Rippl-TV media box makes your TV smart, and your Smart TV even smarter. It’s essentially a feature-rich, high spec, compact computer for your TV — Any TV — or monitor which has an HDMI port. It uses the Android OS (Operating System), just like on your smartphone or tablet and let’s you see and control this on your SD, HD or 4K2K TV – using the included remote control with mouse button option. You can download apps from Google Play or Aptoid and download and play music, video and games just like you would on your phone or tablet, but on a larger screen which gives a much better user experience. You can also link multiple Google accounts and share content and access your media server or NAS via a multitude of protocols, including DLNA & AirPlay. For even greater usability you can connect an optional wired or wireless mouse and/or keyboard for extra control.
The Rippl-TV media box includes the impressive Kodi (formerly XBMC) media center software which provides you with a multi-feature media hub for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi features a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media; the integrated Rippl-TV HD, SD Card, USB Drives, NAS, over DLNA, SMB, NFS, FTP, etc. You can also surf the internet via the web browser to view your favourite sites or buy online. At a 3rd of the cost of a basic HTPC (Home Theatre PC) and being so compact, Rippl-TV makes it easily affordable and gives you the flexibility to neatly position the box in your living room, bedroom or office – without it looking out of place.
Position the Rippl-TV box next to your TV, connect the mains power lead and the included 1M HDMI lead from Box to TV. If using an optional wired or wireless mouse and/or keyboard connect them to the 2 x USB ports on the rear of the box. I’ve tested with both wireless and wired and it works great with fast downloads and flawless media playback. I’ve also used a 4 port USB self-powered hub for extra ports to connect USB pen drives, again no problems. There is also an SD card port for extra storage, tested with a 32GB Transcend and it works fine. Connecting Bluetooth headphones and speaker was easy and they paired instantly and didn’t skip a beat.
Connecting to WiFi and Ethernet takes seconds to obtain and assign a local IP address, example: 192.168.0.25. You can use either or, and it’s effortless to switch between the 2. I use wired Ethernet for my network as I have a lot of tech including a Synology NAS and have tested the Rippl box with both WiFi and Ethernet for long periods and both are rock solid and connect with all devices over the network. The box is compatible with both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless routers.
The box powers on instantly and is accessed by switching your TV source to HDMI. You are presented with 2 options on the home-screen (linked to the home button on the remote) 1. MediaBox Launcher and 2. Rippl-TV. Most features and settings from 1. are also available in 2. and both work in synergy.
1) MEDIABOX LAUNCHER: This is the Android home screen Interface and settings, with icons to signify network, USB, SD card connectivity, plus time and date. Here you can see the pre-installed apps, plus apps you later download such as Amazon & iPlayer. From here you can also download apps, access your local files and folders, play music and video, set up screen mirroring with Miracast and even connect remotely using TeamViewer. There are lots of settings which can be tailored to your needs, including; language, accessibility tools (for the visually impaired), input devices, display and resolution settings, link to Google, Facebook, Twitter, set up email accounts, plus a lot more.
– Menus: Online Video | My Recommend | Settings | My Apps | Music | Local (you can assign apps to each category)
– Pre-installed Apps include: Aptoide, Web Browser, Calculator, Clock, Calculator, Email, Facebook, File Browser, Gallery, Gamesome, Miracast, Movie Player, Music, Netflix, Play Store, Power, PPPoE, TeamViewer Quick Support, Ripple-TV Media Center (DLNA, AirPlay, Media Servers), Search, Skype, SuperSu, TV Installer, Twitter, Update & Backup, YouTube.
– App shortcuts to: Downloads, People (contacts), Ripple-TV, Settings.
2) RIPPL-TV: This is the Kodi Media centre software, interface and settings, which also integrates most of the Android settings and links to the Google and Aptoide App stores. This has very clean and intuitive main menus and sub menus with good usability. The software is superb and with a long history of dedicated developers building the best media center software available, which ultimately gives you a plethora of robust features. A huge library of available Add-Ons (apps) provide you with hours of entertainment. You name it, this software can do it… example: Multitasking such as watching a video and wish to pause, go play a game or some music and return to where you left off in the movie – no problem. It’s compatible with a long list of formats and everything I’ve thrown at it worked fine, including; MP3, Flac, APE, AVI, MP4, FLV, MKV.
– Main Menus: 1. Pictures, 2.Music, 3. Videos, 4. Rippl-TV, 5. System, 6. Power, 7. Favourites, 8. Weather
– Sub Menus:
1. Pictures (Add-Ons)
2. Music (Artists, Albums, Songs, Files, Library, Add-Ons)
3. Videos (Add-Ons, Files, Playlists)
4. Rippl-TV (Google Playstore, Aptoide, Advances Settings)
5. System (Add-Ons, Skin Settings, File Manager, Profiles, System Info)
6. Power (Timer, Power Off System, Reboot, Hibernate, Log Off, Quit)
You’ll see from the menus above that you have access to a whole host of features, settings and functions beautifully presented in the Kodi interface. There are thousands of Add-Ons (Kodi apps) for Live TV, videos, music, radio, pictures some pre-installed and others easy to download. You can stream live TV, movies, music, radio, view pictures, etc. And a multitude of playback features including View Mode, Subtitles, Bookmarks, etc.
USABILITY & FEATURES:
– Apps: I’ve download quite a few including Amazon and iPlayer. From the 4 UK TV catchups only BBC iPlayer played video and catch-ups. The others including ITV Player had issues downloading the apps or playing videos. But all other non-TV apps I’ve tried worked as they should without a problem including Amazon, Chrome, Daily Motion, Spotify, eBay, Paypal, plus many more in various categories.
– Screen Mirroring: Mirroracast app works great with my Google Nexus II and Samsung S5 smartphone. It has an SD and HD option for better quality.
– Remote Control Access: I was able to access the Rippl-TV box from my Nexus Tablet. To use TeamViewer you need to download the full version for PC, Mac, Linux or remote control app for phone and tablet in order to get remote access to the QuickSupport app.
– Bluetooth: Works as it should and pairing is fast and reliable. I tested with headphones and a wireless speaker.
– Remote Control: It’s a lovely size remote and nicely balanced. Buttons include; power on/off, open browser, volume +/-, home, menu, back, backspace, mouse function, navigation, enter.
– Screen Saver Option: 4, 8, 12 minutes.
– Accessibility tools include; TalkBack and Magnification Gestures.
– You can link Multiple Google Accounts (Business, Personal) and backup data (app settings, system settings, WiFi passwords). You can also link to Facebook, Twitter and lot more pre-installed services.
– I set up email accounts (Gmail and my own domain specific email) in the email client, sent and received email without issues.
– The Browser is pretty snappy and works well. I’ve place and order on Amazon securely and visited a few websites like the BBC Sport, Facebook and Twitter with no problems. Video will not play in the browser, but will on the YouTube app.
– Ensure you mount the Rippl-TV box in a location that the remote has a clear path to the box.
– I’ve tested most of the pre-installed apps such as Miracast and TeamViewer QuickSupport and they work great. Downloading apps works as it does on a mobile device.
– Kodi and app updates are automated using OTA (Over the Air) as default, so you’ll always have the latest and most secure version.
– If you click the mouse button on the included remote control, a cursor appears and it gives you the option to use it as a mouse, using the arrow buttons to navigate. Click again to remove the cursor and reactivate the arrows for page up and down.
– Right Click the mouse to skip backwards.
– You cannot watch videos using the browser. Flash is not supported. You can watch videos via the YouTube or videos apps and Video menu in Rippl-TV.
– I tested on a 1080P TV. The screen resolution was too large and not correctly scaled! Easy to fix: Settings > Display > Display Position.
– To get music and video controls when playing media, move your mouse to the top of the screen. Lots of options here…
– Multitasking: To return to a movie When paying a game for example > click menu button on remote > switch media > videos > highlight & select movie you were last watching > Resume from…
– I highly recommend using a mouse and keyboard in conjunction with the remote. If using a physical keyboard, in Settings, set the language to UK, and select Android so the @ symbol is in the right place.
If you’re looking for a low-cost, feature-rich media hub running on Android OS, whether to add to a basic monitor or TV I recommend the Rippl-TV box. With the long list of features and apps, if you use the tips above, splitting the 2 key areas (Android MediaBox Launcher and Rippl-TV) you’ll become familiar in no time. Highly Recommended Smart TV Box. I’m awaiting feedback from the manufacturer on the UK TV app issues, I’ll update if I get a response…
– OS: Android Android 4.4.2 KitKat
– CPU: Amlogic S802 Quad Core Cortex A9r4 2GHz
– RAM: 2GB DDR3
– ROM: 8GB Flash (HD)
– Wireless Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Dual-Band WiFi-(2.4GHZ/5.8GHZ), Bluetooth 4.0
– HDMI Max Resolution: 1080p, 4K2K
– Network Interface: RJ-45 Ethernet Jack (10/100mbps)-Support hotspot sharing via Wi-Fi
– SD/MMC: Up to 32G
– External HDD: Up to 2TB
– USB interface:2X USB2.0
– Power output: DC 5V/2A adapter (included)
– Appstores: PlayStore, Aptoide, (1,000,000+ apps)
– Games: 100,000+ (all games in the app store is compatible)
– Video Sharing: DLNA, Airplay, Miracast, WiFi, DMR, DMS
– Upgrade: OTA Online Updates
– Process Model: Multi-process, random switching
– Controls: Remote, App, Wireless (2.4G/Bluetooth) Keyboard/Mouse/Fly Mouse/Gamepad, Wired Keyboard/Mouse
– Audio Formats: MP3, WMA, APE, FLAC, OGG, etc.
– Video Formats: RM, PMP, AVC, FLV, VOB, MPG, DAT, MPEG, H.264, MPEG1, MPEG2, RMVB, MPEG4, WMV, TP, AVI, DIVX, etc.
– Peripheral Compatibility: USB Touch-Screens, Camera, Bluetooth devices, etc.
– Rippl-TV Box Colour: Black with Blue LED
– Box Weight: 215g
– Box Dimensions: L126 x W126 x H28mm
– Remote Dimensions: L140 x W40 x H23mm
– Remote Batteries: 2 x AAA (Not included)
– Ports: HDMI, 2 x USB, Ethernet, AV, Optical, SD CARD
IN THE BOX:
– Rippl-TV Box
– 1M HDMI cable
– Remote Control
– Mains Power Adapter
– User Manual