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Kenwood KCA-WL100 Firmware Update Procedure for iOS 10 Support

As the owner of iPhone, you would have noticed that the KCA-WL100 stops working after you updated your iPhone’s operating system to iOS 10 since September 2016. The KCA-WL100 is an HDMI Wifi Dongle which allows you to mirror your iPhone’s display to supported Kenwood head unit, without the use of a HDMI cable. Hence, the KCA-WL100 is also known as the Air-Mirrorlink or Air-Miracast Wi-Fi Dongle.

A few days ago, the Kenwood engineers has finally released a firmware update that resolves the incompatibilities with iOS 10. So, for owners who are having problem earlier with their iPhone and KCA-WL100, this is your solution. Alternatively, get an Android smartphone ūüėõ

Before you begin, you will need Wi-Fi connection, preferably Wi-Fi from your home’s network or tethering from a mobile hotspot. You should not use the hotspot from the iPhone device you will be pairing the KCA-WL100 with later. In our guide below, we will be using an iPhone 7 (with iOS 10) as the device which we want to mirror with the Kenwood head unit and we will use 2 Android Phones- a Huawei P9 as the mirror link phone and a Samsung Galaxy S7 as our Wi-Fi access point. Take note that at this point, your iPhone 7 is not yet compatible with the KCA-WL100.

To avoid interruption during the firmware update, keep your engine running and battery power optimum.

Step 1: On your Head Unit, navigate to the HDMI source.

Step 2: In the HDMI menu, select mode ‘Wireless Link’. If you are automatically shown the ‘Wireless Mirroring Mode’, press the ‘Back’ button in the screen to go to ‘Mode Select’ Page, and then select mode ‘Wireless Link’.

Step 3: Once you are in the ‘Wireless Link Mode’ menu, use our Huawei P9’s Wi-Fi connection to connect to the KCA-WL100’s Wi-Fi Network, which should look something like ‘KCA-WL100_XXXXXX’.

If prompted to insert password, use the default ‘12345678’. If you’ve changed the password before, use the password you’ve assigned instead.

Step 4: On the ‘Wireless Link Mode’ menu, you should see a URL (web address). Type this URL onto our Huawei P9’s browser and press enter to go to the said webpage.

Step 5: Once the website loads completely, you should see a series of icons. Tap the Wi-Fi icon with the text that says ‘Touch Icon to Make Dongle Connect to Wi-Fi AP’.

Step 6: Next, on the website, click on the ‘Scan’ link. This will scan nearby Wi-Fi networks and asterisks indicates the Wi-Fi signal strength.

Step 7: With our Samsung Galaxy S7 nearest to the KCA-WL100, it should show the strongest signal and we should connect to the Samsung Galaxy S7’s hotspot.

Step 8: If the connection is successful between the KCA-WL100 and our Samsung Galaxy S7’s hotspot, you should see the screen on the Kenwood head unit showing a notice saying ‘Connected to Samsung Galaxy S7 Hotspot’.

Step 9: On the Huawei P9’s browser which we’ve used earlier to scan for nearby Wi-Fi networks, press back to return to the main setup page. Under ‘Firmware Update’ press the ‘Submit’ button to download the firmware file to the KCA-WL100.

Step 10: If the download process is correctly executed, the Kenwood head unit will indicate on the bottom left of the screen a message that says ‘New Update Found 3.21.20’. On the bottom right, you will also see the download progress in percentage.

Step 11: The download process is completely automated. Do not power off your Kenwood head unit during the entire process. Once the download is complete at 100%, the update will begin. You will see 4 rows labeled ‘Disk1’, ‘Disk2’, ‘Disk3’ and ‘Disk4’ with corresponding ‘Erase’ and ‘Write’ columns. Each of these ‘Erase’ and ‘Write’ columns need to reach 100% for the update to complete.

Step 12: Once the update is complete, the screen on our Kenwood Head Unit will show ‘No Signal’. Do not panic, this is the KCA-WL100 way of telling you it’s rebooting with the new firmware. You should panic only if the Kenwood Head Unit shows nothing.

Step 13: The finale- connect our iPhone 7 that’s running iOS 10.

(i) On the Kenwood Head Unit, go to HDMI Source and in the menu, select ‘Wireless Link Mode’.

(ii) Using our iPhone 7’s Wi-Fi settings, connect to the KCA-WL100.

(iii) Press the ‘Home’ button on the iPhone 7 and swipe from the bottom of the screen to select ‘KCA-WL100 Mirroring Using the AirPlay’ function. And now, your iPhone 7 is finally connected to the KCA-WL100.

2016-12-22T00:04:56+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Car Audio & Video, Guides|0 Comments

Guide to shopping for Wiper Blades

Wipers are probably one of the most crucial yet often overlooked replacement part on vehicles. It’s been around pretty much since the invention of automobiles and will probably be around for years to come. Wipers should be checked often and replaced BEFORE they fail. I’m sure we can all imagine driving with wipers that don’t work well. Especially in our tropical climate where it rains very frequently and heavily. You may have a powerful engine and a bangin’ stereo, but if you have poor visibility, you ain’t going nowhere my friend. You can still enjoy your stereo though.

Checking Your Wiper

Most of us will know to change the wipers when we realise how poor visibility is when we are caught driving in a downpour. But usually this is a little too late, especially if you are already on a long drive out to another state. Here are a couple of steps to help you figure out if your wipers need replacing. We recommend doing this monthly.

1. Visual Inspection

Make sure to do this in a well lit area or outside when its bright. Things to look for are cracks, tears and discolorations.

2. Touch Inspection

Feel for roughness, uneveness and also hardness. Wipers need to have a certain amount of flexibility in order to work when wiping in both directions.

3. Test It

Spray some water on your windscreen, sit in the drivers seat and turn on the wipers. If you see streaks, juddering or hear screeching, it may be a good idea to change the wipers.

PIAA Silicone Wiper Inserts

Shopping for New Wipers

Buying new wipers can be a confusing process. The best thing you could do is head down to a trusted shop and get them to help you out. For those who want to pick out wipers yourselves, here are a couple of things to know.

1. Wiper Arm Type

Wiper Arm Types

The first step in narrowing down your search is figuring out the type of wiper arm your vehicle uses. The most common would be the Small J Hook type which is used by most Japanese and Malaysian makes. Know your wiper arm type before you proceed further.

2. Wiper Length

Measuring Your Wiper Length

Firstly, check if your car owner’s manual has any recommendations. You can also refer to PIAA’s guide here http://www.piaa.com/Shared/Application_catelogs/2015-PIAA-Wiper-Application-Guide-for-site.pdf. However, the guide may not be 100% accurate as we have discovered many cars out there to have wiper lengths that differ to the guide. These may very well work anyways as sometimes different lengths can be matched to fit. We recommend that you measure the length of your wipers and compare it against the guide and manual. Then decide for yourself which lengths you want to go with.

3. Wiper Material

There are 3 types of materials most commonly used for wipers.

a. Rubber

b. Graphite Rubber – Rubber infused with graphite

c. Silicone Rubber – Rubber infused with silicone

There are a ton of brands offering various wiper types out there. Do a search online for some reviews to get an idea on the quality of these wipers. Personally for us, silicone infused wiper blades tend to last longer than the other types.

4. Wiper Style

Traditional metal frame type wipers

a. Traditional metal frame

Aerodynamic type frame

b. Plastic aerodynamic modern frame

Flat or Beam type wipers

c. Flat or Beam blade

Besides replacing the entire wiper assembly, there are also options for refills / inserts. PIAA makes inserts for some of their wipers and also inserts for some OE wipers such as Mitsuba brand which is used on many of the new Honda’s models and also on some newer Toyota’s. Other brands may also offer such solutions.

PIAA Wiper Inserts

d. Wiper Refills / Inserts

Wipers on Fasmoto

 

Below are some of the wipers available on Fasmoto.com. We have also placed some key info to help you identify the difference.

 

PIAA Si-Tech Silicone Wiper

PIAA Si-Tech Silicone Wiper

Wiper Arm fitment : Small J Hook, Large J Hook, PTBrm, I&L Arm, Pin & Hook, Small Side Pin and Large Side Pin.

Wiper Insert Material : Silicone infused rubber.

Frame Type : Flat / Beam / Frameless

More Info

 

PIAA Aero Vogue Silicone Wiper

PIAA Aero Vogue Silicone Wiper

Wiper Arm fitment : Small J Hook

Wiper Insert Material : Silicone infused rubber.

Frame Type : Plastic

More Info

 

PIAA Radix Silicone Wiper

PIAA Radix Silicone Wiper

Wiper Arm fitment : Small J Hook (Except for 28″ which is Large J Hook type)

Wiper Insert Material : Silicone infused rubber.

Frame Type : Metal

More Info

 

PIAA Silencio XTRM Silicon

PIAA Silencio XTRM Silicone Wiper

Wiper Arm fitment : Car Model Specific

Wiper Insert Material : Silicone infused rubber.

Frame Type : Flat / Beam / Frameless

More Info

 

Bosch Eco Plus Graphite Rubber Wiper Blade

Bosch Eco Plus Graphite Rubber Wiper Blade

Wiper Arm fitment : Small J Hook

Wiper Insert Material : Graphite rubber.

Frame Type : Traditional metal

More Info

 

Goodyear Moly Graphite Rubber Wiper

Goodyear Moly Graphite Rubber Wiper

Wiper Arm fitment : Small J Hook

Wiper Insert Material : Graphite rubber.

Frame Type : Traditional metal

More Info

 

PIAA Silicone Wiper Refill / Insert (6MM Width)

PIAA Silicone Wiper Refill / Insert (6MM Width)

Wiper Insert Material : Silicone infused rubber.

Insert Width : 6MM

More Info

 

PIAA Silicone Wiper Refill / Insert (8MM Width)

PIAA Silicone Wiper Refill / Insert (8MM Width)

Wiper Insert Material : Silicone infused rubber.

Insert Width : 8MM

More Info

 

PIAA Silicone Wiper Refill / Insert (8.6MM Width)

PIAA Silicone Wiper Refill / Insert (8.6MM Width)

Wiper Insert Material : Silicone infused rubber.

Insert Width : 8.6MM (Commonly used in new Toyota wipers)

More Info

 

PIAA Silicone Wiper Refill / Insert for Mitsuba wipers (10.2MM Width)

http://www.fasmoto.com/piaa-silicone-wiper-refill-for-mitsuba-wiper-10-2MM

Wiper Insert Material : Silicone infused rubber.

Insert Width : 10.2MM (Commonly used in Mitsuba wipers)

More Info

 

PIAA Silicone Wiper

2016-12-19T22:15:08+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Maintainence & Repairs|0 Comments

Chevy Bolt Hits The Road

Rolling off the pipelines before Tesla Model 3, the Chevy Bolt is now hitting the road.

The Bolt, with a starting price of US$37,495 (appx. RM165,393) including shipping, is the first EV offered in the U.S. with a range of more than 322km on one battery charge (its official EPA-estimated range is 383km) and a price of less than US$40,000 (appx RM176,443). Most buyers are eligible for a US$7,500 (appx. RM33,083) federal tax credit, effectively lowering the base model’s price to US$29,995 (appx. RM132,310).
2016-12-14T07:45:10+00:00 December 14th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Top 10 Gift Ideas for the Holidays

We’ve got an email from Ms Emily last Saturday asking us what she should get for Adrian¬†(her boyfriend) this Christmas.

We have not met Adrian but from¬†the way Emily’s described him, it seems that Adrian is prone to spend more time talking to his car than to her.¬†So, we pretty much diagnosed Adrian as Car Guy Level 10.

We’ve handpicked 10 items from the Fasmoto store which we felt would make a memorable year-end for Emily and Adrian.


Pick #1: IROAD Car Video Recorder
Price: From RM690
Purchase Link: IROAD
Yeah… we know Adrian’s a damn good driver. A¬†Car Video Recorder is especially useful for damn good drivers because damn good drivers need damn good evidences after someone crash into them. This is one of the best car gadget we think money can buy, and it’s damn practical.

Pick #2: RaceChip
Price: From RM1,187.74
Purchase Link: RaceChip
Take note the RaceChip is only applicable if Adrian drives a turbocharged engine vehicle. If you are not sure, ask him. This is the perfect gift if you recently find him having performance issues, the engine kind.

Pick #3: CTEK MXS 5.0 Battery Charger
Price: RM500
Purchase Link: CTEK-56-975
This is not an in-car phone charger. The CTEK Battery Charger maintains and prolongs the lifespan of a car’s battery. A healthy battery don’t give you problems like not being able to start your car in the morning and if Adrian’s got a Maserati or Jaguar which he only drives in the weekend, chances are the battery would be drained due to discharges and needs to be replaced frequently.

Pick #4: Tire Inflator
Price: RM260
Purchase Link: UAI-002
Having to deal with a flat tyre is hardly something you and Adrian will¬†find romantic, especially during¬†a road¬†trip you’ve planned all year long. This 2-cylinders tyre inflator will get you back on the road again until you get to the nearest¬†mechanic.

Pick #5: Energizer 15,000mAh Power Bank
Price: RM155
Purchase Link: UE-15000
Well, who doesn’t need a power bank these days. The Energizer power banks comes with 2-years warranty on the battery cells.

Pick #6: Autoglym Bodywork Protection Collection
Price: RM194
Purchase Link: VP3LBC
This collection consists of a car wash shampoo, a polish and a wax. Not only Adrian gets to maintain his car’s paintwork, after a few weeks of using this product, you’ll also notice Adrian’s body getting into shape again. This is a no-brainer win-win!

Pick #7: Sony RSX-GS9
Price: RM3,533
Purchase Link: RSX-GS9
If Adrian’s into music instruments, then the Sony RSX-GS9 would be something really worth investing. The sound quality is pure gold as this unit’s made with only the best stuff. With this unit installed in Adrian’s car, you also increase your voting rights over song selections in the car.

Pick #8: Pioneer DEX-P99RS
Price: RM3,918
Purchase Link: DEX-P99RS
Similar to the Sony RSX-GS9, this unit from Pioneer would be appreciated only by the true audiophiles.

Pick #9: Edifier W670BT Bluetooth Headphone
Price: RM249.00
Purchase Link: EDI-W670BT
Headphone without the wire hassles. The W670BT plays up to 16 hours of music in a single full charge. Excellent gift when Adrian needs some alone time.

Pick #10: California Scents
Price: RM22.50
Purchase Link: California-Scents
Organically produced from California, USA. With more than 40 choices, there’s definitely one for the both of you.

2016-12-13T20:24:39+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Promotions|0 Comments