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Wirelinq Smart USB Android to Car Stereo Adapter Review

12 Aug , 2018   Gallery

Apologies for the mouthful of a title, but the Wirelinq is a hard thing to explain.

You know when you plug your phone into your car and it either doesn’t recognise it as a USB device so won’t play any of your music, or maybe it does but without any track info at all.

You end up going the old school route and plugging in an AUX cable. Then you have the faff and illegality of touching your phone to change track or find that song you really want to hear.

You can’t use your audio controls on the stereo or the steering wheel buttons, it all becomes a bit pointless and useless.

Not anymore. Grom audio have your back.

 

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What is it?

Wirelinq comes as either a USB C or a Micro USB cable, with a standard USB port on the other end.

It’s braided in style and roughly 1 meter long.

 

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How?

Black magic.

It might as well be, as it’s just miraculous how it works. All I can gather is that the USB cable acts as a USB stick middle man. To upgrade the firmware on it you can plug it into a PC and it presents itself as a USB drive which you coy the new firmware to.

Likewise when you plug it into your car without anything on the other end of it, the stereo will try and read it as if it was a USB device.

 

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To get full functionality you need to download Dashlinq, this is Grom Audio’s own ‘driving mode’ for your phone. It’s free, and what’s more it’s far better than anything else on the market today.

Even if you don’t have own a Wirelinq it’s worth downloading Dashlinq. It allows full handsfree control of calls and messages as well as utilising plug-ins for internet radio, Spotify, Google Music and Pandora. You also get all the normal navigation bits, weather info and nice big, clear graphics.

But you’ll need it to enable all the audio controls on your steering wheel or stereo to function with the Wirelinq.

 

 

What’s it like?

Awesome. It just works.

You plug in the Wirelinq cable, your car picks it up, track info appears, music starts playing and you’re away.

Grom say it’s compatible with most vehicles form 2008 onward. You need a USB capable stereo (obviously) and an Android device running Jelly Bean 4.1 or higher. It also works with most aftermarket stereos from 2009 to date, brands include Kenwood, Alpine, Clarion and Pioneer.

 

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The Dashlinq app gets regular updates, and the only issue we had was a bug within that app that stopped music playing after each track, you also couldn’t skip. But that was fixed with a software update after a week or so.

We tested it with a Pioneer XDP 300R, Huawei P9 and Huawei P20. On the P20 a setting related to USB streaming had to be changed in Dashlinq, but apart from that it was plug and play.

 

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Where can I get one?

Getting hold of one in the UK is a little tricky, Grom sell direct to these shores for $12.99 postage on top of the $49.99 cost for the cable. This takes just over a week to arrive.

There’s currently a seller listing them on Amazon UK, eBay also has a few listed so it’s worth keeping an eye out.

 

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