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Streaming Bluetooth Audio in Nissan Pathfinder 2016 SV Model

May 2, 2017 2 comments

So I recently picked up a 2016 Nissan Pathfinder 2016 SV model.  One of the features it had was Bluetooth advertised; so I figured Ok it has Bluetooth media streaming capabilities built in.  I was upgrading the wife’s car from a 2013 Nissan Sentra which had it no problem.  After we got the car and hooked up Bluetooth I noticed it only had Bluetooth calling capabilities.  I Googled my issue and noticed several other people with the same problem.

I guess you need to purchase the higher end upgraded model or the Platinum edition which is about $15,000 more for the feature.  After I did some research I saw the car had on-board AUX / composite hookup’s as well as a USB port.

I tried (2) different methods:

Method 1:  This involved a USB Bluetooth wireless audio adapter and 2 x RCA Male, 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Female Connector

HIGHFINE USB Bluetooth Wireless Audio

Purchase for $8.69 on Amazon

2 x RCA Male, 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Female, Y-Cable 6-Inch

Purchase for $4.89 on Amazon

So this was the first method I tried because I figured it would be the easiest.  However the Bluetooth adapter just plain sucked it took about 3-4 minutes to connect the phone and was so inconsistent.  Also I noticed I would have to type the RCA hookup because when it moved the audio would fade in an out.  So I ditched that idea and check out my Method 2 below.

Method 2:  This is actually what’s pictured in the posts image.  It’s a little messy but I didn’t clean or zip tie anything up i just wanted you to see the initial setup.  This setup also does not require the USB port however it requires you to use your Cigarette lighter for power.  My wife likes to charge her phone in the car so I figured I would buy a Splitter so it would control both.

Kinivo BTC450 Bluetooth Hands-Free

Purchase for $34.99 on Amazon

NOCO GC020 12V 2-Way Splitter

Purchase for $8.95 on Amazon

2 x RCA Male, 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Female, Y-Cable 6-Inch

Purchase for $4.89 on Amazon

So this method worked the best and surprisingly it worked better than I expected it to.  My Smartphone instantly connected to the Kinivo BTC450 Bluetooth Hands-Free device every time without any delays.  What’s cool if you have both your phone connected to your Cars “Bluetooth Calling” and the Kinivo device it will pause your music and allow you to answer the phone call (this was a must).  What kinda sucks is that you cannot use the steering wheel controls to control the Next/Previous playback.  However on the Kinivo device were ever you decide to mount it has controls for Next-Previous-Stop-Play.

Setting Up Your Smartphone to Auto Stream

My next step was I wanted my device to immediately start playing Spotify when the Bluetooth connection was present.

You need to download Bluetooth connect & Play on your Android Smartphone Device.

Then you want to choose the Bluetooth device in this case mine was the BTC450 then I had it Auto Play spotify.  You can choose whichever media service you are using from Google Play Music, Spotify, etc.  There are several other applications that will accomplish this from:  Trigger Task LauncherAutoplay for Spotify  I’m still testing to see which application works the best and works all the time.  If you have any questions, tips or comments post below.

[Review] Marineland Magniflow Canister Filter 360

January 27, 2017 0 comments

About a year ago I purchased my first 75 gallon fresh water fish tank.  I started with a simple over the top dual filter that did great but I was sick of changing the filter pads every month.  I also wanted something more powerful that would make my tank clear.  I looked at several different options from Marineland to Fluval and a few other brands.  Based on product reviews and pricing I decided to go with the Marineland canister 360 filter.  This was my first filter so I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into.  The only knowledge I had was following YouTube installations and various forums.

When I received the Marineland canister 360 the instructions were a little vague.  The biggest thing that got me was they included (2) small grommets that I would of thought they went on both input/output hoses at the base off the canister filter.  Turns out that was totally wrong.  I put them on there and primed and turned on the filter; I noticed water was leaking out of one the hoses at the base.  I saw the grommet was stuck inside the hose which was causing the leak so the only way I could get it out was to take the hose completely off.

When I did this it made a suction and tons of water just started shooting out everywhere but I finally managed to get the hose reattached.  Once I got the hose back on everything was perfect besides a lot of water that came out from a problem that could of been avoided with better instructions.  Other than that the priming of the filter and everything else was a breeze!  You can barely hear the filter running, the 4 valve air pump I have is honestly louder than the filter.

I was super nervous this month to clean the filter just to see how much it has collected due to the whole mishap with the water shooting all over.  Honestly all I did was unplug the filter, turn the “key” and the hoses were turned off.  There wasn’t a drop of water anywhere.  I’ve been extremely happy with my purchase and the tank just looks great every since I installed this.

Order:  Marineland Canister 360 Filter

[Review] Nintendo Wii U Pro Controller with RetroPie

January 26, 2017 0 comments

Since I have been dabbling in the whole RaspberryPi / RetroPie / EmulationStation world, I wanted to have the best wireless controller.  Why?  because it’s not the 90’s any more and people aren’t sitting on the floor in front of their televisions.  My TV is mounted above the fire place on the wall so to have a silly USB cable coming down while my two kids are running around isn’t practical.

I also wanted a bluetooth wireless controller that was just going to work and always work even if I had to spend $30-40 bucks.  I’ve tried over 10 different controllers from 8bitdo, to Dualshock PS3, and the OEM Xbox 360 controller.  Out of every single controller I tried I always went back to the Nintendo Wii U PRO.  It just felt right in my hands, the controls and buttons are perfect there is no delay.  I even left the system running for 8 hours I came back and the controller was still powered on and responsive.

I’m a huge fan of Nintendo 64 emulation so I’ve been looking for a system that could handle the ROMs and emulators on the big screen.  I’ve tried the Raspberry Pi2 which was still laggy but after testing the RaspberryPi3 it seems the lag has gone down tremendously.  One of my favorite games is Mario Kart 64 and the controller feels perfect.  It’s not the same as an official 64 controller with the Z trigger on the bottom or shape.  Instead the controls are your RB/LB buttons and gas utilizes the B button.

So out of all the controllers I demoed I will have to this is by far the best for use with the RetroPie/EmulationStation.  Be sure to make sure you by the official OEM version as there are several knock-offs.

You can purchase here: Nintendo Wii U PRO

If you know of something that works better that you can recommend please leave a comment below.