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Not sure if folks have used this product yet, but I searched and did not see any hits. Got the Carlinkit 2.0 wireless Apple CarPlay adapter for my 2017 Macan today and I have to say it works amazingly. Completely plug and play -- it doesn't require any modification of the head unit or taking apart the car or anything. You just plug it into your USB port, it recognizes Apple CarPlay and then connects via bluetooth to your phone. It's got a very slight lag (hardly noticeable, but definitely a tiny lag vs. having it wired -- like when you run your monitor with a slightly lower than normal refresh rate and get some minor ghosting) and it takes about 30 seconds to boot up, but otherwise works great.

I bought it after reading this article (Review: This adapter turns standard CarPlay into Wireless CarPlay, and somehow it actually works - 9to5Mac) and was super skeptical, but it seems like a terrific product. Note: The article references a volume bug with navigation, but there seems to be a firmware update that fixes it -- or at least the notes to it say it does (I just loaded the update -- which is also very easy and happens wirelessly via your iPhone). Will post my longer term impressions after using this more this week.
 

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Just received my CarLinkIt from Amazon today, ($129 with the instant $20 off coupon), and plugged it into the Macan.

Boy, was that easy. Car auto-detected it, and then prompted me to link the phone to it. Done. Appears to work completely seamlessly.

The CarLinkIt dongle even has a USB jack in it so you don't lose the utility of the USB outlet in the armrest center console.
 

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Plan on going to the "Dark Side". Well iOS anyway.

Last iPhone I had was like a 4s and have been Android since. But the Escort Live app is reeking havoc with the battery life of my older Galaxy Note9 so have to keep in tethered. Want to go with an iPhone 12 Pro Max with a Kudo mount (on order since only black in stock) and hoping to use a CarPlay wireless dongle for the connection.

Is the CarLink 2.0 adapter still the one to get or has anyone found a better dongle?
 

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So I stumbled on this during my Internet travels, the holy grail for my 2015 Macan S. A separate wireless Carplay monitor that would be plug and play. No dash removal, no offset screws, no removing/installing boards, just a basic plug and play. What could go wrong?

Carlinkit has been around in the Carplay dongle world for a while, so while it's not a "name brand" they do have car electronics experience across marques. Their wireless Carplay dongles for wired Carplay systems generally seemed to have solid reviews so I thought I'd take the $220 flyer on the standalone Carplay screen to see if it would work as promised.

Installation this afternoon took all of five minutes, but could have been done in three. Part of it was my probing to see if I could find a 12V socket in the passenger side footwell. I didn't locate one but if you know where one is please do let me know, plugging into the 12V well in the center console isn't quite seemly.

Pairing to my iPhone 12 Pro was also fault-free, pair to the bluetooth and away you go! The screen talks to the Macan via an old-school FM transmitter. I do see other ports so perhaps wiring via USB is another option, but I haven't tried it yet. I just wanted to see if I could get it working quickly and without a fuss.

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and there it is! I finally found a use for the glossy black trim strip in front of the passenger - it makes a fantastic suction cup mount and gets the screen nicely positioned for the driver up and to the right from the shifter. I had to relocate my magsafe vent mount for my phone from the right-hand side of the PCM to the left, but it's well behind the wheel, charges my phone, and keeps it out of the way. All in all, the FM transmitter worked well with the first station I picked and the screen is large, vibrant and nicely touch-sensitive - basically the opposite of my old PCM 3.1 screen.

For everyone (like me) with an older Macan with PCM 3.1 and who isn't up to tearing apart the dash and installing boards, etc. then this $200ish solution works very nicely. Plug and play, just move to your next car or resell later with no muss or fuss.

Will provide a "long term" review after a couple months of use but my first impressions are very positive.

Disclosure: I have no connection with the company making/selling this product nor do I receive any affiliate revenue. I also provide no guarantees or warranties. Try at your own risk.
 

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I’d be interest if you can run this thru the USB port. I also have a 15 Macan and current use that port for music. if you can run this thru the USB versus connecting thru an FM signal the music quality will be bettysn Bluetooth.

I await you update.
 

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I too have a '15 and have been tempted a number of times, however not too excited about tearing into the dash.

I connect my iPhone with a Lightning cable to the USB so the phone gets charged and I was under the impression
the (Spotify downloaded) music I play from the phone used Bluetooth. Is this belief incorrect?

If so, then the question would be whether both the dongle (?) and music will converse over the USB connection?


This looks as though it may be an elegant solution to adding CarPlay!
 

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Is this the same product - or something else?

 

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different. I believe that is one of their famed dongles to convert wired carplay into wireless carplay - which assumes you already have a carplay compatible head unit installed.

This is a standalone unit with its own carplay display that you can connect to for wireless carplay UI without mucking with our older PCM 3.1 head units.
 

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There is some upside for sure with this approach……bigger screen, maybe better, maybe a better processor.

But there are also problems, when compared to Add on CP module. I just added the iSudar board , it is the only interface I use now…..no more PCM. It’s almost like it was OEM. Consider it……there are awesome DIY’s here…..lots of help on tap.

This add on unit ,well, it looks awkward …..maybe also un safe for passenger in the case of an accident. Will you put this up and down when you leave the vehicle ? Punks will see that as an iPad……you know what happens next.
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I’d be interest if you can run this thru the USB port. I also have a 15 Macan and current use that port for music. if you can run this thru the USB versus connecting thru an FM signal the music quality will be bettysn Bluetooth.

I await you update.
Took a look today and there is a USB port on the side, the "manual" (really a quad-fold mini flyer) notes it can be used for wired Carplay. There is also an Aux line out on the unit and it comes with a cable if you wanted to hardwire into the Aux line in that's in the center console storage box/armrest.

One other item I noticed is that the unit support Airplay, so presumably you could stream Netflix (or another service of your choice) to this unit. Might not be a bad option for those, like myself, with kids and without the rear climate vents since it looks like the arm with suction cup could slide into the rear center console and lock down on the hard plastic if you remove the little rubber mat.
 

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I’m glad you were able to test a solution for those that don’t want to fiddle with the PCM. It is an alternative.

In my specific case, I like a more OEM look. What I don’t like about the solution is the dangling wires/cables and the suction cup mount, because it doesn’t look factory. Now, if there is a way to hide all the cables, and I mean truly hiding them, and in addition creating a mounting solution somewhere that looks OEM, then I would consider it.

Absent of that, I would rather stay with the original PCM without CarPlay.

However, I was able to install the Joye module, and then upgraded to Isudar/Ebilaen. I understand installing this type of module inside the PCM can be scary, but is really not as bad as it looks.

But, it actually doesn’t matter what I think, only what you think. If you like it, then enough said. As I said, it is a viable alternative for people, just not for me…. :)

Good luck!
 

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What was your experience with the iSudar installation? I want to pull the trigger on that device but im afraid I will destroy one of the air vents.
It’s not for the faint of heart…..but I really enjoyed this upgrade it was a LOT of fun. Also , clone the drive while you have the PCM out, there are DIY on this….not for this thread .

I am adding the tempered glass today for the final touch.


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So I stumbled on this during my Internet travels, the holy grail for my 2015 Macan S. A separate wireless Carplay monitor that would be plug and play. No dash removal, no offset screws, no removing/installing boards, just a basic plug and play. What could go wrong?

Carlinkit has been around in the Carplay dongle world for a while, so while it's not a "name brand" they do have car electronics experience across marques. Their wireless Carplay dongles for wired Carplay systems generally seemed to have solid reviews so I thought I'd take the $220 flyer on the standalone Carplay screen to see if it would work as promised.

Installation this afternoon took all of five minutes, but could have been done in three. Part of it was my probing to see if I could find a 12V socket in the passenger side footwell. I didn't locate one but if you know where one is please do let me know, plugging into the 12V well in the center console isn't quite seemly.

Pairing to my iPhone 12 Pro was also fault-free, pair to the bluetooth and away you go! The screen talks to the Macan via an old-school FM transmitter. I do see other ports so perhaps wiring via USB is another option, but I haven't tried it yet. I just wanted to see if I could get it working quickly and without a fuss.

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and there it is! I finally found a use for the glossy black trim strip in front of the passenger - it makes a fantastic suction cup mount and gets the screen nicely positioned for the driver up and to the right from the shifter. I had to relocate my magsafe vent mount for my phone from the right-hand side of the PCM to the left, but it's well behind the wheel, charges my phone, and keeps it out of the way. All in all, the FM transmitter worked well with the first station I picked and the screen is large, vibrant and nicely touch-sensitive - basically the opposite of my old PCM 3.1 screen.

For everyone (like me) with an older Macan with PCM 3.1 and who isn't up to tearing apart the dash and installing boards, etc. then this $200ish solution works very nicely. Plug and play, just move to your next car or resell later with no muss or fuss.

Will provide a "long term" review after a couple months of use but my first impressions are very positive.

Disclosure: I have no connection with the company making/selling this product nor do I receive any affiliate revenue. I also provide no guarantees or warranties. Try at your own risk.
I have a 2014 Macan S and the PCM is absolute rubbish, as is the radio.........obviously left over Audi bits!
 

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What was your experience with the iSudar installation? I want to pull the trigger on that device but im afraid I will destroy one of the air vents.
It's definitely not for the faint at heart. Removing my vents was a nightmare for me, but others have had little trouble getting them to pop off. I documented it in detail last night:

 

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It’s not for the faint of heart…..but I really enjoyed this upgrade it was a LOT of fun. Also , clone the drive while you have the PCM out, there are DIY on this….not for this thread .

I am adding the tempered glass today for the final touch.


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Have you posted about the tempered glass somewhere? Would love to hear why you did it, how you did it, how it’s working out so far.
 
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