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This is my first post on this forum. I just got my 2015 Q3 a couple weeks ago and am really excited to have it - long time Audi owner here.

I wanted to get Plex (a media streaming client), working in the car so I could stream media from my server while on long road trips.

The Roku 3 seemed to make the most sense as it can be powered via USB and saved me from having to run power. I was going to go with the older Roku 2, as it uses RCA instead of HDMI, but it cannot be powered via USB. The Roku also uses a radio-based remote, which means I can leave it closed in the center armrest and the remote will still work.

Given the amount of work I had to do to get something similar working in my 2007 A4, the Q3 setup was very straightforward.

Here are the items I used:

Total spent (minus VAG-COM): ~$200 with shipping

Here's how I set it up:

  1. First, unlock the video in motion (VIM) block on the MMI using this site:
  2. Plug the 4-port USB car charger into the cigarette lighter (right next to the armrest - how convenient!)
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  3. Connect the Audi MMI RCA cable to the Audi MMI interface within the armrest.
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  4. Use 3 of the male couplers to attach the MMI RCA cable to the HDMI to AV converter output
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  5. Connect the supplied USB power cord to the HDMI to AV converter
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  6. Connect the Roku 3 to the HDMI to AV converter via the 1 foot HDMI cable
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  7. Connect the Roku 3 USB power cord to the Roku
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  8. Tuck it all away nicely within the armrest
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  9. Power on the car, change the source to "Video Input" and change the settings from 4:3 to 16:9 display
  10. Setup the Roku to connect to your Audi's Wifi
  11. Enjoy hours of streaming Netflix, Plex, Spotify, Hulu, etc. to your Audi!
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The thing I like about this install is that nothing is permanent. I didn't have to drill any holes, fish any wires, or blow anything up ...and, I've still got 2 USB ports to use for charging my phone or other devices!

Hopefully someone else finds this tutorial helpful. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Hey - Welcome to the forum and THANKS for a great post on this installation - nice details and info and pics too - jolly good show !!

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Nice work. I was planing on doing this with my cell
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