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Wellglobal Miracast TV Dongle Review

Introduction

This review will be focusing on two Miracast TV Dongles, WGM3 & WG168 (T516) from WellGlobal Electronics Co., Ltd. Company main products include manufacturing and selling Android TV Boxes, Android TV Dongles, Tablet PC Accessories, Wireless TV Dongles with Rockchip /Actiontec Chipsets.

Rockchip is probably the best high performance chipset suitable for Miracast (Mirroring) applications with faster 1.2GHz CPU compared to cheaper low level hardware in Action Chipset based TV dongles from Action Microelectronics Co., Ltd., that use 600Mhz CPU (Note: Depends on Chipset Model).

That being said, both devices are based on Rockchip’s RK2928 Soc solution with different casing design. What is unique about them, is that both have external long range foldable Antennas, a nice option to have if your TV is located far away from an access point unit (Router) and you need a strong WIFI signal.Before we start I want to thank the WellGlobal company for providing samples.

 

Main Features:

  1. Operating system : Linux OS,Kernel : 3.0.8 ( For max Stability ).
  2. HD video decoder (1080p @60fps).
  3. External WIFI Antenna for strong single transmission –  up to 10M distance Mirroring.
  4. DLNA compatible push protocol, Android phone, Android tablet users sharing tool.
  5. Support all Android Phones & Tables PC with Miracast option from Android 4.2 and above.
  6. Two modes switch button – Miracast and DLNA .
  7. Airplay Supported.

  1. Product specification.
  2. packages.
  3. Unboxing.
  4. Accessories.
  5. Design.
  6. Build Quality.
  7. Operation.
  8. Performance.

WGM3 & WG168 (T516 ) Models

WGM3 Package

WG168 Package

Unboxing

WGM3 Unpacked from Carton Box 

 

WG168 Package:

  • 1x Micro USB Power Cable.
  • 1x WG168 Wireless Display Adapter.
  • 1x HDMI Cable.

 

 

WGM3 Package:

  • 1x Micro USB Power Cable.
  • 1x WG168 Wireless Display Adapter.
  • 1x Manual.
  • 1x HDMI Cable.

 

Design

WG168 Antenna is colored in red. Personally, I like all products color to be black as my TV, if we leave the color issue that can be fixed easily ,casing design is pretty smart.Antennas in the two models fold and open in 90 Deg, on the WGM3 dongle antenna is located on the right side therefore design is a bit different.WG168 Model has venting slots on the sides and also in the center for extra cooling. Additional vents are visible when you open the folded antenna in 90 degree position.

WG168 – TOP VIEW

WG168 Full View

WGM3 Full View

Build Quality

Both products are designed well with venting slots in a compact and lightweight casing. General build quality is good and doesn’t feel cheap.

WG168 & WGM3 With Open Antennas

Operation

Connection instruction for Models : WG168 & WGM3

Note : The following information was taken from products user manuals.

WGM3 Model

DLNA Mode

Miracast Mode

Miracast Settings

Miracast settings in supported mobile devices can be found under “Wireless Display” option.

Performance:

To check performance, if there are any delays or “visual lags” during video playback I played a series of video samples stored on my ZOPO810 Mobile Phone that supports Miracast.

General information:

  • Phone Model : ZOPO810 ( MTK6859 Chipset – Quad Core CPU ).
  • Test type : Miracast (Mirroring)
  • OS : Android 4.2.1
  • Software Player : MX Player

 

Test Conditions:

  • Connection Type : Internal LAN ( 30Mb Cable connection ).
  • Environment : Indoors
  • Distance: ~9M

Notes :

– Tested samples shown on table below where stored on Class 10 16GB MicroSD Card.

– Video sample marked in “X” didn’t play well do to missing codec’s.

DLNA Mode

  • Phone Model : ZOPO810 ( MTK6859 Chipset – Quad Core CPU ).
  • Test type : DLNA Compatibility Mode
  • OS : Android 4.2.1

Conclusion

WGM3 (T516) & WG168 are excellent devices with very low latency. Response time in miracast(mirroring) tests was fast. Playing video files stored locally on the mobile phone in DLNA mode also tested and worked well will all applications specified in the chart shown above.

Company Website : www.wellglobal.net

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