“Wireless CarPlay; the most talked and attempted feature can now be accessed even without a wireless CarPlay compatible car”
“Did I hear it right?”, This would be what comes to most of the readers at their first glance at the phrase. I say, yes you did hear it right. Due to several compatibility issues with some car inbuilt systems or aftermarket solutions, tech manufacturers have now attempted to find more easy ways to connect to the wireless CarPlay. The latest solution that works well with that is, the wireless CarPlay adaptor/the dongle.
What’s wrong with the default wireless CarPlay feature and why adapter?
Before the CarPlay adaptor/dongle came into existence, the car enthusiasts had to face different problems and issues like connectivity and compatibility issues. For instance, although people had a smart and a handy infotainment system built in their cars, they did not support wireless CarPlay. In that case, they had to find aftermarket solutions. But, this was not a wise solution for most of them. Why? It was costly and they still had some problems when trying to connect to wireless CarPlay.
The reason is that wireless CarPlay feature demands the user to have very specific hardware on their cars.
To put it simple, Wireless CarPlay requires both Bluetooth and in-car Wifi to work properly. But that’s not all. You actually also need to have a dual-band router built-in to your car to allow for CarPlay. This is why most of the aftermarket buyers are still having trouble in connecting or having wireless CarPlay experience. However, thanks to the CarPlay adaptor it is now resolved.
Wireless CarPlay Adaptors
For the moment, there are two wireless adaptors/dongles that work fine and proven successful results in our testing. They are CarPlay2Air and Carlinkit. And both wireless dongles help the user to have wireless CarPlay experience without actually connecting the phone through the lightning cable. So all you need to do is, just to connect the dongle to the USB port of the infotainment system and go ahead. Having said that, you would find two different process interfaces as both dongles’ origins are different from one another. Therefore, I think it’s better to talk about both of the wireless CarPlay dongles in separate sections. Let’s take CarPlay2Air first.
CarPlay2Air dongle comes in a quite handy box that doesn’t demand you to put much of an effort to unbox it. However, just to note, that dongle basically comes in 2 forms. Dongle with mic and without a mic. You may order the CarPlay2Air dongle with a mic or the dongle without a mic at your choice. Once, the dongle is with you, all you have to do is to pop the dongle out of the box and plug it into the USB port of your car where you usually plug your iPhone into while keeping your car on start. Then turn on the Bluetooth and connect your iPhone to the device.
If it doesn’t show up anything as you plugged in, don’t worry. It might take a few seconds to load. So let it be. Once loaded, you would find some poorly written or displayed instructions on the screen. (Don’t be too concerned about the language it displays, but focus on the functionality)
Now Good to go with the wireless CarPlay experience.
Below are the CarPlay2Air compatible device models and brands
Alfa Romeo 2018-2020
Honda 2016-2020 (CR-V, Civic, HR-V, Clarity only)
Honda bikes 2018-2020
CarPlay2Air supports almost all the brands and models that came after 2016. But if anyway your inbuilt infotainment system, car brand or the aftermarket device is not mentioned in the list, you are encouraged to contact the official CarPlay2Air support.
Likewise Carlinkit does the same function as the CarPlay2Air. Primarily as the name says it, lets your iPhone to get connected wirelessly with your car or your infotainment system. This comes with a type C port at one end while the other comes with the typical USB end that helps you connect it to the USB port of your car which is used to connect your iPhone.
Making this unit’s connectivity works with your infotainment system and your iPhone does not demand a complex process. Simply what you need to do is just plug into the USB system and pair the device with your iPhone. But make sure that there’s no bluetooth connection already paired with your iPhone and Car in order to expect it to be working properly. However, you might find instructions that come with the device which will be useful especially for you to go for the updates.
The manufacturer of Carlinkit says that the device has support for most of the car brands. However they confirm that Carlinkit has support for Audi/Porsche/Volvo/Volkswagen and Ford SYNC3.
In conclusion, we can say that CarPlay2Air and Carlinkit are too good options to use if your car’s default infotainment system has compatibility issues with wireless CarPlay or if you face issues when you are trying to connect with it. Having said that the online users tend to have shown a greater interest over CarPlay2Air wireless CarPlay dongle.