Unleash entertainment in your lounge room like never before. Not only will this transform your television viewing experience, it will change how you watch television forever.
Free HDMI cable, free batteries
Dual boot. Choose between the standard Android homescreen launcher and the popular MediaBox launcher
In a time when there are smart TV’s and internet streaming, the addition of a box to the TV is normally limited to either a pay TV provider or games console. Now one of them I can fully understand, and it’s not the pay TV provider. But apart from those, is there really a need for any other type of box? There sure is. The Android TV box will allow you to stream from providers such as Netflix, as well as view local network content. But it’s what’s built into this Android TV box that changes everything.
The MXQ Android Box is quad core, providing enough processing power to play your content smoothly without crashing at every corner. It operates on Android 5.1, an older but more stable operating system. You can download apps from Google Play and stream your favourite content directly to your big screen TV, in HD.
Why spend hundreds of dollars every single month to enjoy premium television that is surprisingly full of ads? To be honest, now is the time to throw out your cable or satellite receiver. Why? You now have choices like never before.
We have recently become inundated with viewing choices that our parents could only have ever dreamt about. Netflix, Stan and even Hulu Plus and HBO Go through DNS services has changed the playing field like never before. No longer do we have to sit down when the program producer at the television station decides to when we can watch our favourite show or the latest movie. A slowly improving internet combined with streaming services has opened a Pandoras Box of what is possible when it comes to the best entertainment. But it’s still fairly limited, unless you have our Android TV Box with Kodi.
We have already installed some streaming apps.
*Installed apps include KODI (XBMC), Netflix, YouTube and more …
- It runs on the stable and reliable Android 5.1 Lolipop
- Quad Core CPU + Quad Core GPU + Amlogic S805 chipset
- 8GB internal storage + 1GB DDR3 RAM
- Hardware decode and output High Definition 1080p video, support for 3D
- Loaded with streaming apps such as Netflix, YouTube, and more
- Support USB external hard drive up to 2TB*
- Support SD cards up to 32GB
- Support Flash, Miracast*
- Built-in Wi-Fi and fast Ethernet port (10/100Mb)
- Support HDMI 1.4, AV and SPDIF coaxial audio output
- Fast 2x USB 2.0 ports for connecting external hard drives/flash drives or keyboard & mouse
- Built-in Google store for downloading thousands of apps and games online
- Play movies/photo/music online or from external USB hard drive/flash drive/SD card
- Surf the internet on your TV
- Supports USB and wireless keyboard and mouse
- Please note. These boxes are not fully loaded and come with the official version of Kodi and only legal streaming apps.
Comes with Kodi 16.1 Jarvis
What is Kodi?
Imagine a place like your old fashioned video rental store, but where everything that you could ever imagine is right at your fingertips. EVERYTHING! Once your chosen add-ons have been installed it can have catch up TV, live TV, international TV, including sports, movies, kids shows, and well, we’ll leave it to your imagination. In short. It’s a complete entertainment system.
This box is loaded with the latest version of KODI and is designed to update online, meaning that the add-ons will always update by themselves, ensuring no add-on is left outdated. With every release of KODI some add-ons may not work. Once the developer of the add-on has released an update it will work perfectly.
AirPlay and mirror cast. Project your phone or tablet onto your big screen tv
To begin with AirPlay you will only need the following
- iPhone 4s or later
- iPad 2 or later, Ipad mini
- iPod touch 4th generation or later
For Miracast you will only need an Android or Windows phone or tablet with the capability built in. To see if it will work drag down with 2 fingers on your Android and see if the mrror casting option is available.
These boxes are all setup and ready to use. All you have to do is plug in the HDMI lead, connect it to power, insert batteries into the remote and start enjoying your entertainment like you would never believe (additional features can be gained by installing Kodi add-ons or Android apps).
It comes with a selection of entertainment apps already installed. They include Netflix, YouTube, Kodi (some boxes will have this installed as KD Player) Facebook and more. If there’s something else you would like to install you have access to literally thousands of apps in the Android market place and third party Kodi add-ons.
Updating Kodi add-ons
The box comes with a feature called online update. When the application is opened it will automatically install add-on updates as required. This removes the necessity for you to manually check and update each add-on. It will also guarantee that each add-on remains up to date. The initial startup of the Kodi app will begin the first update process, and this will take several minutes to complete due to the vast number of add-ons requiring an update. During this initial period the app will be a little slower to use and may freeze from time to time. Subsequent starts of the app will be much quicker after the initial updates are completed
Unfortunately the people behind Kodi have decided that from Kodi 17 onwards it will only support Android 5.1 and above. To update Kodi follow one of two methods that we have discovered at this link
Set the TV remote on the Android MXQ remote (for models without the green Kodi button)
The MXQ remote can control your TV. To get it to learn the TV remote functions just follow these simple steps.
1. Press and hold the TV CONTROL POWER button on the android remote until the power light on the remote comes on solid red
2. Now press one of the other tv control buttons, either TV Power, TV SET, TV in, vol- or vol+. The red light will now blink
3. Point your existing remote at this remote, then press and hold the command you want to teach the android remote. When it gets the signal the red light on the remote will go solid red again.
4. Repeat with the other buttons.
These boxes are jailbroken by the factory to allow for the customised home screen and installation of other apps and features. This does not affect the warranty or functionality in any way unless you customise the device further. It is worth noting that some apps won’t work with this box unless you install an app called Hide my Root from the Google Play Store. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amphoras.hidemyroot&hl=en
Where possible these will be sent by courier for a faster and more reliable service.
Over 700,000 apps are available to download from the Google Play store
Play Store won’t load: This is an annoying little bug that’s pretty easy to solve. You might find that you need to go to the Play Store to either update an app or download a new one, but the darn thing won’t load at all. This is a Google Android problem, and easily solved. To solve go to My Apps >> Settings >> Other >> more settings >> Apps. Press the right arrow until all aps are shown and then select Google Play Store. Select or click on “clear data” and “clear cache.” A warning box will show and click “OK”. Go to Google Play and it will load. Happy days! 🙂
Apps won’t update, or they take a long time: First of all make sure that you have a good internet connection, and you are actually getting the service that you are paying for from your ISP. Where I live the net is near impossible to use between 7:30pm and 10:00pm, thank you Netflix users. Some apps require a faster connection speed than others for gooq playback. Even the Kodi app has varying minimum speeds required. As a guide, Foxtel, Netflix, Presto and Stan need a line speed of at least 3 mbps. Some apps, such as Kodi, may need a minimum of 8 mbps. Another factor that can affect quality is the resolution that you are attempting to play. 1080p and 720p HD will require a faster connection speed than 360p videos. If you have slow internet connection speed, less than 8 mbps, or a low data allowance please test the video playback on a pc or mobile dvice before purchasing. If the internet connection is working well stop the updates and update one app at a time. Sometimes it’s all a little too much for Google Play to handle all of them at once. It might take a while, but it will get them all updated.
Some Kodi channels won’t load: Yeah, this is a bit annoying, especially when it comes to the good ones. But once again this isn’t a problem with the box. While Kodi displays all these thousands of channels in the list, not all of them work. After looking at countless forums, videos and blogs online the general consensus is to try the ones you are interested in and see if they load. Not all of them will, but you will get hundreds to work, which is still pretty good.
There are also other related problems, such as server side issues and poor internet speeds. As mentioned above a minimum speed of 8 mbps is recommended for streaming. Try to eliminate your own internet connection by conducting a test at speedtest.net.
If you can not load or install an additional Kodi addon please make sure that you are following the instructions provided to you for that addon. If the addon is available it will install provided you have a good connection to the internet and the host server is up and running without interruptions. If you still find it difficult to download and install try downloading it to your PC. If it doesn’t download to your PC, or takes a minute or so then it will not be able to install on the box either as the connection will timeout. That indicates a problem with either your internet connection or the server where the file is located. As mentioned above, try using ethernet, moving closer to wifi, conduct a speed test. If your speeds are low you’ll need to contact your ISP. If the speeds are fine you’ll need to contact the developer of the addon as they may be unaware of the problem.
Kodi or other video app quality is poor or buffers: Once again, a bit annoying. But you know what? It’s free, you aren’t paying for the Kodi service, so it’s still a bargain. Some channels will play as clearly as Netflix, some like they were made in the period of dial up. All you have to do is try them and see what works best for you. If there is a lot of buffering it can be related to the quality of your internet service or the server where the stream is coming from.
Kodi add-ons when played have sound but no picture: This is an occasional problem that doesn’t seem to afflict all Kodi installs, but is pretty easy to fix. Inside the Kodi app go to System>>Video. On the bottom of the right sidebar change the user level to advanced or expert. Under acceleration uncheck allow hardware acceleration (amcodec). Try it again and see if the video shows. If it doesn’t go back and also uncheck allow hardware acceleration (MediaCodec). The only one that should be checked now is allow hardware acceleration (libstagefright). The video will now play unhindered.
The box turns your TV off: This is a surprising little bug that seems to affect about 1% of TV’s on the market. There are two possible causes. The first is that the remote control for the box has the same code as your TV. Pressing the power button or another on the MXQ box remote control will send the signal to the TV to turn off. There’s not much you can really do about this scenario other than try different orders for turning both devices on and off, or use an app over wifi to control the TV box.
The other, and more likely cause of the problem is the CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) function in many modern TV’s. CEC sends signals through HDMI, but it doesn’t always work as planned, especially when you are using different brands of connected devices. Go into your TV settings and disable the CEC function. This should solve the problem. If not try changing the HDMI resolution settings on the MXQ box to 720p fixed.
Kodi freezing in both videos and the menus: If you find that videos are freezing or buffering it can be related to your internet connection. Test your speed by downloading the fast.com app or open the browser on the box and head to fast.com. Anything under 5 mbps will not work. Make sure that you are connected to a strong network via Ethernet if possible or WiFi that is no more than 6 m away from the router with no walls. If there are walls try and keep the distance to no more than 4 m and do not use WiFi range extenders as they will severely impact on the quality and speed of the connection. If the connection is good and your ISP is not at fault try a different add-on or stream as it will most probably be related to the stream or add-on. If Kodi is freezing at other times such as during menu navigation this will be related to auto updates. While Kodi is updating the add-ons it will become unresponsive and freeze. DO NOT restart the box. Doing so may corrupt the files. Please allow up to 20 minutes for the updates to finish. Once they have finished Kodi will run smoothly.
Netflix and or remote become unresponsive: This is not a fault of the box. It’s partly to do with the design of the remote control the box comes with and how the app is designed for touch screen devices. The remote, which is a simple point and click remote like a TV remote, is unable to emulate a touch and swipe input like phones and tablets do. We strongly recommend the purchase of the mini keyboard or air mouse to make using the box, especially in Netflix a lot easier. Either the mini keyboard or air mouse will allow you to emulate a touch response on your TV.
Updating to Android Marshmallow: The box comes stock standard with Android 5.1 lollipop. A newer version might be released for the box, but we can not guarantee it. You may be able to update manually, but we DO NOT recommend this and we are not responsible if you turn the box into an expensive paper weight. Our recommendation is to only update if you are requested by the Android box.
Please note: We are not responsible for the addons working or not, or their functionality. Each addon is created and maintained by individual developers. Just as with apps in the app store, some will work like they should, and others won’t. There is no guarantee that any addon or app will work with this box. It’s also worth noting that Foxtel Go will not work as the app requires Android 5.1 as of the end of June 2016. If you find an addon doesn’t work it is recommended to try others that do work.
So what comes in the box?
You will get:
- Android TV box with Kodi already installed.
- Remote control
- Owners manual
- Australian Power lead
- HDMI cable
- USB x 4
Current KODI version 16.1 Jarvis. Full upgrade instructions are available here and only here
|Chipset||Amlogic S805 Quad Core 4 x Cortex A5 1.5GHz|
|GPU||Quad-Core 4 x Mali-450 600MHz|
|FLASH||8GB NAND FLASH|
|Power Supply Specifications|
|Power Supply||DC 5V/2A|
|Power Indicator (LED)||Power ON :blue; Standby :Red|
|OS||Android 5.1 Lolipop|
|Decoder||1080P HEVC/H.264 H.265,HD AVC/VC-1,HD MPEG1/2/4,RM/RMVB,Xvid/DivX3/4/5/6 ,RealVideo8/9/10|
|USB host||4 High speed USB 2.0,support U DISK and USB HDD|
|Card reader||SD/SDHC/MMC cards|
|HDD file system||FAT16/FAT32/NTFS|
|HD Video output||SD/HD max.1920×1080 pixel|
|Languages||English/French/German/Spanish/Italian/ etc multilateral languages|
|LAN||Ethernet:10/100M standard RJ-45|
|Wireless||Built in WiFi|
|Mouse/ Keyboard||Support mouse and keyboard via USB;Support 2.4GHz wireless mouse and keyboard via 2.4GHz USB dongle|
- Wifi signal may be weak if the box is located more than 5m away from the wifi source. We strongly recommend the use of ethernet cable
- Miracast is not compatible with all devices.
- This box is not compatible with all USB storage devices. It’s recommended to use a hard drive with its own power supply
- The online video playback quality depends on the quality of the internet connection at your premises. We recommend that you have a connection speed of at 8 mbps to begin using online streaming services.
- When streaming video or other online content this box uses bandwidth. We are not responsible for the over use of bandwidth that may result from using this box.
- We take no responsibility for how the MXQ is used and encourage the use of legal streaming services