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There are many android TV box out there with various brands and specifications. These devices run anroid OS by default. But since they are also single board computers (SBC), we can also run any software in them.
Today we will show you how to install our wifi hotspot management system on these devices.
TAKE NOTE BEFORE YOU PROCEED:
Not all tv box chipsets are guarenteed to work. Beware when you buy from third party vendors.
The system is configured with VLAN 22 in WAN interface by default. The built-in wifi may work on
rk3228a chipsets, but may NOT WORK on
rk3229 chipsets base on our experience. So you must connect to the VLAN 22 in WAN interface if the wifi SSID does not appear after installation.
Also, you can always access the admin interface of the machine using the WAN ip address.
- Tv box with supported chipset/cpu –
- LAN cable with internet
- HDMI monitor connected to your TV box
- SD memory card at least 32GB
- Memory card reader
- USB keyboard
- VLAN switch or AP configured to connect to VLAN ID 22
Download and flash software image to SD card
First download the AdoPiSoft Multitool Image. Make sure to UNZIP the image after downloading.
Next, download Balena Etcher and use it to flash the multitool image to SD card.
Install the image to TV box
After flashing the multitool to SD card, insert it to your TV box. Then insert the peripherals to the TV box:
- SD memory card
- LAN cable
- HDMI cable
- and USB keyboard
DO NOT POWER ON THE TV BOX YET.
After everything is connected, insert now the the power cable to the tv box to power it on. Wait for the multitool screen to appear and follow the instructions below.
EXIT (press enter).
Ok again (enter).
Install Arbian via steP-nand. If you don’t have this option, it means your TV box doesn’t have a nand storage. In this case just select
Burn image to flash.
A progress bar will appear indicating that the image is being flashed into the internal storage of TV box. Just wait for the process to finish (it may take a few minutes).
After success flash, just select
Shutdown and press Enter.
After the TV box is powered down, remove the SD card. Then reinsert the power adapter to power on the TV box again. Wait for at least 15 seconds for the system to boot. It may take a while for the system to boot from internal storage and the screen will appear as blank (no display).
After the system has booted up, you can now go ahead and configure the wifi hotspot system normally.
Connect your computer/laptop to the VLAN 22 port of your switch. Open your browser and go to http://10.0.0.1/admin