
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I just tried mirroring my MacBook Pro to the unit and it worked well, although the resolution was so high it was hard to see anything lol.
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I was thinking today, another cool thing you can use this unit for is to display your Torque or OBDII app outputs. Instead of mounting your iPhone or Android, you just mirror to the OEM screen. This will be my next project.
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I was thinking today, another cool thing you can use this unit for is to display your Torque or OBDII app outputs. Instead of mounting your iPhone or Android, you just mirror to the OEM screen. This will be my next project.
I hope the price for that unit is reasonable as I was hoping to do this.
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I hope the price for that unit is reasonable as I was hoping to do this.
If I recall correctly its going to be an ~$150 add-on.

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Updated thread with another video.
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If I recall correctly its going to be an ~$150 add-on.
Is this going to be a stand-alone module or is it an add-on to the rear/front cam one that you installed in your other video?
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Is this going to be a stand-alone module or is it an add-on to the rear/front cam one that you installed in your other video?
Add-on only. It requires AV input.
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Where do you buy the mirroring unit? I searched everywhere in Bimmertech, can't find it..
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Where do you buy the mirroring unit? I searched everywhere in Bimmertech, can't find it..
It is not available yet afaik. I was given an early unit to test. Keep in mind you need an AV input on your car for this to work.
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It is not available yet afaik. I was given an early unit to test. Keep in mind you need an AV input on your car for this to work.
Ok thanks. I have to say if they get this thing right, it will be the best selling mod in the history.
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Great post. I actually had a similar unit installed on my car a couple months ago. I use the NAVIKS unit with a KIVIC ONE for wirelessly streaming my iphone display to the Idrive screen. I do notice lag sometimes when it first starts up or when I try to do too much with my phone. Does the bimmertech unit lag at all? I've acutally been thinking of just switching to a wired connection to defeat the lag. Also, I am able to watch Youtube on mine I believe, but my iphone is jailbroken, so maybe that's why.
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Great post. I actually had a similar unit installed on my car a couple months ago. I use the NAVIKS unit with a KIVIC ONE for wirelessly streaming my iphone display to the Idrive screen. I do notice lag sometimes when it first starts up or when I try to do too much with my phone. Does the bimmertech unit lag at all? I've acutally been thinking of just switching to a wired connection to defeat the lag. Also, I am able to watch Youtube on mine I believe, but my iphone is jailbroken, so maybe that's why.
I haven't noticed any lag yet really. I don't use it for much other than Google Maps though. Yes, I have heard that YouTube streaming works if you jailbreak.
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Do you know if the AV unit will fit in the same location that you mounted for those with a Nav?

Not sure if anything else is mounted there. Just wondering why there would be so much room.
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Do you know if the AV unit will fit in the same location that you mounted for those with a Nav?

Not sure if anything else is mounted there. Just wondering why there would be so much room.
I think it will still fit, but probably not as nice as with the non nav cars. The NAV unit is pretty large and takes up a ton of space. The non nav cars have a lot of room to move. Take apart the dash using my instructions and take a peek, should only take 10 mins or so.
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Great post!! Thanks, I will be trying this out when it is released.
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I found this video of a guy mirroring his Andoird using just Chromecast ($40) and USB-AV converter ($16), into his Lexus IS screen.

But I guess we can't do this because BMW doesn't provide an AV input, our aux input is just audio.

Damn you BMW...

http://youtu.be/vgTaAwB951A

[u2b]http://youtu.be/vgTaAwB951A[/u2b]
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Great news guys, we are now shipping the Mirroring unit . Please pm or email me at Nelson@bimmer-tech.net for more info.
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So is it just $150 for the one piece that will allow it or do we need the both pieces? Whats the total of the whole package?
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So is it just $150 for the one piece that will allow it or do we need the both pieces? Whats the total of the whole package?
You need both pieces. Mirroring unit is $175 and its only available as an add on to our rear view camera package. http://www.bimmer-tech.net/shop/bmw-...amera-retrofit
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