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Jeff Oloff aka theDayton56 on youtube
November 12, 2012
11:49 pm

Forum Posts: 5
Member Since:
November 2, 2012

I got pointed to this website when Max Powers suggested I post a question I asked on youtube here.

I've found the youtube videos posted by Max and Rivers to be quite informative and useful in determining which of these wonderful little devices I would purchase.

Well after over a month of research I finally pulled the trigger on the iMito X1 which I bought on Amazon from geekbuying. The Items I ordered are on the list below.:

The iMito MX1 ships from China, however the vendor, geekbuying, agreed to ship mine via DHL with a 3 to 5 day transit time instead of the typical economy shipping which takes 14 to 28 from China. We shall how that goes. The rest of the items on the list were ordered from either Amazon, Ebay or other US sellers.

In the course of my research at various vendor websites it was very clear that the iMito MX1 is in limited supply at this time. I paid $79 on Amazon, however the product is for sale on the vendor's own website for $69. I paid the extra $10 for the piece of mind Amazon provides me.

I went with high end, highly reviewed products on the powered usb hub, usb RJ45 ethernet adapter and memory card, all 3 of which are highly touted on Android devices. After further research it became clear that a quality powered hub is a requirement, not merely an option. My research found a usb RJ45 ehernet adapter requires the powered hub else the connection wouldn't remain stable and it also needed to be supported by Android without the need to install drivers. I went with a 32gb sanDisk micro flash memory card as it was only $8 more than a 16gb cards.

The mouse and sound card I chose are low end devices. My current HTPC mouse has a broken scroll wheel, so I just was replacing it and saw little difference in the performance between low and high end usb sound cards, thus I went cheap. The expense fly air mouse controllers on the whole get nothing but average reviews. Im thinking that Im going to install the TeamViewer application on both my HTPC and a tablet I should then be able to control your HTPC with the tablet. BTW I don't own a tablet yet, but TeamViewer has served me well in controling my current HTPC with a laptop.

For my purposes I've always seen this device as something I want connected wired and from what I've read the MX1 can do that out of the box. I also want to use a usb sound card to connect to my surround sound amplifier. I'm not sure if the MX1 can do that out of the box, however Ive read that other brands have been able to accomplish that by flashing the ROM, so assume that at some point I will be able to do that too.

I've been messing with computers since the time it took six guys to take a 25mb hard drive crate off of a semi-truck.

Well thats my intro and a description of what I've ordered.

November 15, 2012
6:30 pm
Max Powers
Forum Posts: 172
Member Since:
September 25, 2012

Welcome to the forums thedayton56!
Thanks for your post, it was quite detailed and we look forward to your follow up when you receive your device.
Cya around!

November 20, 2012
5:33 am

Forum Posts: 5
Member Since:
November 2, 2012

I've had the iMito MX1 since 16 November. It is still running on the stock ROM that came with the device, though I have rooted it. The folks at geekbuying got it to me in Ohio in 2.5 days. I power it with the included 5v 3a AC adapter connected to the marked USB mini power port. I have a powered hub connected to the full size USB port. I rooted it using the OTG port using the included micro to full size female USB adapter and a male to male USB cable going to a Windows 7 PC. The HDMI is connected via the cable to a 32 inch Coby Television which I use as a monitor. The eventual destination of the MX1 will be a 60 inch Mitsubishi DLP television.

All peripherals below are connected to the powered via the powered hub,

The networking has been trouble free, both Wifi and wired. I can't speak to the range of the wifi as it my router is less than 5 feet from the MX1, however the connection was always stable. The wired network dongle worked immediately. I've played several 1080p movies over both with no sync issues. The MX1 never got more than mildly warm to the touch after four hours of playing video.

The $2 and change USB Sound Card worked for audio. I haven't tested the microphone yet.

I have an old Dell wired keyboard connected to the hub. The wired keyboard has 2 full size usb ports and I have a wireless mouse plugged into one port and a mini keyboard/touchpad plugged into the other. I will be getting rid of the wired keyboard when I move the MX1 to the bigger screen television.

What I haven’t gotten to work is the external SD Card. The 8gb memory is visible in Windows 7, however the SanDisk 32gb SD Card is not visible to MX1 or Windows. I’ve reinserted the card dozens of times with the notch on the right and contacts facing down. The card inserts smoothly and it feels springy as I’d expect it to. I’ve ordered a SanDisk Card Reader to test the card. At this point in time I have no interest in flashing the ROM as everything else is working so well and I have seen no reports of anyone else having this problem.

I've had no problems with the Google Play Store. It just works. I was also able to install store Apps from my desktop OS to the MX1 by be logged into my Google Account on both devices.

Other than the SD card, my greatest difficulty has been getting acclimated to using Android after years of using desktop operating systems.

November 29, 2012
6:52 am

Forum Posts: 5
Member Since:
November 2, 2012

My 32gb SD Card now works. It appears that the SD Card slot is recessed a fraction of a millimeter too deep and my large fingers could not press it in deep enough for the spring latch to lock. I got the card to lock by using the fat corner of a ziptie to push in the card. I also need to remove the card by using the ziptie. I don't see it as a manufacturing defect, but rather personal manual dexterity issue. My fingers don't work well in such a small form factor.

I still love my iMito MX1. The stock ROM appears to have some minor networking issues involving multiple MAC Address generation causing the router to freeze at multiple reboots. New ROMs have been released that correct the problem as I understand things, however everything else is working so well that I'm reluctant to flash with a new ROM at this time as it appears that the updated ROMs introduce some bugs that are not present on the stock ROM. At some point I will upgrade.

November 29, 2012
10:42 am

Forum Posts: 16
Member Since:
November 25, 2012

The $2 and change USB Sound Card worked for audio. I haven't tested the microphone yet.

So, what is the sound card for? do you use it for sound input? or do you use it to route sound outside of the HDMI cable? I am trying to figure this out. I don't have a need for it (that I know of) so was wondering...


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